Are you fed up with airline fees? Well you’re not alone. The Associated Press reports that The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a government watchdog, says airline fees for checked bags and other services are complicating things for consumers trying to find the best deal on airfare.
The GAO recommended in a report released Wednesday that the government improve the disclosure of airline fees, not only by airlines, but also by travel booking services.
Besides checked bags, airlines have recently been charging for services that were traditionally included in the price of a ticket, such as seat selection, extra leg room, blankets, pillows, beverages and meals.
GAO said that if the 7.5 percent tax on airline tickets were applied to fees as well, the government could have raised $186 million last year just from checked bags. A Congressional hearing on the subject begins on Capitol Hill this week.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Claire Newell, a Vancouver-based travel consultant and author, offered some travel etiquette tips on NBC’s Today Show that most people have always wondered about. While this footage is over a year old, but it’s new to me – so I’m passing it along to you.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that the Bermuda Department of Tourism is teaming up with hotels and restaurants to offer destination-wide discounts. Several hotel properties are offering a third night free for guests who book two nights, and others are offering a fourth night free to people who book three nights. A group of 13 restaurants are following suit and offering buy one, get one free entrée specials. The promotion is available for booking through Aug. 31 for travel Aug. 22 through Oct. 31.
- Hawaiian Airlines is continuing its summer airfare specials into the fall. The airline today announced a special “Endless Summer” fare sale providing discounted roundtrip flights between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland through Mid-November. Travel using the special roundtrip fares is good from August 3 through November 18, 2010, with the exception of the nonstop Maui-Las Vegas flight, which is October 3 through November 18, 2010. Tickets must be purchases on hawaiianairlines.com by July 31.