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Within the last few weeks, you may have noticed what seems like significant price increases on our website. For the most part pricing has remained the same, however, the way we are displaying the pricing has changed.
The change took effect on January 26 and was mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) in an effort to provide more transparency for the consumer related to travel costs. The change affects the air component in vacation packages and states all airline, government related taxes, and fuel surcharges must be included in the advertised price.
What’s not included in the new advertised pricing rules? Fees charged and payable to the airline for seat assignments and/or baggage fees, which can notably be a hefty add on to your travel cost. Also not included, are any entrance/departure taxes which may be charged at international airports and any resort fees which are payable directly to the hotel. Can you say confusing? Sometimes even to us and we are the experts!
- Bans price increases once a ticket has been purchased.
- Requires that airlines must now disclose any baggage fees during online purchased and e-ticket confirmations.
- Airlines must provide prompt notification about flight cancellations, diversions or delays of more than 30 minutes.
- Passengers will be eligible for higher levels of compensation when 'bumped' from a flight.