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CSPAN debate pits Open Allies against IATA on Resolution 787 In the News September 4th, 2013

On August 28th, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency took part in a debate to educate congressional staff on the implications of Resolution 787 and its proposed New Distribution Capability (NDC).  Sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the debate also included representatives from the International Air Transport Association, Airlines for America, and the Consumer Travel Alliance [...]

Syndicated column asks “Will new airfare booking system cure headaches – or create more?” In the News August 6th, 2013

Nationally-syndicated columnist Chris Elliott dedicated his column to the confusion over IATA’s proposed New Distribution Capability (NDC) and cited Open Allies as leading the effort to make the proposal more understandable, more collaborative, and more traveler-friendly. Problem is, a large part of the travel industry wants nothing to do with the NDC — and with [...]

Tnooz article “Open Allies pressures DOT to reject IATA’s Resolution 787″ In the News July 17th, 2013

From the Tnooz article: “Not good enough!” That’s the cry of several airline distribution players, as they try to thwart the International Air Transport Association (IATA)‘s effort to fix its much-critiqued proposal for changing the industry’s messaging standards for airfare content. Industry opponents are swinging what they hope are the knockout blows to IATA’s industry-changing proposal Resolution [...]

Travolution article on Open Allies request for IATA to withdraw Resolution 787 In the News July 17th, 2013

Travolution has an article covering the most recent DOT filing by Open Allies and its letter to IATA CEO Tony Tyler urging his organization to withdraw Resolution 787 and work with industry partners on a new, broadly-supported approach.  The story excerpts from the letter: “Open Allies and other key travel industry organisations were excluded from the [...]

Booking the most affordable flight can be mind-bending In the News June 14th, 2013

In a brief Charlotte Observer travel tips story, reporter Susan Salisbury observes: There’s a lot of frustration with air travel these days, from the confusing fares to the fees. Just figuring out what each airline charges for baggage can tricky. Booking the most affordable flight can be mind-bending. Open Allies agrees!  That’s why we’ve launched [...]

Airlines should be upfront about fees, group says In the News June 14th, 2013

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an excellent story on how the growing number of airline fees is making it difficult for consumers to understand and compare the true all-in cost (fares+fees+taxes) of air travel, and how Open Allies’ This Is Your Passenger Speaking campaign is working to better protect consumers: Airlines should be upfront about [...]

The New Battle for Transparency – Airline Fees In the News June 10th, 2013

Tim Winship of FrequentFlier.com has an excellent blog post noting that now that airline fees are a reality of travel, it’s time for airlines to disclose their fees in a way that still allows consumers to make informed travel purchases: The New Battle for Transparency So fees will be a fact of travel life for [...]

Airline fees complicate travel cost comparisons In the News May 31st, 2013

Reuters consumer columnist Mitch Lipka has an excellent column on how airline fees are making it extremely difficult for travelers to comparison shop for the true “all-in” cost (fares+fees+taxes) of airfares: Airline fees complicate travel cost comparisons Trying to find the best deal for a flight used to be a lot easier. All you had [...]

Supreme Court refuses airline challenge on fare rules In the News April 1st, 2013

Open Allies Executive Director David Kelly was mentioned in a USA Today article on the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to the DOT’s ability to promulgate and enforce airline consumer protection regulations. The airline industry has failed in its court challenge of recently enacted federal rules that require airlines to include taxes in [...]

Daily Traveler predicts DOT will demand more transparency on airline fees In the News January 2nd, 2013

Barbara Peterson of Conde Nast’s The Daily Traveler blog included this prediction in her What to Expect from Air Travel in 2013 post: The Department of Transportation will demand more transparency on airline fees But at least if you have to pay those fees, you may get more upfront disclosure about what they are. Airlines [...]