This Bill Might Be the End of Ridiculous Airline Fees
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This Bill Might Be the End of Ridiculous Airline Fees

If you love to travel — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? — then you appreciate anything that will make flying as easy as possible (like the Kickstarter TravelerBuddy app). The problem with getting from point A to point B, however, is that it can cost you serious moolah. If you want to save money while traveling, we’ve got some REALLY exciting news. There’s a new bill out there that’s hoping to cut down on all those excess fees that airlines love to charge.

Deemed The Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act (you gotta love that name!), which was presented this week by Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT), the bill hopes to “prohibit air carriers from imposing fees that are not reasonable and proportional to the costs incurred by the air carriers, and for other purposes.” In other words, buh-bye to BS charges. Senator Markey explained to Consumerist, “Airlines should not be allowed to overcharge captive passengers just because they need to change their flight or have to check a couple of bags. There is no justification for charging consumers a $200 fee to resell a $150 ticket that was cancelled well in advance.” We hear ya!

The list of “imposing fees” is a little lengthy (which is probably a good thing), but includes “any fee for a change or cancellation of a reservation for a flight in interstate air transportation,” “any fee relating to checked baggage to be transported on a flight in interstate air transportation” and “any other fee imposed by an air carrier relating to a flight in interstate air transportation.” Woo-hoo!

There’s no mention of specific dollar limits, but making travel more affordable is exactly what we love to hear.

Do you think there are too many ridiculous fees attached to traveling? Tweet us @BritandCo!

(h/t Two Cents; photo via Izabela Habur, JordiRamisa/iStock)