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Disclosure Law Requires Airlines To Post Actual Prices

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When it comes to travel, we’re all looking for a good deal, but that cheap ticket often times ends up costing us more than we expect. That’s about to change Tuesday, however, when a new fee disclosure law takes effect.

Check out any airline site and you’ll see some great deals for winter travel. The problem is that it is not necessarily the final price.

“Every time I book I see something that says “Oh, a great deal,” and then it happens to be not so great,” said Margaret Solheid, who is traveling to Florida.

According to AAA, taxes and fees have a tendency to drive up the price. They’re included in the ads, but usually in the fine print.

“When you look at all the fees that are associated, whether it be government taxes or baggage fees…they can add anywhere from 30 to 40 percent to an airline ticket,” said Gail Weinholzer of AAA.

The federal law from the U.S. Department of Transportation will require airlines to post the final price with no hidden fees.

“It’s intended to be a bit more truth in advertising as it applies to airline rates,” said Weinholzer

Not only will travelers know what they’ll pay, Weinholzer said it will also be easier to compare rates since some fees differ between the airlines.

“I like to know upfront… what I’m paying, that’s for sure. I don’t want any hidden fees either so I think that’s a great idea,” said Ceclia Bjerke, who is traveling to Florida.

For those still looking for a good deal, AAA said you can save by booking and taking a trip between now and March, packaging your vacation plans with hotel as well as airfare, as well as travelling midweek.

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