Airline ticket alert: New airfare rule could lead to costly mistake

The Associated Press

Airline ticket alert: New airfare rule could lead to costly mistake

April 6, 2016

EXCERPT

The three largest U.S. airlines have changed the way they price multi-city trips, forcing those who book such itineraries to pay hundreds of extra dollars in airfare.

Most fliers buy simple roundtrip tickets and won’t be affected. But travelers visiting several cities on one trip, especially those flying for business, are seeing airfares six or seven times the normal price. Many might not know of the new policy or that there is a way to avoid the higher fares.

The simultaneous adoption of new pricing rules by all three carriers has led the Business Travel Coalition to accuse the airlines of illegally coordinating on this “complicated and comprehensive scheme.” The advocacy group asked the Department of Justice to add this to its ongoing investigation of possible airline collusion. The group’s chairman, Kevin Mitchell, said “fliers and will no doubt be blindsided by this new policy and pay dearly when shopping at airline websites.”

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