It has always boggled my mind, even as a travel consultant that you will see the major airlines offering these great flight prices, only to find at the time of purchase that they are almost $ 50-$ 70 more. This is due to fact that the base price is what is on sale, not the taxes and fees they don’t tell you about. No, with the new DOT rules, the airlines must post the ENTIRE purchase price of these tickets, which makes them look more expensive, but really only reflects what the “True Price” of the ticket is. When you enlist the assistance of a travel agent, you get “up front pricing” which includes all your taxes and fees (unless otherwise indicated), and there are no surprises. Additionally, travel agents work as your personal ad visors providing their client with the best travel experience before, during and after your trip. Travel agents are also uniquely positioned to deal with disasters affecting their clients, which has recently increased due to natural disasters and political unrest in some areas that have dominated the headlines in 2011. So the next time you travel, look to enlist the assistance of trained travel professional.
To read the entire CNN article on the new DOT rules click here