Travel Tech Leads Effort to Protect Travel Industry from Website Design Mandates
U.S. Department of Transportation Grants Travel Tech’s Hearing Petition on Proposed First Page Search Display Requirements
The Travel Technology Association (“Travel Tech”) successfully convinced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant its hearing petition on DOT’s proposed “Enhancing Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees” regulation. Travel Tech requested this hearing to “address multiple disputed technical, economic, and other factual issues raised by DOT’s proposed requirement to display the ‘critical’ ancillary fee information…on the first page of online search results.” The hearing will be held virtually on Thursday, March 30th
Travel Tech continues to express its support for DOT’s efforts to ensure consumers have access to critical ancillary fee information. For too long, consumers have lacked the consistent ability to know the true cost of different flight options. However, in its comments and hearing petition filed in January, Travel Tech highlighted deep concerns about the proposed mandate to display carry-on and checked bag fees, change and cancellation fees, and family seating fees in text on the first page of search results.
“Our members are the leading innovators in creating and maintaining consumer-friendly online travel comparison sites,” said Laura Chadwick, president and CEO of Travel Tech. “If the DOT’s proposed rule is adopted as written, these first-page search display regulations will clutter and confuse consumers’ online air travel shopping experience. This is especially true for travel comparison sites that display multiple airlines’ schedules and fares.”
“We are grateful for DOT’s interest in these matters and our member’s point of view,” Chadwick continued. “We look forward to assisting the DOT in making decisions that empower traveler choice, enable marketplace competition, promote transparency, and are indisputably in the public interest.”
Concerns raised by Travel Tech were echoed in many other responses to the NPRM from several agencies and organizations, including AARP, Google, U.S. Travel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and many more. These comments featured throughout Travel Tech’s #WeAgree campaign and can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Travel Tech
The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) empowers traveler choice by advocating for public policy promoting marketplace transparency and competition. Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies, metasearch companies, travel management companies, and short-term rental platforms.
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