Frontier Airlines will begin charging a fee for carry-on bags to passengers who buy discount tickets on the airline through all external booking channels, including third-party booking sites. This change will take effect this summer, according to Frontier Airlines, which says it will announce later this spring the start date for its new policy.

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A study by airline consulting firm Boyd Group International shows that U.S. airports in the fourth quarter of 2012 with the highest cost of air travel ‒ based on fares paid per mile ‒ included Dallas Love Field, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

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In an open online forum, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is asking Canadians, “In an ad, what would help you to easily determine the total price of an airline ticket?” This is so Canadians can have a say in new regulations that will establish how airfares and airline fees are advertised in Canada.

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Now airlines and ticket agents must include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares and they must disclose baggage fees to consumers buying tickets. Passengers will also be able to hold a reservation without payment, or cancel a booking without penalty for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if they book a week or more before departure date.

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The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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According to the DOT, its proposed new rule would revise airlines’ current reporting requirements to improve data collection on the amount they receive from different, specific types of fees.

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The new protections will require airlines to reimburse passengers for bag fees if their bags are lost, as well as providing consumers involuntarily bumped from flights with greater compensation. The new protections also expand the current ban on lengthy tarmac delays to foreign carriers and force airlines to disclose hidden fees.

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Frontier Airlines has put into effect new fee reductions and policy changes effective for tickets purchased on or after April 13. It is also launching Frontier Express as a brand to be used for all Frontier flights operated by Embraer ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 regional jets and Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

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Continental Airlines has introduced FareLock, a fee-based service option that offers customers the opportunity to hold reservations and lock-in ticket prices for 72 hours or seven days with no commitment to purchase a ticket.

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An analysis conducted by non-profit organization the Consumer Travel Alliance has found that major U.S. airlines are not disclosing the vast majority of existing ancillary fees on their websites, despite regular statements to the contrary by the airlines.

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With American’s Express Seats service, travelers can pay to obtain their preferred seats in the first few rows of economy class – including bulkhead seats in that cabin – up to less than an hour before departure.

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The Consumer Travel Alliance has released an analysis showing that hidden fees charged by airlines on popular U.S. domestic routes can increase the base cost of an airline ticket by an average of 54 per cent for a typical traveler with two checked bags and extra legroom, or by an average of 26 per cent for a comparable one-bag traveler.

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American Airlines is introducing additional booking options with new extra-fee ‘Your Choice’ services, which the airline says are intended to make customers’ travel experiences more personalized, convenient, cost-effective and flexible.

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Alaska Air Group sister carriers Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are reducing most of their service fees, effective for travel on or after June 16 for tickets purchased beginning May 1. However, they are joining the ranks of U.S. airlines which have done away with free same-day standby service for most customers.

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American Airlines is increasing its charges for checking a first or second bag.

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