President Biden Tackling Airline & Hotel Fees

President Biden Tackling Airline & Hotel Fees

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President Biden has given a speech today at the White House, sharing actions that are intended to help families with expenses amid inflation. Among these changes, Biden discussed hidden airline and hotel fees.

Biden’s bizarre comments on airline fees

During his speech, President Biden talked about requiring airlines to be more transparent with fees. Specifically, he said the following:

“Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money, but you don’t know it until you purchase your ticket. Looks, folks, these are junk fees, they’re unfair, and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially low income folks, people of color. They benefit for corporations, not consumers.”

I’m not really sure what he’s going for here?

  • Are all airlines supposed to increase legroom by six inches for everyone?
  • Isn’t it sufficient to know that there’s a cost for extra legroom seats at the time that you’re purchasing your ticket?

I suspect Biden was referring to an initiative announced in late September, where his administration intends to require airlines and online travel agencies to disclose fees for seat selection, checked baggage, and other add-ons, at the same time that fares are displayed.

That’s something I’m 100% in favor of, though the extra legroom example doesn’t really demonstrate that point well, and for that matter seems to miss the point. I’m guessing the legroom is pretty decent for everyone on Air Force One, so it’s probably not an issue Biden has dealt with in some time. 😉

Biden is taking issue with extra legroom seating

Biden to tackle hotel & resort fees

During his speech, Biden also mentioned changes with hotel & resort fees, and talked about requiring hotels to be more transparent with these.

The concept of hotels charging resort fees or destination fees has become increasingly common in recent years, and this is frustrating for consumers:

  • With this practice, hotels generally bundle some amenities for a fixed nightly fee, in order to generate more revenue
  • One of the primary motivations for these fees is to initially make the rate seem lower than it actually is; some hotels have a bad habit of “drip pricing,” whereby the cost of a hotel stay increases as you go through the booking process
  • There are some other motivations for these kinds of fees, including online travel agencies not getting commissions on that portion of the rate, and in some areas there are tax benefits to this as well

I’m not asking that hotels eliminate these, but rather it would be nice if hotels were at least required to disclose these upfront, during the booking process. This is something that Marriott agreed to do after settling with the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. However, it seems like this should simply be an industry practice across the board.

Hotels should be more transparent about resort fees

Bottom line

While we’ll see what comes of this, President Biden mentioned during a speech that he intends to require greater transparency from airlines and hotels when it comes to hidden fees.

While the government could potentially force more transparency, it’s unlikely to do much to lower the cost of flights or hotel stays. It would simply level the playing field of how different brands advertise their costs, and make the booking process easier for consumers.

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  1. oceab Guest

    Resort fees are presented and explained before you hit the “book” button. If you don’t like resort fees then don’t stay at resort properties. Yes they are annoying but do your homework and know what you’re booking before you complain..
    You get what you pay for people..don’t be cheap!
    As for the airlines, If you want a better seat when flying then pay for it..

  2. Guest Guest

    The resort fees, ticket fees, checked baggage fees, hotel property parking fees, hospital property parking fees should all be eliminated. We pay more than enough for the initial price of what we purchase and should not be required to pay these fees. I paid almost $700.00 to fly roundtrip from San Diego to Charlotte, NC in May 2022. Ridiculous $80 of that was for my checked suitcase. Dr. and hospital parking is Ridiculous shame on...

    The resort fees, ticket fees, checked baggage fees, hotel property parking fees, hospital property parking fees should all be eliminated. We pay more than enough for the initial price of what we purchase and should not be required to pay these fees. I paid almost $700.00 to fly roundtrip from San Diego to Charlotte, NC in May 2022. Ridiculous $80 of that was for my checked suitcase. Dr. and hospital parking is Ridiculous shame on Sharp, Rady's Children ,and Scripps hospitals and some Dr's offices in San Diego, California for charging patients to park. They get enough money paid by citizens paying cash , donations, insurance companies to where no fees should be charged. Greed!!

    1. Greg Guest

      I hate resort fees mainly because the hotels that charge them actually end up providing poor customer service. The rudest amd most unprofessional employees I had encountered have always been at the hotels that charged resort fees, Kimton hotel or the two Intercontinental hotels in NYC, or the Marriott Disney resort in Orland, etc... all had employees who were rude... the hotels that didn't charge resort fees such as the Grand Hyatt or Westin resort...

      I hate resort fees mainly because the hotels that charge them actually end up providing poor customer service. The rudest amd most unprofessional employees I had encountered have always been at the hotels that charged resort fees, Kimton hotel or the two Intercontinental hotels in NYC, or the Marriott Disney resort in Orland, etc... all had employees who were rude... the hotels that didn't charge resort fees such as the Grand Hyatt or Westin resort in Guam were all amazing destinations, with outstanding customer service. Moreover, I feel it is unethical for hotels to charge resort fees for services which are not available. At any rate, when I stay at hotels with resort fees I have zero tolerance for rude staff or for services which are unavailable. In those cases I immediately dispute the charge with my credit card company, I obviously make sure to submit evidence with my dispute such as a notice that the pool is closed for the season, etc...

  3. Bob Guest

    Resort fees are riped for abuse. Hotels are simply trying to expand this to all hotels and then move on to the next level of bs abuse once resort fees become the norm. I can't stand hotels that separate their fees. I've seen service fees that doesn't get tacked on until you check out.

    I suspect airlines will try the same tactic. They'll have a dozen additional charges for you and at some point will...

    Resort fees are riped for abuse. Hotels are simply trying to expand this to all hotels and then move on to the next level of bs abuse once resort fees become the norm. I can't stand hotels that separate their fees. I've seen service fees that doesn't get tacked on until you check out.

    I suspect airlines will try the same tactic. They'll have a dozen additional charges for you and at some point will check some of those by default for "your convience". We'll get different pricing based on the row you're sitting in, forget section.

  4. David Diamond

    Not sure why they can't just do to hotel what they do to airlines: The price advertised must be the price you can get when you book. I don't care even if you're a real resort, the fee should be added into the total price if it's not optional. If it's optional, it must be opt-in only. That's it, it's not rocket science. All businesses figure out the cost of business and price their products...

    Not sure why they can't just do to hotel what they do to airlines: The price advertised must be the price you can get when you book. I don't care even if you're a real resort, the fee should be added into the total price if it's not optional. If it's optional, it must be opt-in only. That's it, it's not rocket science. All businesses figure out the cost of business and price their products and services accordingly, I don't see why hotels should get the special privilege of playing games.

  5. Quezebo Jones Guest

    If you read the whole announcement, all he will do is ask the companies to reduce these junk fees. He can't order them to do anything. More Blah, Blah, Blah from President Huckster.

  6. Samo Guest

    Resort fees and destination fees are a complete nonsense. Businesses are free to break the price into as many items as they please, but as long as a fee is compulsory, it should be calculated into the displayed price from the step one.

    It's a complete nonsense to be able to advertise a price which is not actually available - and it's illegal in most of the world.

  7. Wayne Newton Guest

    If someone would tackle resort fees that would be great. Nothing like booking a room in the offseason in Vegas for $40 only to see the $32 resort fee for a pool that's closed.

    Also "surcharges" that never go away. It's not a "surcharge" if it's been part of your fare structure for 5 years.

  8. Steve Guest

    I think what he meant to say is that you shouldn't have to clean the entire AirBNB when being charged a substantial cleaning fee. Or at least showing the total price including all the nonsense fees AirBNB adds up front. Now that's something I could actually get behind.

  9. George Romey Guest

    Grandpa is rambling again. We have fees in the airline industry because Americans want $99 fares to go see Mickey. He doesn't seem to know and his staff including his useless Transportation Secretary are too dumb to know that the legacy airlines got rid of one of the biggest fees, change fees on domestic tickets except basic economy.

    Resort fees are nothing more than a rip off. If you don't want the fee don't stay at the property.

    1. Chris D Guest

      Resort fees disclosed upfront is not good enough. They need to be included in the headline price (along with any taxes, etc).

  10. Dan Gold Guest

    The DOT under Biden has been amazing! Record cancelations, record delays, increased fees, mismanaged airports. His ability to manage is amazing!

  11. magice Member

    Lucky, why are you covering the news like this? Seriously. I know, it's your blog, and it's your right to write what you like, but is fairness too much to ask?

    Biden's attempt(s), all things equal, are good. They are in line with your opinion on fees. Why must you start the covering of the government *supporting your view* by doing the stupid "what does he mean"? Of course he meant the playing with "economy...

    Lucky, why are you covering the news like this? Seriously. I know, it's your blog, and it's your right to write what you like, but is fairness too much to ask?

    Biden's attempt(s), all things equal, are good. They are in line with your opinion on fees. Why must you start the covering of the government *supporting your view* by doing the stupid "what does he mean"? Of course he meant the playing with "economy v basic economy" game, wherein you may or may not be able to select a seat you like, and it's hard to tell. Shouldn't we be supportive of businesses (airlines, hotels, and whoever else) being clear on the prices?

    Why? Even if you disagree with Biden (by your portrayal of his speech, seems like it), can't you be nice? He. is. agreeing. with. you.

  12. Matthew V Guest

    Woke gone wild coming home to roost. As a person of color I can only surmise that Biden thinks we are all fat. People who have no argument play the race card. Biden is getting good at it

  13. Timo Gold

    The bigger problem is when governments start to micro-control the economy. Airline/hotel fees shouldn't be on his top 1,000 list these days of record high inflation created by his Admin. Let the free market work it out. It's like once you start a medication for a particular symptom,, before you know it you are 8 meds deep fixing all the ancillary symptoms. No joke.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      How is *any* president responsible for inflation?

      Explain it.

      You can’t, because you’re intellectually dishonest.

    2. david Guest

      Biden is responsible for inflation because of his high spending and war on fossil fuel energy.

      That's how he's responsible for it.

    3. reddargon Diamond

      By your logic shouldn't we let the free market work out inflation? It is, after all, caused by free market forces, and it will calm down on its own eventually, right? No joke.

  14. david Guest

    Hey Joe. Billions of dollars in COVID relief money was lost through fraud. Maybe you should get your own house in order before you start telling others how to conduct themselves.

    1. reddargon Diamond

      And much of this fraud occurred when Trump was still president, because that's when those programs were launched.

      I agree that the government now should take steps to remedy it, regardless of when the problem started, but implying that this is all Biden's fault is either ignorant or disingenuous. On top of that, my understanding is that prosecuting this fraud is incredibly difficult and much of the money is already gone and unrecoverable, unfortunately.

    2. David Guest

      Let me help you. Biden made the comment about the fees and is sticking his nose in someone else’s business. Trump did not. Trump is not president. Biden is. Trump cannot do anything about it, maybe come 2024. Biden can. This is the problem with democrats. They don’t take ownership of a problem. All they are good at is blaming others. Biden with Trump. Obama with Bush and down the line. If you blame someone...

      Let me help you. Biden made the comment about the fees and is sticking his nose in someone else’s business. Trump did not. Trump is not president. Biden is. Trump cannot do anything about it, maybe come 2024. Biden can. This is the problem with democrats. They don’t take ownership of a problem. All they are good at is blaming others. Biden with Trump. Obama with Bush and down the line. If you blame someone else and don’t fix the problem, what good are you? You’re not!

    3. reddargon Diamond

      Sticking his head in someone else's business because he wants to add some regulations that are widely supported? I hate to break it to you but the airline industry is already highly regulated, so the government's nose is already in their business.

      I am not trying to debate politics here, I'm just pointing out that much of this fraud happened while Trump was still president. I also don't think we disagree that Biden should try...

      Sticking his head in someone else's business because he wants to add some regulations that are widely supported? I hate to break it to you but the airline industry is already highly regulated, so the government's nose is already in their business.

      I am not trying to debate politics here, I'm just pointing out that much of this fraud happened while Trump was still president. I also don't think we disagree that Biden should try to resolve this issue, even if he didn't cause it, and I said that in my initial post (although you seem to ignore that). Biden did sign bi-partisan legislation in August to fight this fraud but I'm not sure this is enough.

      I'll just end with this point. Politicians blaming their predecessors and the opposing party is nothing new and is not exclusive to Democrats. Both sides do it, I find it amazing that you mention Obama and Biden and ignore the fact that Trump complained about Obama (and now Biden) constantly. I'm not sure if you truly believe that only one party is the problem here but the issues with the American political system run a lot deeper than that.

  15. Carlos Guest

    “ in some areas there are tax benefits to this as well”

    in other words, tax fraud by the hotels. I fail to see how the tax authorities have allowed this for so long.

  16. EK_engineer Guest

    Dems hold the House and Senate . And also the presidency (for what it's worth today). Obviously they lack the power to do something about it today.

    1. Ladakn99 Member

      Not too easy when you need 10 Republicans in the Senate to move anything up here.

      I deal with these people every day...

    2. Timo Gold

      If only "those" people would just agree to everything then all would work out just fine.

    3. EK_engineer Guest

      @Ladakn99

      Ten Republicans and the whole machinery of gov't grinds to a halt? Yeah, good try though.
      More like the Dems haven't even started to push this issue till election time. That's the REAL problem.

    4. chasgoose Guest

      Do you not understand how the filibuster works? Currently Republicans in the Senate can stop most things from ever being voted on by filibustering it, which they do regularly. There are some pieces of legislation that can go through filibuster proof, but this issue wouldn’t qualify.

      So yes, given the 50-50 senate and the filibuster requirement it takes 10 Republican senators to pass almost everything in the Senate.

      Nice try though.

    5. EK_engineer Guest

      @chasgoose

      Timing is everything in politics. And would have killed them to just try?
      Nice try though. Then again, your chosen name of 'goose' says all I need to know about your computing power and logic.

    6. David Guest

      No, it says something about the democrats, that their ideas are a bit too radical that they can’t even win over 10 measly Republicans when you have the likes of Mittens Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and other RINO’s. But don’t worry. That problem will go away after the elections next month.

    7. Ladakn99 Member

      @EK_engineer Um no. That's not the case. I've been covering this issue for the past few years (I'm a senior staffer for a member of congress). feel free to search for the "Hotel Advertising Transparency Act." It's been out here for the past few years trying to compel the FTC into doing what they did yesterday.

      You need 60 votes in the Senate to move anything that's non-tax related in the Senate. hence why my 10 Republicans comment.

  17. SoSongblue Guest

    As far as ancillary revenue from airlines for these odds and ends….. a problem created by government through the different tax treatment of the two categories….. but wait government is here to save you from the problem which government nurtured and unwittingly encouraged. Does anyone really want these idiots (regardless of party) in charge of more?

  18. Jim Guest

    As a matter of principle, I will not stay at a hotel that has a nonoptional "resort fee" unless it is in the advertised price.

  19. Stan Ferris Guest

    This is nothing more than politicking prior to an election. If you really believe that he will do something, you belong in Disney World. For the most part he doesn't even know what he is talking about, just reading the teleprompter.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      At least Biden *can* read - certainly a step up from his corrupt, dementia-befogged predecessor.

    2. david Guest

      Yeah, Trump was crazy. Crazy like a fox. Low interest rates, low inflation, low energy prices, record minority employment,, Putin not invading anywhere, North Korea under control and actually some progress on Middle East peace. And then when a worldwide pandemic hit, was able to get a vaccine out within a year.

    3. reddargon Diamond

      David, it's true things were pretty great under Trump. Most of those things were a continuation of trends in the latter Obama years, but still commendable. The last point though is hilarious--sure, efforts he took did help companies develop vaccines quicker, but he also did a lot of damage to efforts to actually get people to take those vaccines. Vaccination rates are much higher against Democrats than Republicans, in part due to him casting doubt...

      David, it's true things were pretty great under Trump. Most of those things were a continuation of trends in the latter Obama years, but still commendable. The last point though is hilarious--sure, efforts he took did help companies develop vaccines quicker, but he also did a lot of damage to efforts to actually get people to take those vaccines. Vaccination rates are much higher against Democrats than Republicans, in part due to him casting doubt on their necessity and effectiveness.

  20. Steve Guest

    Biden may be referring to dynamic pricing foe extra legroom seats. American Airlines for example charges different amounts for the same seat depending on the route and day. Even after your purchased the ticket, the price for the same seat changes from day to day.

    Maybe most people in this forum have status and don’t notice the price variances. My strategy has been to kept checking one a while for a reasonably low price....

    Biden may be referring to dynamic pricing foe extra legroom seats. American Airlines for example charges different amounts for the same seat depending on the route and day. Even after your purchased the ticket, the price for the same seat changes from day to day.

    Maybe most people in this forum have status and don’t notice the price variances. My strategy has been to kept checking one a while for a reasonably low price. Of cause that runs into the danger that someone reserved the seat already.

  21. Steve Diamond

    This is something both sides agree with, fees added later on is an epidemic, look at sports and concert tickets especially.

    That said this is what he is talking about right before the midterms? Is he trying to make everyone forget about inflation and the markets...

  22. CXP Member

    Most of the issue here is with hotel charges, which are getting more outrageous by the day. 'Resort fees' or 'Destination fees' are usually completely ludicrous, covering what used to be (and should be) included in then price anyhow (Internet, pool and gym use... really?). I have seen these fees go as high as $70-80 a night, and then they usually charge another $50 for parking, adding $120-130 a night to the room rate. Add taxes on top of that. This needs to stop.

  23. Jane Blogs Guest

    Resort fees are out of control but now they have also become the norm in cities like NYC, it is just straight out gouging. Add in all the taxes and suddenly it’s a huge chunk of change. Then if paying in foreign currency as many people are, a bad exchange rate against the dollar makes even a HIXpress become the price of a 5 star hotel. Just not right!

  24. Regis Guest

    Airlines already disclose the full price. Seat selection, baggage and other ancillary fees (so far, unless they start charging for lavatory use) are optional. The real issue is with hotels, and more egregiously, care rental companies, where the final prices can be 50% more than quoted on search sites.

    1. Felix Guest

      I cannot agree at all. I am 6.9 tall and I simply do not fit into standard economy seats. A seat with more legroom is not optional for a lot of tall folks.

      So where do you draw the line? I would prioritize the disclosure of prices for different seats over other ancilliary services.

      For example, the price for emergency exit seats for flights from Germany to the canary islands ranges from around 15...

      I cannot agree at all. I am 6.9 tall and I simply do not fit into standard economy seats. A seat with more legroom is not optional for a lot of tall folks.

      So where do you draw the line? I would prioritize the disclosure of prices for different seats over other ancilliary services.

      For example, the price for emergency exit seats for flights from Germany to the canary islands ranges from around 15 to 70 Euro (from lowest to highest: Ryanair, Eurowings, Corendon Airlines, TuiFly, Condor).
      It takes a lot of effort to do this research and sometimes you even need to go through the booking process and enter passenger details. That is more than just annoying...

  25. Alonzo Diamond

    Why you aren't using your platform to speak out against resort fees, is beyond me. Resort fees need to be dunzo. Maybe they'll pop up in another way but at least I'm not paying a separate fee. Nobody likes them, what benefit do they provide? Charge me a $40 resort fee and give me $30-$40 in credit at the hotel for spend. I'll settle for that.

    1. Tom Guest

      Don't forget taxes. All hotels should have to displace the "all-in" price when doing a search unless some of these fees are optional, which they are not!

  26. Todd Guest

    All these politicians are TALK TALK And TALK. I would actually like to see one of these idiots actually do something. What Biden is saying looks like to me is re regulate the industry again. For gods sake do something and stop talking

    1. Stuart Guest

      I would venture to say that the DOT under Biden is the most productive and solution producing agency that we have seen in decades. As such, your call for doing something has actually been happening for the past two years and will continue to do so.

    2. Dowaditty Guest

      That’s quite a venture therr…. Supply chain crisis, air traffic control staffing catastrophe last spring all while the secretary is out on leave. Probably the most screwed up DOT in recent memory!

    3. Tommy t Guest

      Start must not import anything. Totally clueless and Americans being abused financially. An inland.mayor as head....

    4. Ladakn99 Member

      Hi Todd. Here's the notice from the Federal Trade Commission. The proposed rule should be available to comment on in a few days.

      https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2022/10/federal-trade-commission-explores-rule-cracking-down-junk-fees

    5. chasgoose Guest

      Regulating the industry would be doing something and stopping talking about it. What is your alternative?

  27. Chris Guest

    Resort fees are unethical and need to go the way of the dodo.

    - cannot opt out
    - device to lower the apparent nightly cost
    - are not included in travel agent commission calculation
    - I have been charged in Center city hotels. No Resort for miles around.

    1. Jimmy Guest

      Can you opt out of services you can't won't use or don't need? A business traveler or another traveler that is on a tight schedule hasn't time for a lot of these unnecessary fees and in some cases ridiculous amenities.

      The Queen XXXXXXXXX Hotel charges a Resort Fee of $35.00 per night per room that is in addition to our rates and that will be automatically added to your bill by the hotel. The...

      Can you opt out of services you can't won't use or don't need? A business traveler or another traveler that is on a tight schedule hasn't time for a lot of these unnecessary fees and in some cases ridiculous amenities.

      The Queen XXXXXXXXX Hotel charges a Resort Fee of $35.00 per night per room that is in addition to our rates and that will be automatically added to your bill by the hotel. The Resort Fee provides the following:
      Welcome Sample Pineapple Juice or Dole Whip at Aloha Whip (located in lobby)
      Weekly Live Local Music Entertainment (at Deck Restaurant or Knots Cafe)
      Daily surf demonstrations at Hans Hedemann Surf School (located in lobby)
      Discounts to on site activities (cocktail making, yoga, haku lei, coffee tasting, hot hula fitness)
      Discounts to local cultural/attractions on Oahu
      High Speed WIFI Internet (Guest Rooms & Public Areas)
      Two Queen xxxxxxxxx Water Bottles (for use during stay and to take home as gifts)
      Flo Water Ice and Water Stations
      24 Hour Access Fitness Center
      24 Hour Access Business Center (including printing services from laptop/smart device to the business center printer)
      Yoga on the Go Sets (Carrying Bag, Mat, Jump Rope, Foam Roller, multi pound Fitness Cables)
      Raw Elements Sunscreen (Sample in room, pool area)
      Queen xxxxxxxxx Post Cards
      In-Room Digital Safe
      In-Room Refrigerator
      10% discount at Dollar Rental Car
      Unlimited Local & 1-800 Telephone Calls
      Guest Internet Access at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel
      Queen Kapiolani Hotel Information image

      In-Room Internet Access: Wireless Included in daily $35 Resort Fee
      Business Center Access: Kiosk in lobby Pay to use
      Elsewhere in Hotel: Wireless hotspot in lobby area Free

  28. Tim Dunn Diamond

    Swing 2 after the student loan forgiveness failed to turn polls around.

    There is only so much that a President can do without the approval of Congress including legislating commerce and he looks like a 2 year lame duck.

    Hotels and airlines have nothing to fear.

    1. Stuart Guest

      As my mother said years ago in business as a woman in the 1970's..."The greatest weapon I have is how much they underestimate me."

      Do not underestimate the message here. More importantly, do not underestimate the incredible team he has, including Mayor Pete. While he may not be an orator on the level of Obama, Biden still finds ways to connect the dots while everyone, like you Tim, mocks him.

    2. Tim Dunn Diamond

      nobody is mocking anyone.
      I am noting that strategic oil releases haven't worked - and have ticked off Saudi Arabia as they contemplate a multi-billion dollar airplane order, the student loan forgiveness program is going through a series of court challenges, and now this - which will almost certainly go nowhere based on what the CEO of the USA is legally allowed to do.

      And if he really believes it needs to happen, his...

      nobody is mocking anyone.
      I am noting that strategic oil releases haven't worked - and have ticked off Saudi Arabia as they contemplate a multi-billion dollar airplane order, the student loan forgiveness program is going through a series of court challenges, and now this - which will almost certainly go nowhere based on what the CEO of the USA is legally allowed to do.

      And if he really believes it needs to happen, his party needs to retain control of both houses of Congress, something virtually no one believes is likely.

      Those are economic and political realities and there is nothing mocking about any of it.

    3. reddargon Diamond

      Tim, why are you under the misguided impression that Biden can do nothing about it? The DOT is an executive branch agency, and like any executive agency it is granted by Congress the ability to propose and make rules and regulations. In fact, the DOT already proposed a new rule on airline fee transparency in September, so Biden's comments are not anything new. There is a process in place for how new rules are made,...

      Tim, why are you under the misguided impression that Biden can do nothing about it? The DOT is an executive branch agency, and like any executive agency it is granted by Congress the ability to propose and make rules and regulations. In fact, the DOT already proposed a new rule on airline fee transparency in September, so Biden's comments are not anything new. There is a process in place for how new rules are made, and proposed rules must go through a variety of steps.

      In case you're interested, you can see the proposed rule here: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2022-09/Ancillary%20Fees%20NPRM.pdf. This contains a section describing the DOT's statutory authority to make such a rule. Whether the rule actually comes into being is to be seen, but it's certainly within the DOT's authority.

    4. Stan Ferris Guest

      I don't think you have actually listened to him, he is clueless. I agree with Tim Dunn, this is nothing but 11th hour politicking, reading the teleprompter that his advisors have decided the message!

    5. Ladakn99 Member

      Thanks for letting everyone know you know nothing about the regulatory power of the Federal Trade Commission. They announced the proposed rulemaking on the hotel fees/ticket service fees portion last week, and can easily be accessed on their website.

      Have fun with the comments :)

  29. Matt Guest

    Hey Ben! Just an FYI, Daily Wire is a far-right news publication (you may have heard of Ben Shapiro) with a virulently anti-LGBT bent. It looks totally legit, I know no harm intended, and no clue wtf Biden is trying to say lol, but figured you'd want to know before using them as a source!

    1. Eve Guest

      Not to mention they are known to peddle conspiracy news and bias or false news

      Here is fact checking site Snopes describing the outlet "DailyWire.com has a tendency to share stories that are taken out of context or not verified"

      The outlet is also known to generate fake news regularly

    2. Timo Gold

      Snopes?!!!! Puh- leaze.

    3. Widerightv New Member

      Eve,
      You bring up the fact the "Daily Wire" is known to peddle conspiracy news, bias and has a tendency to share stories that are taken out of context or not verified...
      Then with the ultimate amount of ribald humor, very seriously delivered, you ask us to check out Snopes...
      I nearly fell off my chair in uncontrolled laughter. You need to take this act out on the road. Your ironic take on humor is creative.

    4. Sel, D. Guest

      I guess not being far left like virtually every other news outlet makes you far right? I disagree with many of their positions, but often they lean moderate and center right. I admit they’re extreme on abortion. They are not anti-LGBT. It’s the same as using CNN as a news source - just the other side of the same rusty coin my friend.

    5. shayla Guest

      Not sure what coins you're walking around with in your pocket, but not hardly. I've seen the crap they push as news and to say it couldn't be farther from the truth seems a bit redundant. Their association with Candace Owens alone, so busy calling out everyone else as a "race pimp" she fails to realize that doing it for the other side doesn't make her pimp game non existent; is enough to put any and everything they say under great scrutiny.

    6. Regis Guest

      Far left, far right...what do these expression mean and who decides who is who? These concepts are entirely subjective and 100% dependent on the eye of the beholder. They mean nothing objectively should not be used in intelligent discourse.

    7. James Guest

      I'm a life-long democrat, and while I don't often agree, I still find Shapiro to be acceptable. He's certainly no worse in terms of slant than, say, MSNBC (and actually more entertaining, for what it's worth). And he's definitely not anti-LGBT.

    8. Em Guest

      @James, Ben Shapiro is one of the MOST anti-LGBT people that exist.
      —Said in a speech: “A man and a woman do a better job of raising a child than two men or two women.”
      —Argued homosexuality should remain in the DSM as a mental illness.
      —Described trans actor Elliot Page’s coming out announcement as “awkward,” “creepy,” “disgusting” and “pathetic.

      Definitely recommend you check your sources there!

  30. Icarus Guest

    You are made aware when purchasing tickets. You select the fare type and are informed whether baggage is included etc etc. This info is clearly visible on the websites. And playing race card ??

  31. Terry Kozma Guest

    Resort fees need to be eliminated. When the web site show a price it should be the final price including taxes. This makes comparisons quicker. This is done in most countries

    1. Tom Guest

      Yes! Totally agree. Hotels, AirBnB, VRBO etc. are the worst offenders. Show me the all in price!

      Airlines are fine in my opinion.

  32. Bandmeeting Guest

    “ I’m not really sure what he’s going for here?”

    Neither is he because he is an addle-brained cadaver.

    1. Sam Guest

      You can pay my resort fees since you love them now that he hates them.

    2. Ray Guest

      Shall we break it dow for the rightwing uneducated voters like you? Seems others were able to understand.

    3. david Guest

      Ray - given you can't spell "down" or can't figure out how to use spell checker tells me you are the uneducated one.

    4. Bandmeeting Guest

      “ I’m not really sure what he’s going for here?”

      Those are Ben’s words not mine.

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Chris Guest

Resort fees are unethical and need to go the way of the dodo. - cannot opt out - device to lower the apparent nightly cost - are not included in travel agent commission calculation - I have been charged in Center city hotels. No Resort for miles around.

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Jim Guest

As a matter of principle, I will not stay at a hotel that has a nonoptional "resort fee" unless it is in the advertised price.

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Stuart Guest

I would venture to say that the DOT under Biden is the most productive and solution producing agency that we have seen in decades. As such, your call for doing something has actually been happening for the past two years and will continue to do so.

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