Have you ever been mad as hell about travel? If so, it’s more than likely been over travel fees that you were probably unaware of until the last minute. This is often in the form of taxes or other ludicrous fees that are often tacked on just before you buy your ticket, or sometimes even after. If you’ve ever had an (or multiple) experiences like this, then you might be interested in what Budget Travel reports as a new travel coalition, affectionately called Mad As Hell About Hidden Fees.
As you can assume from the name of the coalition, Mad As Hell About Hidden Fees is rallying travelers so they can put more pressure on airlines and travel booking websites to disclose hidden fees. Budget Travel reports that they’ve even dubbed a day, September 23, as “Mad As Hell Day”. On this day they will present names and stories about hidden travel fees to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in hopes that travel companies will do a better job of disclosing fees.
Budget Travel reports that the travel coalition isn’t trying to eliminate fees so much, since this isn’t reasonable, but they want to make the travel booking system more transparent. Few travel websites disclose fees upfront and so most travelers don’t know about these extras until they are booking their travel. Changes to the booking process would make airlines more responsible for fees and have them accessible to travelers. Travelers interested in being a part of Mad As Hell Day, can visit the coalition’s website to sign the petition and share their own stories about hidden fees.
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