Biden will announce new rules for airlines and travel sites to be more transparent about surcharges

According to the proposed rule, airlines and travel sites “would have to disclose in advance — the first time an airfare is displayed — the fees charged for sitting with your child, changing or canceling the flight, and checking in or carrying baggage.” , according to a draft of a Department of Transportation press release shared with CNN.

At a meeting with senior Cabinet and administration officials on Monday, Biden is expected to call on other agencies to take similar measures to increase transparency and limit surcharges for American consumers.

In his speech, the President will highlight how companies in all industries “impose hidden fees that do not allow customers to see the full price of what they are buying,” the White House official said.

“This will stop airlines from hiding the true cost of your ticket, so you’ll find the real best deal when you’re looking – saving Americans money and encouraging more competition on prices,” a White House official told CNN. “Those fees add up. In 2021, airlines earned nearly $700 million in cancellation and change fees alone.”

Passengers deserve to know the true cost of their flights before they buy a ticket, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement on Sunday.

“This proposed new rule would require airlines to be transparent with customers about the fees they charge, which would help travelers make informed decisions and save money,” he said.

After tens of thousands of flight cancellations and delays this summer, Buttigieg directed the Transportation Department to publish a new online dashboard to allow travelers to find comparative information about what each major U.S. airline is offering travelers when delays or cancellations are caused by factors. under the control of the airlines. Several major US carriers updated their policies in response to the DOT’s calls for more transparency. Airlines have struggled with labor shortages and summer weather.

Monday’s meeting will be the third meeting of the White House Competition Council, which was formed last fall and is charged with promoting competition in the US economy and reducing costs for families. The group consists of eight cabinet members and seven independent agency presidents.

Participants in the meeting will include Buttigieg, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget Director Xavier Becerra Shalanda Young and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. Cecilia Rouse