Airfare prices advertised in the United States or elsewhere by US-based airlines must include all mandatory taxes and fees in addition to the airfare, according to a January 2012 regulation issued by the US Department of Transportation. This does not include baggage fees. However, on the same screen where ticket prices are shown, the consumer must be informed that there are additional fees for baggage, and the page must show the amount of the baggage fees or contain a link to a page that does. Information on baggage fees also must be included on all e-ticket confirmations, and for most trips the same baggage allowances and fees must apply throughout a passenger’s journey.
To report a violation, contact the US Department of Transportation.