DOT Fines American Airlines $60K For Incorrect Fare Disclosure

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Haven’t we all come across airline agents that seems to be misinformed about the fares and often slump the fuel surcharges, now often also called carrier imposed surcharges, as taxes?

You can access Dallas Business Journal’s article about this ruling here.


These fuel or carrier imposed surcharges are nothing more than a fare component that goes directly to the airline and has nothing to do with the taxes.

DOT fined American Airlines $60,000 on Wednesday for misleading passengers about these fees as taxes. Of course, considering the size of the American Airlines, $60,000 fine is really nothing, but creates bad publicity nonetheless.

You can access the DOT’s press release about this fine here.


Airlines should just incorporate all these unnecessary fuel/carrier imposed surcharges to base fares and be done with it.