The price of a ticket just isn't what it used to be.
Oh sure, there's the base fare, which is always very low. That's the price that we see advertised; the price that gets everyone excited about traveling. It's what makes the trip that we are contemplating sound affordable.
But then you have to add to that base fare the various taxes (local, state, federal) and fees (airport fees, fuel surcharges, security fees, etc.) and before you know it, the price of the ticket can nearly double.
I've long been a proponent of one-price shopping when it comes to airline tickets. The price you are quoted for your ticket should include ALL charges that you will have to pay. NO hidden add ons. NO surprises.
Apparently I'm not alone in this belief, as the DOT's recent proposal to keep base fare lows, but then allow the airline to tack on additional fees, is being met with opposition in the U.S. Senate.
Does anyone really care what the base price is? Isn't what's really important the total that you are going to have to pay for your travel?
If you're of the same mind as I am (that allowing an artificially low advertising fare, when the reality, after all the fees are tacked on, is substantially quite higher) is deceptive, as well as ridiculous, consider writing your Senator or Representative to express your opinion. Tell then you want your fees up front, not hidden. As soon as I finish this post, that's exactly what I'll be doing.