Q. What is the DOT response to Spirit Airlines' statement on the full-fare advertising rule?
The Department of Transportation (DOT) disagrees with the Spirit Airlines statement on the full-fare advertising rule. The Business Travel Coalition and at least one Senator have criticized Spirit Airlines for this statement. Air travelers have always paid these taxes but they were rarely included in the advertised fare amount.
The DOT rule makes sure consumers get the full price up front so they can make decisions based on the true cost of air travel.
Spirit Airlines' statement that the rule requires airlines to hide taxes in the fare is not true. The rule permits airlines to disclose the amount and nature of government taxes and fees, as long as it is not deceptive. Spirit Airlines and other carriers knew this fact when DOT issued the rule.
The DOT remains committed to protecting air travelers from unfair and deceptive practices.