December 15th, 2015

Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP) Invites Interactive Travel Services Association (ITSA) to Participate in Inaugural Meeting

The Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP), a Congressionally-established Commission within the Department of Transportation, has invited the Interactive Travel Services Association (ITSA) to testify at its inaugural meeting. ITSA will urge the Committee to act quickly to protect the interests of consumers, particularly in the area of improving disclosure of and ability to purchase airline ancillary fees.

“Consumers want and deserve the right to compare the ‘all-in’ cost of airfare across carriers, and to purchase the core services they need, such as pre-assigned seat, advance boarding, and checked bag fees, in the same manner that they buy their tickets,” said Joseph Rubin, President of ITSA. “We urge the Commission to work with the Department of Transportation to ensure that consumers’ ability to see, compare and buy their total airfare is assured.”

Independent travel distribution, which gives travel providers the ability to sell and distribute their capacity, and gives consumers the ability to compare and purchase the flights and other travel services that best suit their needs, plays a significant role in the travel space, as recognized by the Commission’s invitation to participate.

About the Interactive Travel Services Association (ITSA)

The Interactive Travel Services Association is the association for online travel companies (OTCs) and global distribution systems (GDSs), which sell half of all airline tickets in the U.S. ITSA is the voice of the industry on public policy matters, including educating policy makers, opinion leaders and the traveling public about the industry and matters of importance that will affect travel and tourism.

ITSA’s members include: Amadeus (Madrid Stock Exchange: AMS.MC), Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE), Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN), Sabre Holdings, Travelport and

Jospeh Rubin’s statement to the Committee can be found at:


Joseph Rubin, President, 202-557-4180

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