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Flight Centre USA

Flight Centre USA, Inc. 2008-7-5

This consent order concerns fare displays by Flight Centre USA, Inc. ("Flight Centre") on its website (www.flightcentre.us) and in newspaper advertisements the company published in the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun Times that failed to comply with the Department's rule on full fare advertising, 14 CFR 399.84. Flight Centre's website and newspaper advertisements did not properly disclose government fees and taxes applicable to its advertised fares, and did not include fuel surcharges applicable to fares in certain markets in the advertised fare. These advertising practices, in addition, constituted an unfair and deceptive trade practice and an unfair method of competition in violation of 49 U.S.C. $ 41712. This order directs the company to cease and desist from future similar violations and assesses a compromise civil penalty of $40,000.