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Spirit Airlines to Charge Passengers $100 if They Want to Travel with a Carry-On Bag

Passengers hoping to save money by flying on  Spirit Airlines will now face $100 fines if they decide to bring hand luggage on  board.

The budget airline, which is often considered  the American equivalent to Ryan Air, announced that they will be dramatically  increasing the fees that they charge passengers when they either check or carry  on any bags to their flights.

The company has been charging all of its  passengers for luggage, though the fees are smaller if the passengers think  ahead and pay the fees online before they travel.

Starting November 6, just in time for the  busy holiday travel season, both organized passengers and for those who leave  the fees until the moment they arrive at the gate will have to pay increased  fees.

Rolling on the fees: Spirit Airlines that next month, they will be increasing all baggage fees for travellers who plan to either check or carry on bags to their flights

Prior to the fee change, passengers would  have to pay $45 per carry on bag if they waited until they got to the gate; now  they will be faced with a $100 bill- more than double the prior fee.

If they pay for said carry on bag at the  airport counter or ticket kiosk, however, their fee will be halved to $50, which  is still $10 more than the prior fee.

In an effort to off-set costs, the airline  has charged for every aspect of passengers luggage- from the number of bags they  check, to the varying weight of their overweight luggage.

Surfboards, bags that weigh between 71 and 99  pounds, and bags that are longer than 62 linear inches all accrue a fee of $100  or more.

The same goes for a passenger’s third, fourth  or fifth checked bags.

While the increase will undoubtedly help the  airline with profits, a spokesman told Nasdaq that the company has approached  the change that rewards passengers for planning ahead in hopes that they will  not be stuck with the highest fees.

‘Spirit offers our customers multiple  opportunities to avoid this unnecessary fee and save money,’ Tony Lefebre  said. 

‘By planning ahead and paying for bags before  getting to the boarding gate, our customers are saving time at the airport and  speeding up the boarding process. When our customers choose these time-saving,  self-service options, our costs go down, and we can pass those savings along to  our customers.’

The price increase comes as little surprise  as the financial struggles of the airline industry are well known.

Higher fuel prices, bankruptcies, and fewer  travellers spending money on travel during a down economy have all played their  part in hurting the companies bottom lines.

The news of the Spirit increases comes a day  after American Airlines announced that they grounded ten planes in order to  re-examine their safety capabilities because two flights made emergency landings  due to rows of seats being loose mid-air.

Source: The Daily Mail

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One Response to Spirit Airlines to Charge Passengers $100 if They Want to Travel with a Carry-On Bag

  1. blow them all up

    October 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    How dumb are we that we just take everything siting down? They do everything they want with us and we just go along.

    We should boycott them for one day and they will change their tunes so quickly