Spirit Airlines to Charge $100 for Carry-on Baggage
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Spirit Airlines will raise its fee for carry-on bags to up to $100, becoming the first U.S. airline to charge so much for a service that most other airlines offer for free.
Spirit said on its website that the new fees apply to carry-on bags registered at the gate and will become effective Nov. 6. Until that time, Spirit will continue to charge $45.
“We don’t want any of our customers to wait until they get to the boarding gate to pay for their carry-on bags as this delays the boarding process for everyone,” said Misty Pinson, a Spirit Air spokesperson.
“We expect that our new $100 fee charged for those who wait until they get to the gate will ensure that customers purchase their bags before arriving at the gate,” she said.
According to its website, Spirit passengers can save money by paying the fees in airport kiosks, which charge $40 for a carry-on bag, a fee that will rise to $50 on Nov. 6. On that day, Spirit Airlines will be raising a wide swath of fees for checked luggage and other services.
Tom Parsons, chief executive of Bestfares.com, referred to the carry-on baggage fees as “skyway robbery.”
The same airline that refused to refund a dying Marine’s ticket. Fuck you Spirit. This utterly sucks because Spirit is a major carrier at DTW.