Spirit Airlines Begins Charging For Carry On Bags

 

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Spirit Airlines Begins Charging For Carry On Bags

By Mike Mitchell
 
 

August 2, 2010 - Spirit Airlines began charging passengers a fee to those who bring carry-on bags onto their aircraft and place them in the overhead luggage bin which began Sunday. Passengers who pay in advance, either online or by phone, will pay $30 and for those passengers who did not pay before arriving at the boarding gate will be charged $45.

However, if you join their “Fare Club” the first bag is free. In order to avoid the carry-on fee you must be able to place you carry-on under the passenger seat. So where will passengers put their feet?

If the carry on does not fit under the seat the passenger will be charged for it. Any carry-on placed in the overhead bins will result in an additional charge to the passenger, airline officials are calling it, "bring less pay less."

Back in April when Spirit announced the new carry-on luggage fee Senator Schumer called on Secretary Geithner to issue a new administrative rule that would define carry-on baggage for air travelers as a “reasonable necessity” in order to help keep carry-on baggage free for fliers and keep other airlines at bay from passing similarly outrageous fees. “Passengers have had enough with more and more fees” said Schumer.

 

Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said on Sunday, "the check in process is going well so far. It looks like this is going to speed things up."

On July 14th Congress (Subcommittee on Aviation Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) held hearings into Spirits Airlines proposal to charge a carry-on luggage fee. Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza told congress that bringing luggage on vacation was "not essential" to travel and that his airline was helping the poor fly by charging a carry on fee.

"We are certain that Spirit's decision to unbundle services not essential to the transportation of passengers, has enabled more passengers to fly at lower cost," said Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza. "Indeed given our low fares, it has allowed many to travel who otherwise simply could not afford to do so."

 

Kate Hanni Executive Director for FlyersRights which represents air travelers submitted testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee on Airline Fees in which she stated that Congress should enact legislation this year to control airline fees, prohibit airlines from charging any fee for carry-on bags that comply with airline's size, weight, etc., limitations and, prospectively, for use of restrooms on aircraft.

“Congress should legislate that a passenger's right to carry on-board a properly-sized bag for storage in the overhead rack and for access to the aircraft's restrooms are basic elements of air travel that should be included in the passenger's base airfare for air transportation”. Said Hanni.

There is one way to avoid the carry-on baggage free and that is to go with another air carrier. All of the major air carriers excluding Spirit Airlines have agreed not to charge passengers for carry-on bags.


Spirit Airlines Carry-On Baggage Fee Schedule
 

Domestic

$9 Fare Club Membership (Online in Advance)

 

All Other Channels Except At Gate

 

Gate Only

 

Personal Item

FREE

FREE

FREE

Carry-On

$20

$30

$45

Checked (1st)

$15

$25

N/A

Checked (2nd)

$15

$25

N/A

 

 

 

 

International

$9 Fare Club Membership (Online in Advance)

All Other Channels Except At Gate

Gate Only

Personal Item

FREE

FREE

FREE

Carry-On

$20

$30

$45

Checked (1st)

$20

$30

N/A

Checked (2nd)

$20

$30

N/A      

 

 
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