Spirit Airlines To Charge As Much As 100 Dollars For A Carry-On Bag
 
 
  
 
 
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Spirit Airlines To Charge As Much As $100 Dollars For A Carry-On Bag
 
By Steve Hall
 
October 2, 2012 - Spirit Airlines' to begin charging $100 for a carry-on bag brought onto the aircraft, the air carrier reports it will help to speed the boarding process, ensured sufficient overhead space for all carry-on bags, and it has helped reduce the airline's fuel consumption rate.
 
Passengers who purchase their ticket online will be charged $35, if the purchase is over the phone the fee will be $40, $50 at the airport ticket counter and $100 if they get all the way to the gate before declaring their carry-on. 

Spirit reports some customers are still waiting until they reach the boarding gate to purchase their carry-on. 
 
The carrier states it slows the boarding process for customers, delays flights, increases costs for the company, and ultimately results in higher fares for everyone. Starting November 6, 2012, customers who wait until the last minute to purchase their carry-on at the boarding gate will be charged $100.

The $100 carry-on bag fee is intentionally set high to deter costly delay-causing gate activity. Much lower priced options are available for those who plan ahead and reserve their bags in advance with prices from as little as $20 if you are a member of Spirit's $9 Fare Club. 

"Our goal is for no customer ever to pay the $100 fee," says Spirit's Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre. "Spirit offers our customers multiple opportunities to avoid this unnecessary fee and save money. 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. Spirit's "Bring Less, Pay Less" bag program passes the cost of handling bags solely to those bringing bags rather than have everyone subsidize these costs. Customers who bring less, pay less.  That's exactly what has happened at Spirit.  Spirit's customers have reduced the amount of baggage, saved money and helped the company conserve the equivalent of nearly six million gallons of fuel in the last year alone compared to the rate of consumption before the introduction of the program”.

Airline Carrier Luggage, Carry-on Bag and Seat Selection Fees Guide

  
Carrier Luggage Carry-On Bag Window/Seat Selection
American Airlines First luggage $25 - Second luggage $35.00 -Third luggage $150 $0 $4-$78
Delta First luggage $25 - Second luggage $35.00 - Third luggage $125 $0 $0
Frontier First luggage $20 - Second luggage $20 - Third luggage $50 $0 $0
JetBlue Airways First luggage $0  -  Second luggage $40 - Third luggage $75 $0 $0
Southwest First luggage $0 -  Second luggage $0 - Third luggage $50 $0 $0
       
United Airlines First luggage $25 - Second luggage $35 - Third luggage $100 $0 $0
US Airways First luggage $25 - Second luggage $35 - Third luggage $125 $0 $5-$99
Spirit Airline

First luggage $28-$45 - Second luggage $35-$45 - Third luggage $85-95

First carry-on bag $35 ticket purchased online
First carry-on bag $40 ticket purchased on phone
First carry-on bag $50 ticket purchased at airport
First carry-on bag $100 report bag at gate
$1-$50

 
 
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