Spirit Airlines again increases fee for carry-on bags
Spirit Airlines, often known as the Ryanair of American carriers, charges low fares and high fees. But even regular passengers were shocked by its latest move, to raise from $45 to $100 the penalty at the gate if a passenger has not paid a carry-on fee before reaching the airport. The new fee takes effect on November 6.
Spirit is also raising other charges: $35 to book a carry-on bag online, or $50 if you pay at the airport counter. Items like briefcases that can fit under the seat go free. Allegiant is the only other American airline that charges for carry-on bags. Spirit says in a press release, “We don’t want anyone to pay $100 to check a bag at the gate!” The idea, it explains, is to get people to pay in advance.