Spirit Airlines Raising Carry-On Bag Fee To $100

By: AP
By: AP

Putting a bag in the overhead bin will soon cost some Spirit Airlines passengers $100, more than they paid for their tickets.

The Miramar, Fla., airline currently charges $45 for a carry-on bag. As of Nov. 6, customers who pay the fee at the boarding gate will fork over $100. Any bag that needs to fit in the overhead bin is considered a carry-on. A bag that fits under the seat is free.

The fee stays at $45 if passengers pay at an airport counter or kiosk. Spirit is one of two airlines that charge for carry-ons.

Spirit will increase a handful of other fees between $2 and $10.

In the first quarter, Spirit's average revenue from fees per passenger on a round-trip flight topped $100 for the first time.

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  • by ? on May 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. They'll only get worst. Bunch of greedy idolitors. This airline will be shutting down soon, they're doing it to themselves.
  • by Ll on May 3, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    Hmmm. Must be a reason why I have never heard of them.
  • by Jay on May 3, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    I found it funny that when I came to the comments page, there was an ad to fly Frontier for $59 on this page. I'd pick Frontier over spirit any day, especially after spirit drops this nugget. They aren't going to be in business long.
  • by disgusted on May 3, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    Sounds like they are in a rush to land in bankruptcy court...
  • by Hmmm on May 3, 2012 at 12:12 AM
    I wonder if Jazzcat would fit into an overhead compartment???
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      by jazzcat on May 3, 2012 at 05:49 AM in reply to Hmmm
      Maybe I would...
  • by watching Location: USA on May 2, 2012 at 09:02 PM
    Soon it will be cheaper to just pay for another seat for your carry-on.
  • by jazzcat on May 2, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    I'd prefer airlines charged passengers by the pound (person luggage), but charging for carry-on bags is a good start. I've seen WAY too many people try to avoid the baggage fee by shoving 'small' suitcases into those overhead bins.
  • by Boycott on May 2, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    Boycott Spirit!
  • by @Fred on May 2, 2012 at 04:36 PM
    Old bag as in your wife? Haha!
  • by Fred Location: c/s on May 2, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    I wonder if that fee applies if my old bag flies with me?
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