The $100 Carry On.

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  1. LarryInNYC

    LarryInNYC Gold Member

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    Cost for a carry-on to go up to $100.

    That's the cost for carrying the bag onto the aircraft, not how much the bag cost in the store.

    This is Spirit's new policy for carry-ons when you pay the fee at the gate. If you pay at the kiosk while checking in, the cost remains a "reasonable" $45.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/05/02/business/ap-us-spirit-airlines-fee-hike.html?

    No word on whether dying vets will have to pay more or less to check their bags.
     
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  2. viguera
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    Always staying classy... gotta love Spirit. :)
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    At least they advertise their fees publicly.
     
  5. perryplatypus

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    That's insane! I guess they are making up for all the free tickets they are giving away this month.
     
  6. deant
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    Just think of the shock some people will have when they show up at the gate with a couple of carry-ons.
     
  7. Sean Colahan
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    Spirit = The Ryanair of the other side of the pond:)
     
  8. viguera
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    I think they're competing for the title of most fees charged.

    At this point it's a close race :)
     
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  9. Valentine

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    Wow, this makes Ryanair look so much better. At least they're better with carry on sizes (though not with weight).
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I think I might try hang out at Spirit gates and sell plastic garbage bags for $10 a piece + rollaboard trade-in. Stuff that fits under the seat travels free.
     
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  11. Scottrick
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    Personally, I think this is fair. I see tons of people with overstuffed carry-ons. There are even people who bring a carry-on but plan on the plane being full so they can gate-check for free. If the only way to bring your bag for free is to put it under the seat, then it better fit under the seat without creating a scene. Otherwise, you get to pay $100 for trying to cheat the system. And it's the system these people signed up for in exchange for their dirt-cheap fares.

    But like I said, at least Spirit publicizes the fees. Most legacy carriers enjoy hiding them in fine print or creating giant matrices that depend on date, fare class, elite status, etc. Even as a 1K (but it's my first year!) I still reflexively assume any conversation with an agent is going to end with me handing over my credit card.
     
  12. Scottrick
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    Take those bags and give them to Mr. Pickels so he can check them, hope they get lost, and claim compensation from United. I think we got ourselves a good business model here. :D
     
  13. Albert
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    That is crazy to me, I can only imagine how surprised people may be if they didn't read about it.
     
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    Add a few more bucks to that $100 fee and you have enough for fare to fly another airline. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Art234
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    Nothing surprises me with Spirit-in some cases it costs more for the bag than for you.......
    Leave it to Ben Baldanza to do something crazy like this-it's a wonder they're still in business, but nobody complains-and they make money. How sad is that?
     
  16. yaychemistry

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    $100 bag fees = free publicity for Spirit
    How many morning shows today had a spot on the fee and Spirit Airlines (and showed footage of a Spirit airplane, or other corporate logos). You're certainly going to remember their name.
     
  17. CharlesG

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    Yep, I'm going to remember not to fly Spirit no matter what.
     
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    Well I think you have a point, but there comes a time when not all free publicity is good publicity...

    If all you hear about Spirit is that they keep tacking on fees to their fares, or if the story on the news today is how your carry-on bag costs $45 each way, you're going to remember that, rather than just their name.

    I said it before, Spirit has such a ridiculous number of fees and restrictions on their fares that even people who are bad at math would have a hard time thinking that flying with them is a good deal.

    As an example...

    LGA-FLL first weekend of June. Taking out all considerations for departure times, the absolutely lowest price even if you're a member of their "$9 club" is $217.

    Even if you don't pick a seat (which is $18-25) and end up on 38B and only have one carry-on ($20 fee each way -- if you're in their $9 club) you're at $257.

    In the meantime if you look around at Delta or Jetblue you're looking at about the same price and you don't have to pay for your carry-on or to pick a seat.
     
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    I really think in light of this newest "enhancement" that Spirit should have a new slogan:

    "Now, That's the Spirit!"™
     

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