Spirit Airlines to charge passengers $100 just so they can take a carry on bag
Passengers hoping to save money by flying on Spirit Airlines will now face $100 fines if they decide to bring hand luggage on board. The budget airline, which is often considered the American equivalent to Ryan Air, announced that they will be dramatically increasing the fees that they charge passengers when they either check or carry on any bags to their flights. The company has been charging all of its passengers for luggage, though the fees are smaller if the passengers think ahead and pay the fees online before they travel. Starting November 6, just in time for the busy holiday travel season, both organized passengers and for those who leave the fees until the moment they arrive at the gate will have to pay increased fees. Prior to the fee change, passengers would have to pay $45 per carry on bag if they waited until they got to the gate; now they will be faced with a $100 bill- more than double the prior fee. If they pay for said carry on bag at the airport counter or ticket kiosk, however, their fee will be halved to $50, which is still $10 more than the prior fee. In an effort to off-set costs, the airline has charged for every aspect of passengers luggage- from the number of bags they check, to the varying weight of their overweight luggage. Surfboards, bags that weigh between 71 and 99 pounds, and bags that are longer than 62 linear inches all accrue a fee of $100 or more. The same goes for a passenger’s third, fourth or fifth checked bags.