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Spirit Airlines Charges For Carryon Bags

Would You Buy a Cheaper Ticket and Pay to Carry On?

Yesterday, Spirit Airways announced a $25 – $40 fee for carryons, becoming the first major airline to institute a fee for bags brought into the main compartment. Now with the increasing underplane baggage costs, it's true that many people do not check luggage to avoid these fees. Spirit’s "bring less; pay less" policy is said to speed up the boarding and deplaning process and allow the airline to lower their prices.

This policy goes into effect for all flights booked after Apr. 5 and occurring after Aug. 1 so I did a quick search between NYC's LaGuardia and Las Vegas for the same weekend and approximate times that month. It's true that the Spirit ticket was lower than the next cheapest flight, which was on United, but adding that fee made the flights' cost nearly identical.

Since most of you were not clamoring to pay more to bring a bag on board in theory, has your view changed now that it’s a reality? While cheaper is a smart way to shop, another way to look at it is the matter of price vs. principle: Would you seek out a flight on this airline and pay to tote . . . or would the policy itself make you stay away in the future?

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I think this kind of do end up paying the same as other airlines that arent charging for carry-ons. I flew Spirit years ago and they weren't so great anyway. If other airlines start charging i'll just bring my big purse and fit what I can in there.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
As I understand Spirit's new policy, it included a reduction in checked baggage fees and plane tickets, so if you fly and still choose to bring your suitcase on board you pay less overall - so I'm fine with it. I find it beyond obnoxious to be unable to find space in the overhead bin for my jacket because some jerk is too impatient to wait for the turn-style for his suitcase and instead has crammed it and two others each into their own overhead bins. This will make it faster to deplane, and easier to stow your single purse/backpack/etc. and jacket - which was how planes were built to begin with.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
This is just crazy. Going on vacation isn't fun anymore, everything is such a hassle.
funiebunie45 funiebunie45 7 years
that's terrible, but i was on a spirit flight that left an hour late because everyone was looking for a place to store their carry-ons. maybe the planes are too small
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I think the worst part about all of these fees is trying to compare prices. You need to make spreadsheets or something. it's crazy
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
Soon we will have to fly naked...
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
well if it prevents people from carrying-on everything they own, making boarding and de-planeing take 10 times longer, i'm all for it.
michlny michlny 7 years
Flying has become one big hassle :( It used to be fun.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
Pretty soon airlines will make passengers pay to breathe in the cabin. When does it end?
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