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Discount carrier Spirit Airlines is notorious for fees. Currently, they charge $45 to carry on a bag that is going in an overhead bin.That is about to change, and not for the better.
According to The Detroit News, the fee to place a bag in the overhead bin is going to be $100 starting on November 6.
That might actually be more than some customers paid for their tickets.
The $100 fee only applies at the gate. If you pay at a kiosk or online before boarding, the fee will stay at $45. Bags kept under the seats will continue to be free.
While it will definitely generate a ton of negative PR for the brand, it will also work to streamline the boarding process as people try to avoid the increased fees – at least that’s what Spirit hopes.
“We don’t want any of our customers to wait until they get to the boarding gate to pay for their carry-on bags as this delays the boarding process for everyone,” spokesperson Misty Pinson told Business Insider. “By encouraging self service, Spirit is able to lower our costs and pass those savings along to customers by way of low fares.”
The airline caught flack earlier this year when it started charging an extra $2 for ‘unintended consequences’ and ran into trouble with the DOT for allegedly misleading consumers about its $9 fare club rates.
You’ll definitely want to pay close attention to this fee chart before booking.
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