By Michael Garko, In Airline News
The “spirit” of flying has taken another hit as ultra-low cost carrier Spirit Airlines has spiked its carry-0n up to $200 roundtrip for some travelers who elect to store their baggage in an overhead bin. The increase, up from the current $45 each way, will take effect November 6 on domestic and international routes.
The USA Today notes that Spirit’s passengers can save money if they plan ahead:
The fee $100-each-way carry-on fee drops to $50 each way/$100 round-trip (as of Nov. 6) if paid for at Spirit’s ticket counters or check-in kiosks. The fee drops even more — to $35 each way/$70 round-trip — if reserved online prior to check-in or to $40/$80 if reserved through the airline’s call center.
Despite those ways of saving money, passengers may still be paying more to bring their luggage than they actually paid for their ticket. Spirit is one of two U.S. airlines (the other is Allegiant Air) who charge for carry-ons, though Allegiant’s carry-on fees are significantly less.
According to the Associated Press, each Spirit passengers paid on average over $100 in fees on a round-trip flight. It is the first time in industry history that number has exceeded $100.