Spirit Airlines will be taking the two year old checked baggage fee one step further. In a move that will be closely watched, Spirit Airlines will start charging for carry-on luggage. The airline has not announced if they will be offering no credit check payday loans to customers who can’t pay the fees.
Spirit Airlines specializes in no-frills service
The airline service offered by Spirit Airlines is decidedly no-frills. Yearly membership in the “Spirit Airlines Fare Club” costs $ 40, and provides $ 9 each-way fares. Average Spirit airline fares range from $ 50 to $ 150 each way. Spirit Airlines charges $ 25 for one checked bag, and $ 70 for two. Spirit Airlines says they will drop their average fare by $ 40 at the same time they start the charge. The dropped fare may prevent customers from needing payday loans no fax just to pay for their bags.
Spirit Airlines to charge for carry-on bags
Many airline customers are carrying on more luggage because of the checked baggage fees. On August 1, Spirit Airlines will begin charging for carry-on luggage. Spirit Airline “members” will be charged $ 20. Non-members that pre-register bags will be charged $ 30. Non-registered bags will cost $ 45 at the gate. Spirit Airlines is also considering replacing front counter service with self-service kiosks. Spirit Airlines will not charge for “personal items” that fit in the space under the seat in front of passengers.
Is Spirit Airlines just the first?
No major air carrier has yet said they will also use these fees. Southwest and JetBlue have been the only two carriers to not use checked-bag fees. In the third quarter of last year, checked baggage fees brought in $ 700 million to airlines. In that same time, an average ticket price dropped by 14%.