If anyone thought airline baggage fees were reaching a plateau, take a loolk at Spirit Airlines’ new baggage fees coming into effect in November 2012. — $100 for carry-on luggage checked in at the gate! Unbelievable!
Are baggage fees simple and easy-to-understand? Take a look at this page of baggage fees from Spirit on their webaite. Frankly, it is more than I can paste into this website and have it be understandable.
Looking at the website, we know that baggage charges and other fees are now COMPLEX and not something that is readily transparent. Once the number choices go beyond a half-dozen or so, they become confusing to the public.
Just this Spirit Airlines webpage could be a poster for disclosure of baggage and other fees on travel agent screens and websites so that consumers can compare the overall cost of travel across airlines.
DOT is examining exactly this kind of issue right now. A final rulemaking is expected a the end of the year.
More than once (actually, a lot more than once) I have heard from passengers that the cheap airfare they expected from Spirit Airlines turned out to cost about the same as another airline’s airfare after all of the extra fees were included.
Spirit Airlines charges $45 for a carry-on bag, today. The fee for a carry-on bag at the boarding gate increase to $100 on November 6th. If the bag needs to fit in the overhead bin it is considered a carry-on. A small bag that fits under the seat is free.
On November 6th, the price for a carry-on paid for at an airport kiosk will increase to $50 from $40. Plus, another series of baggage fees will creep up by $5-$10.