Spirit Air Now Charging For Both Carry-On and Checked Baggage
Would you like to fly for 1 cent? Spirit Air can make it happen, if you'll just join their airfare club and pay their upped baggage fees. Thus there's two parts to today's news on Spirit Airlines: new baggage fees and airfares for a single penny.
Fees for checked and carry-on baggage: Effective for flights booked today and on for flights after August 1, passengers on Spirit Airlines must also pay to bring on a carry-on above a personal item. This is a completely new fee, since carry-ons used to be free. Not anymore! To take on any bag aside from personal items like purse or briefcase, you'll be paying $20 online if you're a Spirit club member, $30 online for non-members and $45 at the airport. You will get "priority boarding," however. Along with this new fee, the checked rates have gone up to $15 online for members on domestic/$20 international, $25 online for non-members on domestic/$30 international and $45 for anyone checking their bag at the airport. And that's just the first bag!
Spirit Airlines, this is getting prohibitively complicated! Now for the sale information...
Airfares from 1 penny: Perhaps we should be happy that Spirit isn't having another of their bawdily-named airfare sales, but there is just so much fine print to this one that we're tempted to dismiss it straightaway. It's for their $9 Fare Club members only, and to join that club you have to lay down $40 annually; nevermind that whenever we search for Spirit flights, we never see $9 fares listed for the $9 Club.
So if you're a member of the club, there are currently a million seats on Spirit flights available from only a penny. But that penny can quickly become $117 no matter how hard you try. For example, a one-way, one person "Penny" fare:
"Penny Plus" sale from DetroitLas Vegas
Ticket: 1 cent
Carry-on baggage paid at airport: $45
Taxes & Fees: $18.70
Now double that if you want to do a round-trip, and you're at a level competitive with the regular tickets from legacy airlines. Take into consideration that you paid Spirit $40 to have these low fares, and you'll see how convoluted and just-not-worth-it this saleand possibly the whole $9 Fare Clubis.
· Spirit Baggage Policies [Official Site]
· $9 Fare Club [Spirit Air]
· Baggage fee news [Jaunted]
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