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Spirit Airlines Says Happy New Year, Hikes Baggage Fees

January 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Go ahead and file this story wherever you keep the rest of the world's thoroughly unsurprising - but still kind of obnoxious - news. Spirit Airlines, because it is Spirit Airlines, rang in the new year by tinkering with its baggage fees. And by "tinkering" of course we mean "predictably increasing." Most of the fees they have, according to the Los Angeles Times, will increase by at least $1.

Remember, however, that this is the airline that has 24 different ways to combine fees, depending on circumstance, size, location, and presumably your astrological symbol. So when they decide to play around with their fee structure, reverse engineering what happened requires not just a degree in quantum mechanics but also a great deal of luck.

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Happy Fifth Birthday, Checked Baggage Fees

July 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

Before early 2008, travelers didn't even think about forking over some extra cash just to put luggage in the belly of the plane, unless, of course it was oversized and overweight. On a whole, checking a bag or two without extra cost was just part of the air travel experience.

As we celebrate the 5th birthday of baggage fees, it's plain to see that much has changed. In 2011, US airlines raked in just under $3.5 billion—yes, billion with a 'B'—so there's no way these fees are going anywhere. Love them or hate them, they're here to stay (and eventually increase).

American Airlines started it all in May of 2008 with the rest of the industry watching with bated breath if it was going to fly or fail. Right in the height of the summer travel season, other airlines followed suit and began charging the extra bucks just for the privilege of checking baggage. Luckily there are still two major holdouts from the first bag fee: Southwest and JetBlue.

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The Checked Baggage Fee Hikes Begin for This Fall

July 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a little bit of time since we heard any news regarding checked bagged fees, which is good thing really. Alas, Alaska Airlines is in the news this week to disrupt the brief peace, as the carrier recently announced that they’re raising fees. Thankfully nothing is too crazy or out of line, but that’s assuming that you’ve already rolled over and accepted the whole paying for your luggage thing.

For tickets booked after October 30, most baggage fees are going up by $5. The first and second checked bags fees will rise to $25 per bag from $20, but after that things get a little pricier. Bag number three will cost you $75 and that will also be the case for bag number four. We’re just hoping that you’re able to cram everything into bags one and two before you get to those more expensive checked baggage options.

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Ugh, KLM Adds Checked Baggage Fee For European Travelers

February 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Besides those pesky low cost carriers it seems that once you crossed the pond you were somewhat safe from the dreaded checked baggage fees and charges. For the long-haul flights you’re probably still okay checking a bag for free, but now when your fit hit the ground over in Europe you might need to take out the credit card.

It looks like KLM is going to be one of the first traditional carriers over in Europe to start charging for checked baggage for travel within Europe. The charges hit the airport ticket counters beginning on April 22, as it will be in effect for tickets booked on or after that day. It’s going to be 15 euros for those checking a bag in advance, but it doubles if you’re paying at the airport—that’s roughly $40 if we converted things correctly. Other carriers like Air France, Alitalia, and British Airways don’t seem to be interested in this kind of thing just yet, but now we’re getting a little nervous.

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The Most Ridiculous Airline Idea of 2012 is...

December 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2012 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready for 2013, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2012 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

You guys, we swear weren't going to do it. We weren't going to give away this award to Spirit Airlines. The deeply hatable LCC—unaffectionately known to Jaunted readers as the Ryanair of North America—was just too predictable a choice. Also it had already won the award in 2010. Also we had spent plenty of time during the year pointing out its absurdity. Why not change things up a bit for the holiday season, we figured?

Then we flipped through Jaunted's bad ideas category. It's not even close. Spirit dominates. And since you can't argue with math, here we all are. The 2012 Jaunty for Most Ridiculous Airline Idea goes to Florida's Spirit Airlines, which this year took an approach to fees that we're pretty sure we've never seen before: openly, petulantly, explicitly telling customers that they were being punished with fees for their own good.

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New Spirit Airlines Fees Kick In Just in Time for Holiday Travel

November 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

You know, there's probably a clever way to open this post, like maybe with a reference to Christmas and the Grinch or whatever. But honestly, when it comes to Spirit Airlines, we just can't bring ourselves to give a fuck any more.

The Ryanair of North America wants to raise fees on holiday trips weeks before Thanksgiving because they know they can exploit flustered travelers? Fair enough. The airline's overarching strategy has been so successful that it's managed to recently expand into DEN and MSP? Terrific. These are the same people who make high school playground masturbation jokes about Presidential candidates? We're very happy for them. Go with God.

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Spirit Airlines is Kinda Torn Over Their Own New $100 Fee

October 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've been trying to figure out the best way to cover this news, about how Spirit Airlines is going to start charging passengers $100 each when they pay for check-in luggage at the gate. Originally we were just going to post the word "douchebags" as a link to the story, because brevity is the soul of wit and because it's fucking true.

But then we would have missed the chance to talk about the gratingly obnoxious press release that the airline issued to announce the new fee. Want to guess what they titled it?

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Confirmed: New Spirit Airlines Fees are Deeply Hateable

May 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airline industry watchers awoke Thursday to a Fox News story about the latest Spirit Airlines clusterfark, wherein the airline is refusing to refund the $197 ticket of a dying Vietnam vet who was banned by his doctor from flying. The mess involves typically grating behavior from the deeply obnoxious airline, so that's not what was notable about the writeup.

Instead what got people's attention was that Kate Hanni, executive director of Flyers Rights, has apparently chosen to inject herself into the controversy and to start throwing around language about "meat in a seat" and "history of cruelty." This is... disconcerting.

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Allegiant Air Announces Carry-On Baggage Fees, Because They Can

April 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

2012 has been one sad disappointment after another when it comes to Allegiant Air. The Las Vegas-based LCC started the year by teasing a huge announcement that got everyone excited about potential Hawaii service, only to unveil some underwhelming routes into and out of Oakland. Then they got tagged by the Department of Transportation for cheating on DOT's new price advertising rules, which are supposed to include all government taxes and which capped years of work on, among other things, hidden baggage fees.

In what feels like kind of a petulant followup, Allegiant just announced that they're going to start charging for carry-on bags. Passengers who prepay online will have to pay $10 to use the overhead bin, while travelers who wait until the airport will get hit with a $35 charge.

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Whoa. An Airline is Actually Lowering Checked Baggage Fees

February 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh wow. Get this: an airline is actually lowering checked baggage fees on both short- and long-haul routes. Are pigs flying? Did hell freeze over? We mean—for any airline to ask for less money is pretty out of this world. Alas, it's Kuala Lumpur-based low-cost carrier Air Asia doing the deal, taking fees 5 to 30 MYR (Malaysian ringgit) down from what they were, based on what exactly you're checking (see full graph of fees below).

This is good news of course, but even better news is that Air Asia aren't the first to do something like this in recent months. Actually it was Frontier Airlines who began what is hopefully a trend, when they dropped both baggage and change fees $5 here and there in May 2011.

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Something's Not Quite Right with British Airways' Online Check-in

January 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

This screenshot will not go far in dispelling the rumor that what passes as British circumspection is just their passive-aggressive way of insisting that you do things their way.

What you're looking at is Step 2 of the 5-step online check-in process for British Airways. It appears that something is missing, but no worries. It's not as if you'd want to give travelers as many relevant options as possible, what with how we're living in an era of reduced baggage allowances and heightened baggage fees even on international flights.

Keep in mind that there was a person, presumably with a background in programming in mathematics and programming, who created this. Then there was a person, undoubtedly with experience in the airline industry, who approved it. At some point wouldn't you think that someone would, you know, say something?

UPDATE: The kind folks at BA emailed us to say they're on it...

[Screenshot: Jaunted]

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If You Can Handle Living in Alaska, You Get Free Checked Bags on Alaska Airlines

October 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you live in Alaska or are you moving there? Winter may be descending and bringing the cold and darkness along with it, but there's light for travelers! Alaska Airlines wants residents of the state to only think of them when it comes to booking flights, and so the airlines has just announced a new set of Alaskans-only perks.

It's called "Club 49," and members of Alaska's Mileage Plan frequent flyer program with an AK state code in their address can join it for free—right here. So what is Alaska Airlines giving to those who live way up north? Well, for starters, two free checked bags on each flight. That's pretty sweet and you save $20 per bag, sure, but we're also jealous of an annual gift of two certificates for 30% off one-way, full flex Y base fares, bookable within four days of the flight for last-minute getaways. The winter giving you seasonal depression? Time to use those passes for a long weekend in California.

Finally, Club 49 members will enjoy weekly fare sales to and from Alaska, specifically targeted at them. Again we're jealous, but not jealous enough to move across the country and northwards. Now if only JetBlue started a club just for New Yorkers...

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