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$102 for a Carry-On Bag? Watch Out for Spirit's Newest Holiday Fees

September 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new baggage fee—yes another one—will hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines.

If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come.

With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if purchased during booking, $47 during online check-in, $52 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. The first checked bag is actually a slightly better deal, charged at $32 each if purchased during booking, $42 during online check-in, $47 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. Overweight, oversize, extra bags, and their "$9 club" fees all differ, so check out their site for more, but remember to add the extra $2 on to each price.

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10 Things That Look Better in Yellow and Black Than Spirit Airlines

September 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's yellow and black but turns faces red?

Spirit Airlines yesterday unceremoniously unveiled their new aircraft paint job, posting the unflattering image above to Twitter. The bold yellow-and-black scheme is a massive change from their most recent clean look, and it's already being dubbed the "Pikachu plane," although Spirit themselves like to describe it as "unique, bold, fun & clearly identifiable even at 35,000 feet."

It's also ugly, but you know what? Spirit don't care. It's all about making money, which they happen to do at the expense of none-the-wiser budget travelers who think they're getting a good deal, only to be nickel-and-dimed all the way to the destination (and made to drink wine-in-a-can). The new look is so visible, so eye-searing, that no doubt flyers onboard other planes will spot Spirit's birds on the runway and remember that name for future bookings, and that's the whole idea.

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Spirit Airlines Sets Twitter to Auto-Pilot

July 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.

Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.

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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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New Routes Headed Your Way from Spirit, Allegiant, and More

August 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Allegiant:
If you’re in the market for some cheap flights—and maybe even a package deal—there’s a slew of new routes being offered up by Allegiant. In total they are going to like 10 new cities with around 18 new options. Like most of their existing options the focus is on smaller markets and secondary cities, as they look to connect folks with leisure—and warm weather—destinations.

New options include nonstop flights between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Orlando and Manhattan, Kansas and Phoenix. Especially interesting are the new flights into New York, as Allegiant will soon be flying in and out of Newburgh/Stewart and Islip/Long Island—both in New York. Head over here for a complete rundown of where they are going and when, but know lots of tickets are already on sale with flights taking to skies as soon as October.

· Sunrise Airways:
So ya—we haven’t heard of them either, but Sunrise Airways is getting ready to start up their very first international flight. The newish carrier is based down in Haiti, and they’ve been doing the flying thing since for just shy of one year. The new flight will link Cap Haitien—that’s in Haiti—with Providenciales over on Turks and Caicos. Things are set to hit the skies as of this Monday, August 26. It’s propeller power all the way for those looking to try out Sunrise Airways and this new route. Expect only around 19 seats aboard the Jetstream 32 EP aircraft, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you need to get weighed—for balance issues—before hopping aboard one of these planes.

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Spirit Airlines and the Case of the Anthony Weiner Dick Joke

August 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

Spirit Airlines recently posted an ad about the ongoing fiasco that is the Anthony Weiner New York mayoral campaign. They did this, first, because they're tactless tasteless douchebags and, second, because they're tactless tasteless douchebags.

Just to be clear. We don't object to the Internet's inherent and inalienable right to make fun of Weiner or his campaign. Gawking at political trainwrecks is why Al Gore invented the Internet in the first place (that's a fact; you can look it up). And it's not like this is even the most tasteless Spirit ad specifically about marital infidelity. This one was probably worse.

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Spirit, Delta, and Aerolíneas Argentinas Lead This Week's New Route News

August 2, 2013 at 8:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Aerolíneas Argentinas:
There’s a new option if you’re looking to head down to Argentina this winter, as Aerolíneas Argentinas is sending some planes and people back and forth between Argentina and the United States. The plan is to launch nonstop service between Buenos Aires and New York-JFK beginning on December 15, as Airbus A330s will do all of the flying fun. There are a couple of other airlines that will provide a little friendly competition on this route, so let’s hope that will keep the fares somewhat affordable.

· Sprit Airlines:
Fresh off their latest advertisement, it’s time for Spirit Airlines to announce a few new options to here and there. They’re flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, as they will start nonstop service to over to Dallas-Ft. Worth beginning on October 24. That’s not the only new route news from Spirit, as they’re also heading to Chicago-O’Hare as well as Denver—these options from Phoenix begin on November 7. For right now the flights will be seasonal, so if you’re looking to visit one of these spots you might want to do so sooner than later.

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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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Spirit Airlines to Start Selling Cans of Wine (Yes, You Read That Right)

June 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Once upon a time we wrote that Spirit Airlines seemed set on becoming "the Ryanair of the United States." Then a month later—in the context of raising fees and amid moves to create non-reclining seats—they declared that they were really proud of being the Ryanair of the United States. True story.

Fast forward to last weekend, when the Daily Mail published a synopsis of fees charged by the airline. They found 70 of them, which the airline imposed in 2011 to the sum of $76 million in profits. Spirit charges for carry-ons. It charges for printing boarding passes at the terminal.

It even charges a $2 fee each way because the Department of Transportation passed some rules that the airline didn't like. Really. The fee is called the "Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee." It exists. Douchebags.

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The Onion Takes a (Hilarious) Cheap Shot at Spirit

May 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (2)

In case you are just tuning into the internet for the first time, let us remind you that The Onion is a satirical news organization dedicated to all things hilarious. In their latest fact finding mission, they’re filling in the public on a recent "FAA report" about Spirit Airlines, and let’s just say they’re less than impressed.

Through plenty of expletives and anecdotes we learn that traveling with Spirit Airlines might not be worth it—even despite those low, low fees. Charges for this and charges for that are unwelcome, and the nickel-and-diming quickly ruins any deal that you thought you were getting.

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JetBlue, Virgin America and Air France Lead This Week's New Route News

April 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· JetBlue:
The government seals and stamps are still pending, but if all goes according to plan JetBlue will be adding some new options sooner than later. They’re looking to head from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport down to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. Daily flights are scheduled to start on November 21, and if you act quickly you might be able to score a one-way seat for as low as $139. Adding Lima to their map will be destination number 81 for JetBlue, and it’s their fourth destination down in South America.

· LOT:
In case you haven’t heard the good news it’s finally time for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to head back into the skies. The battery problems have been reviewed and approved, and it’s finally time for the planes to do what they do best—fly. Plenty of airlines are working to shift their schedules to bring back the new planes, and one of them is LOT Polish Airlines. It sounds like June 5 is when they’ll bring back the 787 service between Chicago and Warsaw, and shortly after that they’ll start to link Poland with Toronto as well.

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Hainan, Brussels Airlines and Frontier Lead This Week's New Route News

February 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Brussels Airlines:
If you’re still thinking about heading across the pond this summer it might be time to finally make a decision, as Brussels Airlines just announced that they’re starting up some brand new nonstop flights between Washington Dulles International Airport and Brussels Airport.

The flights are set to start up for the first time on June 18, so this is pretty much perfect for your summer holiday over in Europe. Airbus A330s will be doing the heavy lifting across the Atlantic, as the flights are scheduled to head back and forth five times per week. There’s solid in-flight entertainment across both cabins, and if you upgrade to business class you’ll even score yourself a fully flat bed—as your seat. Finally, the carrier is part of the Star Alliance, so feel free to cash in some of those United MileagePlus frequent flyer miles.

· Spirit Airlines:
They must be doing something correctly over at Spirit Airlines, as it seems like they’re always stealing a spot in our new route roundup. This week they’re at it again, as they’re looking to connect Las Vegas with Baltimore.

The new flights are set to take to the skies as soon as April 25, and the plan is to fly them back and forth each and every day of the week. Flights head out of Baltimore around 7:30pm and are scheduled to arrive over in Las Vegas at around 9:30pm—all times local. Heading out of Sin City en route to Charm City it’s going to be a redeye flight leaving at just before midnight and arriving back on the east coast at 7:20am.

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