I remember the day that my family and I could fly roundtrip with ATA to Daytona beach for a low rate of $99. This cost included 2 checked bags, and carry-on luggage for no extra charge. You could head to the airport and not have to worry about any hidden fees expect for outrageous prices of food at the Airport.
I have flown many times including internationally to the Dominican Republic my senior year for a missions trip. Since then I have seen airlines charge for checked bags. Since then I have not checked any bags and just carried my luggage on board with me. I get a great deal of looks from travelers and the flight staff. who look at my luggage and tell me it’s too big for the plane. I assure them it is under the limit for a carry-on bag. A few times they have even told me to check it with their boxes they have for carry-ons, I very quickly walk over and make the bag fit to the limit. It seems almost like a game, but its sad that I can no longer check bags and take plenty of stuff with me.
I do complement a few companies though on offering military personal with orders to travel with up to 4 bags free. it is great that they recognize the troops and understand they have more materials to travel with. Recently, I have seen a news story develop over an airline that is charging for checked bags now. This seems like an outrage, why would you buy a ticket to fly somewhere for a week with no need of bags, unless it was a one day business trip! I think that they are stepping over the lines of consumers who wish to fly.
Consumers who travel may now see that the prices for flying may go down on Spirit air, but may end up paying about $45 per carry-on bag! In attempt to make up for it they are going to lower the price of checked bags that will go under the cabin. It’s odd how airlines regulate what consumers do, they don’t even listen to the thoughts of customers! Spirit Air is a smaller airline that has a limited number of flights and don’t fly out of every location each day! They are trying to take the next step in Airline fees, My hope on behalf of consumers and travelers is that this fails and does not become a trend. then people will only be safe to bring enough stuff that they can stow underneath the seat in front of them! Hopefully they will not start charging to stow stuff under the seat in front of you!
Spirit Air to Charge for Carry-On
NO FREE RIDE: Spirit Airlines will charge for carry-on luggage. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Spirit Airlines has become the first major U.S. carrier to charge passengers for carry-on luggage. Customers paying in advance online will be slapped with a $30 fee for each bag stowed in the overhead bin, while passengers at the gate will be charged $45.
For now, stowing baggage under the seat in front is free of charge.
The fee goes in effect this week and will be applied to all flights booked for Aug. 1 or later. The company said that the measure is necessary to reduce carry-on bags and help lower fares.
“In addition to lowering fares even further, this will reduce the number of carry-on bags, which will improve inflight safety and efficiency by speeding up the boarding and deplaning process, all of which ultimately improve the overall customer experience,” said Spirit’s Chief Operating Officer Ken McKenzie in a statement. “Bring less; pay less. It’s simple.”
At the same time, the Miramar, Fla.-based Spirit will lower fees for checked baggage.
While some analysts question the move and fear that airlines may soon be charging a fee for going to the lavatory, some believe it’s a good strategy for today’s economy.
“The idea for them is to charge as little as possible for the base fare while charging additional for everything else,” said BNET travel industry expert Brett Snyder. “This is the Ryanair model that hadn’t really found much traction in the U.S.”