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Spirit to Charge $100 for Carry-on

The fee change will start on November 6 and will apply to all customers who opt to pay for the carry-on fee while boarding the plane

October 4, 2012– Spirit Airlines based in Miramar, Florida will start charging its passengers a fee of $100 for all carry-on bags unless the passenger pays a smaller fee prior to arriving at the gate to board the plane.

The fee change will start on November 6 and will apply to all customers who opt to pay for the carry-on fee while boarding the plane. Spirit announced earlier this year that the new fee of $100 would be instituted.

Spirit Airlines highlights low priced fares but is able to make up for the low prices by charging fees that account for over 40% of its entire revenue. The average passenger on the airline pays over $100 in fees for a round trip flight.

Spirit uses an unusual system of charging for baggage, whether it is carried on or checked. The system charges the passenger higher prices if they wait until the check-in process to pay for their baggage.

Passengers on the airline that belong to Spirit’s $9 Fare Club must play $25 for each carry-on bag. Other passengers who make their payment for baggage online will have to pay $35, $40 if it is paid via the telephone, $50 at the ticket checkout and $100 if they wait until they arrive at the boarding gate.

On Monday, Spirit said the fees it charges pass on the cost of baggage handling to its passengers who bring them instead of increasing airline ticket prices for everyone, regardless if they have carry-on luggage or not.

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