There are already so many reasons not to fly Spirit Airlines that it seems like overkill for the management to add another.
But here it is. Spirit will start charging $45 at the gate and $30 online for each piece of carry-on luggage that can’t fit under the seat, as the Los Angeles Times reports.
That’s right. You will be charged to haul your own bag on and off their planes.
As the Seattle Times reports: “Spirit said on Tuesday that it reduced its lowest fares by $40 on average, so most customers won’t really pay more to fly.” Well, yeah. Except they’ll be flying Spirit Airlines for full fare, and that’s just adding insult to injury.
Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza told the Seattle Times that it’s all in the best interest of customers. “The beauty of it is they will do what they think is best for them and will now have the choice,” he said.
I’m getting tired of pointing out that “choice” is not a synonym for “fee.” Let’s please stop printing these inane quotes before bullies in schoolyards start insisting to the principal that they deserve a gold star for giving their victims a choice about handing over their lunch money.
Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines has been reaping great publicity and enlarging its market share by continuing to include two checked bags in its fares.