All Spirit Baggage Fees Rise Tomorrow – Nov. 6

Effective Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 – Spirit Airlines is raising most of its domestic baggage fees.

While many have already heard about the new $100 carry-on fee that will be charged to flyers who wait until the last minute to pay, what may have been lost in the uproar are all the other increases.

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Spirit Fees: Some Good News, More Bad News

The good news is Spirit has made things a little simpler by charging the same baggage fees for domestic and international flights. The bad news is these fees are higher than previous domestic fees across the board.

Another wrinkle: While most airlines charge the same baggage fee no matter when you decide to pay for it, Spirit’s prices vary depending on when and where you pay. On Spirit, the earlier you make your purchase, the cheaper the baggage fee. See the new one-way prices below.

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Spirit Bag Fees as of Nov. 6

Purchased at online booking (before check-in)

  • Carry-on bag: $35
  • First checked bag: $30
  • Second checked bag: $40

Purchased during online check-in

  • Carry-on bag: $40
  • First checked bag: $35
  • Second checked bag: $45

Purchased at airport counter or kiosk

  • Carry-on bag: $50
  • First checked bag: $45
  • Second checked bag: $55

Purchased at the airport gate

  • Carry-on bag: $100

What Other Airlines Charge for Bag Fees

The only other U.S. airline currently charging a carry-on bag fee is Allegiant – the most other domestic carriers charge for checked-bags are $25 one-way for the first bag and $35 for the second. JetBlue and Southwest give you a checked-bag for free (Southwest gives you two).

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Published: November 5, 2012