Oh, Spirit – you do like your fees. Granted, they are optional and granted, they may be a small price to pay for the discounter’s cheap fares (though Spirit fares, while often very good, aren’t always the cheapest).
Now, Spirit is raising its bag fees – temporarily – just in time for summer vacation.
Spirit Raises Bag Fees by $2
Spirit raised bag fees late last year, too, taking advantage of all those Christmas and New Year’s travelers. The new summer season prices are rising by the same amount, $2 each. What to know:
- Fee hike covers travel from June 19 to August 17
- New fees do not apply on tickets purchased by April 8
Spirit’s cheery message on its website suggests this latest hike is not about profits, it’s all about the bin space:
“Summer is the season for getaways. We’re encouraging customers to pack a bit lighter – think bikinis – this summer to make sure we have room for everyone’s bags.” —Spirit site
How to Avoid All Bag Fees on Spirit
Unlike most airlines, you cannot avoid a bag fee on Spirit by using a carry-on – those bags will cost you as well, and the carry-on fee is actually higher than the checked-bag fee. However, you pay nothing if you pack a very small bag, but it must be placed under the seat in front of you.