Low-fare airline ups baggage fees during the holidays.
Spirit Airlines‘ aggressively promoted super-cheap air fares are, in reality, pumped up with outrageous add-ons for everything (including carryon bags) that can escalate the cost of a trip to stratospheric levels. Between December 18 and January 5, Spirit Airlines is increasing some of their already-ridiculous à la carte fees, charging an additional $2 per checked bag during the holiday travel season. Carry-ons save no money either, since Spirit charges anywhere from $26 to $100 for the privilege of lugging your own bag through the airport.
I believe it was FrequentFlyer.com that broke the story — or in any case, that’s how I first learned of it in “Spirit’s Xmas Present: Higher Bag Fees.” In his report, Tim Winship noted, “Ironically, Spirit has been on a quest to soften its image as the industry’s most rapacious nickel-and-dimer. Apparently, that P.R. initiative has been put on hold for the holidays.” Rapacious indeed.