Yesterday Spirit Airlines instituted its new policy for changing passengers to bring carry on bags on-board the airlines’ flights. I had written about this when it was announced back in April of this year here : Spirit Airlines Charges For Carry-On Bags & Beats Ryanair To The Bottom
As the airline struggles to implement its new ancillary revenue fees for charging passengers for their carry on bags many passengers are confused by the airline both allowing-and-disallowing free carry on bags.
If you happen to be flying with Spirit Airlines, the carrier allows a single carry on bag, not to exceed 16in x 14in x 12in (40cm x 35cm x 30cm) on board flights at no charge. Passengers are entitled to a single bag of this size and the bag should be stored underneath the seat in front of the passenger.
For passengers with any carry-on bag exceeding 16x14x12, a fee will be charged to carry that bag on board the flight.
If I can steal a phrase from Dan Webb, author of the Things In The Sky blog on BoardingArea … Interesting Fact – Spirit Airlines’ maximum carry on bag size of 22in x 18in x 10iin, or 50 linear inches, is larger than nearly all U.S. airlines, with the exception of Southwest Airlines, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines.
Spirit Airlines’ fees for paying for cabin baggage is a big confusing, its US$20, or US$30 or US$45…to break that down it…passengers who belong to the Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club pay US$20 for carry on bags; payments online for non club members is US$30 and for those of you playing the odds you’ll sneak the bag on … and let me tell you that you won’t … the fee s US$45.
So why should the Photogs listen up? Spirit Airlines states that a camera is exempt from carry on baggage fees. When Sprit Airlines says that cameras are exempt from carry on fees they mean point & shoot cameras on your shoulder … maybe a Nikon D3 with a 14-24f2.8 attached, but that is it. Cameras on your lens are charged at the discretion of the gate agent. Anything larger than a single camera and reasonably sized lens and you’re at the mercy of the airline.
Think Spirit Airlines might cut you some slack with your rolling camera bag loaded with gear? Think again, they’ll make you pay the $45 to get the bag on board or they’ll send you away.
Spirit Airlines has one-upped the race to the bottom for airlines and the only one who wins is Spirit Airlines.