Spirit Airlines has invented new fees for travelers who wait to pay for carry-on or checked luggage within 24 hours of departure and they are calling the previous bag fees an “Early Bird Discount,” and will now charge travelers who pay for checked or carry-on bags within 24 hours of departure online an extra $5 and an extra $10 for travelers who pay over the phone.
Fliers who pay for carry-ons early — and aren’t members of the airline’s fare club — pay $30 for a carry-on that won’t fit under the seat. Spirit became the only U.S. carrier to charge for carry-on bags when it instituted new fees in April 2010.
Paying for carry-on bags at the airport now will cost $40 at the airport check-in counter or kiosk and $45 at the gate. The changes are in effect for travelers who booked on or after March 24.
Spirit Airlines also has dropped its threshold for overweight checked bags from 50 pounds to 40 pounds.
So if your bag weighs between 41 and 50 pounds, you’ll pay an additional $25 on top of whatever you paid to check the bag. Checked bag fees start at $28 for the first bag checked online or by phone — 24 hours in advance — for travelers who aren’t part of the airline’s fare club. The new weight limits went into effect for travel after February 1, Pinson said.
Bags weighing more than 50 pounds on Spirit incur $50 to $100 overweight baggage fees, depending on weight.