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Spirit to raise carry-on bag fee to US$100

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Putting a bag in the overhead bin will soon cost some Spirit Airlines passengers US$100. That's more than they may have paid for their tickets.

The Miramar, Florida, airline currently charges US$45 for a carry-on bag. As of November 6, customers who wait to pay the fee at the boarding gate will fork over US$100. Any bag that needs to fit in the overhead bin is considered a carry-on. A small bag that fits under the seat is free.

Other increases

The price for a carry-on paid for at an airport kiosk will increase to US$50 from US$40.

Larger pieces of luggage checked at the airport will cost between US$8 and US$10 more, while the fee for bags checked online will rise by between US$2 and US$5.

Spirit also will increase a number of other fees by between US$2 and US$10.

Spirit is one of two airlines that charge for carry-ons. Allegiant is the other. In the first quarter, Spirit's average revenue from fees per passenger on a round-trip flight topped US$100 for the first time.

- AP