Paying to check your baggage when you fly...

@krebstar5 (1266)
United States
March 8, 2007 8:16am CST
I saw on the news today that Spirit Airlines will start chraging its passengers $10 for their first two pieces of checked luggage (less if you use online check-in) and $100 for your third bag. This comes at a time when airline passengers alreadu have to pay for their own meals and in some cases, beverages. Spirit Airlines claims that this new system will allow them to cut fairs up to 40% in the next few years. So what do you think? Is paying for your baggage worth the price cut? Or do you think that the airlines are just getting cheaper and cheaper? I have mixed feelings about this. I like the idea of cheaper fairs, but what's going to happen to all the people who are out of a job because they need less baggage carriers?
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
8 Mar 07
In a way, I almost feel like this is a trick. So, it will cost me $10 to check my bag....however, if I am going anywhere for longer than say, 2-3 nights I have to check a bag because of, 1. carry-on size restrictions and, 2. the long list of things you can't bring onto a flight anymore (Including liquids and gels). I feel like this price hike will have more people not wanting to check bags, hence resluting in even longer secruity lines, and less safety for the passengers on the flight. True, if a flight is $100 cheaper, than I don't mind $10. But I am also a single traveler. This really penalizes families. A family of 4 is likely to to have 4 bags that need to be checked, especially around the holidays. That's an extra $220. At that point it starts to negate any savings. I also heard that many airlines are charging $1 for soda.....hover they won't take cash. So you have to use a credit card for a $1 soda! That seem a bit extreme.
@krebstar5 (1266)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes, I would certainly hope that they would make the baggage rule per person instead of per group. So that would make it so that each person can bring up to two bags for $10 each. If that were not the case, it would be heartbreaking for a family to have to pay for all those bags.
• Turkey
8 Mar 07
Although I love the idea of cheaper fairs, surely the price of the fair should include at least one baggage? Almost everyone now has to check in a bag as there are so many things you can't take on board the plane. I think the airlines should allow one case per person and then charge people for any extra cases or according to weight. Whenever I visit my parents in the UK, I'm always having to borrow an extra suitcase to bring back gifts and essentials that I can't buy in the country I live in. I don't mind paying extra for that, but will it really be helping air fares over the next years, the EU are talking about putting more taxes on to air travel, any savings we will have made will be lost again paying for these new taxes.
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