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More on fees for carry-on bags

The chief executive of the airline that wants to charge passengers as much as $45 for certain carry-on bags says he agrees with U.S. regulators that the fee needs to be disclosed plainly to consumers when they buy their tickets.

Ben Baldanza of Spirit Airlines says he met Thursday with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who was critical of the fee when it was announced last month. Baldanza says he explained that even with the carry-on fee, Spirit's ticket prices are still lower than most other airlines.

Baldanza described the meeting with LaHood as very cordial.

In remarks to an aviation luncheon, Baldanza said he has also spoken to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer about the lawmaker's proposal to impose an excise tax on the fees.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  
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Comments

The problem with that statement is that Spirit Airlines is misleading with its fee/taxes structure.

When booking a ticket out of DCA these are the fees listed:

Passenger Civil Security Fee:$2.50
Passenger Facility Fee:$4.50
Passenger Usage Fee:$8.00
Segment Fee:$3.70

Of the 4, 3 are legit. One is a made up-money making fee designed to appear "official." That is the Passenger Usage Fee. In fact, the DoT told Spirit they could charge that as long as it is not charged if someone buys a ticket at the counter. Of course you will be charged a fee for not using the web to book your ticket then.

See:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other-north-south-america-frequent-flyer-programs/833095-spirit-airlines-passenger-usage-fee-9-80-a.html


Posted by: member8 | May 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Just to note: My problem is not with the fee -- but rather where it is shown to the consumer. It's not included in the quoted rate on their website, rather not until you get to the very end.

Posted by: member8 | May 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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