Pay Up -- or No Sales for You!
Wish I could be in the morning meetings where Spirit Airlines comes up with its revenue-enhancing ideas. Earlier this month the airline announced it was charging for checked luggage, as reported last week in our section. The other day the airline posted on its Web site an even more original way to bring in revenue: paid membership in a club that gets you access to exclusive, members-only sale fares.
For $9, you get a three-month trial membership in the club and thereby get "private access to amazingly low, member-only fares," Spirit announced. After that, membership is $29.95 a year, but if you order a no-up-front-fee Spirit MasterCard and use it at least once a month, the membership is free. Club members will get exclusive low fares offered at least once every six weeks, and they can ask to be e-mailed or just log in at the Spirit site.
I think travelers should help Spirit come up with more ideas. I don't think the FAA will allow them to sell standing room only tickets, with an extra fee for a seat. But they could charge to use the bathroom. Can anyone else help Spirit with more cost-saving ideas?
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