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Cindy Loose

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?

By Cindy Loose |  March 15, 2007; 2:32 PM ET  | Category:  Airline Industry , Cindy Loose
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Proceeding from the online Travel Discussion earlier this week, Spirit should sell barf bags for $25.00 each, then charge a $25.00 disposal fee to customer swho have to use them.

Posted by: Mister Methane | March 15, 2007 2:22 PM

Charge for advance seat assignments (various amounts for different prefered areas)

Posted by: cperks | March 15, 2007 2:58 PM

For Ralph Fiennes - induction into the mile high club.

(actually, that could raise a fairly significant amount of cash. Cash-only, naturally.)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 15, 2007 3:31 PM

Encourage passengers to save weight by charging per item of clothing.

Posted by: h3 | March 15, 2007 3:45 PM

$17 surcharge for cabin pressurization.

A $60 fee in order to guarantee a specific destination at the end of the flight.

Fill empty seats by selling $50 tickets to unknown destinations. You show up at the airport and they put you on whatever flight got undersold.

Lapseats. If you don't pay a special $20 fee, Spirit Airlines has the right to put another passenger in your lap. For 50% off of a standard ticket price, you can be that other passenger.

Posted by: Jackson Landers | March 15, 2007 4:16 PM

Why is the trial membership more expensive than the regular membership?

Posted by: DL | March 15, 2007 5:26 PM

A new co-operative model: You can pay to take a special flight attendant training class for two weeks. Then in future receive a 50% fare discount for work duty while you fly.

If the program goes well, the next step will be customer/pilots.

Posted by: Erica | March 16, 2007 10:36 AM

jackson landers, that is some mighty funny stuff. You should submit it to SNL.

Posted by: jim h | March 17, 2007 7:28 PM

$2 per bathroom trip. Don't forget to pack quarters, because the stall doesn't take bills.

Insert $1 to lower the seat tray.

Insert another $1 to turn on the overlight light, and of couse, and another buck for the air vent.

A few dollars for blankets, pillows....We could go on and on with this.

Posted by: Reader | March 19, 2007 5:02 PM

Carry on luggage can be stowed under the seat or in overhead only if you've paid the rental fee. Fee would be assessed in proportion to miles flown on that flight or flying time.
If the flight is delayed (due to any reason whatsoever) the passenger will have to cough up an additonal fee to get their luggage back.

Posted by: Tom B | March 20, 2007 4:36 PM

Complimentary drinks remain free only if you walk to the galley to retrieve them. If you want the drink delivered to your seat, that will be $1 extra.

Posted by: Tom B | March 20, 2007 4:39 PM

$50 to recline your seat. Then the passenger behind you can't complain that you are using space that he paid for. Or, you could pay $50 to prevent the seat in front of you from reclining. In cases of conflicting passengers, reclining rights are auctioned to the highest bidder.

Posted by: WMA | March 20, 2007 4:47 PM

This is such great stuff it seems a shame to have it only on the blog. Give me one more great one and I'll try to find out how you submit ideas to Leno or somebody like that.

Posted by: cindy loose | March 20, 2007 5:14 PM

Charge passenger based on their over-weight. Anyone over 100LB will be charged $1/extra pound. So I'm 165lb, my fare would be the base fare plus $65.

Posted by: Hanes | March 21, 2007 11:50 AM

I will never even consider Spirit Airlines. I can't even imagine an airline that wants to charge you for your luggage unless you are carrying something very heavy. That's the reason for weight limits. I bet they won't be around very long. They don't deserve to be. (Some of your suggestions are hilarious but be careful or all the airlines will start using them to screw us further.)

Posted by: Marjorie | March 21, 2007 12:22 PM

I'd suggest coin operated turnstiles at the jetways - you can walk out on the ramp and climb a rope ladder to the cabin for free.

Posted by: MikeB | March 21, 2007 3:04 PM

How about they sell airline magazine subscriptions. And you could get a special price is you can convince other people on the plane to buy a subscription.

And if planes are diverted, they could charge for bringing you to an extra city.

Posted by: cindy loose | March 22, 2007 12:34 PM

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