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Spirit Airline Raises Baggage Fees For New Year

10:47 AM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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Nancy Trejoss, USA TODAY

If you're planning to fly Spirit Airlines in the new year, you'll be paying more to carry-on and check your bags.

As of Jan. 1, many of the low-cost carrier's baggage fees have gone up by at least $1, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Spirit has 24 different baggage fees, depending on when and where you pay for it.

Carry-on bags will cost $26 now if you pay for them online while booking your ticket. Spirit is the only airline to charge for carry-on bags.

A first checked bag will cost $21 and a second will cost $31. Remaining bags will cost $76 each to check. The new fees only apply to members of Spirit's $9 Fare Club, who get access to the lowest fares.

If you are a member of the $9 Fare Club and pay for your bags while checking in online, you'll pay $36 for your carry-on. The prices for checked bags will go from $31 to $41 to $86, depending on how many you check. That is a $6 increase on previous fees.

Regular customers who pay for their bags while checking in online will pay $45 for a carry-on. To check bags, they will pay $40 for the first bag, $50 for the second bag, and $95 for remaining bags. That's a $5 increase.

The heftiest fee, to check in any bag at the airport, will remain at $100.

If you purchased your ticket on or before Dec. 31, the new fees won't apply to you.

Baggage fees are a huge money-maker for airlines. According to the L.A. Times, An IdeaWorks Co. study found that 38.5% of Spirit's revenue came from extra fees in 2012, the most of any airline.

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