Word today that soon to be Hawaii entrant Allegiant Air is likely to implement carry-on bag fees in the near future. If so the industry leader in ancillary up-charges will be only the second U.S. airline to do so. The other airlines are watching closely and are likely to follow suit.
What could this cost?
The first airline to implement carry-on fees was Spirit Airlines. Sit down before you see what their carry-on fees are. Prices are for each carry-on bin stowed in an overhead bin. There is no current charge for under-seat stowage.
- $20 for Spirit Club members who pay $60/year.
- $30 paid in advance.
- $45 paid at the gate.
Allegiant CEO Andrew Levy claims that customers have been requesting this because checked bag fees have led to cabin clutter and flight delays.
Could the Feds step in?
The only hope for us economy flyers is that federal (DOT) regulators are watching fees after seeking input from the airline industry regarding bag fees, tarmac delays and better disclosure of prices in fees in advertisements. This might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
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