Budget carriers eye carry-on bag fees

Frontier Airlines says it will start charging for carry-on bags stored in the overhead bin under a new pricing structure which will also its lowest fares cut.

The carrier will also charge slightly more for seats near the front of the plane.

Frontier and Spirit Airlines (SAVE) are at the forefront of pushing an ala carte pricing structure to consumers.

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  • phxcrane
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    Wonder how long it will be before the airlines start charging passengers by the pound?Seems like a good idea to me.
    29 Apr 2014, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • markcc
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    phxcrane, the strategy of high density and pay for service was pioneered by Indigo partners at Spirit. They sold their Spirit interest and got a great deal on Frontier and are seeking to replicate that model, which is the most profitable model in the industry. The two airlines together are about 110 planes out of about 7,500 in the US fleet, but are the most rapidly growing segment.
    29 Apr 2014, 09:49 AM Reply Like
  • Lenovooutsider
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    I think there is a place for the Spirit's and Frontiers in the market place. I think both need to be as transparent as possible about there fees, this will allow the consumer to choose exactly what they want to pay for and not feel duped. I think it is bad business if the passenger goes to the airport and in their mind is nickle and dimed at the last minute. But like I said before, if they are given the info prior to travel. I hope that they will focus more on delivering great value to the customer then trying to create great returns for the investor.
    29 Apr 2014, 10:10 AM Reply Like
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