Nickel and Dimed by Spirit Airlines
|Flickr user: Shirley Two Feathers|
|With all the hidden fees, maybe it's better to fly nude.|
What a steal! That was $75 less than all the other, nondirect flights. Now I could attend my little cousin's bar mitzvah without breaking the bank. My thrifty soul rejoiced.
For less than a minute.
As soon as my ticket purchase was confirmed, a disgustingly cheerful screen appeared asking for more money.
Pick your seat! The website helpfully noted that the $60, first-class-type seats were the most "popular." I settled for the $12 cramped ones. That's $12 each way, mind you.
Check your baggage! That will be $19 to check it, $30 to carry on -- for each leg of the trip.
My stomach turned. I hate the feeling of being suckered. I hate math even more.
Upon closer inspection, I realized that the carry-on fee won't become effective until August 1, so I can still bring a free bag for my trip in May. But that's small comfort.
When all is said in done, I'll soon be paying just as much for my Spirit flights as I would for any major airline.
Now I'm angry and broke. Welcome to commercial airline travel.