Spirit Airlines to Charge Fee for Boarding Pass; We Hope Bathrooms Are Still Free

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Give us your cash, we'll let you board the plane.
Spirit Airlines, the Miramar-based discount carrier that makes your miserly 83-year-old grandpa look generous, has announced its latest fee: It will now cost five bucks to have a ticket agent print a boarding pass at the airport. And starting next June, they'll even charge customers a dollar for printing their own passes at an airport kiosk!

This is the same company that charges $30 for carry-on baggage and up to $60 for reserving a seat.

Spirit's nickel-and-dime fee strategy may drive some customers insane, but company execs insist they are only being helpful.

Fares will be reduced by $5 when the boarding pass fee goes into a effect, and checking in online will remain free.

"If you choose to check in online, you will save more than ever before. If you choose to continue checking in with an agent, you will see your fare go down as much as the new fee. It's a win-win for everyone," Spirit's chief marketing officer, Barry Biffle, said in a news release.

But who cares? It still feels like we're paying for every tiny detail of our cramped, smelly, stressful flying experience. I guess we should feel lucky they haven't started charging a fee to use the airplane toilet -- yet.
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Mitch
Mitch

Bitch, bitch, bitch....If you don't like it fly on another airline. 

Just my Opinion
Just my Opinion

People are going to complain not matter what. Travel is a luxury anymore. We pay for luxury in every industry. As stated in the article if you check in online you don't pay a fee. Plan ahead and don’t pay the fee. Looks like they are trying to make things run more efficiently. No different then calling your credit card people and paying a $5.00 convenience fee to pay your bill. Whose convenience? Not the person paying. I checked out flights online and Spirit still was the cheapest for where I wanted to go. If you want first class treatment and accommodations you pay for it. Has anyone looked at the fuel charge? When I looked up a ticket( example) the flight $45.00 and fuel charge $65.00 before taxes and etc. Why don’t anyone complain about that? A business has to make a profit. If there is not profit then no business, less choices, and options for us. You complain about prices now. Let some of these low cost carriers go under and there will be less choices and WAY higher prices! Fly one of the other Airlines or check in online if you don’t want to pay. The article says the price will go down $5.00 to off set the price so looks like if you check in online you save $10.00 and if you go to an agent you really not paying extra! Hummm now what is there to complain about? I’m sure people will find something else.

SmarterSean
SmarterSean

People complain about this airline, but every flight I've been on has every seat filled!  Spirit is also going about this all wrong!  If they stated you get 5 bucks off your full fare by printing your boarding pass at home, I'm certain more people would love this!

nickoooch
nickoooch

I can understand if there's a considerable difference in price...but there isnt.. at least from fll to lga... ive flown spirit multiple times and the lack of service, comfort, convenience is not worth the savings of $20.

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Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

@4e153788cbdb4c3ae7b58636c046324d:disqus thanks for the tip!

Maggie: Good point The baggage fee goes up to $40 if you wait to pay at the airport, rather than online. It's a complex fee scale you can read about here: http://www.spirit.com/Policies...

Who has more Spirit stories? I'd love to hear them. Email: lisa.rab@browardpalmbeach.com

Maggie
Maggie

It is $40 for carry -on, this is what I was charged on June 9, 2011.  When I was flying out on June 2,2011 I paid $ 30. Week later, returning home  I was told price went up to $40 on June 7, 2011.

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