The $100 carry-on fee takes hold
Frontier Airlines joins the trend and also adds a $2 charge for coffee or soda.
The airline said this week that customers paying in advance will get charged $25 if their carry-on bag goes to the overhead bin. For those who wait to pay until they're at the gate, the fee leaps to $100. Small bags can still be stowed under the seat free. The move follows a similar announcement by Florida's Spirit Airlines last year. Allegiant Air also charges for carry-ons, according to The Associated Press.
The feeling at the companies appears to be the same. They don't really want to anger customers this way. But as airlines nearly across the board have piled on fees for checked luggage, customers have begun toting massive carry-on bags to the gate. That clogs up the boarding process, delays departures and makes just about everyone crazy.
You can escape the fee by purchasing your tickets on Frontier's website.
Frontier says it will also begin charging $2 for coffee, tea, soda and juice, according to the AP. On the plus side, you get to keep the whole soda can and you get unlimited coffee refills.
It may be no surprise, then, that Frontier's revenue fell by 9% and its flying capacity fell by 13% in the first quarter, the AP reports. Its trying to be sold by its corporate parent, but if angry customers continue to drop off, there may not be much to sell in the end.
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