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2nd airline charges for carry-on bags

Allegiant Air joins Spirit Airlines in charging passengers an extra fee for bringing their luggage on board.

By Giselle Smith Apr 3, 2012 4:22PM

As if flying wasn't expensive enough, a second U.S. airline has announced plans to charge a fee for carry-on bags.


Beginning Wednesday, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will charge up to $35 for a carry-on. One small  "personal item" that can fit under a seat will be allowed without an extra charge, according to news reports.


Jessica Wheeler, public relations manager for Allegiant, told that the new fee will be announced on the airline's website Tuesday evening. "Allegiant will begin charging for carry-ons for travelers booking new reservations beginning Wednesday," she said. (Post continues below.) said the information came from an internal employee memo. The website said:

Passengers will be allowed one free personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop), but anything larger will require the carry-on bag fee. Paying for the carry-on at the airport will run you $35, but buying online will save you some money. Allegiant has not confirmed how much the fee will cost if purchased in advance, but inside sources have explained that they expect it to be between $14.99 and 29.99 -- which matches Allegiant's checked bag fees. The difference in price is route-specific and depends on the length of the flight flown.

Spirit Airlines in April 2010 became the first U.S. carrier to start charging for carry-on bags. Spirit's carry-on fees range from $20 when paid online at the time of booking to $40 when paid at the airport counter, according to the airline's "Optional Fees" page.


Both Spirit and Allegiant are so-called "ultra low-cost carriers" linking U.S. cities to vacation destinations. Allegiant serves 77 cities in the U.S.


Only two airlines still allow you to check bags without paying an extra fee: Southwest, which lets you check two bags, and JetBlue, which allows one free checked bag per passenger.


Paying for luggage, one way or another

Some will probably complain that charging for carry-ons is unfair, but I'm hoping it will make flying a little more comfortable.

When most airlines started charging fees for checked baggage in 2008, many passengers responded by simply rolling their full-sized luggage onto the plane, ignoring the posted limits for carry-on bags -- or so it seemed to people like me who followed the rules about carrying bags that easily fit into the overhead bins. Instead, we often ended up cramming our bags under the seat (leaving no room for our feet) when all of the bins were full. The upside, of course, was that it didn't take nearly as long to collect suitcases from baggage claim.


Two years later, to accommodate the rush of passengers carrying on all of their luggage, airlines began offering the option of early boarding for a fee. And now several airlines are increasing the size of overhead bins.


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Apr 4, 2012 3:09PM
Why not chage for carry on baggage and no fee for checked baggage.  It would be a much more pleasant boarding experience
Apr 4, 2012 12:32PM
I guess these airlines don't want me to fly!  I'm retired so no schedule...I'll drive!
Apr 4, 2012 3:10PM
Do they expect me to fly with nothing? Just the clothes on my back?
Apr 4, 2012 3:47PM
Hey k65-good, leaves more room for me.  I am fine with $ for carryons that are not backpacks/purses.  I am sick of these idiots that take a full size suitcase and treat it like a carryon.  They just need to enforce the current rules about the size of a carryon and cut NO slack. 
Apr 4, 2012 6:48PM

First the airlines charge you for each bag checked and now the passengers go to a smaller bag weighing less which saves the airline money on fuel and then they decide to charge you more on top of it.  Pretty soon the baggage compartment will be empty and they will come up with a charge because they didn't carry enough luggage.  Years ago the airlines couldn't do enough for you with food, movies, blankets, pillows etc and now they want to charge you for saying hello.

Apr 4, 2012 6:33PM
I hope they both go out of business,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Apr 4, 2012 6:52PM
I really hope these doo-doo airlines go out of business.  Southwest is the best of the best airlines.  Fly them all the time.  Went to Alaska last summer via American and Alaska Air and by the time we paid all the baggage fees, we were broke.  I  am really not believing all the BS about room in the overhead bins, yada, yada, yada...  It's all about greed and the money!  I will fly Southwest with no baggage fees and the best rates around.  I hope all the other stupid airlines go out of business.  They are getting as bad as the banks charging fees.  What a bunch of crap!
Apr 4, 2012 6:32PM
And honestly, who didn't see this coming? Pretty soon they will depressurize the cabin and then charge for oxygen
Apr 4, 2012 6:56PM
I'd use another airline just on principle.
Apr 4, 2012 3:53PM
Charging for ANY luggage is stupid and is nothing but price gouging...
Apr 4, 2012 3:58PM

So I have to pay them so I can carry something of my own?  Sounds like I'm doing all the why are they getting paid?

Apr 4, 2012 4:30PM
Keep it up and soon everyone will be sending their luggage via UPS or FEDX. In fact I think I'll start a service at the airport to ship peoples luggage for them. I'll bet we can do it cheaper than the airlines and who knows we might even start a pickup service.
Apr 4, 2012 5:58PM

Oh by the way Retired Taxpayer. I went to the FEDEX Office yesterday to return some merchandise bought and there was 4 golf players shipping their golf bags to their hotel in Miami, Fl. because it was cheaper than paying for baggage on the airlines. Yes the Airlines are going to lose money because people WILL figure it out to send their luggage to their HOTELS ahead of them. Gave me ideas even though I will NEVER FLY AGAIN.


Retired Taxpayer

"Keep it up and soon everyone will be sending their luggage via UPS or FEDX. In fact I think I'll start a service at the airport to ship peoples luggage for them. I'll bet we can do it cheaper than the airlines and who knows we might even start a pickup service."

Apr 4, 2012 5:17PM
If I had several billion dollars I would start an airline that put a premium on customer service with NO extra charges for carry-ons and first two bags are FREE! Oh,  and my  employees would be fired for being rude! I would also serve a REAL snack. Even if I had to charge a bit extra for a ticket, I think people would be relieved to have no hassles and once again learn to enjoy a flight!
Apr 4, 2012 5:02PM
I take AMTRAK and always get a comfortable room.... I don't fly anymore....flying sucks...service is awful, f/a's are rude, arrogant, tacky, lame **** and disrespectful, ( back in my day of flying, if we just once got smart mouthed with a passenger, we were promptly fired!)  Sad!   Pathetic too!
Apr 4, 2012 5:19PM
Another reason for not flying! GREED=GREED=GREED!! NEXT UP' a fee for the security check.... Stay home or drive I will!
Apr 4, 2012 4:04PM
I'm guessing that many of the people complaining about these new charges either (a)  rarely fly, or (b) are among the dooshnozzles who feel the need to carry a week's worth of provisions into the cabin of an airplane, then get up during the flight to root through your luggage in search of gawd-knows-what. ONE small suitcase and purse or laptop will get you through to anywhere you want to go; even overseas flights. If you won't need it during the flight, check it.   
Apr 4, 2012 6:08PM
After 9/11 I have felt that traveling is a rip off.  I can remember looking at a ticket to Paris once and the price for the airline ticket was less than the taxes and "fees" ($300.00 for the ticket and 380.00 for taxes and fees).  Paying for seat choices, bags, and outragous amounts for security is rediculous.  Seems to me, lower prices, get people travelling because more people can afford it and this is a win win.  Right now, people don't want to travel because of the cost and service to fly.  I am looking at going on a cruise and driving to the port because airline prices, flight time options, and connections are out of control.   You can find some great cruise prices in Europe but the cost to fly there, wow.................. Sad!
Apr 4, 2012 4:14PM
With all the extra fees the airlines are adding, we can drive and save money.  They are pricing themselves right out of business as far as I am concerned.  Get real prices and more people will fly then you will make more money in the long run.
Apr 4, 2012 7:38PM
I don't fly anymore if I can help it.  Invasive searches to fly, having to pay fees on top of the already pricey tickets to fly, well I would rather drive thank you.  Sure it takes longer to get somewhere but at least I am not treated like the enemy or like a cash cow with no feelings.
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