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leyvadaniel
God is not a conservative
10:59 AM on 04/21/2010
I have never EVER seen prices going down, they can only go up. Staycation is being for the last couple of years my first choice, since everything about traveling now a days is an inconvinience, from getting to the airport, going through security, the high prices that come with the poor service on the part of airlines, and the uncertainty that the flight is going to leave/arrive on time.
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fireW
Don't believe everything you think.
11:10 AM on 04/21/2010
And this clown (Baldanzo) has the temerity to pretend he's doing thew traveling public a favor by gouging them for carry-ons, which was itself a reaction to the original gouge of charging for checked luggage. Typical con - "we're shafting you & you should thank us because it's your fault for reacting to the first shafting we pulled". Oh, come on for *#$@'s sake . . .
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BlackJAC
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
12:12 PM on 04/21/2010
Bill Maher had a New Rules bit where airlines should stop thanking you for "choosing" them because you only "chose" them because they were going to the place you wanted to go on the day and times you wanted to leave here and arrive there.
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tom90069
10:58 AM on 04/21/2010
you're going to pay less over all
yah right, i've heard that before
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LightShadow62
The answers are not found in the extremes
10:49 AM on 04/21/2010
This guy is so full of crap. If the airline wasn't making more off the customer for the carry on charge they wouldn't be doing it.

It's time to put Spirit Air on the NO FLY list.
10:57 AM on 04/21/2010
Wrong, this trying to solve a huge issue. Planes are very expensive, and if you can get one more flight in per day per plane you can make big money. Planes are spending too much time at the gate because everyone is bringing on carry on luggage. They are only trying to get the plane back up in the air asap, so they can maximize revenues/profits from flying more trips, not from an increase in fees.
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FHTB
11:00 AM on 04/21/2010
What certified c--p...the carry ons delay people at the gate? WHAT are you talking about? You sound like a shill for this airline...go somewhere where people will even care what you have to say...and that's not here.
jwoww
$17 Trillion and Climbing, sorry kids
11:06 AM on 04/21/2010
I agree with your argument the airlines do want to move the planes in and out quickly but that does not hide the fact that Spirit is coming up with price gimmicks so they can bypass ferderal avaiation taxes on the ticket prices. personally I dont have an issue with it, it's their business and if they feel this will work so be it. as a passenger you have many other airlines to choose from.

but a realist way or airlines to speed up the process would be to allow only full fare or priority members to bring on carry on baggage. this way it will force people to check their bag and alleviate the boarding and off loading processes. it would also reduce the TSA screening lines which at major airports is ridiculous at peak times. In turn the airline would need to commit to a speedier baggage handling process as well.
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LawrenceNC
10:49 AM on 04/21/2010
I just looked at Spirit Airlines website. I doubt that I'd ever fly them. Unless you live in South Florida, and fly to limited destinations along either coast or South and Central America, neither will most of you. This is a small, niche airline.
10:47 AM on 04/21/2010
If politicians want to do us a favor they should make carry on fees mandatory and no fees for checked baggage. Carry on luggage results in having the planes on the ground longer, clogging the available gates, not to mention the loss of revenue for the airlines. Less carry on luggage = less delays = less costs = lower ticket prices = more profits = more tax revenue. Everyone wins from an increase in productivity/efficiency.
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FHTB
11:02 AM on 04/21/2010
If you are an A-HOLE that you have to carry your closet with you while traveling, you SHOULD pay more, unless, of course you are traveling with kids and have alot of stuff...do like many do...ship your stuff ahead...any amount of money that doesn't go into the pockets of these whining clowns is good...we bailed these fools out once...we aren't again, and we won't by paying carry on fees...period.
JNarragansett
Check your premises
10:47 AM on 04/21/2010
How dare these airlines charge customers in an itemized way rather than imposing the costs on everyone equally. Senator Schumer, I ran into another nefarious use of this same trick. In the grocery store, I was charged separately for each and every item that I bought. What's more, that meant that the costs imposed on each of us in the line were dramatically different. I couldn't believe that the costs weren't spread out over everyone. If costs are going to be imposed by a business, they should be imposed on everyone equally rather than making some people pay for additional services and passing the savings along to those that don't use them. (End sarcasm)
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LightShadow62
The answers are not found in the extremes
10:54 AM on 04/21/2010
Your sarcasm would make sense if they were even the slightest similarity between shopping for groceries and traveling on an airplane, sadly for you however there is no such similarity. FAIL!
JNarragansett
Check your premises
11:02 AM on 04/21/2010
Yeah, there's no similarity between itemized costs and itemized costs.
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FHTB
11:03 AM on 04/21/2010
We have alot of people on here who seem to have their noses up the airlines' crack...take it out, and start making sense.
10:46 AM on 04/21/2010
I've flown before with only a backpack, no checked luggage, because it was a short trip and I wanted to avoid the baggage claim delays and save the checked baggage fee, and I got pulled into the Homeland Security high risk check in line. They searched every nook and cranny of my bag and small purse, pulling out every last item and jamming it back in haphazardly, and sent me through an explosives detector as well as the metal detector. It added well more time than I would have lost at the baggage claim. They said flying without checked luggage was a red flag for terrorism. So, they hit you with extra fees for luggage, and if you try to avoid them, they call you a terrorist.
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FHTB
11:08 AM on 04/21/2010
All those whining about carry ons:

If you have a connecting flight, and miss it...where does your bag end up? More often than not, NOT where you want it to be...after so many nightmarish times with lost luggage or luggage taking days to arrive, and being forced to buy interim clothing, I swore I would never check bags again...


Let them label you a terrorist...
10:46 AM on 04/21/2010
His math was a fuzzy. His explanation was the ticket price would be lower so if you paid the $45 carry on fee, you'd be paying the same as before but if you didn't carry on your luggage, your ticket price would be about $40 less than before.

Here are the questions: Does the $45 fee apply both ways or one way only? If both ways, you actually end up paying $45 more than in the past unless you leave the bag at your destination. Do they charge for checked baggage? If so, checking a bag versus carrying a bag would still result in a fee. The only way you pay $40 less than before was if you travel without any bags.

And what constitutes a bag requiring the fee? A purse, briefcase, backpack, etc.? They are going to have to define very specific requirements if they haven't already.
10:46 AM on 04/21/2010
I am retired with lots of time & funds to travel. If the airlines treated their customers better I would fly lots more places. But its car trips for me! Scr3w the airlines. Ever since deregulation flying has become horrendous.
Maybe in this country we should look at the happy medium. It seems to be either all or nothing, regulation or no controls whatsoever. Perhaps things would work better for everyone if we had a government with leaders who had enough spine to say," you know what businesses, you need to follow some rules for your's and everyone else's good."
Banks too big to fail and too heartless to contribute to the economy constructively.
Airlines too shoddy to treat customers with dignity and respect.
Deregulation is a farce.
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10:44 AM on 04/21/2010
the airline industry is BROKEN .. and they are scrambling to make money where ever they think they can .... every single airline is looking at way to charge more ... SW just started an automated early bird check in at 10.00 per connection ..... i travel a lot and refuse to book with an airline that wants to charge me 45. to check a bag ....
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thecarf
pragmatic progressive
10:43 AM on 04/21/2010
Fee or no fee, Spirit is already such a crappy airline that a la carte billing or extra fees are not going to encourage/discourage me to fly them. I refuse to fly them because of their inherent crappitude. So, this really doesn't move the needle. As a private business they are free to nickel and dime and sell that urine on your shoulder as rain if they like.
10:41 AM on 04/21/2010
That CEO's arguement is pure BS when it comes to lower fares. I just priced a fare on Spirit from Fort Lauderdale to NY Laguardia on August 21 return August 28. Round trip on Spirit $182. I did the same search via Expedia and the result was Delta at $183. Considering Delta doesnt charge for carry on's the cheaper airline is obvious. I hope you go out of business Spirit. And I hope the poublic doesnt fall for his lies.
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LawrenceNC
10:39 AM on 04/21/2010
The solution is to pack sensibly for air travel. Too often, people try to bring their entire wardrobe in carry on luggage. My wife and I have a nice system. We each pack a rolling duffel bag to check and only carry on a small backpack/day pack with a few essential items. If the overhead bins are full, our day packs easily fit under the seat in front of us and sometimes that's even better for easy access to things we might need during the flight (especially a long one).

We're avid hikers, so our duffel bags have our hiking gear (including trekking poles which can't be brought into the cabin these days) and most of our clothing. Our day packs have enough room for an initial change of clothes at the destination if need be and neither of us are overpacked. One truth about traveling, if your initial batch of clothing gets dirty, you can always do some laundry.
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BlackJAC
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
11:04 AM on 04/21/2010
In all seriousness, the reason people use carry-on is to avoid the risk of the airline losing their luggage.
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LawrenceNC
11:20 AM on 04/21/2010
I fly all the time, domestic and overseas and I nearly always check baggage. In the last twenty years, the airlines have never lost a piece of my luggage and only misrouted or delayed my luggage three times. One of those times, I was making an overseas connection in Philadelphia and the first leg of my flight was forced, due to bad weather, to make an unscheduled stop in Baltimore for refueling so I had a very tight connection in Philly and my bag didn't transfer. 24 hours later, the airline delivered it to me at my hotel in a tiny town in Normandy.
10:39 AM on 04/21/2010
This is ridiculous! I'm sure there are other ways they can cut costs. How about taking a look at executive bonuses at Spirit? Maybe they can shed some "fat" there.
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Tyler-Durden
leading a revolution of one
10:39 AM on 04/21/2010
charge all the fees you want!

some airlines will choose NOT to, and that's who i'll fly with.