As if travel hasn’t gotten expensive enough over the past few years. Now an airline is actually charging for overhead bin space. Passengers are already charged by most carriers for checked luggage and airlines have drastically cut back on the amount of luggage one is allowed to bring.
Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will soon begin to charge extra for carry-on bags. The Denver-based carrier claims this will be offset by lower airfares. Frontier has slashed its lowest economy fares by 12 percent. However, customers will now pay $20 to $50 more for a carry-on bag to store in the overhead bin, reports Business Insider. Flyers will still be able to take one personal item free of charge.
Frontier will also charge economy passengers additional fees for seats near the front of the plane and with more leg room, starting at $3.
Obviously the new fees are not welcomed by passengers, who find them “very consumer unfriendly no matter how they try to spin it,” Brian Kelly, founder of frequent-flier website ThePointsGuy.com, told Business Insider. “Booking Frontier is likely going to cost you more.”
This is just another example of how air travel has gotten more expensive. “Overall, between the first quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2013, prices have risen 6.5 percent on average, after inflation, at the top 100 airports in the 48 contiguous states. But fares varied widely from airport to airport, and several experienced increases that were far greater,” reports USA Today.
If the fare is low, do you mind paying more for the overhead space?