Money go bye-bye

Have you ever wondered how budget airlines can offer such low fares?

Pull up a chair.

Airplane-Taking-OffI flew Spirit Airlines today for the first time. The one-way flight from New York City to Fort Lauderdale was an incredible $83…so I bit. And learned how they quickly make up the difference.

It’s kinda ingenious.

While all airlines charge for checked baggage, Spirit also charges for carry-on bags beyond your one personal item. And that charge is on a sliding scale: $30 online, $50 at the counter, $100 at the gate.

Yowsa.

Plus, it’s cheaper to check the bag.  Needless to say, I had no trouble finding overhead space on today’s flight.

Spirit also charges for all in-flight drinks and food, following the movie theater practice of combo meals. So folks who want a soda end up spending more because it appears to be a better value to buy more.

Yep.  When all was said and done, I’m pretty sure my ‘budget’ flight cost as much or more than the Delta flight that was my second choice.

Oh well.  I did get animals crackers with my Diet Coke.

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