Money

Frontier Airlines Plans $100 Fee for Carry-On Bags as 'Service Enhancement'

| by Michael Allen
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This summer Frontier Airlines will be charging passengers up to $100 for carry-on bags and $2 for normally free beverages such as soda and coffee.

Frontier Airlines' parent company, Republic Airways Holdings, is trying to improve Frontier's financial situation on paper in order to sell it for a profit, reports the Daily Mail.

Only passengers who book through travel agents and third-party travel sites will have to pay $100, while people paying in advance will be charged $25 per carry-on bag. If passengers book their flights through Frontier Airlines' website, their carry-on bags are free.

"Frontier’s most loyal customers have made it very clear that finding overhead bin space for carry-on bags has become unacceptably difficult," said Frontier Airlines in a statement. "In response, Frontier will be introducing a charge for carry-on bags for customers buying basic fares through third party sites."

Frontier did not mention its financial problems, but did claim that the new fees are actually a "service enhancement."

Frontier also said that the new fees are part of its "unbundling," which is airline slang for offering fewer services.

Carry-on luggage (purses and briefcases) that fits beneath the seat will still be free... for now.

Spirit Airlines introduced similar eye-popping fees in October 2012.

Sources: Daily Mail