Spirit Airlines A319-132 N504NKI wish I was kidding.

Spirit Airlines, the Ryanair of the U.S., is pushing the airline fee frenzy to new levels with the introduction of fees for carry-on bags –- as much as a whopping $45 each way to put something in an overhead bin on a flight.

If you are a member of the $9 Fare Club, which offers access to some exclusive fare offerings, a carry-on item for the overhead bin costs $20. If you aren’t a member of the club, you can reserve your overhead bin spot for $30 as long as you buy it before you get to the gate (even the ticket-counter counts). And if you don’t pay before boarding and show up at the gate with two items, you’ll be charged $45 for the carry-on.

The fees for checked baggage on Spirit will follow a similar scale to the carry-on fees. For domestic flights, club members pay $15 each for the first and second bag, each way. Paying in advance for nonclub members is $25 per bag, and checking a bag at the airport without paying in advance is $45. Some prices are slightly higher on international flights.


Wow.  This just makes me sad on so many levels.

Remember: It’s all about the little things.