Spirit Airlines Drops $10 Fee For Ordering Tickets Online

As quietly as it came, the $10 “web convenience fee” Spirit levied for the favor they were doing you by letting you book online, has gone. The fee no longer appears in Spirit Airlines’ contract of carriage. A small victory for common sense, though they’ll probably just figure out a way to make it up somewhere else. How about $5 fee for takeoffs and landings?

[via BudgetTravel] (Photo: Cubbie_n_Vegas)

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  1. t325 says:

    Why not just raise all fares by 10 bucks and no one will know the difference?

  2. basket548 says:

    But Ben, that fee already exists! It’s a $2.50 fee per each ‘enplanement’ on a trip, up to two legs. Hence, if you fly somewhere with one connection, then you contribute $10 to the TSA’s Stupid Rules fund.

  3. pgh9fan says:

    Here’s a radical idea. Why doesn’t an airline make all the news–and get all the free advertising that goes with it–by announcing that they’ll be showing their fares as all-inclusive. If they advertises $390 roundtrip from Pittsburgh to Fort Myers, it will be $390 including airport charges, 911 security fees, taxes, two checked bags, and a cold beverage on the flight.

  4. ds143 says:

    @pgh9fan:
    that would be a PHENOMENAL idea, kind of like those all-inclusive resorts in the caribbean. i could see all the older folks-the ones who probably get taken advantage of with the sneaky rates-opting for this over other airlines in a second.

  5. basket548 says:

    @pgh9fan:
    You mean like how Southwest does it?

  6. ryatziv says:

    @basket548: Southwest’s rates don’t include fees… those tend to be in the area of $10/leg.

  7. basket548 says:

    Well, yeah, I meant at the point where you check out the price includes everything mentioned.

  8. @pgh9fan:

    Because value hunting consumers (aka cheap) search only price and the honest vendor is hurt by not deceiving the public

  9. triggerh says:

    @pgh9fan:

    The reason Southwest does not include them is because the fees are not taxable. If the 9/11 fee was included in the ticket price, you would be paying sales tax on an extra $10. In other words, you buy your ticket then you pay a sales tax on the amount you payed for that ticket. The Government then tacks on the 9/11 fee and the local airport adds their PFC (Passenger Facility Charge), which is also not taxable. Southwest does a good job of explaining the two fees in plain English. [www.southwest.com]

    Get the full text of the 9/11 fee regulation from the TSA. [www.tsa.gov]

  10. Jandek says:

    @pgh9fan:

    watch them get no business

  11. Meathamper says:

    Because it’s not convenient if I have to pay $10.