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    Wow, I never knew any airlines charged for using the overhead bins! What's next, $1 to use the bathroom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    http://www.spirit.com/Policiesbags.aspx
    check out the price(s) of what is costs to carry on and stow in the overhead compartment on spirit.
    They did that because people were trying to bring way too much stuff on the airplane. They decided to make it more expensive to bring big bags inside the cabin than to check them, in order to encourage people to check the bags.

    It makes the boarding and deplaning processes much faster.


    If you want to see an absurd list of charges, see Ryan air in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadd View Post
    They did that because people were trying to bring way too much stuff on the airplane. It makes the boarding and deplaning processes much faster.
    Make perfect logical sense to me. Good for them!!!

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    We decided to take a shot and go with Spirit Airlines. Many forums and comments were somewhat negative, although this forum has a mixed bag so I guess all is good. We have flown the usual's - Continental, American, Air Tran, etc. Spirit is a low cost alternative for those seeking to pay the minimum. Tha jt said, if you are looking for the usual frills or things you probably can't use......but justify airlines charging higher fees.....Spirit is not for you!!!! They charge for everything (add-ons), and while that may irritate some, at least you know and can make a decision to pay it or not!!! As an example, you get one carry on at NO CHARGE. Luggage is $45, however a tip from the lady who was in our row is to PREPAY your bags using the online feature and it is only $30!!! Water, Soda, snacks have a charge but to keep this in perspective.......we fly from the West Coast and have averaged about $650 RT. Our fee for this trip was $585, which we booked two months ago. So for us the difference or break of $65 was worth it!!! How many sodas or water can you drink to justify the difference.

    Now, while the airlines are supposed to be the efficient model.......unless you are 4 feet 4 inches, expect to have cramped seating because every inch of space is accounting for. On the other hand, because they have no "true" first class, we were lucky to be provided the 1st row seat on our flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba. Outstanding!!!! and although we weren't provided any of the typical first class pampering..........who cares because we arrived fresh and with a very positive attitude. One other note.....our West Coast flight was on time. Our flight to the island was justified, as a person was having what appeared a heart attack, but he was treated and once we landed medical personnel greeted our flight to attend to him.

    I did notice the island appears more crowded than normal this time of year, as was evidenced by the number of jets in the terminal and the long lines at customs. However, everything was very efficient and our rental company was waiting for us once we made it to the lobby. Great experience but the key is setting your expectations and understanding you get what you pay for.
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    glad that your flights worked out fine for you.

    re: the crowds.
    this time in the month of may is usually busy due to the Soul Beach Festival and USA celebrating Memorial Day with a 3 day weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunscreen View Post
    We decided to take a shot and go with Spirit Airlines. Many forums and comments were somewhat negative, although this forum has a mixed bag so I guess all is good. We have flown the usual's - Continental, American, Air Tran, etc. Spirit is a low cost alternative for those seeking to pay the minimum. Tha jt said, if you are looking for the usual frills or things you probably can't use......but justify airlines charging higher fees.....Spirit is not for you!!!! They charge for everything (add-ons), and while that may irritate some, at least you know and can make a decision to pay it or not!!! As an example, you get one carry on at NO CHARGE. Luggage is $45, however a tip from the lady who was in our row is to PREPAY your bags using the online feature and it is only $30!!! Water, Soda, snacks have a charge but to keep this in perspective.......we fly from the West Coast and have averaged about $650 RT. Our fee for this trip was $585, which we booked two months ago. So for us the difference or break of $65 was worth it!!! How many sodas or water can you drink to justify the difference.

    Now, while the airlines are supposed to be the efficient model.......unless you are 4 feet 4 inches, expect to have cramped seating because every inch of space is accounting for. On the other hand, because they have no "true" first class, we were lucky to be provided the 1st row seat on our flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba. Outstanding!!!! and although we weren't provided any of the typical first class pampering..........who cares because we arrived fresh and with a very positive attitude. One other note.....our West Coast flight was on time. Our flight to the island was justified, as a person was having what appeared a heart attack, but he was treated and once we landed medical personnel greeted our flight to attend to him.

    I did notice the island appears more crowded than normal this time of year, as was evidenced by the number of jets in the terminal and the long lines at customs. However, everything was very efficient and our rental company was waiting for us once we made it to the lobby. Great experience but the key is setting your expectations and understanding you get what you pay for.
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    Yes indeed. We always come this year but due to other improvements, including ATA doing a better job of marketing, it seems to be paying off. But that is all good, because we can only keep a good thing to ourselves.....for so long!!! I will be doing an update on the downtown trolley and other interior improvements later.

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    flew them in april from baltimore to aruba.....nice flight, nice attendants...just as others mentioned, read the fine print. We knew what to expect so were not surprised. If you are not taking much and can get away with a bag that fits UNDER the seat infront of you,you do not have to pay any fees. IF you are bringing a Carry-on bag or a checked bag you will pay a fee.....If you pick a seat on the computer when booking you pay a fee, but if you wait till you check in at ticket counter its free.....etc, etc......The biggest surprise is that they do not even give you a glass of water free....you pay for EVERYTHING,,,,,,
    but once again....nice flight and attendants, clean plane...
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