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In the spirit of cheap travel, lawsuit advances

Posted On: Sep. 11, 2019 12:50 PM CST


Spirit Airlines Inc. passengers can sue the airline for charging carry-on baggage fees that can surpass the cost of their low-cost ticket price bought through such websites as Cheapair, Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity, CNBC reported Tuesday.

Specifically, a federal appeals court in New York said 22 passengers could sue for breach of contract because there was no evidence Spirit notified them about the fees when they booked their trips and that there were “ambiguities” in the prices they would pay, according to the news report.

Miramar, Florida-based Spirit is accused of relying on “ancillary fees,” such as checked and carry-on baggage fees and fees to choose seats, to make money after offering lower fares. It has not commented on the suit.

The plaintiffs claim the airline knew that its online travel agents hid such “gotcha” bag fees that travelers would eventually have to pay at the airport, according to the news report.