An airline that flies from our area is slashing fares… but there’s a catch.
Passengers flying Frontier Airlines out of Wilmington, Del., Trenton, N.J. or anywhere else will now have to pay extra to place carry-on bags in overhead bins or for advance seat assignments.
The move comes as the Denver-based airline transforms itself into a fee-dependent airline, similar to Spirit Airlines or Allegiant Air -- the only other U.S. carriers to charge such fees.
The fee for using the overhead bin ranges from $20 for frequent fliers who book online to $50 for those who fail to pay before getting to the gate. Most will pay $25 if they check-in online; $35 if they check-in at the airport. Personal items fitting under the seat remains free.
The airline says that the new rate structure has allowed them to lower economy fares by an average of 12 percent on all nonstop routes.
“With an unbundled product, customers can save even more by choosing to pay for only the products that they want, allowing them to customize their flight experience for each and every flight,” said Frontier CEO David Siegel. “With today’s further reduction in Frontier’s amazing low fares our customers will find even greater value and our guaranteed lowest fare when they book at FlyFrontier.com.”
Seat assignments cost an extra $3 for those who buy while booking online; $8 at check-in. If passengers don't pay extra, Frontier will assign them seats.