DENVER - Frontier airlines announced major changes to its fee structure on Wednesday, including charging for carry-on bags in some cases.
"Frontier’s most loyal customers have made it very clear that finding overhead bin space for carry-on bags has become unacceptably difficult," the airline said in a news release. "In response, Frontier will be introducing a charge for carry-on bags for customers buying Basic fares through third party sites."
All tickets sold at FlyFrontier.com will include one free personal item, no more than 18” x 14” x 8”, on the aircraft, provided such item fits under the seat. A list of other items that are exempt from the carry-on bag fee are listed at FlyFrontier.com
The fee to check a first bag will remain $20 when purchased during on-line check-in at FlyFrontier.com but will increase to $25 when purchased at airport check-in for all Economy and Basic tickets booked on or after June 1, 2013 for travel on or after July 11, 2013.
Second bag fees for Economy and Basic bags remain unchanged at $20. Classic and Classic Plus tickets continue to receive two free checked bags.
-- Charges not limited to baggage --
Frontier will also begin charging for onboard beverages this summer. Effective July 1, customers who purchase Economy or Basic fares will be charged $1.99 for coffee, tea, soda and juice. All on-board purchases continue to require a credit or debit card.
Beverages will continue to be free for Ascent and Summit level EarlyReturns members, as well as for all customers who purchase Classic and Classic Plus fares, when they show their boarding pass or EarlyReturns membership card.
Frontier said the changes "are to further reduce fares and to improve the travel experience for its most loyal customers, including those who book through FlyFrontier.com."