Spirit Settles Class Action Suit Over Bag Fees For $8.25 Million

by Anthony Losanno
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Spirit Airlines agreed to pay $8.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit. The suit was filed by passengers who booked flights through third-party travel agencies and claimed that they were surprised with carry-on bag fees.

The Daily Mail reports that the lawsuit was filed in 2017 and argues that the third-party sites hid these fees, which were sometimes as much as the airline tickets.

It alleged that Spirit used “bait-and-switch” and “gotcha tactics…designed to confuse, trick, and trap consumers.” First-time Spirit fliers who booked through BookIt, CheapOair, CheapTickets, Expedia, Kiwi, or Travelocity between August 31, 2011 and May 3, 2017 are eligible class members.

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Bag fees were as high as $100 per traveler. The settlement will award refunds of up to 75% of the carry-on-bag fees. Spirit’s lawyers’ agreed to a deal on Wednesday in a Brooklyn federal court and requested a judge to approve it, saying it “represents a fair compromise.” A website will be setup for potential class members to file their claims.

Anthony’s Take: I flew Spirit yesterday and heard the gate agent repeatedly warning about bag fees. I’ve found that Spirit is good about disclosing these fees, but have never booked through a third-party agency.

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