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Budget airlines might seem like a great option at first, but bookings can come with lots of large, hidden fees if you’re not extra careful. The primary fee every budget airline imposes on passengers is charging for luggage.

If you need to travel with a more generously sized bag than a carry-on, the best way is to pay for it at the time of booking. With Spirit Airlines, the longer you wait, the more you pay, ultimately leading to a $100 fee for a single carry-on if you’re flying and decide to wait until you’re at the gate. Bare in mind that no matter what, unless you’re just traveling with just a small backpack, the absolute minimum you can pay for a carry on is $35 — each way.

Your bare
Your fare on Spirit is a Bare Fare — you could have to pay for a number of add-ons.

Baggage isn’t the only thing you’ll be charged for. You could also pay fees for paying with a credit card, printing a boarding pass at the airport and even for ordering water on your flight. There’s nothing inherently bad about budget airlines, but be sure you know about each carrier’s specific fees and how to circumvent them first.

If you’re thinking about flying with Spirit, Frontier, Ryanair, EasyJet, Allegiant, Sun Country, Norwegian, WOW and others, be sure to check out their specific policy on added fees.

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