What we’re reading: Spirit hikes carry-on fee, Southwest flights to San Juan, FAA’s new flight paths for Seattle


Spirit hikes baggage fees for holiday flyers

We all know that one of the things that passengers can’t stand is the ancillary fee. Now one airline seems to want to play Scrooge for the holidays. Spirit Airlines is raising the checked baggage fee starting today (November 6, 2012).

The biggest fee will now come if you have to check your bag at the gate; it will cost you $100.

According to experts, these fee increases are currently some of the largest seen in the industry. Spirit has been ranked as one of the top airlines to get more out of your wallet from all its different fees.

This latest hike has caused one of Jaunted’s writers to use colorful language in his articles. So, dear readers, what do you think of Spirit’s latest move? Let us know in the comments.

San Juan becomes Southwest’s first destination outside continental U.S.

Southwest Airlines will start non-stop service from Orlando and Tampa Bay to San Juan, PR, starting in 2013.

Beginning in April, Southwest will operate three daily nonstop flights between Orlando and San Juan and one daily nonstop flight between Tampa Bay and San Juan, as the carrier transitions these routes from AirTran-operated city pairs.

FAA OKs new flight paths for Sea-Tac landings

The FAA has approved a new landing pattern for Seattle-Tacoma airport.

Instead of arrivals descending in a stair-step pattern as they now do, jets using Greener Skies’ NextGen technology would begin descent closer to the airport and descend smoothly, powering down into what’s called flight idle mode.