If you thought airline fees for checking bags were unfair, imagine paying $5 just to get your boarding pass printed by an agent at check-in—because starting Nov. 1, Spirit Airlines will do just that. The fond-of-fees carrier said fliers could avoid the charge by checking-in online and printing boarding passes at home, or by using airport kiosks (whose printing fee, beginning a year from now, will be $1). But here the kicker: The Wall Street Journal reports that 94% of Spirit customers surveyed said they wanted the fee.
That's because Spirit will hand a few bucks back to fliers as a result of the new fee, lowering fares on all nonstop flights by $5. "We believe it is important to let customers decide what is of value to them," Spirit’s chief executive said. Spirit is well known for its extra charges, most famously for the $20 to $35 it charges to stow a bag in the overhead bin.