Frontier Airlines now charging for carry-on bags

DENVER -- Frontier Airlines is changing how it charges for extra items like carry-on bags, checked bags and seat assignments.

Starting Monday, the extra items for an economy fare are "unbundled," meaning passengers may purchase just the extras they want.

"With an unbundled product, customers can save even more by choosing to pay for only the products that they want, allowing them to customize their flight experience for each and every flight," said David Siegel, CEO of Frontier Airlines.

Passengers will still be able to purchase a Classic Plus fare, that includes a fully refundable ticket, no change fees, extra leg room, one free-checked bag, and one free carry-on bag.

One major change for passengers -- they now have to pay for a carry-on bag. In the past, passengers flying on the cheapest discount tickets could carry-on one bag for free, if they bought their ticket on Frontier's website. Now they'll have to pay $25-$50 depending on when they purchase the add-on extra.

Frontier will still allow passengers one personal item for free. Personal items may be a laptop, a purse, a backpack or briefcase.

Frontier said the changes are only for passengers buying their tickets on April 28 and beyond. There are no charges for passengers who purchased their tickets prior to April 28.

Frontier made two other announcements Monday:

It is lowering the cost of its cheapest economy fares by an average of 12 percent on every nonstop route it flies.

Frontier offers nonstop flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Denver, Colorado and Trenton, New Jersey.

Frontier said it is also creating what it calls a travel savings club. Join the Discount Den and get $5 off your carry-on and 1st checked bag as well as other special deals via email. Members of Frontier's frequent flyer program, EarlyReturns, will be enrolled automatically and you must be a member of EarlyReturns to join the Discount Den.

Membership is free until June 30, 2015, then the memberships will go on sale, Frontier said. Learn more at Frontier's Discount Den .

For flight information, visit Frontier's website .

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