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Suit Claims Spirit Airlines Misleads Customers About Reason for ‘Usage Fee’

Posted Aug 8, 2012 8:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A class action lawsuit filed Monday evening claims Spirit Airlines is misleading passengers by implying its “passenger usage fees” are a government tax or fee.

Spirit’s website says usage fees range from $8.99 to $16.99 each way, the Miami Herald reports. “In reality,” the lawsuit alleges, “the fee is nothing more than additional airfare because Spirit does not provide any bona fide service in exchange for the [fee].”

Spirit is known for advertising low base fares and charging more for options such as carry on bags and seat selection, the story says.

A Spirit spokeswoman told the newspaper that the company believes the claims have no merit. The suit was filed in the Southern District of Florida by Podhurst Orseck.

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