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  1. Andrew L
    Andrew L 24 January 2012 at 2:05 pm |

    That is a very different way of thinking about the new law. Interesting…

  2. Alan Westley
    Alan Westley 24 January 2012 at 2:21 pm |

    Can they be sued for giving false information? Because the new regulation doesn’t require the taxes to be hidden; as you noted, Spirit are free to give the price breakdown if anyone’s interested in it.

  3. MichaelP
    MichaelP 24 January 2012 at 2:37 pm |

    Leave it to Spirit (who charges for everything) to twist this around.

  4. glu800
    glu800 24 January 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    Wow… I’m amazed at how Spirit can spin this new rule LOL. Like everyone has said, they can simply show the tax breakdown in their advertisements.

  5. James
    James 24 January 2012 at 2:52 pm |

    “That way they can continue to be a “transparency leader and most consumer-friendly airline” as they always have.”

    That was nicely put

  6. Kerwin
    Kerwin 24 January 2012 at 3:05 pm |

    Can’t stand Spirit; they’re just using this as another way to promote the airline. Its not like the customer can opt not to pay the taxes; they have to pay it so just tell me up front the total fare when you show me the flights and be done with it.

  7. AndyTheGameInventor
    AndyTheGameInventor 24 January 2012 at 3:09 pm |

    I just received this email from Spirit Airlines. I am flying with them n a few weeks. I do appreciate Spirit’s unbundling of prices – even the seat selection and carry-on fees – because I believe that it’s good for consumers. I did pay much less on Spirit despite the myriad of fees than I would have on their cheapest competitor. (I’m NOT a fan of their $16.95 “processing fee” on their website, which seems to serve no purpose other than to permit advertising an imposisble-to-get low fare.

    But I disagree completely with their sentinment about the new government regulations. When I make the decision to fly, the final cost is what matters for the service I want, not how it is broken up and which parts have to be paid to the government. Many countries require all taxes to be included in any advertised price and on the price sticker in the store.

  8. Erik
    Erik 24 January 2012 at 3:57 pm |

    What they meant is that now they need to advertise the full pice, that is why the meant that they will need to “hide” the taxes.

    Everybody want to know the full price of course, but they are smart and they are trying to full us, since hide the taxes means a different thing for them.

  9. Ari
    Ari 24 January 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    I guess that gas stations should disclose their taxes too…boy, does it irk me when I can’t tell how much of that $3.509/gal is an evil gov’t tax.

  10. Scottrick
    Scottrick 24 January 2012 at 10:20 pm |

    A lot of taxes are “hidden” in the costs of things you buy every day. Payroll taxes, for example, or health care surcharges like at San Francisco restaurants. While Spirit may be correct, they don’t necessarily have a reason to expect special treatment. I would prefer that all taxes be included in every advertised price.

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