Sun Country introduces carry-on bag fees


Two months ago conversations about Sun Country and a pivot to the ULCC model began. This week they take effect. Starting this Wednesday travelers will choose among three “Bundle & Go” fare types, with carry-on bags excluded from two of the three. The new bundles and fare rules go on sale October 25th for travel beginning January 19, 2018.

A carry-on bag will run $40 if not purchased as part of a bundle according to prices the company released today. Checked bags cost $25 in the new scheme. Sun Country will allow complimentary bags or discounts to co-branded credit card holders, travelers purchasing vacation packages and its UFly ELITE frequent flyer program tier members. By purchasing the bundles passengers will save $5-20 per bag plus get priority boarding, depending on the plan purchased.



The “Store & Go” bundle includes only one bag, just like “Check & Go,” but at a higher price. That premium includes the opportunity to bring the bag as a carry-on rather than checking in, the only option with the cheaper plan.

A first look at the new Sun Country carry-on bag fees and other pricing bundles on offer
A first look at the new Sun Country carry-on bag fees and other pricing bundles on offer

All of the fees are each way per bag and nonrefundable.

Sun Country's new bundles cover a range of baggage options for passengers
Sun Country’s new bundles cover a range of baggage options for passengers

The good news is that passengers can wait until near the last minute to decide which bundle they want to buy. The bundle pricing will remain static per the company’s announcement:

Pre-purchase a Bundle & Go option and save, as baggage fees paid at the airport will be higher. Bundle & Go prices remain the same, no matter if purchased at the time of booking, online after booking via My Trips, or during online check-in.



The changes are not surprising given the talk two months ago. Slightly surprising, however, is that the cuts will not be extended to passengers buying first class seats, at least not yet. Those travelers will still be permitted two checked bags, one carry-on and one personal item in their allowance. Given the conversations about reducing the “high touch” costs in the company as part of the pivot it is nice to see that some are being protected.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

2 Comments

  1. Awesome! When are the major airlines going to follow on with this? Cabin space is a premium, bags should go in the hold and not gum up boarding and deplaning, and making it very stressful.

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