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