The writing in the big blue sky reads more fees and tougher airline policies. Condolences to your nickels and dimes in advance. Here are the latest changes to hit your high-flying wallet:
●Frontier Airlines is recognizing passengers who book on its Web site and punishing those who stray. Starting this summer, travelers who book a Frontier flight through a third-party site will have to pay a carry-on luggage fee — $25 per bag when purchased in advance and $100 at the airport. The new rule pertains only to carry-on bags stashed overhead, not a personal item tucked under the seat. Those who book on FlyFrontier.com will continue to receive the free carry-on perk. In addition, beginning July 1, customers who purchase economy or basic fares will lose their complimentary beverage and will have to throw down $1.99 for coffee (free refills!), tea, soda (full can!) and juices. Also on July 1, the carrier will change the mileage accrual rate on basic fares from 50 percent to 25 percent of miles flown. The moral of this story: Frontier really wants travelers to book higher fares on its Web site and will pinch those who don’t.