Frontier Airlines to charge for drinks, carry-on bags

Frontier Airlines willstart charging $1.99 for various drinks. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to slap extra fees on such in-flight comforts as coffee and soda, along with a new fee for carry-on bags.

The Denver-based carrier announced Wednesday that those who book tickets to travel on Frontier from a third-party agent, such as sites like Hotwire, Orbitz and others, will be subjected to a fee of $25-100 per carry-on bag. In its announcement, Frontier officials said that the premium being placed on overhead bin space is forcing the change.

"Frontier's most loyal customers have made it very clear that finding overhead bin space for carry-on bags has become unacceptably difficult," the company said on its website.

Travelers who book tickets through Frontier's website will be exempt from extra carry-on bag fees. The airline will also raise the price of a traveler's first checked bag from $20 to $25 on June 1.

In addition to the bag fee changes, Frontier will also begin charging $1.99 for coffee, tee, soda and juice on all flights. Coffee drinkers will be able to get refills for free.

Frontier services the greater Washington area with flights into and out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.