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Spirit Airlines said Monday that passengers who don’t pay Spirit’s fee for a carry on bag in ad north face vance will face a charge of $100 at the gate as of Nov. 6, up from $45 now.

Spirit, one of the few airlines that charges customers for carry on bags, said it was raising the fee to cut down on the number of passengers who don’t pay the fee in advance.

“Our goal is for no customer ever to pay the $100 fee,” says Spirit’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre. “Spirit offers our customers multiple opportunities to avoid this unnecessary fee and save money. By planning ahead and paying for bags before getting to the boarding gate, our customers are saving time at the airport and speeding up the boarding process. When our customers choose these time saving, self service options, our costs go down, and we can pass those savings along to our customers.”

Spirit has a series of charges for carry on bags:

$20 if you’re a member of Spirit’s “$9 Fare Club” and pay the fee when you book the ticket and before check in. That rises to $25 on Nov. 6.

$30 if you’re not a member of the $9 Fare Club and pay the fee when you book the ticket and before check in. That rises to $35 on Nov. 6.

$35 if you buy through Spirit’s reservation center. That goes to $4 north face 0 on Nov. 6.

$30 for tickets bought through the group desk and the fee is paid more than 24 hours in advance. That goes to $35 on Nov. 6.

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$35 for tickets bought through the group desk and the fee is paid less than 24 hours in north face advance. That goes to $40 on Nov. 6.

$40 when the fee is paid at the airport ticket counter or kiosk. That goes to $50 on Nov. 6.

$45 when the fee is paid at the boarding gate. That goes to $100 on Nov. 6 .

The airline said the charge for carry on bags “has helped speed the boarding process, ensured sufficient overhead space is available for all carry on bags, and it has helped reduce the airline’s fuel consumption rate by the equivalent of nearly six million gallons in the past year alone.”