Based in Miramar, Fla., Spirit offers service to Florida and other leisure destinations as well as to Latin America. Under its new fare structure, the cost to fly from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach is $31, which includes the one-cent fare, a fuel surcharge, taxes and fees. Boston to Myrtle Beach is $46; Detroit to Fort Lauderdale is $55, and Detroit to Las Vegas is $73.

Spirit also charges for checked bags, with the fee ranging from $15 to $25 per bag. Again, Baldanza said, encouraging people to check bags rather than to carry them on reduces boarding time.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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