Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Frontier Airlines to charge for beverages, carry-on bags Frontier Airlines will start charging for beverages on board that are now complimentary as well as for carry-on bags if you go through a third-party service to reserve your ticket, the airline announced Wednesday. The changes are part of a confusing new fee structure that Frontier is introducing over the summer. In a news release, Frontier justified the carry-on fee for customers who buy basic-fare tickets through third parties by saying frequent fliers complained "that finding overhead bin space for carry-on bags has become unacceptably difficult." The fee will not apply to customers who book through the airline's own website. "FlyFrontier.com will become the only channel through which customers will continue to enjoy free carry-on bags on all tickets," Frontier's news release said. "This change will increase overhead space for Frontier's most loyal customers and speed the boarding process for all passengers."The fees will range from $20 to $100. The Consumerist made an unsuccessful attempt to get Frontier to explain the details of the new fee structure Wednesday, including a clarification of when the $100 fee would be charged. Frontier did say all passengers will still be able to carry on one free personal item up to 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches, as long as it fits under the seat. More poorly though out changes from FlyFrontier.com: Onboard Beverages As part of the transformation into an Ultra Low Cost Carrier, Frontier will begin charging for onboard beverages this summer. Effective July 1, 2013, customers who purchase Economy or Basic fares will be charged $1.99 for coffee, tea, soda and juice. All on-board purchases continue to require a credit or debit card. This is going to leave a lot of kids flying by themselves and even young adults who haven't transitioned to credit/debit cards flying thirsty. If the airline is trying to increase revenues, it makes zero sense to me that they would refuse cash. They claim to be making these changes to transition to an "ultra low-cost airlines", yet the real low-cost airline (Southwest) just keeps growing & growing, with none of these garbage fees: Give people a good, simple deal, and they just keep coming back.