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My Journey on flying Spirit Airlines

What are your thoughts on Spirit Airline?!

-Everyone

Oh the million dollar question…what do I think of Spirit Airlines? I get questions about my thoughts on Spirit Airlines and whether one should take it so I figured why not share my personal experience on it so here you go!

A little background information on Spirit…Spirit Airlines is a a la carte, low cost carrier that flies throughout the US, Central America, and Caribbean.

What do you mean by a la carte? Well the reason why 95% of the time Spirit flights are DRASTICALLY cheaper than other airlines, it’s because you’re pretty much just paying for the fare. That’s it! Everything else you typically expect on a flight is what you pay for. So heads up….don’t expect airplane cookies and pretzels and non-alcoholic drinks for FREE. If you want them, you will have to purchase them. Credit cards only. Click here for the link to the description and prices of food and drink on board.

Are Spirit flights comfortable?

Ok so the first thing you will notice when you get on a Spirit flight is how small the seats are. The way they design their planes have the seats pretty tight BUT the aisle is wider than other carriers and the airplane restroom are way more spacious that other carriers than I fly with. I’m bite size…so the small seats don’t bother me per say. However, if you are tall, you will HATE it. Also, the seats have very little cushion so don’t expect a nice comfy seat. If you are tall or prefer more seat cushion, pay more for the big seat, which are the first few rows of the plane.

Would you recommend them for long flights?

Personally, I would not recommend Spirit for long flights. I only fly Spirit from BWI to ATL and back. That’s it! Since its an a la carte airline, I prefer the small things like snacks, comfy seats, etc that other carriers provide. However, Spirit prices are enticing so do what’s best for you. A small tip that will help you save more money that Spirit already does is that if you buy the flight at the airport, you save on the online booking fee cost. My last flight to ATL for the 4th of July is a witness to that. I saved $40 just by booking at the airport because you skip the online booking fee. *Also* I never flow them international. I have a few friends that have and had horror stories so I wouldn’t do it but again…it’s all a gamble. The price is tempting but really build that into your vacation window.

How does the bag policy work?

With Spirit being an a la carte airline, that includes how they handle bag fees. When booking, Spirits will ask if you want to purchase bags for your flight. Heads up!! This is the cheapest opportunity for you to do so. Once you book the flight, you miss out on that cheaper price. So if you know you aren’t about that backpack/small tote travel life, then definitely purchase bags. It is cheaper to pay for a checked bag than a carry on bag…odd right? Also, yes most airlines allow you to bring a carry on bag for Spirit but for Spirit that is not the case. You get one personal item and one bag that is to meet their requirements. Don’t try to finesse the system because if you’re bag is larger than what you didn’t pay for, they will charge you. I seen them do this before. The picture to the left is my go to travel bag with Spirit and its the free option. So ultimately, just make sure that you’re personal item does not have wheels, a handle (like a rolling suitcase), and its not massive and you should be good to go.

Spirit Airlines Bag Fees

Words of Caution

So Spirit is known for flight delays and cancellations. Its facts…most people that have flown with Spirit can attest to that. I am a true witness to that as well. So when it comes to taking Spirit on a trip somewhere, pad your trip for room in case this happens to you.If you’re flying Spirit to a wedding on a Saturday afternoon and your ETA is to land at 10am for a 1pm wedding, that’s too risky. I will say there have been times I flown Spirit and my flight was on time and we even landed early so late/cancelled flights isn’t always the case. I also never experienced a cancelled flight so I can’t relate on that horror. When checking a bag at the airport, get to the airport early. They aren’t like Delta or Southwest and have a lot of staff helping to load the bags.

In conclusion

For me, Spirit is NOT BAD. Spirit has saved me on last minute flights and saving money on trips. However, since I only fly Spirit home to Atlanta, I’m never mad when things don’t go as smooth. The key about Spirit is understanding ALL of their policies from printing your boarding pass to policies on seating and luggage, to snacks on the plane, and to any other additional/unexpected charges. Feel free to message me for any additional questions or advice!! Safe travels if you decide to book with Spirit!