What to Know Before Flying Spirit Airlines, According to Passenger Reviews
Here’s everything you should be aware of prior to taking off according to Spirit Airlines reviews.
When you search for flights on sites such as Kayak as well as Expedia and sorting them by the lowest price, you’ll see some choices that are offered by Spirit Airlines. But is flying on the cheapest airline worth it?
Spirit is headquartered in Miramar, Florida, and they’re dedicated to providing you with the lowest cost and that’s what they do beginning with their ultra low fare, which is their trademark. It’s a basic ticket, and any additional add-ons like bags, seat assignments, and legroom upgrades will cost you. The idea is that if remove all the additional services that airlines charge automatically leaving you with an inexpensive ticket and the option of paying only for what you’ll need.
Spirit operates around 500 flights per day. This encompasses sixty destinations in the U.S., Latin America along with the Caribbean. Spirit has recently expanded its services to include the Free Spirit Mastercard, a Spirit Savers Club, and Free Spirit points.
Here’s what you should be aware of prior to flying according to Spirit Airlines reviews.
There are two kinds of seats available on Spirit Airlines: standard seats and the Big Front Seat. When purchasing a standard ticket travelers are allowed to carry one carry-on bag. The bag should measure 18″ x 14″ x 8″. When you purchase your seat, you should be sure to pay for all checked bags you plan to carry. Although you don’t have the expense of paying for luggage ahead of time but it can to save money if you’ve secured the cost of the bag prior to arriving at the airport. If you pick up your bags at the check-in counters, the cost will increase.
This Big Front Seat has more room and more legroom as well as no middle seats, which means you’ll have the aisle or window. The same baggage restrictions (one carry-on bag is free, and all checked bags cost an extra) apply to Big Front Seat ticket holders.
While these are the sole two seating classes available in Spirit Airlines’ cabins, there’s a third fare class. Spirit Savers Club members benefit by having lower prices for their tickets. While Spirit Savers Club fares aren’t offered for every Spirit Airlines flight, when you’re able to take advantage of these offers the savings could be significant. Savers Club members also get up to 50% off checked baggage (for you and all of your guests up to eight persons). Seats are also cheaper when you are Savers Club members and anyone with them Plus you can make changes to your flights without paying charges for changes.
Flight Change and Cancellation Policies
If a passenger changes to their flightor decides to cancel it completely within 60 days before their departure and is not charged a cancellation or change cost. If you decide to change or cancel the date of your departure between 15 to 59 days prior to departure, then the charge is 39 dollars. Changes or cancellations made 7 up to 14 days prior to the flight are subject to the fee of $59. Finally, any changes or cancellations made up to six days prior to the flight, as little as a couple of hours prior to your flight will be subject to an additional fee of $79.
Baggage Policies and Fees
Let’s dive into the ins and outs of Spirit Airlines baggage fees. First, you will receive an item of your own (carry onto) which is part of the cost of the ticket. It should be 18″ by 14″x 8″ or less. Checked bags must weigh no more than 40 pounds and the length of them should not exceed 62 inches. When you add a check bag during the booking, the cost is $26 for the first bag and $36 for the next. If you choose to add an unchecked luggage at airport security, the cost is $36 for the first bag, and $46 for the second.
Checked bags that weigh more than 41 to 50 pounds , cost an additional 35 dollars. Bags that are checked from 51-70 pounds are another $60. Bags that are checked from 71 to 100 pounds will cost $100. Finally, large checked bags that weigh between 60 and 80 linear inches will cost an additional $100 and items that exceed 80 linear inches are subject to an additional fee of $150.
Spirit Airlines reviews tend to suggest that passengers pay for their baggage costs in advance. “Yes, they nickel pick everything and you have to pay for basically everything but if you buy your ticket online through their website and purchase everything you need in advance, there will be no issues,” wrote Lily R. on TripAdvisor.
Many travelers believe that boarding an airline that is budget-friendly is something that is free for all. But there’s a an order to the madness. Spirit Airlines has four numbered zones, in addition to family boarding and pre-boarding. When it comes to boarding procedures for budget airlines, as they are concerned, Spirit Airlines has one of the most clear and easy to follow. Here’s the line-up for boarding:
- Anyone who has disabilities or who may require special assistance or extra time for boarding
- Anyone who has paid for an extra carry-on bag (remember that one is included in the price on your tickets, however taking additional personal items will cost additional)
- Anyone who paid for Shortcut Boarding
- Free Spirit passengers with silver or gold status
- Anyone who is a passenger using an Spirit Airlines credit card
- It is only available to families with small children (typically children aged 3 and less)
Zone 3 and Zone 4
- General general
Amenities and Entertainment
Spirit Airlines charges for all drinks and food. They will provide drinks and snacks, but they’re only available for debit or credit card purchases. To give you an idea of prices for water, a bottle costs $3, tea costs $2, soda cans or juice cost $3, and coffee costs $3. Cocktails (i.e. the nip of gin with a bottle of tonic waters) cost $11, while alcohol and wine are $8.
Spirit Airlines does not have TVs or any kind of entertainment on the plane. They do provide WiFi onboard. The service is available only on select aircrafts as of now. There aren’t amenity kits, pillows , outlets, blankets or other accessories you’d expect from an expensive airline.
Seats and Legroom
The standard Spirit Airlines seats have 28 inches of seat pitch. To give you a benchmark the majority of airlines’ economy class seats come with 30 inches of pitch. Spirit Airlines standard seats have tiny tray tables. You won’t be able to put a laptop in the tables. But Spirit’s big front seats offer an extra 6 inches of room. These Big Front Seats come with 36 inches of pitch while the length of these premium seat are 18.5 inches.
“Spirit’s Big Front Seat product (a row of larger, comfier seats with a relatively generous 36″ pitch located at on the front starting at $12 for a flight) is a great value in the event that seats are still available,” said David Landsel on Airfare Watchdog.
Landsel states that”the Big Front Seat tends to be worthwhile since it lets you reserve a seat instead of leaving your seat reservation to the chance. The only problem is that there may there not Big Front Seats available when you reserve.
For seating assignments, the standard normal ticket will not provide you with the option to pick your seat. In lieu, Spirit Airlines will randomly assign you seats. So, you won’t get to sit in the same seat as everyone else in your party. If you’d prefer to pick where you’ll sit you can make a payment when you check out to buy the specific seat you want. Alternately, you could opt on The Big Front Seat and thus giving you the option of choosing your seating.
Spirit Airlines Credit Cards and Status
Two co-branded Spirit Airlines credit cards: Free Spirit Travel More World Elite Mastercard and Free Spirit Travel Mastercard. The Elite card is free of the annual fee in the initial year and after that, the fee increases up to $79 annually. This Free Spirit Travel Mastercard has no annual fees. The cards offer an additional 25% discount on drinks and meals in the air through Spirit Airlines, more opportunities to earn points, free Spirit points, as well as zone 2 boarding, in addition to other benefits.
Are you looking for ways to get benefits? Spirit Airlines also runs a Saver$ Club (formerly the $9 Fare Club). Savers Club members enjoy deals such as reduced fares on specific flights, up to 50 percent off checked bags baggage or additional carry-on bags to the entire group, as well as discounted prices on seats for their group travel. There are many limitations that are associated in this Savers Club — your party can’t exceed eight people, for instance as well Spirit Airlines reviewers aren’t always convinced that the deal is worth it.
“Beware of their so-called ‘super saver club’ – you don’t really save and the $64 charge for it renews every year despite your attempt to cancel. Cancel online and later check to see that they’ve done so. Trying to do it at the airport gate is a fool’s errand,” said Thomas S. on TripAdvisor.
Additionally, you can earn points that can be used to gain an elite level of status with Spirit Airlines, just like you can earn medallion status on American as well as Delta flights. Every dollar you spend in Spirit Airlines tickets and A La Smarte services (think the ancillary charges for baggage or boarding, food items and more. ) you will receive one Status Qualifying Point (SQP). To achieve Free Spirit Silver Status, you must earn at least 2,000 SQPs. To achieve Free Spirit Gold Status, you’ll need at least 5,000 SQPs. Gold and silver status offer passengers perks such as early boarding and a more extensive seating.