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Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? #4779724
06/06/18 11:10 PM
06/06/18 11:10 PM
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Washington for now
WhyMe Offline OP
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was looking at a trip to Vegas on expedia. Spirit was the least expensive of the flights. usually travel SW or Alaska. Some people seem to hate them , but are they really that bad?

it says carry on charge. do they really charge? i don't care about peanuts and soda for a 2 hour flight. just that it gets me there .

So what do you think of Spirit ?

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779727
06/06/18 11:18 PM
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It can't be worse than United hide

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779728
06/06/18 11:19 PM
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As long as you are wearing what you need...they are cheap and safe. Start adding baggage...No bargain at all

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779729
06/06/18 11:19 PM
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Itís not the airlines, itís the passengers.

Why not fly Alaska?


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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779730
06/06/18 11:22 PM
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Not sure if a forum is the right place to look, honestly.

Most people who travel and have something to say about it are complainers. People who are at least satisfied generally don't bother saying anything.

Only some complainers are worth listening to (deal with the public at your job for a while, you will figure it out).

I would check things like on-time record, FAA inspections, and the carrier's own website which should clearly identify what to expect when you travel with them.

By way of example, I flew Alaska in the 90's. At the time, it had the worst maintenance record and a questionable safety record. I believe it was the lowest rated airline that flew in the US at that time (hey, my boss made the reservations, what can I say?. It was the cheapest Minneapolis > San Francisco flight you could get. What were they doing flying to Minneapolis? Who knows.)

It's since turned it around almost 180degrees. But my anecdotal response to your question might not have been positive.


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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779736
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I fly to Dallas Texas once a year to visit the youngest and her two kids. I take a carry on and my own lunch. Its nearly a five hour flight I've never had a problem on Alaska. The flight is always free its on my rewards card. They always have a good selection of flight times if you plan ahead.

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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779739
06/06/18 11:49 PM
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I wouldn't bother with them. My biggest concern would be how small their fleet is and how few flights they have. If there is a mechanical issue, you could be stuck. Add in all the hidden fees and it doesn't seem like much of a deal to me.


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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779741
06/06/18 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted By: WhyMe
was looking at a trip to Vegas on expedia. Spirit was the least expensive of the flights. usually travel SW or Alaska. Some people seem to hate them , but are they really that bad?

it says carry on charge. do they really charge? i don't care about peanuts and soda for a 2 hour flight. just that it gets me there .

So what do you think of Spirit ?



There are 2,259 reviews that average out to 1 1/2 stars on a popular airline review site about Spirit airlines........

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: dishdude] #4779754
06/07/18 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted By: dishdude
I wouldn't bother with them. My biggest concern would be how small their fleet is and how few flights they have. If there is a mechanical issue, you could be stuck.


This can be a serious problem.

Dunno about Spirit but I had a Ryanair (pioneer budget airline in the UK) Glasgow to Stanstead flight where the scheduled plane ingested a goose. No backup.

Had all day to make a Taiwanese friends Heathrow flight back to Taiwan, and only just made it by shoving to the front of a queue of drunk Glaswegians who had been stuck all day (bravest thing I've ever done) and hiring a chauffeur driven car between Stanstead and Heathrow.

Not a bargain in the end.

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779764
06/07/18 12:56 AM
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If it fits your needs, the price can't be beat.

I joined their $9 fare club. $60 a year. I can fly from Vegas to Oakland for $24-$27 (basically, $9 plus terminal fees and taxes), then take Amtrack to Sacramento for another $27. Southwest varies, but last time I checked the cost to fly from Vegas to Sacramento was over $300. I don't have any baggage I need to check or put in the overhead, it's a short flight that doesn't require stops, and I don't need assigned seating. I fly this route bare bones, and don't need any upgrades. In the past I've taken my wife to Portland OR, and reserved seats to make sure we had legroom for us and our bags under the seat in front of us. Even with seat upgrades, that flight was still much cheaper than the competitors.

It's cheaper for me to fly Spirit than drive. Southwest costs me about three times what it costs to drive. I probably wouldn't use them for Transcontinental flights, but for my commuting needs they work.

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779807
06/07/18 06:14 AM
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For someone like me who typically just goes on plane with a backpack they are no better or worst then any other low cost carrier.

The two main issues with the airline is they attract the naive flyers who do not read the part where they actually charge for carry ons and get bend out of shape and attitudes make life that much more difficult on the process. Factor in your luggage/carry on costs and see who is cheapest for you.

They accommodate myself the backpack flyer well. I also have no issue typically paying for the extra's like leg room if I feel the need to stretch etc when flying solo.

Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779810
06/07/18 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted By: WhyMe
was looking at a trip to Vegas on expedia. Spirit was the least expensive of the flights. usually travel SW or Alaska. Some people seem to hate them , but are they really that bad?

it says carry on charge. do they really charge? i don't care about peanuts and soda for a 2 hour flight. just that it gets me there .

So what do you think of Spirit ?


Yeah, they charge. A lot. You won't get around that. They'll stop you at the gate and charge you, or you won't get on.

So, add up the costs of charging for carry on luggage, and then compare.

You should also knot that their employees are unhappy, low paid, and their pilots have voted to strike.

And they cancel often with poor options for re-booking.

Good luck.


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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779811
06/07/18 06:22 AM
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I would fly on Alaska, if I were in your situation.

You might look at Delta, which has a greatly expanded presence in SEA. I'll bet they go direct to LAS.


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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: WhyMe] #4779829
06/07/18 06:54 AM
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Spirit will nickel and dime you to death. If you are a bare bones flyer with low standards then it might work.


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Re: Spirit Airlines. is it really that bad? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4779875
06/07/18 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
It can't be worse than United hide

Despite their recent high-profile issues, we've never had any problems flying United and will continue to do so.

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