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Flying with Spirit Airlines

The origins of the company go back to 1964, when it was founded as Clipper Trucking Company. In 1980, they started an airline service called Charter One. Since 1992, the company has been known as Spirit Airlines and has expanded their list of destinations to 52, spanning the US, Caribbean, Central America and South America. Its headquarters is in Ft. Lauderdale, and its other top hub airports are in Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and Detroit. Spirit Airlines became an ultra low cost carrier in 2007. They used an innovative plan to reduce costs by charging for optional services such as baggage and drinks or their Big Front Seat. The Big Front Seat option is Spirit's alternative to business class or first class, neither of which they offer. They also display advertising throughout their airplanes to generate ad revenue, including on tray tables, seatback inserts and overhead bins. Spirit uses only Airbuses in its fleet of planes. It has 29 Airbus A319–100s, which seat 145 passengers. Spirit also uses 26 Airbus A320–200s with a capacity of 178. Their two Airbus A321–200s hold 218 passengers apiece.

Online Check-In

Spirit Airlines allows and encourages online check–in beginning 24 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight. Checking in online with Spirit will often save the passenger money on baggage fees, if they choose to purchase their bags at that time. Online check–in also allows the passenger to use the Fast Bag Drop for quicker service at the airport. It is also possible to check in at the airport using either automated kiosks, which save money, or at the check–in counter. Passengers are charged a small fee to print out a boarding pass in the airport at this point. Spirit recommends that passengers arrive at the airport two hours before their domestic flight is scheduled to depart, or three hours before the scheduled departure time of international flights. Because of Transport Security Administration (TSA) screening requirements, bags must be checked a minimum of 30 minutes before the flight, or 60 minutes before flights to international destinations. In several major US cities a minimum of 45 minutes is required. These cities are Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Spirit Airlines website provides flight status updates.

Boarding Information

Passengers who do not have a boarding pass at least 30 minutes before departure may lose their reservation. Loss of reservation can also occur if a passenger is not at the gate 15 minutes before takeoff.

Frequent Flyer Information – FREE SPIRIT

FREE SPIRIT is the name of Spirit Airlines' frequent flyer program. Free registration for the program is available via the airline's website. After joining, members will earn miles based on the cost of flights they purchase. The Spirit World Mastercard is another way to earn miles for Spirit Airlines. The miles can be redeemed for award travel. Members also have the option to make use of their FREE SPIRIT miles by exchanging them for magazine subscriptions or online games and contests. Being a FREE SPIRIT member also makes it easier to make reservations and manage bookings.

Hand Baggage Allowance

Spirit uses what they call their Bare Fare to keep their base prices as low as possible. Those who travel light will benefit the most from this policy, but it allows each customer to personalize their trip. Each passenger is permitted to carry on one free personal item. The item must be able to fit in a box with the dimensions of 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. This usually means only a small backpack or purse will be free to carry–on. An additional carry–on bag that can fit under the airplane seat or in the overhead bins requires a service charge and should be a maximum of 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm) in size. This fee changes depending on when you reserve the carry–on privilege. The base price is charged if purchased during online booking or before online check–in. The price goes up slightly if a carry–on bag allowance is reserved during online check–in. Members of Spirit's $9 Fare Club receive a reduction on these charges. Passengers who wait until the airport to select the carry–on option will be subject to a higher charge, which rises again if carry–on luggage is booked at the gate. These last two prices are not subject to a $9 Fare Club discount.

Checked Baggage Allowance

Checked bags are also charged differently according to when the request is made by the customer. During online booking or before online check–in, the first checked bag is charged at the base price, while during online check–in the fee rises. The fee rises again if checked bags are booked at the airport or at the gate. The service charge for second checked bags has a higher fee structure, which similarly varies according to time of purchase. Third, fourth and fifth checked bags also have higher service charges. Spirit Airlines also charges additional fees for baggage items that exceed certain weight or size limits. Bags that weigh 41 – 50 lbs (18 – 23 kg) are subject to a base service charge, which increases for baggage in the 51 – 70 lbs (23 – 32 kg) range and again for anything that weighs between 71 – 99 lbs (32 – 45 kg). The first fee level for oversized baggage is for checking an item with a combined linear measurement greater than 62 linear inches (158 cm). For baggage that exceeds 80 linear inches (203 cm), a higher fee is charged. Certain items of sporting equipment have separate or specific fee structures. Regulations can vary from item to item; for instance, two surf boards can be checked together in one bag for the same price. Golf clubs, skis and snowboards are priced the same as checked bags and overweight charges may apply.

Spirit Airlines latest reviews from customers

3.5 /5
Total reviews based on: 22
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chicago
Hollywood Intl Apt - O'hare International Airport ( FLL - ORD )
1.0 /5
Todd
Date 2019-02-12 Class Economy

Over charged our credit card

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Denver
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Denver International - Hollywood Intl Apt ( DEN - FLL )
3.0 /5
Mitch
Date 2019-02-10 City Colorado Age 51-70 Class Economy

Your seats are the most uncomfortable in the Sirline industry..

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Minneapolis
Tampa
Minneapolis - St Paul Intl Airport - Tampa International ( MSP - TPA )
1.0 /5
Stan
Date 2019-02-08 City Iowa Age 31-50 Class Economy

You pay for what you get.. will staybwith delta next time we fly.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Newark - Nj
Orlando
Newark International Airport - Orlando International ( EWR - MCO )
3.0 /5
Natacha
Date 2019-02-05 City Colombia Age Under 30 Class Economy

Los asientos son muy incómodos

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Cartagena
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rafael Nunez - Hollywood Intl Apt ( CTG - FLL )
5.0 /5
Judy
Date 2019-02-04 City Colombia Age 51-70 Class Economy

I had a great experience. The flight was good, the sears were comfortable. I had great help with the wheelchair since I had a surgery a month ago. Very kind crew members.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Chicago
Fort Lauderdale, FL
O'hare International Airport - Hollywood Intl Apt ( ORD - FLL )
1.0 /5
Nastya
Date 2019-01-31 Age 31-50 Class Economy

I canceled my flight due to bad weather, and nobody returned my money

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Denver
Bogota
Denver International - El Dorado ( DEN - BOG )
4.0 /5
omme
Date 2019-01-16 City Colombia Age 51-70 Class Economy

El precio para la incomodidad del avión es alto

4.0 /5
1 reviews
San Juan
Orlando
Luis Munoz Marin International - Orlando International ( SJU - MCO )
1.0 /5
Teddy
Date 2019-01-10 City PR Age 51-70 Class Economy

Spirit Airline Ground Ticketing Kiosks in Puerto Rico and Orlando, in both places “malfunctioned” after making the charge to the credit card without delivering the boarding passes nor luggage tickets, and forcing us to do an exhausting queue waiting for scarse personnel to resolve this.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Detroit
Denver
Detroit Metro - Denver International ( DTW - DEN )
4.0 /5
Dawn
Date 2019-01-07 City Flint Age 51-70 Class Economy

New at flying since all the new changes, paid for stuff I didn’t really need

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Dallas
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dallas Ft Worth International - Hollywood Intl Apt ( DFW - FLL )
3.0 /5
Bill
Date 2019-01-01 City Tulsa Age 51-70 Class Economy

Bag drop did not save time. An agent out at kiosks confused everyone. Lines at bag drop worse than agent assistance. I would pay the 10$ to do that instead of bag drop

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Santo Domingo
Newark - Nj
Las Americas - Newark International Airport ( SDQ - EWR )
5.0 /5
Pav
Date 2018-12-14 Class Economy

Great

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Baltimore, MD
Washington, D.C. (Arlington County), VA
Baltimore - Dulles Intl ( BWI - IAD )
3.0 /5
Roz
Date 2018-12-02 City VA Age 51-70 Class Economy

When tried to book a flight on line the price keep changing before my eyes. I finally got in touch with a live agent. At the ad book my flight I failed to get my luggage paid for I am a new customer with the airline and should've been told I had to pay more for my luggage

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Tampa
Pittsburgh, PA
Tampa International - Greater Pit Intnl Airport ( TPA - PIT )
1.0 /5
Tabitha Angelillo
Date 2018-11-21 City Hernando County Age 31-50 Class Economy

Plane was delayed hours

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Detroit
Hollywood Intl Apt - Detroit Metro ( FLL - DTW )
5.0 /5
Norisvel
Date 2018-11-15 City Cuba Age 31-50 Class First Class

Super got

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Chicago
San Diego
O'hare International Airport - Lindbergh International Airport ( ORD - SAN )
5.0 /5
Tammy
Date 2018-11-08 City Indiana Age 51-70 Class Economy

Perfect

5.0 /5
1 reviews
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