Subscribe

Four ways to survive flying Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is famous for being low-budget but a pain for travelers – charging fees for everything from checking a bag to picking a seat. But there are ways to fly Spirit Airlines without losing your sanity. 

  • close
    A Spirit Airlines jet with a 'Greetings from Fort Worth' plane wrap.
    GLOBE NEWSWIRE/File
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

You may have heard of the "ultra low budget" airline Spirit.  They're often cited in news outlets as that evil company that charges a crazy amount of fees when you check a bag.  Well, I'm here to tell you that I recently flew on them, and lived to tell the tale.  Here are four ways I accomplished this feat:

1.  I Didn't Check A Bag

My flight between Chicago and Phoenix was about $190 roundtrip on Super Bowl weekend
(Phoenix was hosting the event).  That is a cheap roundtrip to begin with, but on a major weekend for the city it's a steal.

I knew the optional charges for checking a bag beforehand, which were about $30 each way to check it and $35 to carry it on (you do get Zone 1 boarding if you choose this option).  Spirit allows you to take one personal item, the kind of bag you can fit under your seat, for free, so I just packed my clothes in that for the weekend.  I'm an experienced backpacker, so a pair of jeans and shorts, and a few changes of shirts, underwear and socks were easy enough to fit in a minuscule pack with my laptop. Savings: $60 roundtrip.

2.  I Didn't Care What Seat I Sat In

This was admittedly a tough one for me.  I have long legs, and prefer an aisle seat, so it was a bit of a gamble not selecting which seat I wanted.  For the privilege, it's $10 to select a normal seat of your choosing, and the price goes up as you choose an exit row or the "Big Front Seat" which is featured on some planes and is the size of a regular first class seat ($25).  Savings: $20 roundtrip

3.  I Didn't Get Thirsty

Many people complain the airline doesn't even give out free water.  It's true, they don't.  But on my flight, I chose instead to sleep and forgo the inflight service.  Savings: $6 roundtrip for water.

4.  I Sucked It Up

Was it uncomfortable? Admittedly, yes.  It was a red-eye flight, departing at 1:25 in the morning and getting into Chicago at 5:30 AM.  The seats on Spirit don't recline, but it's almost a blessing, as you have so little legroom you do not want someone reclining into your knees.  But I sucked it up, because I knew I paid next to nothing on a flight that would have cost me double otherwise.

Would I fly them again?  Absolutely.  In fact, I already have my next trip planned with them.  Spirit has an impressively large network- you can fly all the way to Colombia and Peru for these rock bottom fares.  Check us out regularly for information on their next fare sale!

The Christian Science Monitor has assembled a diverse group of the best personal finance bloggers out there. Our guest bloggers are not employed or directed by the Monitor and the views expressed are the bloggers' own, as is responsibility for the content of their blogs. To contact us about a blogger, click here. To add or view a comment on a guest blog, please go to the blogger's own site by clicking on the link in the blog description box above.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK