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11. Posted by robmer (Full Member 105 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Calcruzer


Just to be clear--yes, is cheaper than most airlines. It also has the worst rating of any airline flying in the US. The reasons for this are as follows:

(a) they will charge you steep penalties if you show up late for your flight (and by late I mean if you check-in at the gate less than 45 minutes ahead of time).

(b) they try to sell you all kinds of stuff on-board at inflated prices ($10 for a Coca-Cola, $15 for a headset, no problem, how about buying a lottery ticket to see if you can get assigned seating for your next spirit flight)

(c) Think the seating is close on most flight--spirit brings that to a new level (cattle-car seating is what most call it).

(d) need to make a tight connection to another flight--hey, not our problem--especially if it is with another company

(e) will we have you wait around for an extra 90 minutes before we board you--and then change your seat five times (even after being seated)--hey that's our prerogative--and your loss.

Since it appears, jenniemc08, that you haven't taken your flight yet, I suggest you write back after the flight and let us know if you have a better experience than most. I just know my own experience with both ryanair and with spirit. Cheap--absolutely. Worth the hassle--well, that depends.



What a remarkable posting. I had no idea that Spirit was like that. You have convinced me to avoid them. I never used them before and now I never will.

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13. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


Thanks for your feedback--and for pointing out also how to managed to avoid the penalties and hassles that others might experience if they are unaware of how Spirit Airlines works.

As you say, both Spirit and Ryanair are much cheaper than most airlines--and even cheaper than some of the lower-cost ones such as Sun Country or Southwest;--it's all in "following the rules" to get the cheapest airfare.

A couple of years ago Ryanair was advertising that they expected to be able to fly passengers from Britain and Ireland to New York or Chicago or Boston airports roundtrip for $400. I noticed it hasn't happened yet, but I'm still hoping it will sometime soon. Perhaps Spirit will take up this challenge and be the first to do so.

14. Posted by stephaniewindom (Inactive 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting applepiexx

Hey we are currently planning our route from washington to chicago but there seems to be not much options to get there cheap? anybody have any suggestions? :)


Apple xx

There are many cheap flights stating from $145. So you can choose any one of them.

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