Several weeks ago, I was searching for a one-way place ticket home from Dallas, TX. The majority of tickets were in the $135 range, but there was one ticket for only $90 through Spirit Airlines.
A $45 difference? Sold!
At least this was what I thought.
I had never flown Spirit Airlines before, but after having the single worst flight experience of my life, I have since found out the following:
- Spirit does not allow a free carry-on bag. If you pay for your carry-on online (prior to 24 hours before your flight), you will be charged $35. If you pay when you arrive at the airport, you will be charged $50. If you try to sneak your bag on and are forced to check it at the gate, you will be charged $100.
- If you do not print your boarding pass at home, you will be charged $10 to print it at the airport.
- If you would like to select your seat, you will also be charged $10.
- In addition, you are not served any complimentary beverages or snacks on the flight, and the seats do not recline.
And to top it off, this is how they sugarcoat it in their emails:
"Congrats on booking the Bare Fare! You've saved a wad of cash, because our fares are unbundled: no "free" bag, no "free" soda or water — just you + a personal item. Other airlines bake those options right into their ticket price, but we let you choose the extras you want. We call it Frill Control! We also fly with more seats & more people. Sure, you'll get a little less legroom, but it takes a nice chunk off the price of your ticket.
Buy Bags Now: That's right: carry-ons aren't free. Every bag adds weight to the plane, so if you bring bags we'll need gas money."
Real professional, eh?
So, in hindsight, the supposed $45 I saved could've actually cost me an extra $60 and upwards.
I've since done my homework and read all the horrible Spirit reviews. I only wish I had read them before I bought my ticket, but hopefully, I can save one of you from making the same mistake.
Moral of the story: Don't fly Spirit Airlines. Just don't. Whatever money you think you're saving will equal the price of the other airlines. And you'll get a free beverage and a reclining seat.