Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is an ultra-low-cost carrier in USA. It was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Miramar, Florida. It is presently North America’s 8th largest commercial airline. Scheduled flights are operated by Spirit Airlines throughout USA, South America, Latin America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airline operates more than 400 daily flights to a total of 60 destinations as of now, and will be expanding its operations to newer destinations in coming years.
Spirit Airlines maintains its hubs in various U.S. cities, which includes Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlantic City. The airline’s fleet comprises entirely of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The Skytrax Airline Quality Research conducted in 2018 has acknowledged Spirit Airlines as the only 2-Star airline in the United States of America.
Spirit Airlines is essentially a “No Frills” airline renowned for offering low fares. However, the airline’s other services can be purchased or availed after paying a fee. These services include selecting a seat, printing boarding pass at the counter, snacks, drinks and checked baggage. The travelers do not confront any hassles when flying with Spirit Airlines. All they have to do is to print boarding pass at home and catch flight at the airport. Spirit Airlines also has its own frequent flyer program called FREE SPIRIT.
Spirit Airlines is popular for its two prominent features – unbundled Bare Fare and Frill Control. Through unbundled Bare Fare the airline offers the lowest total price to the destinations it fly. The Frill Control allows the travelers to pay only for those services they want such as refreshments, seat assignments and bags.
The airline’s “Bare Fare” includes a free “personal item” with maximum dimensions of 18″ x 14″ x 8″ as of July 2018. For checked bags the prices range from $30-50, which though depends whether the fee is paid online in advance while booking the ticket or at the airport during check-in. The fees for bags is however double at the gate to $100. A note of caution for travelers: If the bag seems to be too big to carry on, then avoid making the mistake of walking through security with it.
$9 Fare Club
Spirit Airlines doesn’t guarantee $9 airfares to the members of ‘$9 Fare Club’. This is however good for frequent flyers. You will be required to pay $59.95 annually for becoming a member of $9 Fare Club. This is highly beneficial for all those who want to make a serious dent in the fees being paid to the airline when flying frequently and check in with a lot of bags. The $9 Fare Club members are able to save up to 50% on baggage as compared to prices at the airport. Moreover, $9 Fare Club members are offered exclusive access to promotional fares, even if the airfares are not actually $9 in most cases.
Note: Spirit Airlines fees should be carefully calculated before booking the tickets or else you will have to pay too much for your flight. If you are however cautious enough in saving on fees for refreshments, seat selection, baggage or printing boarding pass at the counter, then you can enjoy big savings as promised by the airline.