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Old 05-07-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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Spirit is fine. Their fees are pretty clearly stated on their website. The only real problem is that they usually have 1 maybe 2 flights a day to a destination, so if the flight is cancelled, you may lose a day.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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"Maintenance" is the same excuse used by just about every single airline out there, and no airline is going to give much information. Any US commercial airline is going to be under the same rules and regulations as the other. Spirit is just as safe as any of the other airlines flying out of your airport.
I've found Delta to be fairly chatty about delays. A few years ago, it was 'the baggage train hit the wing, and this time of day (outstation airport) our mechanic is on call and has to make it back to the airport to inspect and sign off on the lack of damage'. And the other week, it was a cascade of little things- pilots were coming on an inbound flight that was delayed, followed by a paperwork problem, followed by load/weight balancing issues in the cargo hold and finally a wrong passenger manifest from operations that didn't match the number of people on the plane, leading to a lovely extra hour spent first at the gate and then pulled out of line on the ATL tarmac.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:49 PM
 
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Spirit charges $35 for carry ons, so add that on if you need any luggage at all.
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Anything that can fit under the seat is not charged. If you're flying Spirit, I highly doubt that you're going to be a business traveler, so using a backpack shouldn't be too big of a deal.
I just checked. It appears it was changed in December that there is now a few for carry-on as well. I don't remember having to pay for a carry-on last year when I flew to Vegas, but a friend of mine who just flew to Vegas had to.

OP, pay attention to the size limits for carry-ons and measure your bag instead of just eyeballing it. Mine was 2" over the size (i.e. 24" instead of 22"). I was on an older plane and it barely fit in the overhead bin. Also, you will be charged if you want to select your own seats.

I'd use them again for a short flight but probably not anything longer than a couple of hours.
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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How often do you fly?

"Maintenance" is the same excuse used by just about every single airline out there, and no airline is going to give much information. Any US commercial airline is going to be under the same rules and regulations as the other. Spirit is just as safe as any of the other airlines flying out of your airport.
Actually I have flown a lot for both business and vacation. I have had excellent experiences with United, American, Air Lingus, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, British Airlines, Air Nippon, Southwest and some smaller carriers. The only airline I would rate as poorly as Spirit Air is Alitalia. I will add that I have had several experiences with delays and mechanical issues with other airlines and was never treated as poorly as Spirit Air did.
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