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Old 05-06-2014, 08:39 PM
 
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Hi I am trying to plan a trip for June and I want to fly through Spirit Airlines but I'm not too sure about them. Can anyone share their experience they had with Spirit? The flights are cheap but are there any hidden fees?
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Many many hidden fees. Read their ticket terms and add-on pricing very carefully.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Miami/NYC
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plenty like beachmouse said ready carefuly
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I travel with Spirit quite often. There are no hidden fees, everything is up front and easily read.

Spirit has allowed me to see many parts of the US by taking advantage of their cheap last minute flights. As long as you only travel with a carry on and don't check in any bags you don't have to worry. Luggage and food on the plane is where they get you. If you can deal with no drinks and peanuts and can travel with only a carry on you don't have anything to worry about.

People whine about ticket prices, and then a company goes and delivers cheaper tickets with no frills and people whine about that. Honestly, I feel bad for all of the airlines because majority of travelers just want to complain.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:16 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I have only flown on Spirit Airlines once and will hesitate before flying with them again. The airline seems poorly run and may have questionable maintenance procedures. Our flight was repeatedly delayed, due to some maintenance concerns. There was very little information given to the customers and every thing we were told was pretty much proven wrong. For example, they would tell us the flight would be taking off at 3:00 pm and it would be 3:30 pm before anyone ever admitted that the flight was again delayed.

The scary thing was they pulled the gentlemen staffing the desk out to help work on the plane. Somehow I do not think he was a mechanic.

Sadly, the 2nd plane they finally flew in also has mechanical issues.

However, they did give us a single free drink on board, once we finally took off.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I have only flown on Spirit Airlines once and will hesitate before flying with them again. The airline seems poorly run and may have questionable maintenance procedures. Our flight was repeatedly delayed, due to some maintenance concerns. There was very little information given to the customers and every thing we were told was pretty much proven wrong. For example, they would tell us the flight would be taking off at 3:00 pm and it would be 3:30 pm before anyone ever admitted that the flight was again delayed.

The scary thing was they pulled the gentlemen staffing the desk out to help work on the plane. Somehow I do not think he was a mechanic.

Sadly, the 2nd plane they finally flew in also has mechanical issues.

However, they did give us a single free drink on board, once we finally took off.
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.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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I only flew Spirit Airlines once many years ago and it was okay.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:48 AM
 
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Spirit charges $35 for carry ons, so add that on if you need any luggage at all.

Their fees aren't hidden but unless you are traveling with only a purse it will cost more than the price that shows up in a search.

Spirit Airlines - cheap tickets, cheap flights, discount airfare, cheap hotels, cheap car rentals, cheap travel
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Spirit charges $35 for carry ons, so add that on if you need any luggage at all.

Their fees aren't hidden but unless you are traveling with only a purse it will cost more than the price that shows up in a search.

Spirit Airlines - cheap tickets, cheap flights, discount airfare, cheap hotels, cheap car rentals, cheap travel
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.
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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Not sure if anyone remembers the time that a Spirit flight had to be diverted and ended up having to land at an airport that they don't normally service. Because the crew had reached their maximum flight time and there was no local crew to replace them, the passengers were completely stranded.

No thanks. I don't need to fly that cheaply.
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