Flying Spirit For The First Time
For most of my life, I've been lucky enough to not have to pay for my own travels. That's the perk of traveling when you're a child... However, I recently had a cousin get married—an absolutely beautiful wedding, on a farm in Illinois—and had to buy a plane ticket which is how I ended up flying Spirit for the first time.
Before I bought the ticket, I used Google Flights to search for the cheapest option. I knew I was only going to be in town for the weekend and that it wasn't going to be a long flight, so I didn't really care about comfort per-say.
Several options came up and of course, Allegiant being one of them (for the return trip) and Spirit as my return trip. My return flight was only $73.08 and then I had to add a bag which costs another $37. With taxes, the total came to $128.29. Not too shabby!
I had such a bad flight up for the wedding, that on the day of the flight, I decided to upgrade and pick my seat. It costs around $20, but it was well worth it for a window seat.
There was only a minor hiccup in the beginning—there was a gate change. But it was announced loudly and clearly. Once I boarded the plane, I found the seats were much roomier than the flight I'd had on Allegiant. They were also much nicer. I believe the plane was newer. That or it was just better kept.
On top of that, all of the flight attendants I dealt with were friendly and funny. I arrived on time and had no issues. Doesn't get much better than that!
Perks of Flying Spirit
1. Cheap Flights
2. Clean Planes
3. Friendly Staff
Cons of Flying Spirit
1. Everything is an upgrade (bags, seats, drinks, snacks, etc)
2. Limited Destinations/Dates
3. Cheaper seat construction
But I should clarify... as you can see, there are some negatives to flying Spirit. Baggage isn't cheap and neither are seats. If you don't pick yours, you will almost definitely end up in a middle seat. Also, if you're a thirsty person or a snacker like me, you'll either want to bring your own or make sure you bring some money along for the ride. (Bring you're own—you'll have better options and it'll be WAY cheaper.)
On top of that Spirit isn't a massive airline. Not like Delta or American Airlines or Southwest. There are a limited number of flights to a limited number of destinations. This means you have to carefully plan your dates around theirs. Probably not ideal if you have an emergency flight pop up, but it's doable.
My last "complaint" is that you can tell the seats are made more cheaply. They have slightly less cushion and the tray table on the back of the seat in front of you is a joke. It's about the size of a very small tablet or cell phone.
BUT, with all that being said, I don't think those are dealbreakers. At least not for me. Realistically... every airline has its upsides and its downsides.
Overall, I'd recommend Spirit to anyone trying to save a little money when they fly. It's not always the cheapest and there aren't always flights to the destination you need, but if you aren't picky and are going to well-traveled flight in the states, you can snag a good deal.
Have you ever flown Spirit? Or maybe another budget-friendly airline. Tell me all about it!