Flying with Spirit Airlines is a tricky yet rewarding venture. They have a ton of great deals and incredibly low price plane tickets. If you’re not well-educated on their policies, these inexpensive fares come at a price. You have to carefully follow their rules to ensure the cheapest fare possible. I have flown with Spirit on 15+ trips. If you’re looking to fly with Spirit. You’ve come to the right place. If you’re already nervous to fly with Spirit Airlines, don’t be. I consider myself a Spirit wiz and will explain in-detail everything that you need to know.
I’ll explain details about how to fly Spirit airlines… Including their luggage & check-in rules, credit card & miles program, $9 fare program, as well as tips & tricks to hacking Spirit.
Why is Spirit so Cheap?
They have their “Bare Fare” meaning that their service is an ale cart. You pay for baggage, carry-ons, drinks & food, and seats with more leg room.
Spirit airlines is upfront about their policies and rules… If you don’t follow their rules, you pay more. They will also try to up-sell you to make a profit.
This means that you need to read and be vigilant when preparing for your flight. Throughout your booking process, read every pop-up before you “agree”. They will try to sell you bundles including things like hotels, rental cars, & insurance. Pay attention to what you’re clicking. If you choose your seat, that costs money. If you decide to “Go Green” there goes $5. Before you depart for the airport, make sure you’ve checked in and have proper baggage sizes. These two innocent mistakes could also cost you money.
My Experience with Spirit Airlines:
Where Spirit Airlines Flies:
Their Luggage Policies:
You get a free personal item. This bag is supposed to be stored underneath your seat. A personal item can be a backpack, purse, tote, and other similar bags that meet the size requirements. The size requirements are (16″x14″x12″). For travel after 4/3/2017, max dimensions are 18″x14″x8″. As found on Spirit.com. If you’re concerned about your bag size and live near an airport that Spirit flies out of, stop by the airport and see if your bag will fit.
FREE SPIRIT Member
Avoid Check-In Fees:
Drinks & Food While Flying:
Spirit Mastercard & Flying with Miles:
Pay for a flight with your own money, gain miles.
Become a Spirit Mastercard member & make (any) purchases on your card.
Purchase miles (not a good deal so we won’t discuss it further.)
$9 Fare Club:
Here is what you should consider…
Take into consideration how often you will be able to book these flights. These flights tend to be during the week. Meaning if you don’t want to take off of work, it’ll be more difficult to utilize the club’s perks.
You need to fly at least twice a year with checked luggage for it to be worth the monthly $9 fee.
Also, consider that you will not be able to gift your miles to other people as a member of the program.
Extra Tips for Spirit Airlines:
Sign up for the newsletter to get alerts on sales & deals.
Wifi, outlets, or TVs are not available on the plane. Pre-download podcasts, videos, & games on your phone. Charge your external battery ahead of time.
If you’re flying with a significant other or friend, book your flights under the same transaction. This will ensure your seats are next to one another.
If you’re flying out of the country, Spirit Airlines requires that you have a ticket back home. If it’s with Spirit they can look it up, however, if it’s with another airline, bring proof with you.
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