Is Spirit Airlines that bad?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: May 28, 2012 9:33 PM Last Post By: gollumsd
Apr 29, 2012 4:09 PM
Is Spirit Airlines that bad?I'm in the process of booking travel, and a ticket fron Denver to GUA is $223 on Spirit.
The cheapest alternative is $465.
That just seems too big a difference for me to overlook, even when they rob me on baggage and treat me like dirt.
Should I reconsider?
Apr 29, 2012 5:27 PM
Apr 29, 2012 5:38 PM
2You should be OK as long as you don't sign up for their $9 fare club. I've flown Spirit Airlines from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan real cheap more than once. And got good deals to guatemala and Cancun too without any problems at both ends. My only problem was when they arbitrarily renewed my $9 fare club membership charging about $54 to my credit card after I had already cancelled because it's not worth it.
Apr 29, 2012 8:05 PM
3They definitely do not have a good reputation and you have to be careful that they don't invent a new and fiendishly clever way to separate you from your money. If at all possible bring only a carry-on although they probably charge for those too. (At least they won't lose your bag if it's a carry-on.My daughter used them once and she didn't have any problem but then nothing came up for them to be able to jerk her around either.
Apr 29, 2012 8:59 PM
4They do charge for a carry on $30 if you prepay. Another $35 for a cargo bag. Even adding the extra $65, it's still way cheaper than the next crappiest airline Delta. Luckily I'm small, so the seating isn't a big of an issue as a larger person! I'm just tentative because of all the bad stories posted about Spirit.
Apr 30, 2012 2:39 AM
Apr 30, 2012 6:12 AM
Apr 30, 2012 6:33 AM
7Have flown Spirit many times. Taca too. A few flights on American and Iberia in the past, but never Delta to Guatemala. Yes Spirit requires proof of onward travel (meaining a round trip ticket or a ticket out of the CA group of countries after 6 mos but so does Taca, I have found the Miami Taca employees are way more rude that the Spirit ones.No problems with Taca personnel in Guatemala though. If you fly into or out of Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit the customs process etc are far easier than in Miami.
I fly Spirit unless I am going to a city not served by them in the USA. No problems out of about 20 flights.
Apr 30, 2012 6:43 AM
Apr 30, 2012 11:58 AM
9A refundable bus ticket will suffice. Just make sure the receipt specifies Guatemala to (city, country), print, then cancel.
May 1, 2012 9:18 AM
10I would gladly deal with shitty customer service for that fare. Flights on United out of Houston are $650 and up since they zero competition here.
May 1, 2012 12:29 PM
11three things you need to know about flying spirit: (also, see post above regarding $9 fare club that will automatically renew every year and therefore be autocratically charged to your account every year)
1) Of course the baggage fee is frustrating, but what's even MORE frustrating is that they use a measuring devise near the gate and if your carry on doesn't fit you must check it. All airlines have this tool, however non are as tiny as Spirit. As you may have noticed, the price to check a bag is less than a carry on. Don't be too cheap, use a carry on bag....trust me!
2) Although the hidden fees will never add up to the cost of a Delta ticket, they can take you by surprise. For example, when exiting Columbia (flying spirit) there was a $30 or so fee to exit the country NOT included in the price of the ticket. Whenever I've flown to Central or South America using Delta, that cost have always been included.
3) Once I booked a ticket with Spirit to Guatemala and the flight was cancelled weeks in advance. They didn't call, but instead sent an email that went to my junk mail letting me know the flight had been cancelled and they had re-booked the next available flight. This screwed me up b/c part of my itinerary included a connecting flight using Delta and that now meant a $150.00 change fee. The short story is that after calling and talking with three different people, I was re booked a flight to Peru at no cost. Different people will tell you different things. This of course worked in my favor and saved me thousands of dollars, but there really is no customer service so if you may not have ANY recourse if it doesn't work out for you.
My personal opinion is to always fly delta. Even when the cost of the ticket is a couple of hundred dollars more, Delta rewards you with points that don't expire. The flights are often times direct and daily. If you are able to correctly navigate their website, you can see what days are less expensive to fly. Good luck with your travels! I do wish delta would come off the price of Guatemala, I'd go more often.
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