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Spirit Airlines - What Are They Like?  
User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7644 times:

Hi all!

I have just booked a one way flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York (LGA) with Spirit. Their fares were fantastic and for the same price as CO, AA, JetBlue etc I could get Spirit Plus Business Class. So I've booked it.

I dont know anything about this airline really, so any experiences especially with flying Spirit Plus would be appreciated. Nice to get a heads up what to expect.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers  Smile

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User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7629 times:
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Well first off, thanks for booking with us. We do appreciate it!

What flight are you booked on and when are you traveling? For the most part our flights do run on time, with the exception of weather and ATC delays(mainly LGA-its just that airport!!!!!)

We are a LOW COST CARRIER, so keep that in mind. We dont provide a lot as far as inflight service, however in biz class, you can expect a pre-departure beverage(non-alcoholic). Once inflight your choice of beverages and a snack, all complimentary, more leg room, a bigger seat, etc. Hopefully you'll get goot ticket counter/gate agents in FLL. A lot of them are very nice, but we do have a few I'd rather not deal with. For the most part the F/As are great at Spirit. We love our airline and we love what we do, and I think that comes out in customer service.

If you have any specific questions about Spirit Plus or the service you'll get, let me know. And I do hope you have a good flight, and again thanks for choosing Spirit


User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7610 times:

Howdy N587NK! Thanks for the reply, it was really informative. We're booked on the 14th of January 2007. We arrive at 7am at the Port from a cruise, then off to NY to stay with friends for a couple of days. I fly for BA so it's easier to standby out of JFK than MIA! I'm really excited about the whole thing and the Spirit Plus option just seemed to be the icing on the cake. Also cretainly beats non revving for the price! Are you based in FLL? Sound like Spirit is a nice little airline. Looking forward to it and may even see you on board, I'll be in 1A if you need me  Wink LOL

User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7582 times:
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Hey Britair, What is your flight number? Once our bids for January come out(usually around the 12th of December, unless its a weekend) I can look up in our bid package and see what line has that trip, and can maybe bid it. Even if I was working the flight but in the back, I'd tell the lead they had best take care of you hehe. I would love to be working the flight though, that would be so cool!!!

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

Quoting Britair (Thread starter):
I dont know anything about this airline really, so any experiences especially with flying Spirit Plus would be appreciated. Nice to get a heads up what to expect.

I frequently fly Spirit between MCO and DTW, and back. Flying coach class is fine enough. I never had a problem. FA's are friendly, pilots are cool they let me take photos of the cockpit and even let me sit in the left seat for photos.

To be honest though Spirit + lately hasn't been worth it. The extra leg room is nice, not sure if it is worth it for the FLL-LGA leg.

It used to be $35, you got the extra leg room, snack box full of several small snacks and unlimited booze. The last time though I got Spirit + it was $50, I just got a can of pringles and I had to pay extra for booze.


User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

Hiya N587NK! My partner and I are on the NK325 dep FLL at 1300. That would be really cool if you're on it!  Smile  Smile  Smile

User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7335 times:
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Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):
I had to pay extra for booze.

I call BS on this post....you will never pay for booze in biz class, no exceptions


User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

I have always heard good stuff about Spirit Airlines in my travels.


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User currently offlineNjdevilsin03 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 727 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7300 times:

Spirit is a great lil airline in my opinion. The only prob is the congested terminal in FLL and all the stuff that comes with that. I fly to Atlantic City from FLL a few times a year and it goes very smooth pretty much every time.


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User currently offlineEajpecrca From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7221 times:

I've flown Spirit about 8 times between ACY and MYR in the past two years. Flights have always operated on time, everyone I encountered was friendly and helpful. It's been a good experience overall. Their new aircraft are a step up from the MD 80's they used to fly on this route. Only problem I've ever had was with the luggage handlers smashing granddaughter's car seat by putting bags on top of it! Aaargh!

You'll like the Spirit experience!


User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7035 times:

I've flown between LGA-DTW-LGA a lot and on board I love the flight. Not much to do but the new aircraft are very nice a huge step up from the MD80's and the FA's and Pilots are very friendly. I have to say though, I have never left within an hour of the scheduled departure time on either ends on this route. But its LGA so it isn't their fault that much. I flew LGA-FLL once one way because it was $57 over spring break so I had to grab that and then B6 home, but going on that route, I liked Spirit a lot. Never been in Spirit Plus but from walking through it at the beginning, it seems nice. Big grin

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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6875 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):
I had to pay extra for booze

IF that is true, I would sure love the name of the f/a that was serving you in Plus. You should never pay for drinks up there!!

Quoting Britair (Thread starter):

Please let us know how it goes, I hope you have a good trip!!!



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User currently offlineSkyteam7488 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6826 times:

Well, about two months ago, I got an email of there specials..and i was lucky enough to catch there $1 fare sale...I'm flying RSW-DTW-RSW on this friday, the 1st, and it only cost me $23....I figured, what the heck, why not, whats to loose,...so I too am anxious to try it out lol  Smile


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User currently offlineORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

Even though NK fly here to ORD I never hear a thing from them. I'm a travel agent and never had a sales rep stop by our large (50 plus corp agents) office. I never see advertising from them in the local media. IIRC they fly several destinations out of ORD. I hope they are doing well besides the livery really is very nice.

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6706 times:

Quoting N587NK (Reply 1):
you can expect a pre-departure beverage(non-alcoholic).

Spirit doesn't serve alcohol on the ground in Biz?


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6626 times:

Quoting ORDagent (Reply 13):
IIRC they fly several destinations out of ORD.

Just FLL and RSW out of ORD, although you can connect to several Caribbean dest via FLL.

Quoting Travatl (Reply 14):
Spirit doesn't serve alcohol on the ground in Biz?

We do not!! Don't know why though.

Quoting Skyteam7488 (Reply 12):
I'm flying RSW-DTW-RSW on this friday, the 1st

Let us know how it goes!!



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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 15):
We do not!! Don't know why though.

Usually it has something to do with liquor licenses.

AAndrew


User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 6329 times:
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A couple of years ago at recurrent they told us because of our liquor license

User currently offlinePhllax From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 6327 times:

I think it might have to do with paying liquor tax. I do not know if Spirit pays it, but all US Airways aircraft have a sign on the inside of the flight deck door stating that liquor tax has been paid.

User currently offlineWMUPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 6223 times:

I have a buddy down in the training department at Spirit and he loves it at the company. I commute home on Spirit a lot and they always have very friendly crews! It is always a pleasure to ride on their new aircraft. I love thier seats, especially the moveable headrests (I really wish we had those)!


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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

I have only experienced them one time. RSW-ORD. It was the most ricketedy MD80 I have ever ridden in. The flight attendant serving the rear of the cabin was outrageous, telling us during the safety briefing that if there was an emergency, the exit rows were over the wings and he'd the first one out.

I did not like the experience. It WAS the flying cattlecar that Southwest is so often referred to. I hated it.



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User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2441 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 6178 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 20):
telling us during the safety briefing that if there was an emergency, the exit rows were over the wings and he'd the first one out.

Ha! What a coward!  faint  Well anyways...has Spirit gotten rid of all their MD-80s? I must imagine you'd be much more satisfied after flying their airbus than MD-80 if they still got any.



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5105 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 6178 times:

Put my father on them last year in SpiritPlus, because it was the same price as coach on the majors at the time he was booking. He wanted to go to Florida from LGA. He enjoyed the extra room and comfort, said the flight was on-time and the crews professional. Check-in was easy, which I was happy to hear because I had gotten him used to the DL self-service kiosks at LGA, which he likes very much. All in all a fine experience, and he got a little extra TLC by sitting in SpiritPlus, for the same price or less than he would have paid on the other carriers at the time he bought his ticket. Can't beat that.

[Edited 2006-11-28 06:30:11]

User currently offlineAAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 358 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6107 times:

I had my first experience flying NK back in August on a DTW-DCA roundtrip for business meetings. I didn't quite know what to expect, but had heard relatively good things about the company, and know several who work at headquarters down in Miramar. The trip down was scheduled for a 319, and back on an MD80. I wasn't too happy to learn this, truth be told, because I knew those aircraft were on the way out, and were probably not in the best condition inside the cabin. Anyway, I did not upgrade to SpiritPlus for such a short trip (1hr in-flight).

The experience was a good one, all of the employees I encountered were friendly, courteous, and helpful. Both flights operated on-time. In fact, we arrived early on both legs. And the return flight was changed to a 319 just a couple of days in advance (this was the last MD80 the company was operating, and it was retired the week prior to my flight). I received an e-mail notifying me of this, so that I could reserve a new seat. In a way, after I thought about it, I would not have minded flying on the MD80, knowing that it was the last of the fleet-type for NK, and was soon-to-be retired from service, gone forever. Being an AA frequent traveler, I fly on 80s all the time, not that they're my favorite aircraft type.

I just booked a DTW-DCA roundtrip yet again, this time for a quick weekend getaway Dec 15-17. The fare was $78/rt plus tax. Great deal, and I had such a good experience the first time around, so I didn't hesitate to book again. Looking forward to my first experience being in the Nation's Capital during the holiday season. Should be fun!

AAflyguy


User currently offline777FlyGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6087 times:

I've never flown Spirit, but I find these posts interesting. In previous threads, NK has been really trashed for bad customer service, etc. Perhaps a search of previous threads is in order? Personally, I'd have no issue flying them were they an option from my home airport. I take most comments on a.net with a grain of salt. Just FYI you might want to read more...

25 Sflaflight : I live in Fort Lauderdale and I've flown them many times, though only to ORD LGA and SJU. Always (except once) in plus and it is worth it. The termina
26 Post contains links USADreamliner : Just follow the link: http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/spirit.htm
27 Post contains links EmSeeEye : " target=_blank>http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/...t.htm Or how about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLxCObbD5ic A little condescending on t
28 Egarduno : I just wanted to let all of you know that I have worked at Spirit Airlines for the past 4 years and it gives me great pride that we are making huge st
29 Post contains images JetBlueAtJFK : I love the new planes and I was glad to see the 80's, besides the fact that you could have no middle seat on one side of the plane, besides that, didn
30 Lexy : So tell me fellas, why don't they serve more cities??? What are the growth plans for this airline? All I have heard is good stuff about them, why not
31 TrijetsRMissed : I used to see a big Spirit billboard on I-294. Their MD-80 fleet had some of the oldest MD-82s in existence. Interesting, I thought NK had about a do
32 N587NK : we still have the leases on some I believe till the end of the year. There are none currently in service. Labor Day was the last day they flew
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