AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5375 times:
Spirit Announces a Day of Freedom to Travel; All Seats On September 11, 2002 Will be No Charge Says CEO
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2002--Spirit Airlines, the largest privately-held airline in the United States, today announced it will not be charging airfare for any seat on any flight on September 11, 2002, according to the airline's CEO, Jacob Schorr.
"We are saying `thank you' to the American public and our valued customers for flying with us throughout this past year. Had it not been for the support of our passengers and their willingness to get back in the air after the tragedy last year, then Spirit Airlines may not have survived. We'd like to thank the public for keeping us flying, and these free seats are a token of our appreciation," said Schorr.
"We know that business and personal travel continues to return and it is our intent to fully support that need on September 11 as we have every day for the past twelve years. I want to personally encourage the public to travel on September 11 and exercise our freedom as Americans," said Schorr.
Reservations must be completed on-line at www.spiritair.com with a major credit card and/or through travel agents. Bookings may be made through September 8, 2002 or at such time when all 13,000 + seats have been filled, whichever comes first.
Spirit will be flying a full schedule of more than 90 flights to 14 cities/markets in the United States from New York to Los Angeles to Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Any customer who has already booked a flight for September 11, 2002 will receive a future flight credit for the September 11, 2002 portion of their itinerary. Spirit is in the process of contacting these customers.
About Spirit Airlines
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Spirit Airlines is the largest privately-held airline in the U.S. With a fleet of modern aircraft for scheduled and charter service, Spirit brings low fares and friendly service to Atlantic City, N.J., Chicago/O'Hare, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Myrtle Beach, S.C., New York/LaGuardia, Oakland, Calif., San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach (seasonal service). Spirit's website is http://www.spiritair.com.
National_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5307 times:
Sweet . This must be a good way to get some valuable name recognition and a nice way to fill planes that would probably be empty anyway. It's only for one day, how much can Spirit possibly lose? And seeing as how many people fly roundtrip, they are going to have to pay for one half of the flight anyway, right?
AZO/DTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5247 times:
Two ways to look at it: They are doing it in honesty and a "gift" to the public, or you can be the cynic and say its a cheap stunt and taking advantage.
Personally, I think its great for an airline to give all of its seats for free for a day. Even if they wouldn't have sold that many anyway, its still a huge loss for them and what's the point in criticizing them for that.
Bobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5022 times:
Their website said:
Reservations must be completed on-line at www.spiritair.com with a major credit card and/or through travel agents. Bookings may be made effective August 7, 2002 at 8:00 a.m. through September 8, 2002 or at such time when all 13,000 + seats have been filled, whichever comes first.
I did manage to get through over the phone earlier today. An agent told me that if the reservation is made before 8AM on 8/7, the ticket will still be charged to the credit card used.
Jfk747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4845 times:
I just booked a bunch of different flights. The web fare was $0.00
What i have noticed is not all flights are avaible. You can plan a sameday trip. I have a feeling that i will be charged with Airport security fees and fees. I haven't recieved a confirmation email yet.
Flyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4841 times:
At first I was upset that I would not be able to take a day trip to Las Vegas or San Juan for free because I'll be in Cancun at the time. I'm on an AAdvatage challenge and I even considered going CUN-FLL just to catch a free flight. Maybe even back to ny so I could say hi to my mon and be back in Cancun buy nightime. Would it be fun?
Sounds like an easy question... but the answer is no. This is not a free flight. It cost us 3,000 of our freinds and fellow humans. It cost four aircraft and several buildings. It cost us so much stress and hurt and fear. I think it is in bad taste to say to the fammilies of those who died "Hey, I'm going to XXX for a day! I guess your family did not die in vain!"
I commend Spirit for this offer. And I probably would have taken it. But I know that on that plane I'd feel dirty once it hit me what the true cost of that trip was. I would probably cry...
I feel that we have to move on, yes. But this free trip is not moving on. It is remembering the past. And good on Spirit for doing so. But shame on those who are so happy to get this "free" trip to gamble in Atlantic City or have fun in the sun in Florida. If I was to fly this free offer it would only be as a show of defiance. Not to have fun. Just to say... I flew on 9/11/02... Terrorists... F*CK YOU!
Paulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4787 times:
seems that this offer is not open for every one. You have to live in USA or Canda or even your credit card/billing adress must be there. I'm flying in from Germany to EWR on September 11th and so I'm very interested in those free tickets... So I can show and demonstrate once more on this day that the terrorist can not change my life or cut my freedom...
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: Well, you're allready flying into NY for 9/11. Shows it already.
: AIR757200, thanks for this post, I'm booked to ORD for a day of sightseeing. Finally I'm gonna see Meigs!
: Somehow, I am not jumping to go. FLYBOY said it on the mark. The cost of flying was paid in dollars, blood and public turmoil. I was interested at fir
: I'm sorry, but I think the best thing people can do on 11 Sept 2002 is to go about their daily life as normal to show they have not changed our way of
: The website is packed. Haven't been able to bring it up.
: Miami11: "Imagine how much revenue they will forego in the sake of saying "thank you"" Keep in mind this airline is applying for loan guarantees from
: Keep in mind this airline is applying for loan guarantees from the government. It hardly seems like they are in a position to forego and revenue. They
: I am ALL over this. DC-10's Forever Greatings from our Nation's Capital (until tommorow night)
: http://asia.news.yahoo.com/020628/ap/d7kedeeo0.html "Four submitted applications shortly before Friday's deadline: Aloha, Frontier, Great Plains and W
: In one respect, it is nothing more than a publicity stunt; but at the same time, it's also a good idea. With so many of the airlines paring their sche
: Darn, I sure wish spirit flew to the Northwest. SEA would be great, but I could make the drive to PDX also. Darn! -cheers, and have fun
: This was a great idea. It's says screw terrorists It also puts Spirit in the view of the public and gets people to remember the name Spirit when there
: Good luck booking, I'm about to give up. 90% full already, and the website/phone lines are packed.