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Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.  
User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5491 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.

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User currently offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5423 times:

Sweet  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. 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?

User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5404 times:

I question the taste of this promotion. Running a cheap publicity stunt on the back of a national disaster?



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User currently offlineAZO/DTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5363 times:

Wow.

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.


User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

Strikes me as somewhat morbid.

User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5336 times:


Looks like I'll be taking a day trip to Florida on Sept. 11.....



User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5313 times:

I question the taste of this promotion. Running a cheap publicity stunt on the back of a national disaster?

I doubt it. It's just their way of saying "Thank You"



Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5292 times:

Atlantic City here I come! Big grin

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

I think it is fantastic. Imagine how much revenue they will forego in the sake of saying "thank you" and remembering the tragedy that occurred. I say good on them for giving a damn!

It would seem that some nothing will please some of you people. If an airline introduced full flat beds and PTVs on CRJ aircraft then some of you would still find something to whinge about!


User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5220 times:

Ok... Sounds a little weird to me...

It is a nice idea, though. It will keep their crews occupied too!

Can't imagine that the loads will be too heavy even with the promotion.


User currently offlineFutureSQPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

Awesome. I assume that the free tickets will be one way and return tickets will be payed if on another date, but it would be possible to just fly one way and back both on sept 11 for free right?

User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5214 times:

Try booking it on the website. No chance you will get thru!


User currently offlineAZO/DTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

You can't get through because they arent going on sale until tomorrow morning at 8am (8/7/02).

User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5155 times:

good luck tomorrow... last tiem I looked, they were
logging 230,000 hits in an hour... !!!

Unfortunately, they don't fly to my city... well, I could
drive 3 hours and try to book a free 3 hour trip to Florida... Big grin


User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5162 times:

Well if you wait till tomorrow odds are you won't get any. It looks like the site is going crazy.

I did not see anywhere in the PR Release where it specified tomorrow. Rather it said must be booked by Sep 8


User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5138 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.



User currently offlineFutureSQPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5098 times:

I can't even get the damn website to load...they must be getting bombarded with hits!

User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

What about your return trip?
everyone who takes real advantage of this will have to do it as a day trip, or buy a one-way home.


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

I've been trying to get onto the Spirit site for two hours, no luck  Sad


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineCointyro From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5031 times:

God Bless Spirit Airlines!

A gorgeous show of defiance. Screw terrorists. Celebrate the American spirit. Honor your fellow Americans and demonstrate your freedom!

Thank you Spirit!

Cheers,
Dan


User currently offlineBizjets From France, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

God Bless America!!!!

I just booked a LGA-DTW-DEN-DTW-LGA flight on Spirit for September 11. Total price... $0.00. I've never been to Denver so any suggestions on something cool to do would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Bizjets


User currently offlineJfk747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4961 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.


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4957 times:

You know,

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!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

Free seats?
Hmmmm....

That's cool but will the planes fly?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
The article says nothing about the planes actully flying.

Just kidding. Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4903 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...

Greetings
Tobi
Hamburg/Germany



Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
25 Post contains images Flyboy36y : Well, you're allready flying into NY for 9/11. Shows it already.
26 B737-112 : AIR757200, thanks for this post, I'm booked to ORD for a day of sightseeing. Finally I'm gonna see Meigs!
27 Mirrodie : 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
28 Seiple : 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
29 CactusA319 : The website is packed. Haven't been able to bring it up.
30 Squigee : 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
31 PROSA : 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
32 Cmk10 : I am ALL over this. DC-10's Forever Greatings from our Nation's Capital (until tommorow night)
33 Post contains links Squigee : http://asia.news.yahoo.com/020628/ap/d7kedeeo0.html "Four submitted applications shortly before Friday's deadline: Aloha, Frontier, Great Plains and W
34 Srbmod : 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
35 Post contains images Soontobepilot : 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
36 Sinlock : 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
37 Dazed767 : Good luck booking, I'm about to give up. 90% full already, and the website/phone lines are packed.
38 Boeing757/767 : Just announced: all seats "sold" out.
39 Post contains images Sunbird : Just announced: all seats "sold" out..................or well given away at least, wish Air Canada/Jazz would do the same
40 Dazed767 : I got through this morning around 8:15, but my return flight wasn't flying (or was sold out). She just said I would have to stay over night because th
41 Serge : I helped my bro book: SFO-LAS on America West (around $50 after tax) LAS-DTW on Spirit (free) DTW-OAK on Spirit (free) Thanks Spirit! Now if only I co
42 MCOtoATL : It's a great move on the part of the airline. As many said, passengers will buy a return ticket. It's a great way to show the flying public Spirit's a
43 Dazed767 : Wonder if any seats will open up by then? Cancelations etc....
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