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Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:46 am

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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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:18 am

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?
 
TG992
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:21 am

I question the taste of this promotion. Running a cheap publicity stunt on the back of a national disaster?
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:00 am

Strikes me as somewhat morbid.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:02 am


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

 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:24 am

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"
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:31 am

Atlantic City here I come! Big grin
 
miami1
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:43 am

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!
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:52 am

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?
 
acvitale
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:54 am

Try booking it on the website. No chance you will get thru!
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:02 pm

You can't get through because they arent going on sale until tomorrow morning at 8am (8/7/02).
 
bobcat
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:20 pm

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
 
acvitale
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:22 pm

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
 
bobcat
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:30 pm

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.

 
FutureSQPilot
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:04 pm

I can't even get the damn website to load...they must be getting bombarded with hits!
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:10 pm

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.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:14 pm

I've been trying to get onto the Spirit site for two hours, no luck  Sad
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cointyro
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 3:11 pm

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
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 3:40 pm

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
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:11 pm

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!
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:05 pm

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
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Paulianer
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:47 pm

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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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 7:00 pm

Well, you're allready flying into NY for 9/11.

Shows it already.  Smile
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:43 pm

AIR757200, thanks for this post, I'm booked to ORD for a day of sightseeing. Finally I'm gonna see Meigs!
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:11 pm

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 first but this AM I awoke and it doesn't feel right.

That being said, have fun flying.
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:18 pm

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 life.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 12:08 am


The website is packed. Haven't been able to bring it up.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 1:23 am

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 the government. It hardly seems like they are in a position to forego and revenue. They should be squeezing every cent, and not acting like some rich uncle with money to spare. Bad decision on their management's part.

Good way for them to get some free publicity out of such a tragedy.
Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 1:26 am

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 should be squeezing every cent, and not acting like some rich uncle with money to spare. Bad decision on their management's part.

I have not heard anything about Spirit applying for loan guarantees.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 1:29 am

I am ALL over this.
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 1:38 am

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/020628/ap/d7kedeeo0.html

"Four submitted applications shortly before Friday's deadline: Aloha, Frontier, Great Plains and World. The others are Evergreen International, National and Spirit, whose applications are still pending; and Frontier Flying Service and Vanguard, both of which were rejected.

Prosa: "I have not heard anything about Spirit applying for loan guarantees."

Now you have.
Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 1:50 am

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 schedules for 9/11/02 and for the entire week, Spirit has decided to take the high road. It also allows them to try to gain new customers as well. I don't think that it is a bad financial decision on their part, since the majority of the people taking advantage of this offer are more than likely not daytrippers, so the airline will still get some revenue out of these fliers. I wonder if any other airline will try to top Spirit's 9/11 offer? You think someone's going to match that fare?
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 2:09 am

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  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 3:12 am

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 booking travel for Christmas season.

One more thing, Spirit was smart to wait till only a month from the 11th. This way no other airline can steal the show from them. Others are to big to pull this knid of stunt.
Spirit is small so it can stand the loss in the short term, The gains in the long term should be great.....If it works.

Small note: Spirit is based out of Ft Lauderdale but there HQ is in the Mirimar 15 miles outside of Ft Laud.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 4:17 am

Good luck booking, I'm about to give up. 90% full already, and the website/phone lines are packed.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 6:14 am

Just announced: all seats "sold" out.
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sunbird
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 6:21 am

Just announced: all seats "sold" out..................or well given away at least, wish Air Canada/Jazz would do the same  Sad
 
Dazed767
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 6:27 am

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 there was no return flight that day (although the website said there was). Oh well, sucks to be me.
 
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 7:10 am

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 could find a fare on that day...

regards,
Serge
 
MCOtoATL
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It's Ingenious

Thu Aug 08, 2002 8:29 am

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 abilities as an airline - a "test drive" is you will. Now Spirit will need to make sure that the people have a positive experience.

This has made big news around the country - even political commentators chimed in on it, criticizing big airlines for reducing flights while a little carrier has the guts to stand up and urge people to fly! It has been mentioned in many major newspapers, so it's been a whirlwind of free advertising for Spirit. And because of expected low load factors (prior to this promotion) the seats aren't being taken away form paying customers - let's face it, the planes would be virtually empty, so why not fill 'em up, get free PR, plus let people fly your airline to see how good it is.

Is it a morbid attitude to have in light of the tragedy of September 11. Many seem to think so, but I don't. It's showing that we have a unified "Spirit" to overcome adversity. Sure, the airline is gonna capitalize on the idea, but I think it's a good move on their part.

 
Dazed767
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RE: Free Seats On Sept. 11 On Spirit Airlines.

Thu Aug 08, 2002 8:51 am

Wonder if any seats will open up by then? Cancelations etc....

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