Sooooo, guys I found this amazing BuzzFeed article on what it is really like to fly with Spirit airlines and it hit the nail on the head for what my experiences were like when I flew alone for the first time when I decided to fly through Spirit.
Of course I decided to go somewhere for spring break extremely last minute. So I did some digging for the cheapest airfare to Denver on Expedia, Cheap Flights, and Kayak. I have always heard about Spirit but have never flown with them before. A round trip ticket from O’Hare to Denver International airport was only $100 for a week! CHEAP AS HECK! I BOOKED IT RIGHT AWAY…. of course without reading the small fine print.
I had a delay of three hours at O’Hare waiting to fly to Denver. The thing was, they didn’t have a plane for us. WHAT AIRLINE COMPANY OR AIRPORT DOESN’T HAVE AN AIRPLANE? so, they stopped an airplane in mid air flying from Tampa to Salt Lake in Chicago. They put all of us heading to Denver on this plane and made all the people heading to Utah wait until the next available plane was ready. (if I was on that plane to Utah I would be extremely p’d off). Then they charge you $100 dollars for your checked bags IF you check them in at the desk when you’re checking in. AND, they make you pay for a carry-on. They allow you to have a personal item but it has to be of a certain size and if the flight attendants don’t approve of it they can make you take it off and pay for it as a carry-on. Also, if you don’t print your boarding pass at home they will charge you an additional $10. LUCKILY, the day before leaving my mom checked my itinerary online and read the small print and freaked out and Face-timed me right away saying, “YOU BETTER PAY FOR YOUR BAGS RIGHT NOW OR YOU WILL PAY 100 DOLLARS AT THE DESK”. I freaked out because my shopaholic self only had maybe 20 dollars left in my account. So, my mom put $50 dollars in my account and I paid online and my checked bag was only $40 dollars instead of $100.
My last and not so fun experience with Spirit was that I was suppose to leave on a Thursday and when I got to the check in desk the man behind the counter said that they didn’t have a seat for me and that they are only allowing passengers who have a connecting flight at O’Hare to board. So, I was stuck in Denver for another night and would be able to fly out the next day. Spirit didn’t even email me to say that I didn’t have a seat or that my flight was delayed. However, they did give me two free round trip tickets to wherever Spirit flies. The plane was very nice and clean but you pay a little amount for the ticket but an absurd amount for everything else. I will definitely pay the extra money for a nicer and more reliable airline company. I MAY be able to put up with Spirit one last time for my free tickets since I do love to travel, WHERE WILL I GO?!?!?