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About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is an American ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida. The airline has two major operating hubs: Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and Detroit Airport (DTW).

Spirit Airlines operates scheduled flights to over 60 destinations throughout the United States as well as international destinations including Latin and South America. Some of the most popular domestic destinations include Florida, Chicago-O'Hare, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando and Tampa.

Ultra Low Cost Carrier

Spirit Airlines began a transition in 2007 to re-brand themselves as an ultra low-cost carrier, with the new slogan 'Less Money, More Go'. The 'ultra low-cost' is reflected in the low cost of the tickets. Passengers are given the ability to choose what extras and additional options they require, such as baggage allowance, on-board refreshments, and seat selection, to add on to the base fare.

Did you know? Spirit Airlines has been featured on our blog for being one of the cheapest and best-value airlines in the world! Read more about this, and find out which other airlines were featured on this list.

 


Spirit Airlines Baggage

Please note that only small personal items such as laptops, handbags and backpacks are included with the bare fare Spirit Airlines ticket. All additional carry-on and checked baggage will need to bought as an excess baggage.

Personal Item

One personal item is included within your ticket fare. Personal items on Spirit Airlines flights must fit within the dimensions of 45 x 35 x 20 cm. Examples of personal items include small handbags and laptop bags.

Carry-on Baggage

To keep ticket prices low, the airline charges for carry-on baggage. It is recomended to pre-book any baggage allowance that you will need when you purchase your airline ticket. All carry-on bags must fit within the dimensions of 56 x 46 x 25 cm.

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage allowance must be purchased; fees are route dependant. Checked baggage on Spirit Airlines flights must fit within the dimensions of the overall dimensions of 158cm and must not weigh more than 18kg unless purchased as oversized baggage.

Pre-Book your Baggage

When you buy your Spirit Airlines tickets through Alternative Airlines, it is easy to book your luggage at the time of booking. You can find out how to do so here.

 


Spirit Airlines Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Online check-in is available through Spirit Airlines online check-in page. Just enter your flight details to check-in online. Web check-in opens 24 hours before your scheduled flight departure time and closes just one hour before. 

Airport Check-In

Passengers unable to check-in online or need special assistance can check-in at the airport and one of the Spirit Airlines check-in desks. Arrive at least two hours before your departure time for domestic flights and at least three hours before your departure for international flights to allow time for check-in, baggage drop and baggage drop.

 


Spirit Airlines Class Fares

There is a single cabin available, providing a single class: Economy. There is also the option to upgrade to 'The Big Seat', which is the airline's Premium Economy product.

Seat Selection

Choose your preferred seat on the plane with Alternative Airlines. We display seat availability for Spirit Airlines flights and let you choose where you want to sit from the seat map. We want you to have the best possible in-flight experience, that's why we offer our customers the chance to select the seat of their choice while making their Spirit Airlines booking! Find out how to book your Spirit Airlines seats by visiting our seat selection page. 

 


 

Economy Class

Economy Class is Spirit's most basic cabin class.

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers in Economy Class on Spirit are given access to the airline's inflight menu, where they can order a variety of hot and cold snacks, as well as a selection of beverages. Refreshments have a fee, and can be purchased using a debit or credit card (cash not accepted).

What Are Economy Class Seats Like?

Seats on Economy class have 15 and a half inches of width and 28 inches of pitch.

 


Premium Economy Class

Spirit Airlines does not offer Premium Economy as a separate cabin. However, the airline offers passengers the chance to upgrade to the 'Big Front Seat', which is the equivalent of what you might expect from a Premium Economy Class.

Premium Economy Facilities

In terms of service, Premium Economy (The Big Front Seats) is identical to Economy Class. The only difference is in the size of the seat and the addition of a tray table. 

What are Premium Economy Seats Like?

The Big Front Seat is 22 inches wide with 36 inches of width. There is no middle seat, so passengers have plenty of room. The seats are none-reclinable, but some Big Front Seat's do have adjustable headrests. Each seat has a tray table, which is an added extra from Economy Class.

 


Business Class

Spirit Airlines doesn't offer Business Class. It's most upscale cabin class is the 'Big Front Seat', which is similar to other airline's Premium Economy Class

 


First Class

Spirit Airlines does not offer a First Class cabin. The 'Big Front Seats' are the most premium seat available.

 


In-Flight Entertainment

Spirit Airlines does not offer in-flight entertainment on its flights.

Spirit Airlines TV

To keep costs low for its passengers, Spirit Airlines does not offer TV shows on its flights.

Spirit Airlines Movies

Spirit Airlines does not offer movies on its flights.

 


Is Wi-Fi Available on Spirit Airlines Flights?

Enjoy high-speed WIFI on all Spirit Airlines flights. Brand new in summer 2019, Spirit Airlines has installed WIFI on all of its aircraft so that passengers can access everything they need online on any and every Spirit Airlines flight. Spirit Airlines WIFI is available from the moment you board up until the moment you land and step off the plane.

Wi-Fi Price

Spirit Airlines WIFI is available for around $6.50 USD for the entire flight but varies depending on which route you're flying.

 


Spirit Airlines Food

Meal Options

Spirit Airlines offer a wide variety of food that can be purchased on board using a debit or credit card. Items available are snacks such as chips, nuts, cakes and confectionery.

Special Dietary Requirements

Spirit Airlines do not currently offer and specific special meals, however, passengers can purchase items from the on-board menu that match their specific dietary requirements.

Drinks and Alcohol

Passengers can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from the on board menu. Drinks available to purchase include cocktails, soft drinks, hot drinks, beers, wines and liquors.

 


Pay with a Payment Plan

If you are a US resident, you can pay off your Spirit airline tickets in monthly instalments with Affirm. Applying for an Affirm loan is a flexible way to pay for your Spirit flights. Just select Affirm at the Alternative Airlines' checkout page. See all the different ways to pay for your tickets over time here.

 


Spirit Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

Spirit Airlines have fantastic rewards and loyalty programs. A favourite for passengers is the '$9 Fare Club' which boasts saving passenger on average over $75 per booking. The Fare Club is as little as $59.99 to enroll and offers huge discounts and holiday packages, upto 50% off bags and more.

Spirit Airlines Miles program is called 'FREE SPIRIT', which is free to join and gives passengers the chance to accumulate miles to redeem against flights. It is easy to collect your frequent flyer miles when you book through Alternative Airlines.

 


Spirit Airlines Spring Break Flights

Have you bought your flights for spring break 2020? Spring Break will come around sooner than you think! Alternative Airlines has some of the best prices for spring break flights on Spirit Airlines, including to the popular spring break destination of Cancun, in Mexico.

 

 


Fleet

Accurate as of October 2019

 

AIRCRAFT TYPE NUMBER IN SERVICE ORDERS NUMBER OF ECONOMY SEATS NUMBER OF PREMIUM ECONOMY SEATS*
Airbus A319-100 31 / 135 10
Airbus A320-200 64 / 174 8
Airbus A320neo 13 55 174 8
Airbus A321-200 30 5 220 8

*Premium Economy: Big Front Seat

 


Destinations

Domestic Destinations

Spirit Airlines flies to the following destinations within the United States - Accurate as of October 2019

 

US STATE CITY AIRPORT
Arizona Phoenix Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
California Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
California Oakland Oakland International Airport
California Sacramento Sacramento International Airport
California San Diego San Diego International Airport
Colorado Denver Denver International Airport
Connecticut Hartford Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Florida Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport
Florida Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport
Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville International Airport
Florida Orlando Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Florida Tampa Tampa International Airport
Florida Palm Beach International Airport Palm Beach International Airport
Georgia Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Illinois Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis International Airport
Louisiana New Orleans Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
Maryland Baltimore Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Massachusetts Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Michigan Detroit Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
Missouri Kansas City Kansas City International Airport
Nevada Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
New Jersey Atlantic City Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)
New Jersey Newark Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
New York New York City LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
New York Niagara Falls Niagara Falls International Airport
New York Plattsburgh Plattsburgh International Airport
North Carolina Asheville Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
North Carolina Greensboro / High Point Piedmont Triad International Airport
North Carolina Raleigh / Durham Raleigh Durham International Airport
Ohio Akron/Canton Akron–Canton Airport
Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Ohio Columbus John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Oregon Portland Portland International Airport (PDX)
Pennsylvania Latrobe Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport
South Carolina Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach International Airport
Tennessee Nashville Nashville International Airport
Texas Austin Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Texas Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Texas Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Virginia Richmond Richmond International Airport
Washington Seattle Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
West Virginia Charleston Yeager Airport
The Virgin Islands St. Thomas Cyril E. King Airport
The Virgin Islands St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

 

International Destinations

Spirit Airlines flies to the following international destinations, which are all within the Americas - Accurate as of October 2019

 

COUNTRY CITY AIRPORT
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport
Colombia Armenia El Edén International Airport
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport
El Dorado International Airport Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
Colombia Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport
Colombia Medellin José María Córdova International Airport
Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport
Dominican Republic Santiago Cibao International Airport
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport
Ecuador Guayaquil Jose Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
El Salvador San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport
Guatemala Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport
Haiti Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport
Honduras San Pedro Sula Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport
Jamaica Kingston Norman Manley International Airport
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport
Mexico (Baja California Sur) Cabo San Lucas Los Cabos International Airport
Mexico (Quintana Roo) Cancún Cancún International Airport
Nicaragua Managua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Panama Panama City Tocumen International Airport
Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Puerto Rico Aguadilla Rafael Hernández Airport
Puerto Rico San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Sint Maarten Philipsburg Princess Juliana International Airport

 


 

Hub Airport

Fort Lauderdale Internatioanl Airport

Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) is an airport located in Florida, in the United States, and close to the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach. The airport is Spirit Airline’s largest base. Other airlines that fly to FLL include Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Delta Connection, Silver Airways, WestJet, Southwest Airliens, and United Airlines.

birds eye view of fort lauderdale airport

Fort Lauderdale International Airport from above. Image Credit: Ziggymarley01, via Wikipedia Commons

 

Detroit Airport

Detroit Airport (DTW) is a busy international airport located in Michigan, in the United States. Airlines that also fly to the airport include American Eagle, United Express, Delta Connection, and Frontier Airlines.

Other Operating Bases

Spirit Airlines also has operating bases at the following airports: Atlantic City; Chicago–O'Hare; Dallas/Fort Worth; Las Vegas; and Orlando.

 


 

Airline Alliance

Spirit Airlines is not part of an airline alliance.

 


 

Special Services

Please be aware that Spirit Airline's policies are subject to change and should be confirmed with the airline before booking. If you book through Alternative Airlines, our customer service team can help if you have any questions.

Flying with Children

Spirit Airlines does not offer children fares. All infants above the age of two are not permitted to travel as a lap child and must have their own seats. FFA approved Car seats may be carried on board the plane if a seat has been purchased for a child (one child per one car seat).

One car seat and one stroller will be accepted per child as checked baggage at no charge (not considered baggage allowance).

Flying with Babies

A paying adult passenger is permitted to carry one infant over seven days and under two years of age on their lap. However, the airline does encourage all adults travelling with children under the age of two to purchase a seat for their child and secure them in an FAA approved car seat.

One car seat and one stroller will be accepted per infant as checked baggage at no charge (not considered baggage allowance).

Flying with Pets

On domestic flights Spirit will accept dogs, cats and, on some routes, rabbits and small household birds within the cabin. Fees apply (except for service/emotional support animals) and pets containers count as carry-on allowance.

Spirit Airlines will not accept pets in the cabin for travel on international flights, except for service animals/emotional support animals.

 


 

Alternative Airlines

The following airlines operate similar routes to Spirit Airlines:

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Spirit Airlines News

October 23rd, 2019

Spirit Airlines close to massive Airbus order for 100 Jets

Spirit Airlines has unveiled a provisional deal to order 100 Airbus, from the A320neo-family of jets, which - once finalised - is to be delivered through to 2027. The order would hand the European planemaker a potential order in the $11 billion range.

The order would include a mix of all three of Airbus’s single-aisle models, from the A319neo to the A321neo, Spirit has said in a statement. The additional aircraft would be used to support the airline’s growth plans, as Spirit aims to add new destinations and expand its network across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean in the near future.

 

October 09, 2019

Spirit Airlines Announces New Routes for 2020

Spirit Airlines has announced that it will offer a new non-stop service from Austin to Cancun, Mexico and add additional flights to Orlando from February 2020. It will also offer a non-stop service to Nashville and Newark from Austin in March 2020.

These new route follow previous a announcement that new routes from Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport to San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport will begin in December 2019.