I'm looking at a flight from Dallas, Texas to Fort Myers, Florida in April....Cost: American Airlines $357.....Spirit Airlines $71. That is a HUGE difference and that is why I will continue to fly with Spirit Airlines.
If you do any research on Spirit Airlines, you will see tons, I mean TONS, of negative comments. I’m not saying that these people do not have valid complaints, but many of the complaints come from lack of knowledge of the airlines policies. All of their policies are on their website but you do have to do a little searching to find all of the information.
Last week, I flew to from Dallas to Orlando with my daughter, son-in-law, and his sister along with a 6-month-old baby. I wasn't sure what to expect since I had read so many bad comments. I was pleasantly surprised that the airplane was new and very nice. The staff from the airport and airline were also very courteous. I don’t have one bad thing to say about the flight there or the flight back. So where do all of the negative comments come from?
Some of the comments I read were:
o The seats are hard and small (yea, they are on most planes)
o No wifi (only been on one plane that had wifi – London to Dallas)
o No TV (same as wifi)
o Have to pay for food and drinks (same on all economy airlines but you can throw a candy bar or granola bar in your bag)
o You can only have one small personal item (purse, backpack, bag) to carry on free of charge. You have to pay for any luggage/carry on that is over 12x14x16 (You can easily pack for a week in a 12x14x16 bag, especially if you have a travel vest)
o The seats don’t lean back (So glad…this is one of the few flights I have on that I didn’t have someone’s head in my lap)
So, again…it’s not really that bad. Not if you want to travel but don’t have a lot of money to spend on you flight.
All of these positive comments and we had a 6-month-old baby with a stroller and car seat. Not to mention open bottles of water and formula. All baby supplies were checked by hand and we were quickly sent on our way.
If you are considering flying on a budget airline, go to their website and read their policies.
Since luggage seems to be a huge issue with Spirit airlines, let's discuss luggage. Spirit airlines state on their website "One personal item that fits under the seat." It goes on to state: