I flew on Spirit Airlines for the first time from DFW to LAX. Usually, I would fly on American Airlines, but I didn’t buy my ticket in time and the airfare had already gone up to around $500 (I think). Spirit always comes up as the cheapest, but I don’t have status with them and I really needed to save as much money as I could. So I booked with Spirit.
I will start by saying that the experience, overall, was pretty good. The ticket price is as advertised as long as you understand that everything is an add on – there are no freebies on the flight. I did notice that people were carrying less onto the plane and that the boarding process was a little faster. I’m assuming this is because your second carry on costs extra. You can have a personal item for free. This was just a weekend trip, so I just took a daypack. I wonder if people just carry less knowing that they get a cheaper price?
The plane was nice – it was an Airbus 319, very similar to a 737. I was in the back of the plane. Fortunately, I got a window seat, even though I didn’t pay to select a seat. There wasn’t very much room, though. It reminded me of the Air Asia flight in Indonesia. The seats were very close together. I’m assuming that if I didn’t have status on AA, I would be sitting in the back of the plane too and there would be less space.
I will stick with American just because I have status there, but I don’t have a problem flying on Spirit when I need to save a little money.