Again I ask, Can We Take Frugal Too Far?
This time, I’m regretting my decision to fly with Spirit Airlines.
Spirit Airlines has actually been around in some form since the early 1990’s. They began as a trucking company, turned into a vacation charter operator, and then evolved into the ultra low cost budget carrier that we all know and love to hate.
Actually, Spirit may not be an absolutely horrible choice…especially if you want to fly and cash is tight. There’s nothing wrong with saving money.
Well, Spirit is the only US airline with a 2 out of 5 Skytrax rating. Also, out of nearly 3000 customer feedback reviews, they only earn a customer feedback score of 3/10. I keep telling myself – it’s only one leg and the flight is 2 hours.
Just know, Spirit will nickel and dime you for E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
I’m heading off to a quick girl’s weekend with good buds. I’ll admit, $100 round-trip tickets from Chicago to Dallas made me giddy. It did – for just a moment – make me forget that I promised years ago to never fly Spirit Airlines again.
Honestly, I can’t quite remember the reason I swore them off. It’s been 10 years or more. After making this reservation, it might be another 10 years before I let my guard down again.
Spirit claims to offer a “barely there” base fare. Then you can choose to pay (or not) for extras.
After spending an hour reading through all of the “extras” on the Spirit site AFTER I purchased my ticket, I realized that flying American with one carry-on bag would actually have been cheaper.
They got me!
Oh well, only one leg of the trip is with Spirit.
Couple other notes to consider if you ever considering flying Spirit:
Since I’m not going to wear two layers of clothes and try to fit my toothbrush and Tic Tacs under the seat, my total cost to fly will be $166 (I haven’t added in the $4 bottle of water – I’ll manage until I get to Dallas). That’s still not bad…as long as I don’t incur any unexpected “extras” once I get to the airport.
We shall see.
I could have purchased both legs on American (and carried my weekend bag on for free) for $146. Spirit suckered me in. They got me this time.
Maybe you’ll be smarter with your $20 next time you fly.