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Spirit Airlines is a very low-cost airline in the United States.
All about Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is a relative newcomer to the airline scene in the United States, but recently it's been making headlines for its low prices and lack of frills. It's an ultra low-cost carrier, meaning the company's main focus is to get you to your destination for the lowest price possible. Spirit hasn't always been ultra low cost, but shifting to that model has helped it stand out among the crowd in the flight market today.
And we do mean the lowest price possible - so don't expect any frills on these flights, which includes things like drinks and snacks that other airlines often give you for free. You'll also have to pay if you check in at the airport and have a gate agent print your boarding pass, if you check luggage, if you want to choose your seat, and if your bag is over the regular carry-on size.
The history of Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines was founded in 1964 as Clipper Trucking Company, which changed its name to Ground Air Transfer, Inc., ten years later. They began working as an airline service in 1980 under the name Charter One, and focused on flying passengers to entertainment destinations.
In 2007, the company began to transition to being ultra low cost rather than a regular airline, and the rest is history! Today, they fly to 57 different destinations.
Things to know before you fly with Spirit Airlines
If you've ever flown with an ultra low-cost carrier, you'll know that it can be a bit of a shock the first time. Many passengers get caught paying extra fees simply because they had no idea you could get charged for those things. One classic example is having to pay to print your boarding pass - which a regular airline would never make you do.
So, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind before you fly with an ultra low-cost airline like Spirit Airlines:
The very cheapest fares are only available to members of their Fare Club - but membership costs $60. After you pay the $60, you can get flights for as little as $9. They also reduce bag fees for members of the cub.
You will get charged for your carry-on, and the amount depends on when you tell the airline you will be taking one. It's chepaest if you say you're taking a carry-on when you check in online, but the price goes up if you say it at the airport. If you wait until you get to the gate, that number doubles.