#1 TIP: UPGRADE YO SELF!
I recently flew Spirit Airlines to Atlanta, GA to visit some of my best friends over Spring Break. I had heard some horror stories about Spirit and I would be lying if I told you I wasn't worried about my personal item fitting under the seat. We searched my flight on Google Flights (which is amazing) and booked on Spirit Airlines website. I ended up getting a round trip flight for $92.38 which is incredible. I walked in and strolled right to security and on to my gate. My flight going to Georgia was delayed about 30 minutes, but it wasn't a big deal to me. I didn't upgrade my ticket at all on the way to Atlanta so they picked my seat and when I checked in online I received that info along with my boarding zone. I don't want to ramble so here are my top five tips to flying Spirit.
1. CHECK IN + PRINT YOUR PASS OR PAY $10
If you opt out of checking in online you can be stuck in lines and you'll have to pay them $10 to print your boarding pass.
2. BE POSITIVE YOU AREN'T GOING TO CANCEL
I have heard too many horror stories to try and get Spirit Airlines to be flexible with me. I just wouldn't press my luck. I was SURE that I would be able to go on these dates and I wouldn't have to cancel.
3. UPGRADE YOUR SEAT (IT'S ONLY $24!)
On my way to Atlanta I didn't choose any upgrades and it was okay, but really what you're paying for is LITERALLY just the flight. The seats have hardly any padding on them and you're squeezed pretty tight like sardines. This was a pretty quick flight and I'm only 27 years old + flying with no kids so it wasn't too bad. I did choose to upgrade on the way back and it was HEAVENLY. Its a much bigger seat in the front and more padding. You even have a tray table... unlike the little flap they give you for the regular seats. I felt like I was in first class... so fancy for only $24. IT'S WORTH IT.
4. GRAB YOUR SNACKS BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT
In flight snacks are basically non-existent... you can of course pay for them but they are inflated and that's a hassle in itself. You have to find your money and get it out and pass things past people you're sitting by and then you barely have a place to put it. I was so thankful I had bought myself a water before I boarded.
5. MAKE SURE YOUR PERSONAL BAG FITS
I was unsure of the size my personal bag needed to be so I looked up the dimensions Spirit Airlines and then used Amazon to search for a bag. When I got to the airport I walked up to the box that you measure your bags in and sat it on top... and then proceeded to squish my bag to make it fit. Too many people were watching me do this.. but it was worth the $100 I would've had to pay at the gate if it didn't fit. The gate attendant does give you a chance to pay a lower price if you brought the wrong size but you'll have to take your bag to the counter and do that before boarding. Here is the bag I bought ---> Spirit Airlines Bag and at the bottom is a search on Amazon for Spirit bags - but they are changing their dimensions soon so be sure to check the Spirit Airlines site and the bag dimensions before you buy!
Overall, I didn't hate my experience. It wasn't bad by any means, but all that said I'm flying Delta for my next flight. If I need a cheap quick flight and they don't cost I would definitely fly Spirit again... AND upgrade my seat.
XOXO TRAVEL GIRL
p.s. I didn't talk about checking bags or carry on's because I opted not to bring one - if you choose to or need to bring one just know they are around $40-60 per bag each way.