I’ve never had an amazing experience with Spirit Airlines and quite frankly I haven’t met anyone who has. Spirit is known notoriously for being the cheapest airline around and I guess the old adage is true, you get what you pay for. If you enjoy waiting in long lines, paying ridiculous checked luggage fees, and being delayed, by all means book a ticket. Don’t let me stop you. However if you value your time and money I’d caution against purchasing a ticket.
A few years ago a friend, lets call her her G, and I planned a trip to Flordia. It was an impulsive decision, but we had the money, so why not?? Not realizing the headace that would insue we innocently booked Spirit. Since I was arriving a few days after G, I decided I’d meet up with relatives, before meeting up with her.
Now…this is where it gets ugly. G called me infuriated, she had just spent the last 4 hours waiting to board her plane. I know that doesn’t seem like a long time, but it was for a domestic flight between New York and Florida!! Spirit doesn’t even have connecting flights for this route, so seriously what was the hold up? The airline claimed the flight was comming in from Florida and that the weather was the source of the problem. Luckily for G, I was at work and could check the weather report, and….sunny blue skies. I think this only infuriated her more, but what could she do except wait??
Now four hours seems like a breeze compared to the time I spent waiting. I arrived at the airport early, like a good little passanger should, and had to wait 8 long hours anyway. It was like a sick little game I never wanted to play: Can you guess the departure time? Every hour on the hour they would push back the departure. To make matters worse I was supposed to meet my aunt for her birthday dinner that evening. I felt awful, but the situation was beyond my control. After spending the day waiting we were finally able to board our plane. The reason this time….technical difficulties. I feel like they have a bunch of recycled excuses, but at least I was on the flight.
To compensate my friend and I for our inconvience, we were given a $50 credit voucher for future travel. Not to sound ungreateful, but that’s a pretty lame form of compensation if you ask me. Not only is it lame, but Spirit has the potential to profit from the both of us using their airline again. I actually intendend to use the voucher to change my flight to a later time, so I could meet my relatives for breakfast, before I left. But Spirit wasn’t having it, they wanted to charge me $150 to change the flight, and that after using the voucher. Were they serious?? I’ve flown from Shanghai to New York and paid less for a flight change. So I kept my ticket. 😦 Efff you very much Spirit Airlines!