The planes weren't very clean. Otherwise they were all right. I prayed that they kept their maintenance up.
On a related vein: The regional (small) carriers you end up getting these days under the name of a major airline (they do tell you its another carrier when you book) well they have more lenient regulations on maintenance as well which is how the major lines get away with not doing the plane upkeep. This is a concern.
DO NOT do it- I have heard nothing good- everything from dirty planes to never on time. Dh' coworkers flew them- flight was supposed to leave 2 hours before dh's United flight- they ended up at the conference 2 hours after dh. This happened not once but 3 times. Silly coworkers you'd think they'd learn
I flew with them once when I had to go to a funeral with no advance notice, and they were the cheapest carrier. Well, cheapest until you add in all of the fees. Yes, it was my fault because I didn't read the fine print, but they even charge for carry-ons!
They have the shortest leg room I've ever seen. Also, the padding on the seats is about a millimeter thick. That is not an exaggeration. It felt like they were just vinyl covered metal seats. The seats do not recline at all. The stewardesses were unhappy and blunt to the point of being rude. Probably because everyone was uncomfortable and unhappy themselves.
No beverage service. I half expected the bathrooms to be coin-operated.
After paying all the ridiculous fees, the flight ended up being only a few dollars (and I mean a few, like $8) cheaper than if I'd taken the non-stop direct United flight.
I will never fly Spirit again. I'd rather pay more money and sleep in the terminal to take a later flight the next day on a different carrier than ever go inside a Spirit plane ever again in my life.
I occasionally fly Spirit. Pay extra for the Big Seat (1st class). Your back will thank you for it. Those seats are padded, and the others really are minimally so. Also, this area and the "business class" area give you more space for legs. Pay up front (when you buy your ticket) for checking in your suitcase or taking a roller suitcase. Bring food and water on the plane with you, otherwise you have to purchase all of it. If you know what you're getting yourself into, you can handle it. I wouldn't fly it internationally, but the jump to Dallas or New Orleans (or I've also flown the Vegas, Chicago and Detroit) routes are fine. Lots cheaper, friendly pilots and staff, but thankfully don't go around shouting "good morning!!! or crowing like a rooster cheerfully after landing on a red eye flight (one reason why I don't fly Southwest)
What kind of carriers are the ones that say, when you book a flight with United, in small print you see "this flight is operated by ___________"
Is that a regional carrier?
I thought they had lighter regs too.
Yes, those are Regional Air Carriers and they are certified to the same Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR Part 121) as a Major Carrier.
All of their Operating Procedures / Programs / Practices, including Flight Crew Training, Maintenance Training, Drug Testing Requirements (which is actually a DOT requirement) must conform to the same exact standards as the large carrier.
With the exception of employee payscales (they pay less at a Regional Carrier) and the number of passenger seats on a Regional Aircraft (typically under 100 seats), the major difference between a Regional Air Carrier and a Major Air Carrier is its annual revenues.
Spirit is so bad that my company's travel department banned them.
I've had one experience with Spirit. I asked two of their employees what it's like to work for Spirit. Rather than get iced for repeating their words verbatim, I'll just say they were miserable and it showed.
Up at 3:45 to get to the airport for a 6:00 am flight.
Plane is delayed 30 minutes. As of now.
The only thing that matters to a woman up at 3:45 is COFFEE. The little alcove here in terminal A has a Starbucks......the line has to be an hour wait. I'm not doing that to pay $6.00 for a coffee, just a plain coffee. So, I venture just a bit down gate row and there I spy a teeny tiny little kiosk thingy. I see blueberry muffins!! And tho I see no coffee, I ask, as a desperate yet still mannerly weary traveler. she handed me the most beautiful sight! A cardboard cup! And gestures around the counter to a lone thermos pump. Cue some heavenly music! The Angels, and I, we were singing!
Spirit Airlines is caca. You were all right. Bag was over 40l lbs, it's for two people, and big. Extra $25 each way, aside from the original $36.00.
But nothing is going to ruin my vacation! I'm expecting to get hounded to death by Spirit. I'll never fly them again, here, here's my debit card!
Fun is expensive and I haven't had a lot of it. But this is why I work 7 days a week! Not to hand it over happily to Spirit but to hand it over happily because I deserve it!
Spirit is run by the same genius who created Valuejet which was the first virtual airline. They owned nothing and simply employed only the air crews. All else was outsourced to contractors who employed people who knew nothing about airlines. The recent bingo fuel emergency that they had at Fargo,ND had the two executive pilots flying it. They took off for the airport even though it had been NOTAMed CLOSED for their arrival time. Then they compounded the situation by trying to show the other pilots how little fuel they needed to take on board. Thus they ran short of fuel when they found the airport closed and did not have enough fuel to divert or hold until the airport openned again. That shows the kind of management and safety culture they have. Once again, these guys will make the wrong kind of headlines again with more dead pax sooner rther than later.