Tiff has written on Spirit Airlines many times and has a definitive guide on how to fly it. While she’s the “Spirit” person, I also have a love of Spirit Airlines.
No, I don’t fly them–anymore.
But when I was in school in Michigan, I had very limited funds. (I once ate expired Power Bars and noodles for all my meals for about a month–long story, but everything tasted like metal for a while after that).
My whole family was in New York and it was difficult getting out to see them.
Even back then, Spirit had a form of the $9 fare club, and I was able to jump on deals to get home at a very low cost.
Back then, I had different needs and travel priorities. I needed the cheapest flight possible. I didn’t need luxury and I certainly didn’t need leg room. I just needed to see my family. (For how to keep your Spirit flights cheap, check out this guide to the fees).
Now, I’m out of school and working. I can afford to be pickier, but I am very lucky that I have this choice. I choose to spend more to have a little bit more comfort and amenities in flight.
But I still love that Spirit is around. First of all, it means Tiff can visit more often ;). But secondly, it fills a really important need. While people make fun of it for being a low-cost carrier, the benefit to it is that it is a low-cost carrier.
It allows people to travel to places they might not have been able to afford to go to. And sure, you’ll have to stuff a week’s worth of clothing into your purse to avoid baggage fees, but at least they got rid of the unloved-by-Tiff canned wine.