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Spirit Airlines Overview:

 

Spirit Airlines grew out of a Detroit-based charter tour company known as Charter One. Charter One became Spirit Airlines in 1992 when the company purchased its first jet aircraft. Spirit first focused on service to vacation destinations but rapidly expanded to include a number of other routes. In 2007, Spirit announced that it was becoming a low cost carrier and would start charging a number of new fees on baggage and other previously complimentary services. Despite a pilot strike in 2010 and numerous consumer complaints about its new no-frills service, Spirit has continued to expand. Spirit currently flies to 52 destinations in the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The airline maintains bases in Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. Spirit’s fleet is currently composed of 42 Airbus aircraft, and has placed orders for 101 more. All of the aircraft in the Spirit fleet are in the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

 

What to Expect From Spirit Airlines:

Spirit Airlines does not offer any in-flight entertainment aside from a complimentary magazine. There are also no complimentary beverages or snacks, though some are available for purchase by debit or credit card. Spirit’s baggage fees are notoriously expensive. In addition to the usual checked bag fees, Spirit also charges a fee for any carry-on that does not fit beneath your seat. These fees range from $30 to $100 per bag, depending on a number of factors. Paying for bags in advance and online will result in the cheapest fees. In terms of seating, Spirit only offers two tiers of seating: standard economy seats and several rows of “Big Front Seats.” Big Front Seats cost an extra $12 to $199 to reserve, depending on the flight. These seats are slightly larger than the economy seats and offer some additional legroom.
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