In trying to get from Point A to Point B, sometimes you have to fly. As someone who has travelled a lot at different periods of my life, you have to approach flying nowadays with a great degree of patience. Prior to this trip, the last flight I took was a nightmare, my wife and I were leaving DFW and headed back to MN and when we arrived at the airport just prior to going through security our flight was cancelled and we sat at the airport for almost 8 hours trying to get home standby. We eventually got home the next day.
I was trying to get from DFW to MSP for a few days and wanted to spend as little as possible (I think most everyone would agree with that). I decided to try Spirit Airlines with a bit of fear and trepidation. I had heard the horror stories about flight cancellations, seats that did not recline, no legroom, being charged for everything. I booked my tickets about 4 weeks in advance and paid about $136.00 round trip which included my carry-on bag (yes, you pay for those, but not a personal item)
I left last Sunday 10/5 early and made it through security quite quickly. The flight boarded on time and we left a little late but made up the time in the air and landed at MSP on time. I had an aisle seat (yes I paid for that also) and had plenty of legroom and the seat for was just fine for my 6′ 2″ frame. With that being said, I would not necessarily fly Spirit on a long flight or outside of the US. For the short flight to MSP, it was perfect.
I enjoyed my short stay in MN (maybe another post about that later) and headed home Tuesday evening. One thing with Spirit, you have to have some flexibility in travel times because they have a limited number of flights. My outbound flight was perfect because it left early in the morning. My return flight did not leave until 8:15 pm with a scheduled arrival at 10:45 at DFW. Not my favorite time to travel.
I arrived back at MSP on Tuesday in plenty of time to return the rental car, get from Lindbergh to Humphrey and get through security. No TSA pre-check this time. Got through security with no issues or having to wait a long time. Found my gate and noticed that the inbound flight was delayed. I went to the counter and found that there would be a gate change, so I went to the new gate and was able to find a place to charge my cell phone and waited. We boarded about 7:30 and we left on time – again, I had an aisle seat and had plenty of legroom. We left on-time and actually arrived 20 mins early.
Overall, for my first flight it was a very pleasant experience and I will be glad to use Spirit again to go to MSP. For as little as I paid for everything, I almost wonder how they survive financially.
Have any of you flown Spirit Airlines? Tell me about your experience in the comments section