Spirit Airlines offers $9 flights, but is it worth your buck?

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/regio...es-offer-$9-flights-but-is-it-worth-your-buck

    There has been a lot of talk about $9 airfare since Spirit Airlines made the announcement earlier this week.

    The airline will offer daily flights to Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Ft. Lauderdale from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa.

    Spirit Airlines offers a $9 Fare Club. Members pay an annual fee of about $60 and get access to discounted rates. Some flights cost as low as $9.

    I checked online and found a non-stop flight to Dallas for just $49 one way.

    Service to Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Ft. Lauderdale from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa is expected to begin in February and March.

    Spirit Airlines made the announcement Tuesday. "We are excited to bring our ultra low fares to travelers from Arizona and giving even more consumers the opportunity to save money on travel," said Spirit's senior director of sales Michael Pewther. "Our cheap base fares with a range of optional services for a fee allows customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value."

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    It's Spirit... the product is terrible and after taxes and fees you might as well fly with someone else. :)
     
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    Again here, a promotion by Spirit! The Ryanair of the USA! Enough said!:eek:
     
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    Guess it's all about value. A $9 fare all fees included might make Spirit worth it. :p
     
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    Well that's the thing... $9 might be worth it -- and the fact I use "might" should give you an idea about the product from a former Spirit flier :)

    But bottom line is that it's not really $9, and even when the price shows this you're still looking at "$9" one way and a higher price on the return.

    For example, LGA/ORD mid-January I found it's $9 outbound and $44 return, but it ends up being $108 after taxes. Still not bad, but then you have the other crap... a carry on is $20 per segment -- yes, a carry on. A "personal item" like a small backpack is free, but you have to pay $30 (or $20 if you're a member) for a carry-on bag.

    Their big "up front" seats are $25 (as are exit rows), or you can pick rows 20-26 for $10, rows 14-20 for $14, etc.

    But even if you don't pick a seat you're already turning your "$9 fare" into $150 unless you're planning on not taking any carry-ons. Then you look around and see that United / JetBlue / American and everybody else does $155 and you figured Spirit is not such a great deal after all. :)
     
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