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Spirit Airlines, RATING: OK

Spirit Airlines' ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier) approach liberates customers from being forced into paying for services they do not desire or use. When customers are seeking the best value in travel they can choose a low fare at and select the services and options appropriate for their travel needs. Spirits ultra low cost model driven from numerous efficiencies, new aircraft, advanced technology and dedicated staff allows the airline to take this approach offering savings to millions of customers in The Caribbean, Latin American and The United States.


My son's best friend's mom and I took 3 17 year old boys and her 13 year old daughter to New York City for 5 days. We booked tickets on Spirit Airlines primarily due to the low price of the tickets. Spirit offers super low fares from point a to point b, usually via point x, y, or z (Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale or Myrtle Beach) - they fly to many locations in Central America and the Caribbean, but I know nothing about that. I learned all about Spirit schedules from the 3 destinations I listed above though.

Our flight from LAX left at 11:00 at night - a so-called red-eye. This isn't so bad when you consider that this makes it somewhat easier getting through that hellhole LAX - as it is a light traffic time. Still, by the time we had gotten through security it was 10:30 - but we weren't in danger of missing our flight as that had been delayed for 3 hours. We were all hungry, so we decided to get something to eat - only to find that everything at LAX closes at 11:00 - most shops have their doors shuttered earlier. So you effectively get locked in, behind security with nothing to eat or drink. You can't go out, either, because the TSA closes up and goes home - I don't know what would happen if you learned that your flight wasn't scheduled to leave until 2, and had showed up at 12:00 - still 2 hours ahead of time - but TSA locked up and shut down. Hmmm.


Anyway, we finally got on the plane, packed in like sardines, and flew to Ft. Lauderdale. I can't remember whether there was any delay in Ft. Lauderdale or not, but we did, in fact, make it to La Guardia Airport in New York City, Roughly 24 hours later - airport to airport. That seems to be how long it takes, on average to get from coast to coast these days. If you fly with United Airlines, you can leave the West Coast on a Wednesday, and consider yourself lucky to arrive on the East Coast by Friday.

Anyway, that is all I have to say on Spirit Airlines, because although we had intended to fly home with them - meaning we booked tickets - they started a little game of oops your flight is 24 minutes late which means you will not make your connecting flight in Detroit and no, we won't hold it - would you like to try again tomorrow? This is a dangerous game to play with an airline which is late more often than not. There is no hotel on their dime - you foot the bill - and it is quite likely we would still be there today if we had fallen for this trick.

We ended up staying overnight at a hotel in Queens, and flying out the next day with US Air. Of all the airports, La Guardia is the easiest and most comfortable on the traveler. Much better than that hellhole JFK. Which is why the politicians are trying to close La Guardia. Traveling by air in this country is Hell. I dread going anywhere on an airplane, unless I can get straight on an international flight using a foreign airline. My husband flew Korean Air recently and raved about it. I am just going to stop traveling until things improve, or I can get into a time-share on an airline.

, 2010-12-09

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