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Break Your Spirit Airlines is THE WORST! Like the Black Licorice of the Skies

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I hate Spirit Airlines with the intensity of 1,000 African suns at high noon! You should know by now that Spirit Airlines is my archnemesis because they make Soul Plane look like Virgin Atlantic and I never let an opportunity to roast them to pieces pass me by. It’s in my Life By-Laws next to “Eat all the rice.”

The following things suck about Spirit Airlines:

  • Their customer service (they actually posted a sign on their Twitter that they use a robot for their social media. Don’t expect any help from them there).
  • Their actual planes (they’re tiny and old and clearly junk yard rejects)
  • Their fees (yes, you might pay $120 for that ticket and you think you got a deal but when you get to the airport and they charge you $35 for a carryon, $4 for printing out your boarding pass and $5.43 for breathing in oxygen near their counter, you’ll wonder why you didn’t just pay the $250 for a legit airline)
  • The seats (they barely recline so you’ll be sitting at almost a 90 degree angle your entire flight. Your body ends up being shaped like a swastika. It’s a sad state of affairs. Your back will cuss you the hell out)
  • Everything. EVERY SINGLE THING. Nothing about Spirit Airlines is suck-deficient. They are so successful at sucking and making money off it that i question anyone who willingly flies them more than once.

One thing I have learned in this life is that anyone who says “I like Spirit Airlines” cannot be trusted and they have terrible judgment. They probably listen to Nickelback too. I have a personal vendetta against Spirit Airlines. You could not pay me to fly that rusty tin can in the sky again. NO MA’AM! I get mad whenever I even see the word “Spirit” in my airfare search results. I just start cussing and fighting the air.

As if that isn’t bad enough. Then they have the nerve to be tacky as hell about their marketing. They stay doing outta pocket stuff in the name of promoting their janky $9 sales. Their latest tomfoolery is using the celebrity nude pics leakage as fodder to sell tickets.

Spirit Airlines Hacked

How bad are they? Well I already wrote about them once. Read: Spirit Airlines is the Four Loko of the Airline Industry.

The funniest comments I’ve ever heard about Spirit Airlines are from my commenters. Below are some of them.

“I used them on a trip to Myrtle Beach there and back. I’m already terrified of flying. When the plane started to accelerate a loud rattling sound began and didn’t stop until we landed. When I asked what that sound was I was told it was “normal.” Needless to say I cried on that flight and prayed the whole way through.” – FJ

“I refer to them as the bring your own folding chair airliner.” – AWB

“Listen to me. I have ONE experience with Spirit. It was THE worst flying experience ever. It was so bad that when me and my boys got back in town, we all went out to drink to toast our safe arrival home.” – PDJ

“I flew Spirit to ATL one year. I was with musicians. I remember feeling like we were in a bad C movie. It was really, really hot and the plane was sweating so much on the inside but only sweating in the rear part of the plane where we were sitting. Water dripping….lol…smh…The worst ever!!!!!” – TB

“Spirit Airlines is for husbands with two families and clothing on each end.” – RJ

“I once had my tray table taped up with clear mailing tape on a Spirit flight. If they would have done the window though it woulda be trouble… trouble (Bernie Mac voice)” – CR

“NEVER AGAIN. I got off that flight wanting to hit everybody with my purse…that they made me pay to bring on.” – MK

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“Flew from Newark to South Carolina… 2 hour flight…Very bumpy ride.. When the aircraft landed the clap was so loud I felt like I was at a concert.. Everybody was cheering.. We thought we were going to die!” – DW

“Those planes are held together with bubble gum and paper clips. NEVA EVA AGAIN!” – EK

“I flew Spirit once. I wasn’t right for about a week after that mess.” – AB

“Don’t forget the cup o noodles n the fudgery that’s called combos… What airline you know sale gawt DAYUMB noodles?” – SB

“Mayne, you gotta have money on your books to fly Spirit!” – CM

“I knew something was up when the guy who checked me in at the gate, was also doing the emergency presentation and talking about taking flying lessons. NOPE! I just love my life AND I have too many student loans to pay back. Sallie Mae said no.” – VP

“When I worked in the travel industry, I made it a point NOT to sell Spirit. They are the boil on the butt of the airline industry. If a customer insisted on saving a few coins by using them, I would end my conversation with a stern “you’ve been warned”.’ – KVN

“Almost lost my life on Spirit… In addition to what everyone else said… If/When the plane sits on the Tarmac for what seems like ever, then decides to get to the front of the runway, next in line for take off, only for the pilot to ANNOUNCE that we had to return to the hate because we don’t have enough fuel for the trip…. That’s a problem… He didn’t know that while we were sitting there? He was just going to take off with my life sitting there? Oh hell nawl.” – QS

“These Muthsuckas make you pay for your damn carry ons!!! I’d rather walk in the desert for 40 years like the children of Israel to get to my destination then to Fly on spirit ever again!” – SD

“Ah, the mighty-mighty fine print. Those fees are ridiculous! Stick-up kids! The CEO must be Captain Hook, that’s some straight piracy. And beverages not included. Next thing you know the floor drops out the plane and passengers gotta use their feet a-la the Flintstones’ method to help with take-off. And I bet due to safety reasons you are never free to move around the cabin. Ever. No *bing* for you!” – DS

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“Girl spirit airlines is dollar tree in the flight industry. I think the pilots just couldnt get hired no where else and the last second delays. I kiss the ground and pray the whole time lord let me touch down safe….spirit is definitely a last resort flight” – KM

“Spirit probably will make a new class, indentured servant class. You can’t leave the plane till you bust some bricks and cinder blocks.” – RH

“I flew from Florida to New York and I felt like the seats were unpopped kernels. The seats are cut up like a wanna be gangster who got his ass handed to him . Jet blue for life!!” – TM

“OMG; flew from Baltimore to Ft.Lauderdale flight was delayed 8-hours. The airport had closed to the extent no more outgoing flights and TSA was closed. The only option for food was Dunkin Donuts and Subway; and after all that they only offered a $50.00 voucher towards a future flight. But you had to redeem it in 90-days. NEVER EVER EVER EVER AGAIN.” – KM

“The one time my aunt flew with Spirit to go to a cousin’s funeral…she died…the day after the funeral and never came home…so Spirit Airlines has literally always meant death to me.” – AS

“I worked for them when they’d pretty much just started; my first real job – as a reservations agent – in a little office in Harper Woods, MI. The owner (then) worked a few feet from my workspace. At that time they only had a couple of planes flying senior citizens back and forth to Atlantic City. Humble beginnings, & now they make mega bread, so somebody likes their rates/rides. Never flew with them though, and we got to fly free.” – CK

“Baltimore to Las Vegas for either just under $300. I was in the way back, so I knew my seat didn’t recline. But I learned that neither did anyone else’s seats recline. There was a storm in Vegas for the return flight so we were leaving late, but how about they kept saying my flight was leaving and even showing that my flight was already airborne, when me and every other passenger flying Spirit to ANYWHERE that evening was still sitting in the airport at damn near midnight? Did anyone bother to say anything about us leaving late, or what the problem was? Nope. When they finally decided to board our plane for real, they just got on the mic and started talking. No apology. No please ignore our automated flight announcement system. No free cheese and cracker vouchers. No nothing! Never again. Ugh!” – MR

“Flew from boston to jamaica. On the way there, 4 hr delay. Otw back–went thru customs, tsa. Get to the gate and spirit ropes off the gate, check our bags again and if you left the gate area you had to show your tix/id to get back in!!! Where dey do that at? Never again!! Then the flight was late so i missed my connecting flight and would have to spend the nite in florida (they gave us $10 food voucher). Oh but then another flight became available but unless u told them u had a ride from the airport u couldnt get on the new flight. Chile…” – KL

“I only stick with them for the cheap AF flights. Otherwise you wouldn’t catch me sitting in a stranger’s lap unless it was Mardi gras and I was expecting another ten beads!” – AD

“I HATE them. Yep. (Notice use of strong word for emphasis.) The Ghost of airlines past AKA spirit left me stranded in Costa Rica. Cancelled the return flight on a Monday morning while we waited at the gate and then told all passengers they could possibly get us out on Friday. POSSIBLY! Some folks said that would’ve been lovely to be stranded in Costa Rica. I said this to them, stranded doesn’t pay my mortgage/insurance/utilities or complete my work responsibilities but working does! The Ghost of airlines past could care less about us getting out. After an addition $550 with their funky $300 refund, I made it back home, one day later. I hate them!!!! Plus their customer service sucks pickled squirrel nuts! Hate them! “- KP

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“My mom flew spirit for the first time last week and said it was so horrible she’s embarrassed to tell anyone she flew spirit.” – CDB

“i got stuck in Colombia for 2 days … missed work.. and they told me they could fly me to Canada for 7 days before i could get a flight to ny…. this was after the plane kept “restarting” while they were attempting to take off… we missed our connecting flights 2 days in a row… and i got my money back for the flight i had to buy home myself…. about 6 months later… lets not forget you have to pay to carry on a bag…” – TA

“Spirit is the only airline that finds potholes in the sky. One time on a Spirit flight was one too many for me.” – DD

“I HATED Spirit. When my family and I traveled to the Dominican Republic they managed to lose some of our luggage EVERY TIME. The worst and last time we used them was for my 15th birthday party they lost the baggage that contained my main dress (it included the giant dress, tiara, heels and nothing else) as well as the bag with ALL my clothes in it. We basically had to harass them because they kept giving us the run around. Found the bag a week before the party was due. After that we started using Jetblue.” – AP

No lie on the Spirit Airlines trip to Mexico I was sitting in front of a group of Nuns. I prayed to Catholic Jesus the whole flight. Had the flight to Mexico delayed because the window in my row FELL out. They duct taped it and let us fly. – JJ

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“Spirit airlines, the fastest way to become spirit cause you gone die today…” – VV

“Greyhound bus with wings.. I hate Spirit” – NE

“I got a free round trip voucher to fly Spirit when they oversold my flight. I just couldn’t do it again. Went ahead and bought a ticket on American. I’d rather walk barefoot across the nation Forest Gump style than to fly Spirit again…” – MD

“I’m surprised they didn’t make us all lift the floor panels up and use our feet to help stop the plane… Then charge us for helping them! Worst airlines, worst staff, worst policies… Helll worse EVERYTHING!!! #flashbacksfromthankgiving2013” – NN

“Like an ’84 Lincoln in the sky!” – RMS

“Who was driving the plane? Snoop Dog, Method Man and Kevin Hart? Nope absolutely NOT……SMH” – PSB

“Planes being held together with chewing gum and shoe string.” – LAR

“Yes it is the absolute worst airline ever!!! Soul plane last class seats would be better than spirit airlines flight any day!” – NN

“Spirit Airlines is like those Fung Wah buses in NY! Dont do it!” – NS

Spirit Airlines is the boil on the yansh of Aviation. They are the Florida of the skies. I beg of thee, beautiful people. DO NOT FLY SPIRIT AIRLINES! What you think is savings is gonna cost you MORE in the end. I just have to spew my hate of Spirit Airlines every couple of weeks to cleanse my spirit. It’s like microdermabrasion for my soul.

Have you ever flown Spirit? Did you kiss the ground when you landed? Do you wonder why they’re the Old Country Buffet of Aviation? Tell a G. Lay your burdens down. We are all here for you.

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  1. Bkbeauty
    September 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Yes girl, Spirit airlines is THE WORST…….got a flight for $150 from NYC to Myrtle Beach one year and thought is was a steal, well the joke was on me with all them added fees. Talmbout pay for a seat, a snack, a bathroom break, your bags to fly in your lap, toxic air, horrible service, snotty flight attendants and air force reject pilots to fly you around hitting every “pot hole” cloud in the sky. No Ma’am, NO Sir, No Buddah………not doing that again if THEY paid me!

  2. janelfelice
    September 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    These stories are hilarious and sad! At least when I was stranded by Spirit, I was still in the States. These mofos are the kale of aviation. Why are they still around?! Why it happen?!

  3. Ell Eye Zee
    September 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I literally wrapped my arms around myself as soon as I sat down, partially as a soothing hug but mostly so I didn’t touch anything. Apparently, discarded peanuts and unidentifiable stains are considered decor. That airline will ruin your self esteem and damage your legacy.

    • BD
      September 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Not the legacy!!! Bwahaha!

    • TiffanyElle
      September 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

      “I literally wrapped my arms around myself as soon as I sat down, partially as a soothing hug but mostly so I didn’t touch anything”

      #dead #flatlined #cantbreathe #youwintheinternetfortheweek

    • Shayeb
      December 28, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Dammit, ruined self-esteem and damaged legacy and I.AM.DONE!!! That was so funny I literally laughed out loud and woke my newborn. I’m so done…

    • Nicole Ray
      June 1, 2015 at 5:57 am

      My stomach is hurtin’ SOOO BADDD from laughin’ at this craziness!!! Darn you! Lmbo!! I want my legacy to stay in tact!

  4. Sparkerdelica
    September 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Spirit Airlines almost got me locked up after a family reunion one year. They did boarding for special passengers then called for people traveling with young children. Si my brother goes with my nephew then suddenly a person in a wheelchair appears instead of letting my brother get on then the wheelchair passenger, they Yelm at my brother get back like he tried to storm the plane with an Uzi. I was not amused and the gate lady was acting like she was tough. All I heard were my parents screaming for me to not hip over the chassis to get at this woman. They called the cops and everything and the only thing my brother said was please don’t yell at me. Since then I vowed never again. Hate Spirit Airlines.

  5. TiaBia
    September 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I flew them recently, I had to get from Maryland to Florida for an emergency and it was the only available flight for the next 12 hours. The flight wasn’t terrible. I was expecting to have to tie my seatbelt together or glue my tray table up. SURPRISING it was a pretty decent flight, I think I was given a reprieve because of the emergency or completely too scared and overlooked all the flaws. lol I flew home on American though, I wasn’t taking any chances. However all the people who flew spirit previously on the flight looked scared.

  6. RaeJ
    September 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    These Spirit Airline stories always make me laugh. My first time flying was just 2 years ago when my hubby and I took a trip to Vegas. As I searched Expedia for different deals I noticed the Spirit packages were much less than others. Me being me…I questioned the cheap prices and determined that being cheap on picking an airline was not the way to go. I was afraid the cheap prices meant cheap airplanes.
    On another note…hubby’s cousin flew Spirit when he visited Miami and he said they sat on the tarmac for quite a while and the flight attendants got into a fight. 🙁

  7. smouton
    September 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Flew Spirit last year to Vegas from Oakland. WORST experience flying EVER! The flight out of Oakland was delayed 2 hours. Then when we finally get on the plane (if you even wanna call it that) we were stuck on the runway for almost an hour because the plane kept “restarting” and making some godforsaken noise underneath the plane. I’m pretty sure there was a man up under that plane winding it up like a toy so we could take off lmao. By that time I was ready to run off that plane and onto the runway. I swear I did about 10 Hail Marys as we finally took off. Just when I think I’m about to get a complimentary snack, a flight attendant tells us there are menus tucked in the seat pocket. What! Menus?! You literally have to pay out the ass for everything with this airline. Even water! When we finally made it to Vegas, EVERY SINGLE PERSON on the plane started cheering when we hit the runway. Yes hit..I was about 90% sure that was about to be a crash landing.

    Fast forward to our returning flight, our experience in the sky wasn’t as bad, but our flight was delayed 4 hours!

  8. Bukky
    September 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I was able to hold my laughter in sitting in my office and just have tears silently stream down my face until I got to this…“Spirit airlines, the fastest way to become spirit cause you gone die today…” – VV

    Dead and gone. Bury me in my finest lace, gele and beads please and thank you.

    • detroit skater
      September 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      oh my god! this comment did me in too!!! i held my life together until i read that.

    • mizzpicklezz
      September 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      LMAO. ..this is turrible!!!

    • ND
      September 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Lmaooooo at that comment…flatlined

  9. Mindy Woodford
    September 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I have never flown Spirit and will take the hint. As an aside, I noted your distaste for Nickelback. They have a song called “Burn it to the Ground”. Maybe it’s the official song of Spirit Airlines…

    • September 18, 2014 at 5:58 am

      Father in heaven…

    • Spring
      November 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I am dead. This Nickel back comment has me flatlined. Thankfully I work near a cemetery. Just throw me over the fence. #done #burymeBreadofLife

  10. Monimba99
    September 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I just cackled a thousand cackles at this post!!!! I work for a major airline and I hear everything but this was heee-larious! Omg! Poor Spirit!

  11. Maria Hunter
    September 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I flew Southwest the week after flying Spirit and it felt like first class! My experience-all of the above. My husband thought I was exaggerating but I showed him this post. Then they had the nerve to send an email asking me to leave comments. The keyboard was smoking when I was done. I haven’t written that much in one sitting since college. If I had to pick one part that spoke volumes about how much it sucks, it was the Spirit Airlines employee at the gate in Vegas wearing his ID along with a t-shirt that said “I’m just here to get my balls wet”. Yep. I was angrier on that entire trip than ever. It’s the back country Wal-Mart of airlines!

  12. KayMee
    September 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    In an effort to be spontaneous, my husband and I took Spirit from DC to Miami for a weekend getaway. We packed light and still paid $50 in bag fees – each way!! Man…between the janky seats, D-list service, them damn fees, and the delay coming back, we should have done a Staycation. I ended up shipping my purchases back from Miami because it was cheaper to send it UPS then pay $35 for a second carryon! Never again!!!

  13. PGL
    September 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    We flew on Spirit one time about 5yrs ago from BOS to St. Thomas w/a stop in FL. The flight wasn’t bad, just very noisy. My kids kept asking me, why are we flying this airline what happened to AA. Note that US Airways is now a close 2nd SMH.

  14. Hattie
    September 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I knew we were bamboozled when we got to our gate and they told us the flight was delayed…because the captain and crew had to sleep!!! What the actual fuck! #castandboundthemcherubim

    • youngroyal
      September 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Actually, hattie, it’s ederal aviation regulation that they have to have a minimum number of hours of rest ( being a former flight attendant myself, I would know)

      • Trish
        March 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        While they are required a certain number of “rest” hours, how much sense did it then make to schedule a flight at that time with that particular crew?

  15. Annette
    September 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you Luvvie..I am laughing so hard I am choking. I need this so badly. Haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. Spirit has been roasted to a crisp.

  16. Absurdist
    September 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Spirit doesn’t fly out of Austin, so I’m counting myself blessed.

  17. TracieMae
    September 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    While checking in to my super short Spirit flight from LA to Vegas, I joked with the attendant, “I’m not going to have to pedal the plane am I?” I chuckled. The attendant, with a STRAIGHT FACE, said, “You might.” O_O

    • mizzpicklezz
      September 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm


    • KG
      April 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      This comment had me in tears!!!

    • Kelli
      August 31, 2016 at 10:21 am

      This! ????????????????

  18. Dee
    September 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Flying Spirit is the emotional equivalent of having a root canal. Without anesthesia. Performed by an ostrich. The seats are made for toddlers. Hood carryout over prices snacks. No magazines! Really? Can a sister get a free Sprite? No. 10 bucks if you need a boarding pass printed. First class is non existent. So is the customer service. I’m convinced the owner has an ex wife named Spirit and he’s trying to run her name in the ground. End of rant.

  19. Wy
    September 5, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I bought my ticket on cheaptickets and didn’t read the fine print so I had the fun surprise of paying $75 for my bag (excessive). The woman at the counter was the rudest person I’ve ever dealt with, ol girl was huffing and puffing like she was put out, like I had come to her house and asked her to check my bag when she had just sat down to watch her shows. She was like everybody’s mean auntie that stays cussing out the kids at the family reunion for minor I fractions like laughing too loud. Girl, bye!! I get to TSA and they tell me I have another passenger’s boarding pass

  20. TJ
    September 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

    pretty sure they charged me an extra fee to land at my destination alive. Never again

    • Phahahahahahaaa
      May 31, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      STAP!!!! LOL! I am officially through #crine

  21. dmaclee
    September 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

    My students are looking at me crazy. I have tears falling and I keep sneezing or coughing to make it seem like I have allergies. This is horrible. I think it was Spirit where we got off the plane and then had to walk on the tarmac at LaGuardia to our connecting flight. It didn’t back up to the terminal or anything. We had to walk in the rain. And then we sat…forever…

  22. September 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Spirit Airlines is the bastard child of the Airlines industry. An ill-mannered, insolent ex-con living in a trailer park smoking 3 packs of Kools a day and buying them with general relief funds.

    • Shayeb
      December 29, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Dammit people! And just when I pulled myself together from the damaged legacy comment… here comes the ill-mannered ex-con bastard child and I just can’t… I.AM.DONE! all over again! This is funnier than flying ever should be!!!

  23. September 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    This is too funny and I feel you. I took that airline to New Media Expo in January and pray to never have to take it again.

  24. Kim Trent
    September 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Why in the name of Sweet Baby Jesus in Swaddling Clothes does the Federal Aviation Administration hate the American public so much that they allow Spirit Airlines to take to the skies? Was there something we did in a past life for which they are exacting aviation penance? Spirit Airlines is of the devil. Let us for a moment set aside the fact that Beezelbub Airlines charges for even the most basic travel luxury, like seating. (This is not an exaggeration, they literally charge a seat fee. I came close to saying, “I’ll just stand. I’m good.” ). I vowed never again to fly Spirit after my early morning flight from Detroit to New York City was delayed for more than an hour. The gate agent could have simply announced that there was a delay but apparently she thought they should share with passengers that the delay was due to the pilot oversleeping. I was panic stricken, imagining the potential consequences of entrusting my then-young life to an Ambien-addled flying zombie in a captain’s uniform. But I sucked it up and entered the battered tin gates of hell. After the pilot finally entered the cockpit, he used the PA system to make a lame apology followed by an even lamer and outrageously inappropriate joke about the 911 attacks. You didn’t misread, friend: The pilot who was carrying us to New York City (site of the most deadly aviation-related terrorism attack in American history) made a joke about said attack. On a plane. That he was piloting. So there’s that. Never. again. NEVER AGAIN. Never! Again!

  25. September 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Just shared this with my Houston travel team….OMG, I’ma get put out the damn Starbucks on West Gray because I am SCREAMING laughing and #dead to the airplane floor right now, this cannot be travel life!!!

    —-He didn’t know that while we were sitting there? He was just going to take off with my life sitting there? Oh hell nawl.” – QS— Based on this quote, I am leaving Earf. Goodbye!

  26. SweeTee
    September 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    My husband has given me some serious side-eye because I am laughing so hard and he can’t hear the television! Y’all have me crying and feeling like I’m dying from laughing!! I’m convince…Don’t fly Spirit. EVER.

  27. […] Skeptical? Just read Awesomely Luvvie’s hilarious blog post about Spirit Airlines. […]

  28. Hugh
    September 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    People who dislike Spirit don’t understand the business model. No, the airline isn’t for everybody, but those complaining about no magazines, bag fees, and paying for drinks doesn’t realize that other airlines bake these prices into their tickets. Spirit gives you the option. If you don’t need it, you don’t pay for it.

    The “tiny, old, junkyard rejects” are brand new Airbus A320’s by the way. Spirit has the one of the youngest fleets in the country.

  29. Dave Saccone
    September 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Whoever wrote this article really doesn’t know much about Spirit or airlines in general. I worked for Spirit Airlines for 2 1/2 yrs so i can speak from experience that although some of this info is true and some of it is rambling about stuff the writer doesn’t know anything about. Spirit’s most common aircraft is the Airbus A320. Although some of their aircraft are worn out on the inside and out, they are adding new A320s to the fleet(the newest aircraft have sharklets on the wings) and remodelling the old ones. A lot of their older aircraft have gotten new seats and their newer A320s have an extra lavatory in the rear of the aircraft. However before calling these aircraft junk, consider the fact that every airline uses A320s in their fleet. In fact, Airbus is more common than Boeing because they are more simplified aircraft. Easy to work on for ground crews and easy to learn to fly for pilots. With Boeing aircraft, when you get trained on one of their aircraft that is all you can fly. With Airbus, once your trained on theirs you can fly any of them because their cockpits are designed all the same except for a few differences depending on the aircraft. When it comes to the customer service, yes they can be rude but if you have seen some of the problems that they have had to deal with because of Spirit’s policies, you could understand them being rude. Like delays due the weather or mechanical problems. The customer service reps are the ones that have to deal with explaining that to the customers and have the passengers fustrations taken out on them. Even as a ramp service agent i had to deal with my share of rude customers. So before complaining that Spirit is the worse, consider the fact that their is alot more going on than what the passenger sees. All customers do is get a seat on an aircraft and try to enjoy the flight while you got customer service reps trying to make sure everyone has a seat and the ramp guys are working in the extreme weather to make sure your bag gets from point A to point B whether its the baggage claim or your designated flight.

    • Derrick
      November 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Do you really think that justifies the pathetic airline that spirit is, leaving people stranded in other countries with no way to get home for 7 days, are you serious right now? I’m surprised they haven’t been shit d

  30. September 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I too am not a fan, I avoid them at all costs after they cancelled my return flight from Mexico to NYC and didn’t inform me until I ARRIVED at the airport. The conversation went like this:

    > Me: Hi, I would like to check in
    > Check-In Agent: Sure. (A few clicks later)… Are you returning to the United States?
    > Me: Yes…. I purchased a round trip ticket
    > Check-In Agent: It looks like the return portion of your flight was cancelled… and there is no return flight until two days later
    > Me: (SHOCKED face) What? Why are you just telling me this now?
    > Check-In Agent: Um… we sent you an email
    > Me: No, you did not. (Scans email box… nothing)
    > Check-In Agent: Would you like to come back on the return flight two days later
    >Me: I would like a refund. I am going to fly another airline.

    Never. Again.

    September 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I used to love to fly Frontier but they’ve caught the Spirit. Charge more for carryon than they do to check bags! I flew Frontier on my last trip home for a funeral and never again. Catbert the Evil Airlines Director won’t be cackling happily over my money ever again.

  32. Cesar Rondon
    October 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    New slogan! “Spirit Airlines, where complaining might get you arrested!!” No, it actually did just happen to some poor, unhappy (similar to the other 855 passengers on that airplane made for 155) dude on my flight to LGA…

  33. Raymond
    October 19, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Spirit Airlines is more or less a copy of Ryanair. Few people really love Ryanair but a lot of people fly with Ryanair. Ryanair has made flying more affordable. Of course Europeans are less wealthy than Americans in general but there are plenty of lower income people in the US too.

    I think the main difference between Ryanair and Spirit Airlines is that Ryanair has far less delays and cancellations.

    People should read the terms and conditions carefully. Often you don’t need a lot of luggage, you and your partner can share one big bag and you can check it in. Do you really need big carry-on bags? Often small bags suffice. Maybe you need to spend 3 dollar extra for some water but is that really a deal breaker? That sounds penny wise and pound foolish. And you can bring your own bag of peanuts. How ‘free’ is bag of peanuts at other airlines? You always pay for that bag of peanuts, either directly or indirectly.

    The A320 is a safe plane.

    Don’t expect a red carpet treatment for little money! That is unrealistic.

  34. Danya Girl
    November 6, 2014 at 12:17 am


    Though, I’ll unfortunately have to disagree. I took Spirit once and it was the most affordable trip I’ve ever had.

    From Los Angeles to San Francisco, I quite literally paid $19! The most expensive part of the ticket were the fees. The total amount, once all was said and done, was $49.39.

    I didn’t expect the bells and whistles I’d receive from another airline or flight because obviously, it was an extreme deal. And I got to San Fran in one piece, and with most of my money still in my pocket.

    Do you see me complaining? No. 🙂

    Love your website! Just had to add a different viewpoint on this one. xoxo

  35. Saran
    November 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I love how much Awesomely Luvvie hates Spirit airlines because it makes me cackle. Ok so I’ve flown them once to TX for a baby shower. It was an overnighter. My experience actually didn’t suck. The ticket was under $200 roundtrip & taxes. I read the fine print so I didn’t do a carryon..just a personal item which was a backpack. I fit everything in there including my clothes, toiletries & the baby’s gift and it went under my seat. The plane ride was fine and I’m a scary ass flyer LOL. So, I’m thinking I’m going to let that be the only time i ride them least i tempt fate…LOL

  36. Spirit Airlines Owner
    November 10, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I’m truly disgusted by the vitriol slung at my beautiful airline. I worked so hard building each plane by hand in my basement piece by piece then lugging it to the nearby abandoned wheat field to assemble these beauts by hand. To disgrace my hard work is flat out slander. You’ll be hearing from my attorneys.

    About the a la carte pricing: It’s very difficult in this day and age to fund an airline. The expenses we incur are astronomical. I spend at least 800k yearly on duct tape. That’s NOT including the cost of crazy glue, paper clips, silly putty, foam cups and string (so the crew can talk with the pilots) and the various other daily operating costs. Remember that the next time you want to belittle my airline.

  37. Mykel Board
    December 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Spirit has competition from Ryan Air, the British Airline they’re modeled on. You said $4 to print your boarding pass? Ryan charged me 60 euros to print out the boarding pass (on a 60 euro flight)… and they charge to use the restrooms.

  38. EJ
    December 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Ugh, I had to just re-post this blog to someone’s FB page, because they got hoodwinked. She arrived 45 minutes before her flight and was told they were “too late” and would have to take the next flight leaving.. wait for it.. in 7 days!!

  39. smcne631
    March 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I’ll walk across the desert barefoot with a snake on my ass before I fly spirit again!!! The DEVIL himself wouldn’t ride with them fo fear of his life!!!

  40. March 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Florida of the skies. iDied.


  41. scott
    April 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    You realize that Spirit has the newest airplanes of all U.S. carriers besides Virgin America? And the best safety record… So ride American if you want for three times as much money on their broke dick MD-80’s, I’ll take Spirit.

  42. Richard Cole
    April 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    SELL YOUR SPIRIT STOCK NOW! How about this one. Flying from Detroit to Tampa (through Dallas) last week, a frantic Spirit employee entered the plane at the last minute and asked for our help. Someone had to get to Dallas — an emergency. If anyone was able to give up their seat and take a later flight, Spirit would provide two free tickets to anywhere Spirit flies. So this sucker volunteered and was given a voucher for two tickets. My wife said it would be nice to go to Taos, and we found Denver the closest airport. Basically, anytime within four 10-15 day segments of the summer would be fine. I called tonight. IT IS APRIL 21. I was told by a lovely Indian woman who I had great difficulty understanding that virtually no dates were available to Denver and when we found a couple, no return flights were available FOR USE BY THE FREE VOUCHERS> We finally found a date — August 22 that would get us there but, here’s another catch. But here is catch one. I would have to pay $126.00 in government fees. OK, for two tickets? No she said that’s just one. But you can only use one ticket. The vouchers are not “transferable” — in other words I can’t use the voucher for my wife’s travel. It’s no wonder there is an entire generation of people growing up with the Spirit Sucks mantra firmly embedded in their musical repertoire.

  43. Highly Upset
    May 31, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Spirit Suck Ass!! The Worst Airline Ever!!!

  44. Sarah D
    June 1, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I loathe Spirit Airlines and am so glad to see that so many others share my ire. I bought two round trip tickets to Chicago, only to find that I lost my job three days later and couldn’t make the trip with my daughter. I called to beg for a refund and the assholes who answer phones, aka customer support, had so much stank on their breaths with every ‘I’m sorry, we can’t help’ I started crying and ranted like a crazy person. They took out a bunch of fees and although I could technically use the funds for another trip, there was nothing left to work with and a very small window to use it in. So, essentially, they took over $700 for nothing and now the money is expired and vanished into the ether. And I get ‘policy being policy’ at the end of the day, but you don’t have to be so shitty to people.

  45. kaydia
    June 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Haha I find this all funny. I shouldn’t even say this but I have a family member that works for them, which allows me to fly free where ever they do and I STILL WON’T FLY SPIRIT. One major thing that was left out is the fact they squeeze as many chairs together as possible. I’m 5’2 and had no leg space. Let that sink in. #teamvirginamerica

  46. B
    June 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for ruining our 20th anniversary Spirit Airlines! You suck!!! Cancelled flight on a clear day! First and last time!

  47. Janea
    October 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Spirit is the Amistad of airlines. You’re packed in there, the seats don’t recline, no food or water is included and it’s hot as dick the whole time. My tray table was taped up, bruh. I just knew they were taking me to a plantation because that plane was just like a slave ship with wings.

  48. a
    October 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    what if i wear alot of clothes…will i still need to pay for my bag??

  49. a
    October 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    amistad lol she said is was a slave plane…lololol IM DONE!

  50. dinniemack
    December 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Your second bullet point is incorrect Spirit Airlines might have smaller planes but their planes are quite new. They actually have one of the newest fleet of planes. I haven’t flown with them recently but I have flown with them about six times the last back in 2009 & they were fine, I had no issues.

  51. January 15, 2016 at 11:09 am

    lol! i love the pic, can i use it on my blog? I will credit you, of course

  52. dwasifar
    March 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hey, now! I won’t stand here and see you make a slanderous comparison like that!

    Black licorice is AWESOME! Comparing it to Spirit is a monstrous calumny.

  53. Dana
    March 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    That duct tape on the window took me out!!! ???????????? No ma’am! I have never flown Spirit and never will! Thanks for saving a life, LOL!

    • Johnny
      April 28, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Spirit actually has one of the newest fleets

      • LS
        August 30, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Somebody must be a spirit employee….pahahaah

  54. Mary Wood
    March 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Flew Spirit once (16 years ago) from Chicago to Orlando. On outgoing flight, Spirit’s waste disposal truck backed into the plane & knocked a piece of metal off. We were told there’d be a delay of an hour or so to fix it. Spirit gate staff didn’t keep us updated about what was going on as the “1-hour” delay stretched on & on. And they were rude & impatient if you tried to ask for info. They gave us each one voucher for the food court. We left Chicago 12 hours late & missed the entire 1st day of our trip. Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse….the flight home. We get to the airport (late afternoon flight) & find out there’s a delay (for a reason no one made clear to the passengers). After sitting at the gate for 6 hours or so, we’re told the flight is cancelled. We were given a voucher for a modest hotel room at the airport & told we’d be on the 1st flight next morning. Surprise — we get to the airport VERY early the next day & the Spirit gate is a ghost town. No one there knew anything about the flight all us passengers were promised!! We waited until mid afternoon to finally get a flight back. Spirit gave us one food court voucher & later sent us a voucher for a free flight on Spirit in the future. Needless to say, we did NOT use that free flight voucher. We have never flown on Spirit again & never will — Not even if they paid us to sit on their plane!!

    • Johnny
      April 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Hey that sounds like it really sucked. But this stuff happens at all airlines. I fly spirit all the time and I’ve never had more than an hour delay.

  55. March 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    WOW and I thought Ryan Air was bad!

  56. Aj
    March 11, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I worked for Spirit for 2 years in 2003 the owner sold Spirit to investors from there Spirit went downhill. They were great when I worked for them but after they sold the company it was all about the money!! It’s very sad and I know the owner was very down to earth and one of the best safety records and know he isn’t happy after he sold it because the name went to hell you can say glad I left when I did because the new owners were horrible it was money money money!

  57. tina salazar
    April 9, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I recently took spirit from LAX to Seattle Washington. I read these comments before I took flight, I was nervous, scared had me thinking of what I read. In fact it turned out to be a great flight. I was expecting the worse. I paid $70 round trip. I sent my things by mail to my brothers house a week before I got there, $20. I printed my boarding ticket at home, took my own snacks and drink, added movies to my tablet for the two hour flight and everything was smooth sailing. Yeah, the seats are somewhat close together, which was fine with me I have short legs anyways. So again time to fly back, again I thought the worse, and again everything went just fine. Packed my things sent them by mail back to my place. Went to library printed my boarding pass, 10 cents. Took snacks, and my tablet and smooth sailing. So I would fly again with Spirit. I did exactly what was instructed to do and everything went fine for me. Now $70 round trip that was a bargain,

    • Tammy
      June 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

      You are a wise one.

  58. Kristie B
    April 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I “flew” Spirit from Vegas (where I live) to San Diego on a Friday morning. The shit that their people will pay extra to carry on a plane out of this city just boggled my mind. This was the Sunday thru Thursday crowd, mind you, so you know you’re rolling in a flying Walmart with those huddled masses. These fools carried on those 3-foot plastic Eiffel Towers that used to be full of kool-aid margaritas. I saw that nonsense and I happily paid my 4 bucks to upgrade to a reclining seat across the tracks.

  59. Kim (From FL)
    April 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Florida of the skies tho 🙁

  60. Johnny
    April 28, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Learn how to fly Spirit and they are great. Read the information presented on their website and there will be no surprises. You can’t beat the price. You are literally flying across the country in a metal tube at 550mph for $90 and you are complaining about no free snack? Get real people are so entitled.

  61. Egyirba
    May 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Lawd, ha’ mussy! I used to hope to need to fly on Spirit airlines one day because I loved the name, it sounded so ethereal and cool. But now after reading all these comments? I will NEVAH EVAH EVAH fly this airline! I take the warnings to heart that I have read here. SMH. I gotta admit that I never laughed so hard with Luvvie’s readers (till I got to that one long apologist post on behalf of Spirit, and then another scolding people… smh on that, too). Anywho…ya’ll have told me enough. This caveat accepted.

  62. RaymondC
    August 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Black liquorice is absolutely yummy and addictive!!! No airline can be as good as black liquorice, not even flying by private jet can compare.

  63. Denise B.
    August 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Once again I cried! You and the fabulously funny commentors on this blog have brought me to tears. …Nonetheless, I’m still quite upset about your Nickelback comment.

  64. Berlena
    August 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Had to take emergency flight via Spirit. Am in a wheelchair that is normally folded and left near the front. Saw them seats and refuse to get outta my wheelchair. Dude says something about seatbelt n da law. I lifted up each ass cheek, pulled out my strap in and said damn you, I’m strapped and locked. Needless to say it wasn’t a long flight, and no body got to pee.

  65. Tamica B
    August 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm


    On Saturday August 20, 2016 I was suppose to be on a flight from New Orleans, LA to Los Angeles, CA. The flight was due to depart New Orleans at 4:30 p.m, upon my arrival to the airport I seen the flight had been delayed. After speaking with one of the gate agents, I was informed that the flight would depart at 5:30 p.m.

    Unfortunately the 5:30 departure did not take place. At 7:30 p.m., gate agent informed passengers the flight had been cancelled . We were informed to go back to the ticket counter and we would be given our options.

    At the ticket counter we were greeted by very RUDE employees. No apologies for what happen or an explanation provided if you didn’t ask. The agent that assisted me when I walked up to the counter said, “What do you want to do?” I asked, What are my options? The agent said, (1) reschedule your flight, the first option to reschedule was for Sunday with a departure time of about 11:30 a.m., and getting to Los Angeles about 10:30 p.m. , who wants to fly all day. Option (2), receive credit. Me personally, if you screw me over once, I am not knowingly going to give you another chance to do it again. Option (3), receive a refund. If you receive a refund, you do not get the hotel discount, because they consider you to no longer be their passenger, regardless of the inconvenience that Spirit Airlines has caused their passengers.

    In the end, I received a refund, walked down to another airline and purchased another return flight home for Sunday and spent the night in the airport with other distressed passengers.

    Given the current situation in New Orleans a lot of hotels are booked, rental car companies have additional restrictions on rentals, which is making it difficult for visitors. Being understanding of the flooding in New Orleans I was very understanding of the restrictions from the hotels and rental car agencies,Spirit Airlines needs to be SHUT DOWN!

    *******The low fares are not worth the inconvenience of delayed or cancelled flights.********

  66. Mary Ellen
    August 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Spirit also makes it neatly impossible to print your boarding pass yourself, to save on that fee. I’m a librarian, and I often help people print out boarding passes on our computers. The Spirit ones? Won’t print. Theg use some sort of proprietary software to format them, so whenever you try to pring them yourself, you just get a blank page.

  67. Vanessa
    August 31, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Have you ever ridden a public bus in a third-world country? If so, you have a pretty good idea of what it will be like in a Spirit plane. They will pick your pockets clean and you’ll need a shower when you finally stagger off the plane and kiss the blessed solid ground beneath your feet.

  68. Jmo
    August 31, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Are they a step above People’s Airline? Do you remember that carrier? You couldn’t buy tickets in advance. You’d show up, storm the plane upon boarding while grabbing any seat. They would take payment for your ticket WHILE YOU WERE IN THE AIR via a credit card machine!!! There were no snacks, no drinks, I swear they taxied from Newark to their destination while hourly employees ran by the windows with cardboard clouds. Never again. Never again.

  69. RJ
    August 31, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Spirit Airlines SUCK!!!!! Ticket prices a joke. Paying for a carryon, Highway robbery. Sitting next to my granddaughter who is only 6, not their problem. Next time spend more money and buy seats together. Oh and by the way, the seats, don’t expect comfort just pray your ride is short. Customer service clearly only has a kindergarten education. WORST AIRLINE EVER!!! If they were the only airline available I would cancel my trip.

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  71. Heather Gardner
    April 4, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I had honestly never even heard of Spirit Airlines. I recently booked a trip on Priceline, whom i used to trust to book reliable and good airfare. No more. Priceline and Spirit are not trustworthy. Spirit oversold our flight, which was delayed three times. I showed up an hour before the original flight time only to be told that they would not let me board because I had not checked in and the flight was full. I had checked in online and had printed the check in confirmation which I showed to the ticket agent. I even purchased a checked bag during the online check in process. She said that wasn’t a check in, or I would have a boarding pass. I showed her where it had given me an error message saying that the boarding pass could not be printed at that time and to see the ticketing agent at the airport. I called them earlier that day to ask about this and was told not to worry, I would be able to print my boarding pass at a kiosk at the airport. I wasn’t and wasn’t given a refund or flight credit. Both flights out the next day were already sold out too.They told me I was listed as a no show. They told me this at the airport. Two of their ticketing agents told me that the flight was oversold by four people. They said I would have to call the customer service number to resolve this. I was on the phone for over an hour while making the ten hour drive I was left with. They first offered a refund, then a flight credit, then nothing. They refused to do anything but review the call and I could call back in 48 hours for the results. When I called back a few days later the customer service person asked what I wanted for the reservation. I told her I wanted a refund, she said that they could not do anything since I was a no show. I will warn everyone I know to never fly Spirit. I am baffled at how this company stays in business, I have read thousands of complaints just like mine and more. My biggest complaint, how priceline would sell this airline. I have trusted priceline for years. I hate that I have lost that.

  72. Heather
    April 4, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I had honestly never even heard of Spirit Airlines. I recently booked a trip on Priceline, whom i used to trust to book reliable and good airfare. No more. Priceline and Spirit are not trustworthy. Spirit oversold our flight, which was delayed three times. I showed up an hour before the original flight time only to be told that they would not let me board because I had not checked in and the flight was full. I had checked in online and had printed the check in confirmation which I showed to the ticket agent. I even purchased a checked bag during the online check in process. She said that wasn’t a check in, or I would have a boarding pass. I showed her where it had given me an error message saying that the boarding pass could not be printed at that time and to see the ticketing agent at the airport. I called them earlier that day to ask about this and was told not to worry, I would be able to print my boarding pass at a kiosk at the airport. I wasn’t and wasn’t given a refund or flight credit. Both flights out the next day were already sold out too.They told me I was listed as a no show. They told me this at the airport. Two of their ticketing agents told me that the flight was oversold by four people. They said I would have to call the customer service number to resolve this. I was on the phone for over an hour while making the ten hour drive I was left with. They first offered a refund, then a flight credit, then nothing. They refused to do anything but review the call and I could call back in 48 hours for the results. When I called back a few days later the customer service person asked what I wanted for the reservation. I told her I wanted a refund, she said that they could not do anything since I was a no show. I will warn everyone I know to never fly Spirit. I am baffled at how this company stays in business, I have read thousands of complaints just like mine and more. My biggest complaint, how priceline would sell this airline. I have trusted priceline for years. I hate that I have lost that.