Spirit Airlines, based in Florida, receives high marks in the WalletHub study


As you finalize your summer travel plans and start booking flights, you may be wondering which airline is best.

In a recent study by WalletHub to determine the best airlines of 2024, Florida-based Spirit Airlines ranked first in two categories and third overall.

The low-cost airline, headquartered in Miramar, ranks highly in terms of affordability and safety. But what else should potential passengers know before finalizing flights with the airlines?

We are here for you. Here are five things to consider before buying airline tickets on Spirit.

Where does Spirit Airlines currently fly from Florida?

According to its website, Spirit Airlines currently flies from:

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami
  • Tampa
  • Orlando
  • Pensacola
  • Fort Myers
  • West Palm Beach

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Where does Spirit Airlines fly to?

Domestic flights from Florida range from Seattle-Tacoma, Washington and Manchester, New Hampshire to Burbank, California and Houston, Texas.

International Spirit flights include:

  • Aruba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Jamaica
  • Panama
  • Sint Maarten island
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Puerto Rico

What baggage fees does Spirit Airlines charge?

Passengers receive one personal item in their fare, such as a laptop bag or handbag that is smaller than 18 x 14 x 8 inches. For additional baggage, Spirit fees include the following:

  • Pre-booked hand luggage: $26-$55, with a maximum size of 10 x 18 x 22 inches
  • Gate Checked Baggage Fee: $65
  • First checked bag: $21 to $50, with a maximum weight limit of 40 pounds
  • Overweight bag: $75 for 41 to 100 pounds

How big are the seats on Spirit Airlines? How much legroom is there?

Spirit's standard seats have a seat pitch of 28 inches and a width of 16 inches. The area under the seat measures 18 x 19 inches.

However, if you prefer more legroom (who doesn't?), the airline offers the Big Front Seats. These are wider seats with up to 11 inches of additional legroom compared to the standard deluxe leather seats. These can be purchased for an additional fee ranging from $12 to $750.

Spirit also notes on its website that seats are randomly assigned at check-in for free, but there is no guarantee that passengers will be seated with their friends or family. You can choose your seats for an additional fee, which ranges from $1 to $200.

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Does Spirit Airlines offer inflight entertainment or amenities?

No, Spirit does not offer in-flight entertainment. However, they do offer WiFi. According to its website, the airline offers two plans: surfing and streaming.

The “Browsing” plan starts at $3.99 and the “Streaming” plan starts at $6.99. Prices vary depending on flight duration.

Spirit charges passengers a fee for food and drinks. Travel + Leisure offers the airline snacks and drinks for purchase with a credit or debit card.

“To give you an idea of ​​the prices, a bottle of water is $4, tea is $3, cans of soda or juice are $4, and coffee is $4. Cocktail combinations (e.g. a shot of gin and a can of tonic water) are $14 and beer and wine are $9,” the blog says.

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