I agree Spirit is not an enjoyable airline to fly. However, when I find flights for this cheap you can't complain. Last year when they were giving away 20,000 mile certificates I snagged one and managed to go on a cruise with my flight for almost free. Trip there was fine as long as you make sure your bag is not more than 40lbs. Trip back we were stuck at FLL from 8am-6:30pm with a delay - In a terminal that had almost nothing in it. So bottom line yeah it sucks but you sometimes can't beat the prices.
I no longer fly Spirit although I used to and I travel for a living. Their airplanes are new so no complaints about the seats and comfort. The fare club is a pain: Once you sign up the only way to stop the charges seem to be via your credit card dispute. The bags depending on how much you need to carry will either cost you more (carry on) or a wash compared to other airlines. I am sure you can save but its your own choice.
I actually went to the airport to book my flight to avoid the $17.98 "passenger usage fee" each way. I was able to book a ORD-LGA day trip for $21.82 total (+$2.00 parking at airport). So if it's not too much of a hassle for you, I would recommend you go to the airport and buy your ticket at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter.
I know this is a dead thread but I wanted to say thanks for this tip. I was able to book flights from Baltimore to Myrtle Beach for $21.90 total each way. As long as you prepay for your luggage online and don't try to take an over sized carry-on Spirit is very reasonable. But they do charge more for luggage at check-in and I think they even charge $100 at the gate if they force you to check your over sized carry-on. Overall, my family has used Spirit in the past and will continue to use them based solely on the discount price.
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