Category: Spirit

Basic Economy: Take Advantage Of ULCCs (Without Flying Them)

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ULCCs, or “ultra-low cost carriers” are the airlines that everyone loves to hate. They’re the Spirits and Frontiers of the world, with incredibly low teaser prices but fees for everything, including bags, pre-boarding, a can of Coke, etc. Passengers frequently complain about them, but they are growing faster than any other airlines, meaning that there’s …

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Spirit Airlines Adding Wi-Fi Onboard

I got an email from Spirit Airlines telling me that they had a “big announcement.” Okay, it wasn’t that big, but it was nice to know that, by next summer, Spirit will be joining the 21st century and adding Wi-Fi onboard. Is Spirit Getting Better? Spirit Airlines, an ultra-low cost carrier,* is never going to …

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A He Said/She Flushed Story

Every once in a while, you get an airline story that is simply too strange to be true. And when you do, you can almost be certain that Spirit Airways was involved. Spirit Airlines And The Emotional Support Hamster There have been several recent reports that airlines, led by Delta and United, are starting to …

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Fare Wars Are Back. Thanks, Delta And Spirit!

Oops, they did it again. Just a few months after the airlines were able to brag about increasing pricing and profits, the industry started to do what it does best: attack each other. And the fare wars are only to your benefit. Delta And Spirit Disappoint Investors For the most part, the airline is a …

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Sun Country: Hey Jude, Don’t Make It Bad…

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Newly appointed Sun Country CEO Jude Bricker has announced a new direction for the discount carrier, and it might not be one that its current passenger base cares for. Sun Who? If you’ve never heard of Sun Country, you’re not alone. The discount carrier plays an important role, however, in not only servicing the local …

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Spirit Airlines Enhances Airport “Entertainment”

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It’s been an ugly month for airlines, but Spirit Airlines may have PR award by cancelling a flight, leading to a battle royal at the gate. And they didn’t even charge extra to watch it!* A Cancellation Leads to Chaos Spirit Airlines, which was completing only 50% of its flights on time at one point, …

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Shocker: The Airlines Lose A Round in Washington

I had a few other topics I wanted to talk about today, but they are going to have to wait a day so that I can discuss the new FAA reauthorization bill. And, before your eyes roll, I’ll tell you that there are a few pieces in it that might interest you. The most important …

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2016 Airline Prices Will Be Down. Again.

We’re likely to hit a historical milestone in the airline industry in 2016: two consecutive years of pricing declines. It may not feel like it, but overall ticket prices declined last year and, based on the commentary that I have heard on quarterly airlines earnings call, they will likely do so again this year. Back-to-back …

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Spirit Airlines Adding Yet Another Fee…And Wait until You See What It Is

It’s finally happened: This morning, Spirit Airlines announced its Lavatory Usage Charge, or LUC. Per their press release, the airline will begin charging passengers $2 to use the lav for 90 seconds, or $3 for unlimited usage. A $5 unlimited VIP pass, allowing you to jump to the front of the line, is also in …

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Why Even Lightning Strikes are Better Overseas

Even I feel a little bit bad for the airlines on this one. European Airlines, whose involuntary denied boardings (IDB) are already governed by the particularly strict EC 261, lost another one in court when a British judge ruled that they owed passengers compensation for a cancelled flight due to a lightning strike. Ouch. Normally, …

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