A few years ago, I attended a wedding in Costa Rica. You may be wondering which airline I flew with to get there. I tend to book my trips early to save the most money. I started looking for flights a few months before the trip. The two lowest prices I saw were $298 and $550 roundtrip. Delta Airlines was charging $550, and Spirit was charging $298. I’ve flown Delta a few times and never had a problem with them, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay $550 for the flight. Then there was Spirit. You may be asking yourself, is Spirit Airlines safe? I’ve flown with the low-cost carrier a few times. My first flight ever was with them. In late 2006, I flew to Las Vegas with Spirit. The planes were nice and clean, and it was a nonstop flight. The second time I flew with them to Fort Lauderdale. The planes were small and dirty. The flight even had a delay that caused me to return home an hour later than originally scheduled.
I had to make a decision. Should I go with budget-friendly Spirit Airlines or book my flight with Delta? After reading a few reviews and talking to a few people who travel a lot, I decided to go with Spirit Airlines. I wanted to save as much money as I could. I just hoped I didn’t make a mistake and purchase the flight from hell from the low-cost carrier. Luckily, I didn’t. It was the best flight option. I didn’t have any problems with Spirit at all. So to answer the question, is Spirit Airlines safe? The answer is yes.
Is Spirit Airlines Safe?
Before I completely booked my flight, I read everything! Everything you need to know about fees and whatnot is located on their website. I honestly believe 90% of people with problems with Spirit don’t read the fine print on their website. If you ever fly with Spirit Airlines, make sure that you take the time to read everything. If you don’t understand something, call a friend or their customer service before you book that flight. The terms and conditions tell you the following things.
You have to pay for your carry-on bag. It’s cheaper to pay for it in advance. If you pay for the carry-on bag online, you will pay $35 each way. If you purchase during the online checking, you pay $45. If you have to pay at the gate, you are dishing out $100. I know for a fact that people don’t read this info. I heard some passengers discussing the pricing with a representative at the airport. Make sure you purchase your carry-on bags before getting to the airport.
Consider these two bags if you are looking for a nice carry-on bag:
You have the option to pay for checked baggage online before your trip. It’s $30 before your online check-in, $40 during the check-in, and $100 at the gate. I made sure that I had purchased my bags before the trip. My bags came up to $70. So with bags, the total of my flight was $368. That was still almost $200 cheaper than Delta.
Spirit does allow you to bring one personal item on the flight for free. The item can’t be bigger than 16″x 14″ x 12″. I measured my personal bag, and it fits those dimensions…..barely. At the airport, Spirit has a thing where you can check to see if your bag is the correct size. Mine fit in the bin with no problem. If you are worried about the size of your personal item, I suggest going to the airport before your trip and putting your bag in the bin.
This is a good size bag. It is the perfect size for a personal item.
As with most airlines, Spirit charges you if you want to pick your own seat. That will cost you between $1 – $199. It’s not that serious to me. I never pay for my seat. I’m fine with airlines assigning me seats once I check-in. If you’re traveling with family, you may want to pay for your seats so that y’all can sit together; if you want to pick your own seat, it’s good to purchase it sooner than later.
When checking in baggage, most airlines have a limit of 50 pounds. Anything over that amount, you are charged a fee. The weight limit for Spirit is 40 lbs. Make sure that you pay attention to that. The more your bag is over, the more you will pay. You risk paying an extra $30 -$100 depending on how many pounds over your suitcase is. When packing for Costa Rica, I left a couple of pairs of shoes at home. I’m glad I did that because my bag weighed 36 pounds at the airport.
My itinerary went like this. I flew from ATL to Fort Lauderdale and then from Fort Lauderdale to Costa Rica. The first plan was a little small compared to other airlines, but the seats were comfortable even though they didn’t recline. None of the seats on Spirit flights recline. The flight from FLL to CR was great. The plane was pretty big. It had more room than I expected. I can’t lie; I was caught off guard. My return flights were just as nice.
This pillow can make your flight a little more comfortable since the seats don’t recline.
If you’re flying Spirit for the first time, don’t expect any free food or drinks during the flight. They have food and drinks, but you have to pay for them.
All in all, my flight with Spirit Airlines was a success. If someone asks me if Spirit Airlines is safe, I will always say yes. There were no delays. Every flight was on time. The planes were clean. I have no complaints at all. I don’t have a problem with budget carriers, so I’d fly with them again. Spirit is a “no frills” airline that offers cheap flights. They also have several domestic and international flights.
If you don’t want to fly with Delta, Southwest, United, or American, budget airlines like Spirit can get you to your final destination safely.
Have you ever flown with Spirit Airlines? Have you ever been asked is Spirit Airlines safe before?
Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.