Spirit Airlines Review| Is it really that bad?

Spirit Airlines Review| Is it really that bad?

January 20, 2020 1 By William Hollis


-Hey, what’s up, ya’ll?
It’s Kim with Work Hard Travel Well, and I am coming to you today
with a review on Spirit Airlines. [music] I’m not here to travel-shame anyone,
and disclaimer, I’ve only traveled on them one time,
which will probably be my last time, but if Spirit is your thing, that’s great,
but I’m giving you my honest review of what went down
when I took Spirit Airline. Wondering, “What does Spirit Airlines and
Work Hard Travel Well- how do they go together?” It’s not like I really wanted
to take Spirit Airlines. I needed to leave at night from Fort Lauderdale,
and the only flight was Spirit. [laughs] I took Delta to Fort Lauderdale
and took Spirit on the way back. Before I booked it, I polled my Twitter
followers and just I was wondering, “Is Spirit really that bad?” because I’d heard so many
just not good things about Spirit. I just figure Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta.
That won’t be so bad, maybe I can suck it up and the pricing wasn’t bad.
Like I said, even if it wasn’t the price, I needed that time. I began to book it online,
and the booking took forever. It was just slow.
Sometimes it’d time out, and I was like, “Is that you, God, telling me
I don’t need to take Spirit Airlines?” It finally went through, and I basically paid
attention to all the fine print, which is what you need to do. You do have to pay for bags,
and you do need to pay for it ahead of time so that you’re not incurring
an extra fee or additional fee when you get to the airport. Need to pay attention to all the extras that
they try to put in there as far as if you want to print your boarding pass,
if you want to pay for a hotel, if you want to pick your seat.
All of that stuff costs, and you can take a carry-on,
but you need to make sure it fits within the guidelines and that
it can fit under the seat in front of you. You cannot take a carry-on
and put it overhead cause that does cost, so you do need to pay for it.
I finally booked it, and fast forward to when I came time to travel.
I rushed to the airport thinking, “Hey, I need to get there two hours ahead.”
I believe the flight left at around 10:00 pm, was scheduled to leave around 10:00 pm.
When I got there, I came on Delta, and I’m allowed to take one free
bag on Delta because I have a Delta Amex, but Delta allows up to 50 pounds. Here’s what I did not know,
or I just did not pay attention to the fine print, and Spirit only allows for 40 pounds. Always check this in case it changes
from the time this video is posted. I weighed my bag, and it was around 50 pounds, which is what I was expecting.
I just tried to get everything together, put it in different bags, carry-ons, but remember
the carry-on can only be a certain size, which was basically a big purse that I had. [laughs] I basically just ended up just like,
“Forget it, I’m just going to pay for it,” and I believe after paying, you know,
$20 something for the bag, I had to pay an additional $20 something
to add the 10 extra pounds. Which I could’ve thrown some of that stuff
away, but I had just left a conference, and I got a lot of good freebies
and promotional items, so I didn’t want that to go vain.
If I had known, I could’ve shipped it, but I mean, who wants to do all that?
While I’m waiting in line, before I get to the counter to pay for it,
there’s just slow. There’s a family that comes out
of nowhere and just says, “Hey, they told us we can’t get on the flight
with this bag, and you told us we could.” They were just like, they left the gate,
came all the way up to the ticket counter to talk about this, and basically,
they got there at the gate, and they were told that
they would have to pay almost $100. Even though you might think you’re sneaking
past whomever at the ticket counter and get into the gate, it’s not a good idea. That family came back heated, saying,
“They told us to come back to the gate, otherwise we have to pay $100, $90.”
From my observation, they missed their flight.
That was like, “Man, this is just bad.” Finally, I get to the gate, sit down, and they talk about how we’re supposed to board.
I’m looking around like, “What is this?” I was so confused because
I didn’t pick my seat, and it was just different. With them, they say,
“Oh, and by the way, we’re running on a delay.” I posted about this online, and apparently,
Spirit Airlines- -is known for delays. Instead of leaving at around 10:00 pm,
I left closer to midnight. I rushed to the airport to make this flight
which I could have just kind of hang out at Fort Lauderdale some more. I’m waiting on my flight, finally,
we board and I finally get to my row. It’s in the back because I did not pick my seat,
didn’t want to pay for that. The row was like this big. I’m trying
to squeeze in there with my purse, squeeze in that duh, duh, duh seat.
The seat was so uncomfortable. I’m just like, okay, this flight
is only going to be an hour and a half, if that, I’ll just power through it. They did not give water or food. Of course, you could definitely put
that in your bag, your carry on if you can. Someone told me
ahead of time on Twitter that it’s the soul plane. They offer Ramen noodles, on the flight.
I’m like, “Yeah right, not Ramen noodles.” [laughs]. I get the menu just to kind of see
if they were right, just to see what’s on the menu. I felt like I saw Funyuns.
I definitely saw a Cup o Ramen noodles. [music] It was very interesting.
Needless to say, we got there, got there late. It actually kind of messed me up because
I was planning to start on a road trip that morning. I got there after 1:00, had to pick up
a rental car and it was just an experience that I would not want to do again.
My back, I can’t even believe. Those seats is like seating on like cartons
and [laughs] just on top of them being delayed was just enough.
The fact that I had to pay for the extra weight, over 40 pounds and that the delays, I definitely would not be taking Spirits
in the future. I don’t care. I don’t care, I don’t care. I might just have to just stay an extra night
if that’s the only flight or just not go. If you still would like to try out
Spirits Airlines, I would definitely suggest preparing
for delays, make sure you read the fine print.
Make sure your baggage is in line, weigh it, whatever you have to do
before you get to the airport. Print your boarding pass ahead of time. If you’re on a long flight, bring some type
of support that can fit in your bag or whatever, your carry on, like a little neck pillow,
back pillow, something. Also, snacks if you don’t want
to eat Funyuns and Cup of Ramen noodles. If you like this video, please be sure
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I will see you next time. Thanks.