You might not think that this is not true because Spirit Airlines already has super cheap flights compared to other airlines. But it is 100% true.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking at flights to take a week-long trip to Pennsylvania to visit my partner. He’s a Locum Tenen Nurse Practitioner who moves around the Northeastern United States to different hospitals to provide care to patients. Since he works quite a bit, we don’t get to see each other often - maybe 4-5 times a year. So, I decided that I would spend a week out there with him and started searching for the cheapest days to fly out there.
Looking for flights is definitely a hobby of mine. I know so many great ways to find low fares and save a lot of money to travel the world - especially with Spirit - that I want to share them with you! So without further ado…
Here are 5 steps on how I saved 50% on my tickets with Spirit,
and how you could too!
First, I always check flight prices and dates on a flight browser. I have a handful that I love to use depending on where I am traveling to, buy my absolute favorite is Skyscanner. It is easy to use and the site gives you so much flexibility with dates and locations. I have found the best flight deals and saved so much money over the past 3 years that I always start my flight search with Skyscanner.
Since I knew I was heading to York, Pennsylvania, I quickly Googled the closest airports to York and used those in my Skyscanner price comparison. After just a few minutes, I found that flying into Baltimore with Spirit Airlines was the cheapest option regardless of the day. Airport, check! Airline, check!
Since I found my airport and airline, I then went on to Spirit Airlines' official site to confirm the prices that I saw on Skyscanner. More often than not it is cheaper to book directly through an airline's site to avoid any hidden fees that a third party company may charge you - I learned the hard way many years ago. I highly recommend not booking on a third party site and always double-check the prices on the airline's site before purchasing.
I knew I wanted to go to York, PA at the end of October, but I wasn't sure which days would be the cheapest. Skyscanner had shown me that the end of October was approximately $60 depending on the day. Once I looked on Spirit, the prices were actually $57 to fly in and out of Baltimore the entire week of October 20th. Dates, check! Good price, check!
This probably sounds a little weird to you, but I am serious. I didn’t book my flight online because I knew I would save more money by going to the airport instead. Why and how, you ask? Well, that’s where the real prices are available. I am not entirely sure how it works, but I personally call it magic.
If you have the time and don't mind going out of your way to go to the airport, this will save you money when booking flights with Spirit every time.
Last year, a friend, who flys with Spirit more than I do, told me about his Spirit travel hacks and it completely changed the way I book with Spirit. And that included purchasing tickets at the airport. So, instead of booking online, I drove to the airport to find out what the real price of my flights would be.
I walked into the airport and made my way to the departures floor. I walked up to the Spirit Airlines ticketing counter and was welcomed with a warm smile by the ticketing attendant. I gave her my flight details - departure and arrival cities, and my flight dates - and waited for her to pull everything up for me.
In the meantime, I opened my Spirit app and looked up the dates I had given the attendant to compare the online price to her price in realtime. It was still two weeks before I wanted to fly out, so prices shouldn't have changed that much online. On the app, the October 21st flight to Baltimore was listed at $57. Her price - $29 (a savings of $28)! I couldn't believe it.
Then I had her look up my return flight home from Baltimore. On the app, the price had dropped to $37 and she comped me at $18 at the counter! Again, 50% savings!! I was completely sold on the prices and super pumped.
My original tickets, had I booked online, would have cost me $94. I was only going to pay $47 at the counter. It was crazy! I booked both flights right then and there.
50% saving on flights! Would you pass up on savings that big??
Please note that you will not always save 50% on your flights, sometimes you don’t even save 10%. This scenario was very special and that’s why I wanted to share it with you. On average, I save approximately $15-20 on each flight booking this way with Spirit. It has yet to fail me.
Since I was only going for a week and I only ever fly with a backpack, I only paid for a standard fare ticket with no bags and random seats. It was only a 1.5hr flight and I was not bothered where I sat. Packing a light bag was easy and quick.
Depending on where you are going and for how long, if you would like to take a carry on or check-in bag with you, I recommend comparing the bag prices at the counter and online - you could save money here too!
So now you know my secret to saving money on flights with Spirit Airlines. But the real question is...have you stopped reading this article yet and started looking for flights with Spirit for your next trip?? Try it out for yourself and see how much you can save!
With the money I saved (over $45!), I was able to put it towards food and activities for my partner and I to enjoy. How will you spend that extra money?
Disclosure Statement: I am only sharing my experience and opinion. I am not affiliated in any way with Spirit Airlines nor am I being paid for my experience.
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