Spirit Airlines

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by pcsurfer2, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. pcsurfer2

    pcsurfer2 Active Member

    May 15, 2013
    I was looking to fly to Nicaragua on Spirit Airlines next summer and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how their board bag policy works. I know it costs $100 for 2 boards each way, but do I have to pay that when I buy my ticket or can I pay at the counter when I check my bag.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. surfislife

    surfislife Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    I would think any baggage fee would be paid when you check in.

  3. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Be warned...spirit airlines is THE WORST airline I have ever flown on. You even have to pay for your carry ons. It is like flying in a greyhound. But if you have to save cash you gotta do what you gotta do. If you are smart you will call ASAP, talk to a customer service tool, and pay ahead AND have your reciept. If they can't do that for you get it printed out in writing. Another way to save cash with spirit is to pack all of your stuff into the board bag so you don't have any bag checking fees. Good luck!
  4. Poseidon

    Poseidon Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2013
    Spirit Airlines: 800-772-7117
  5. littlerhody

    littlerhody Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2009

    dude that airline is the biggest nickel and dimer airline ive ever flown. firstly look into the baggage member club where you pay 60 bucks and pay 9 bucks per bag,. thay charge 50 dollars for a carry on and their carry on size is tiny. i had at tiny carry on and they charged me 50 bucks and when I say tiny it was microsized. the handle was an inch outside of their steel sample size case by the airport and they got me for 50 they are cheap but anything they will **** you on

  6. imperial

    imperial Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I fly spirit all the time to central america...yea you gotta pay for everything BUT they have the cheapest fare around...especially for central america, unless your in miami and can fly TACA airline (Latin America airline). Spirit is no frills but hey what do you really need for central america...you can take a backpack on for free so stuff it full of few baggies, tank tops, and your good to go. As far as board fees...its $300 roundtrip. They say per board but we've put two in a bag bubble wrap it stuff some towels in there to make it look like 1 board. One year we even squeezed three in there and got away with it. You can just pay at the ticket counter before you check in...

    bien viaje mi amigo!

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013
  7. TheSweetLife

    TheSweetLife Member

    May 19, 2013
    Its hard to expect much from the airline industries these days, yet somehow Spirit continually dissapoints....Whatever, get to where you're going and have fun.

    But def. keep it to one bag or your screwed...
  8. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    yeah 300 for a flight ill just take a bookbag for the week and be good ad of course my boards.
  9. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    bull****. add up all the extra costs & that cheap ticket ends up being the same as any other airline. i'd rather kick puppies than fly spirit again.

    my wife & i flew jetblue out of kennedy this summer for 1100 round trip +$50 each way for my 2 boards. they don't go everywhere in central america, but if i'm going somewhere they go, that's who i'm flying w/. best domestic airline experience i've ever had.
  10. HaoleNJ

    HaoleNJ Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I concur with nj surfer I've flown both and JetBlue is awesome. Spirit is cheaper but by the time they nickel and dime you it ends up the same but now you're pissed off. Not to mention I feel like spirits planes are made from parts found at a junk yard
  11. pcsurfer2

    pcsurfer2 Active Member

    May 15, 2013
    Thanks for all the information. I agree, JetBlue is the best I love flying with them, but they do not fly to Nicaragua so I am stuck with mediocrity.
  12. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    omg...that's what it is! i knew their planes gave me a vague uneasy feeling, but i couldn't put my finger on why. they definitely have a "scrounged together from leftover parts after a crash" vibe.
  13. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    then fly Any Other Airline.
  14. wavehog1

    wavehog1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2013
    Avoid Spirit at all costs!!!!

    I booked three tickets and had to prepay for our surfboards to fly. I did the 24 hour checkin the day before just to make sure everything was cool and yep, it wasn't! They told me that they were unable to checkin the boards due to the flight being booked and there was no room for large items such as surfboards. They said they that they would refund me the board money but I told them the only reason I was going to Managua was to surf and that the boards were kind of needed to accomplish that. So now I have non-fundable airline tickets and can't bring the surfboards. I checked around everywhere to see if I could ship the boards or fly on another airline. Closest I could find was UPS and it was $2500.00 and would take a week!

    Thank God for COPA airlines!!! They are the best!!! I had to eat the airfare from Spirit but COPA actually ended up cheaper and they only charged us for one surfboard even though we packed three per board bag.

    The only thing about COPA is that you have to fly to Panama first and then connect to Managua. Wasn't a big deal though and was well worth it.


    They will tell you everything is cool up until the last minute and then you will be screwed!

    Please heed this advice if you don't want to spend all of your money and still not get your boards to Nicaragua!

    Jet Blue is also a really good airline but COPA was a lot cheaper and more flexible on the boards flying.
  15. JoeDev

    JoeDev Active Member

    Jan 25, 2012
    JetBlue any day of the week over Spirit! decently priced fares and a whole lot better service. have taken the dwon to Central America on a few occassions and was always pretty happy with them.
  16. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Continental sucks too. They screwed me on my (pre-Fukishima) Japan trip. I lost a day of vacation hanging out in Jersey. I made the most of it, but spending an extra day in Jersey was not part of the plan. Long Branch can be fun, but Japan is dope and Continental is not.

    You suck Continental...
  17. burritoman

    burritoman Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    I'm going to play devils advocate here and defend Spirit a bit.

    I like their business model, since I don't want to pay for what I don't use. If you can get away with minimal packing, you can game their system and come out on top. 2 surfboards per bag at $100 each way and overweight/oversize fees do not apply. Stuff your board bag with everything you are bringing and you come out ahead.

    Also, Spirit has the 3rd youngest Airbus fleet in operation in the Americas. If you want to fly some old planes try Delta, United or US Airways. Of course I'm talking about the age of the airframe not the seats or interiors.

    I travel a lot for business and every airline has their positives and negatives. You should know what you are getting into before you buy a ticket and have realistic expectations.

    Spirit is great for people who "just want to get there" without spending an entire paycheck on the ticket.
  18. imperial

    imperial Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Amen brother!!!! Just want to get there and surf and still have a little cash......
  19. OC&SC-83

    OC&SC-83 Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2011
    $50 for any bag you can't fit under the seat in front of you. And up.
  20. windswellsucks

    windswellsucks Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    i hate flying spirit air for surf trips. it ends up costing more due to all the nickel and dime charges. Jet blue is a pleasure, almost always saves $$ over spirit. only fly spirit if youre not bringing anything on the plane (charging for carry ons is fuct)