A few months ago, Spirit Airlines (the airline everybody loves to hate) gave away 25,000 mile vouchers in Houston to celebrate the launch of some new routes.  My family and I loaded up to get the certificates (I even went to more than one location).  We waited in the quick moving lines, and indeed we all received our 25,000 mile vouchers.  You can read all about that process here My travel schedule got too busy to use the miles myself, but I do have four friends in Vegas as we speak thanks to the miles I picked up that day.  My parents used theirs to go to Vegas last week to see Elton John.  The point is, it is legit and even with all of its drawbacks, Spirit Airlines does (usually) get you from Point A to Point B.  Here is a trip review to prove it. 

Now it is Philadelphia’s turn to be the recipients of Spirit operated routes from Philadelphia to Dallas/Fort Worth, Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas, and a Spirit operated giveaway!

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Here are the details on the giveaway in Philadelphia on Thursday 5/16/13:

  • First 1,000 people (18 and up) will receive 25,000 miles each
  • Giveaway starts at 11:00 am on Thursday May 16th
  • Giveaway is happening at Independence Visitor Center – Main Level (on 6th Street between Market and Arch Streets)  1 North Independence Mall West – GPS address is 599 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Entrances to the parking garage (Auto Park at Independence Mall) are located on 5th and 6th Streets between Market and Arch Streets.
  • Recipients of the 25,000 FREE SPIRIT frequent flyer bonus miles certificates must register their certificate within 7 days of receipt.
  • Miles will be deposited within 45 days of registration.
  • Certificates are good for one time use, and only one 25,000-mile certificate can be credited to a FREE SPIRIT account.

In Houston they gave away three sets of 1,000 vouchers and the crowds really weren’t that bad.  They may be a bit worse in Philly since they are just giving away one set of 1,000 vouchers, but hopefully it won’t be too bad.  I would still plan on getting there a little early to ensure a decent spot in line.  In the end I didn’t get a chance to redeem my vouchers for myself as I just couldn’t add another trip in the time frame they were valid since the points expire 90 days after deposit unless you continue to earn…which I wasn’t planning on doing.  However, my friends who used them are glad I took the time to wait in line!

Spirit is not for everyone, but it can be a very good alternative for some who just wants a way to get from Point A to Point B.  My parents have flown them twice in the last few months, and lived to tell the tale both times.  You just need to know their rules and plan accordingly – especially with luggage.  If you have their co-branded credit card you can even get flights for just 2,500 miles each way.  2,500 miles from Houston to Vegas is unheard of in any other program, so even if they aren’t for everyone, they can certainly be worth considering when they are free such as via this giveaway!

If you go, I’d love to hear from you on how it went! Thanks to The Points Guy for sharing this info.

Posted by Mommy Points | 17 Comments

17 Responses to “Spirit Airlines Giving Away 25,000 Miles to 1,000 People in Philadelphia on Thursday”

  1. I have some Spirit miles that I’m trying to use for a day trip to Florida. I’ve been checking their award availability at lot lately, and I can tell that if your schedule is flexible, you can use the miles.

    • mommypoints says:

      Kay, that was my impression as well. The availability is not outstanding, and there is a sweet spot of being a month or two from departure, but it is absolutely possible with flexibility. Houston to Vegas was the route my crew all selected, and they were all successful at using the miles at the lowest level.

  2. Mitty says:

    Free miles are free miles. :] Too bad I’m not in Philly.

  3. Angelina says:

    Is it sad that I might just do this?

  4. Wendy says:

    If I lived closer to Philly I’d do it in a heartbeat. Spirit Isn’t that bad for short flights.

  5. UAPhil says:

    I always laugh when I board a Southwest flight and am reminded that their in-flight mag is named “Spirit”.

    Sorry, Mommy Points….life is too short to fly Spirit :-).

  6. Lark says:

    Please Spirit, DO NOT pick me! :)

  7. mommypoints says:

    Ha ha, well they aren’t for everyone, but I’m sure 1,000 folks will be pretty happy with what they get Thursday. ;)

  8. Kate says:

    I’m thinking of doing this. Do you know how early I need to be to get a chance of being the first 1000? Will it be a lot of shoving and pushing or anything crazy? I’m hoping that I just get there an hour early and we will start to form a nice line, but my boyfriend thinks I’m crazy and there is no way I would get the free miles. I don’t need to be a prior ember or anything, do I? Thanks!

    • mommypoints says:

      Kate, when I did it in Houston there was no pushing or shoving and everyone who showed up by the time it started (and probably well after) got the miles. I think an hour early is probably fine…if it works anything like Houston. Spirit has this down to a science as they have done it many times. Keep me posted on how it goes!

  9. PhillyMan says:

    I showed up at 10:30. There were probably 200 people ahead of me in line. They started promptly at 11, and I was out of there with my certificate by 11:15. Efficient!

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    – Paul

  10. PhillyMan says:

    Nothing firm. I’m learning about the program for the first time. Their website actually is pretty user-friendly for award booking, though the low-level availability isn’t fantastic. At least ACY is also close to Philly for more options.

    I’ve made peace with paying the $15 award booking fee for flights 21-179 days in the future, but that fee was unexpected.

  11. Mike S says:

    This is a SCAM. I went, got my free “voucher” and am STILL trying to redeem it. Had some difficulty and TRIED calling the 801# for assistance, just takes you from one menu to another before disconnecting from you. Never got/get a chance to talk to a human being. Nothing more than a publicity stunt to announce their terminal in Phila. …If this is the Spirit “experience”, I’ll stick with Virgin.

    • mommypoints says:

      Mike, what problem are you having? I was able to redeem four without any issue, but availability can be limited on flights. That said, Spirit is a bit different than some other airlines, so you may or may not find them to meet your needs. Let me know if I can help!

  12. Mike S says:

    Thank’s for the “Help” offer but I will not be using the vouchers OR flying Spirit ever.
    … After I, and my wife, redeemed the “FREE” vouchers it was going to cost us $100.00
    there was a fee for carry on bags, there was a fee for checked bags, there was a fee for your seat, yea, a “seat fee” BUT you could “upgrade your seat for an additional cost/ “fee” (what if we stood??) , there was even a fee if you wanted to speak to a Spirit Representative. So, just for the hell of it, we checked the same flight using Expedia.
    Expedia cost = $114.00 / Spirit cost to fly for “free” w/ vouchers = $100.00.
    SO, where does free come in??? FYI, the flight we were looking at was to South Carolina and flexibility isn’t an issue, I’m retired. Like I said earlier, SCAM.

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