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I know everyone loves to hate Spirit, but if you want a cheap flight, sometimes they simply cannot be beat. My
prissy picky traveling husband even recently survived his first Spirit flight 100% unscathed (he did splurge the extra $39 for the “big front seat”), so it does have its time and place even for somewhat picky travelers who have limited budgets. Don’t believe me? Check out my 10 Favorite Things When Flying Spirit Airlines post.
If you live in Houston, you will soon get several new low cost flight options on Spirit due to their addition of 10 new nonstop destinations coming in the spring of 2015. The new destinations include:
- Tampa, Florida
- Baltimore/Washington, DC
- Oakland/San Francisco Bay
- Los Cabos, Mexico
- Cancun, Mexico
- San Jose, Costa Rica
- San Pedro Sula, Honduras
- San Salvador, El Sal Salvador
- Toluca/Mexico City, Mexico
- Managua, Nicaragua
Head here to see the dates and days of the new flights.
These new destinations are in addition to the 12 nonstop cities Spirit already serves from Houston, which includes Atlanta, Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, and San Diego.
It’s easy to turn a nose up at Spirit or say “the extra fees wash out the savings”, but their one-way fares can often be had for $30 – $60 each way when the other airlines are 3x that or higher, so I think they deserve more recognition than they get from the frugal miles and points community. My parents love their 2,500 mile Spirit award flights from Houston to Las Vegas on Spirit thanks to having the Spirit Airlines credit card.
I wouldn’t want to fly too far on a cramped Spirit Airlines seat, but if you are talking a couple hours or less, it is totally tolerable…if the price is right. I’ll also stay on the lookout for any new route specials or miles giveaways that Spirit might do to celebrate.