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Spirit Airlines may not be a fancy carrier (is there such thing as a fancy US carrier?!), but they sure do offer some solid deals for those who want to hit the skies, so I get pretty excited when they start up new routes. Not only does Spirit offer some very affordable flights when paying with cash, but their award program really can be amazing for the right type of budget traveler with flexibility…aka my parents who fly Spirit more than any other airline.
If you weren’t aware, Spirit offers award flights from 2,500 miles each way on off-peak dates for those with their co-branded credit card. There are absolutely caveats to Spirit Airlines, but flying for 2,500 miles is a pretty much unmatched deal…especially since you earn 2x miles for charges on their card. This means you can get a one-way off-peak award flight for every $1,250 charged to their co-branded card, which is exactly what my parents usually do to earn their award flights.
As an example, try beating a Saturday flight from Houston to Cancun midday flight for 2,500 miles + taxes/fess with many other airline programs!
Now that we have (maybe?) established that there can be value in flying Spirit whether you do it on dollars or miles, two of the new Spirit routes I am excited about are:
- Houston – Seattle – priced from $77 or 7,500 miles each way
- Houston – Newark – priced from $88 or 5,000 miles each way
Both of those routes historically can be a bit pricey, so Spirit will hopefully drive down the average price, or at least offer a cheaper alternative than United and others who serve those routes when you can pack light.
Here are some other upcoming new Spirit nonstop routes:
Apr 27, 2017
Akron-Canton (CAK) and Las Vegas (LAS)
Akron-Canton (CAK) and Myrtle Beach (MYR)*
Hartford (BDL) and Myrtle Beach (MYR)*
Hartford (BDL) and Orlando (MCO)
Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR)
Houston (IAH) and Seattle (SEA)*
May 25, 2017
Baltimore/Washington DC and New Orleans (MSY)
Baltimore Washington DC (BWI) and Oakland (OAK)*
Baltimore/Washington DC (BWI) and Seattle (SEA)*
Baltimore/Washington DC (BWI) and San Diego (SAN)*
Cleveland (CLE) and New Orleans (MSY)
Detroit (DTW) and Oakland (OAK)*
Detroit (DTW) and Seattle (SEA)*
New Orleans (MSY) and Orlando (MCO)
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Myrtle Beach (MYR)*
June 15, 2017
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Hartford (BDL)
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
June 22, 2017
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Orlando (MCO)
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Las Vegas (LAS)
July 13, 2017
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Houston (IAH)
Pittsburgh (PIT) and Los Angeles (LAX)
Will any of these new Spirit Airlines routes meet your family’s travel needs?
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