Fly for Less on New Spirit Airlines Routes!

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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.

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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!

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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)
*Seasonal

Will any of these new Spirit Airlines routes meet your family’s travel needs?

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

Comments

  1. I’m really a big fan of Spirit but since they killed the MCI-IAH non-stop I’m not able to get as much use out of their program. Out of MCI it seems hard to connect to many places I want to go as the non-stop segment is usually Detroit, Orlando or Las Vegas with layovers just long enough not to want to leave the airport. I would likely use my Spirit miles for Vegas weekends but the return flight is a 1am redeye getting into KC at 5am on Monday morning, yikes.
    As they grow some more routes I’ll enjoy Spirit more. I wish they’d add a Dallas or Miami flight out of KC for sure. Houston has some good routes I think.

  2. I find spirit useful but I think too many people fail to properly price the tickets for their own needs.

    Your parents are fine with standard seats and a carry on backpack. I am usually not. I want a more space seat and a carryon or checked bag. I factor that into the price. The extra legroom seats are a bit better than a standard economy seat on American/Delta so I figure that about washes out Spirits worse irregular ops performance.

    Doing the math, Spirit needs to still be cheaper with a checked bag and an increased leg room seat. If it is, I’ll fly Spirit most of the time (not in the winter to snow prone states). It is a better proposition for two people since then you can often split one checked bag or carryon fee.

    On longer flights, the big up front seats can be a great deal. I have had a few pleasant 5 hour flights in them for less than the price of AA coach. A stop at Dean and DeLuca on the way to the airport and fill a big water bottle before boarding and I am good to go. Very pleasant experience for basically what AA charges in coach.

    • Totally agree – the Big Front Seats obviously add costs, but they are essentially the size of many domestic first seats on other airlines so you could have the equivalent space for often waaaaaay less than buying an F ticket on another airline. You are also 100% correct about including the bag fees in your total overall price consideration when you aren’t able to travel in a (very) small carry-on.

  3. I would like spirit use dfw to piedmont triad internationial airport in nc. and Evansville IN. Airport and john wayne airport santa ana because its closer to laguna beach area not far from Disneyland. Lax is to crazy busy and to far laguna. I live near DFW (texas) area. Thank you Beverly

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