New Low Cost Flights Coming to Houston

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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. 

Spirit Airlines from Houston

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.

Thanks to Today in the Sky for sharing news of the Spirit Airlines expansion!

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  1. Your husband has every right to be prissy or picky because unless you’re in a 36″ pitch Big Seat on Spirit you’ll be terribly uncomfortable. There’s only 28″ pitch unlike most US airlines with 31″. If you’re under 5′, 28″ of pitch may be tolerable. Even Ryanair gives more room at 30″.

  2. I’m a fan of Spirit (well, sorta)…I have flown on them several times with no issues. Yes, it’s cramped…but so cheap! Spirit flies direct from DFW to DEN (where my family is). On my last flight I splurged for the big front seat since my fare was only $49 and I had no luggage for my short weekend trip. It was a really nice seat!

  3. Oakland is very welcome addition… but at 1 flight a day in summer only, I really doubt it will make any noticeable dent in UA’s monopoly in the Houston-SFBA market. I almost cry when I search for prices on this route, it’s crazy expensive (especially if multiplied by 4), usually around $500 for the 4-hour flight.


  4. I agree with you on Spirit. So many hate on them and I don’t blame them too much but it’s not a bad short haul carrier. They seem to push the cheap-ness to the extreme at times. I think they should pull back just a hair and more people would fly them I think. I love so of the odd route non-stops they have like MCI-DTW. At 6’2″ I also love the big seats.

  5. I don’t understand the ways Spirit and Frontier are expanding as any plan. Frontier is owned by ex-Spirit people. Are they close corps or true competitors? Spirit is expanding IAH while Frontier is expanding IAD but Spirit is flying IAH-BWI.

    I find ballpark fares most places on WN if I’m even carrying one bag and WN’s are refundable, changeable, and more reliable.

  6. No, MP, say it ain’t so!! A major miles/points blogger getting soft on Spirit?? Unlike a lot of your fellow bloggers and readers, I’m perfectly happy flying just about anywhere in Economy (will fly Biz for overnight international flights only if I can do it for an additional $200/$300 worth of miles), but I hope I’ll NEVER fly Spirit or Ryanair. 🙁

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