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Seatplan rating 4.2

4.2/10

  • Boarding 7.0
  • Seat for sitting 6.3
  • Seat for sleeping 0.3
  • Service 5.7
  • Entertainment 0.3
  • Food & drink 2.0
  • Punctuality 6.0
  • Baggage 5.7

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FormerlyDoS flew Spirit Airlines Big Front Seat, on a Airbus A320 (06/11/2013 13:25)

Spirit Airlines A320 economy LGA-DFW 3 hours 40 minutes

Pre-flight

People say Ryanair is like Southwest, but a fairer comparison would be Spirit Airlines, headquartered at Mirimar, FL.

The company has low headline prices, but is a master of the dark arts of on-sell and ancillary income.

As I know that Dallas is a longish pull from New York and often has a strong headwind, I decided to pay $50 way for a ‘Big Front Seat’, which is exactly what it says it is and is in a single row of 2 x 2 on the A320.

People who buy seats (including small non-front row seats) get zone 1 boarding, to allow for hand luggage storage – hand luggage also incurs a charge and if you leave it very late, you have to pay $100 at the gate – ouch!

Spirit has 30 rows of seats on the A320 (178 seats) and the big seats have a pitch of 36”, the others 28” (the exit rows a little more.)

Check in

I checked in online, as agent check in costs $5. There are also check in machines, for free, but my hotel had a free boarding pass station in the reception (a PC with links to the main airlines at LGA), what a good idea.

LGA is a toilet. Busy, unpleasant and with the ambience of a pier in a third rate UK resort. At least the TSA were pleasant and cheerful and genuinely thanked me for pointing out there weren’t any trays to put my stuff into.

Boarding

Strictly enforced by zone, nice to see them boarding people who needed assistance first. Entering, I got a surprisingly warm greeting from the cc and found 1A – boy oh boy, it was a big front seat

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and was the same size as first class in a legacy airline; on a longer flight, it was worth every cent.

The Flight

We had a very bumpy take off from LGA, due to strong winds, but it soon calmed down and the service started; everything was for purchase , the seat was big, but that was it, no extras – not a bad idea.

The crew were pleasant and the captain made a few informative PA calls, but otherwise it was every man for himself, with no inflight entertainment other than what you carried on with you.

Arrival

We arrived a little late (due to delays leaving LGA) and deplaned through an airbridge, into the midfield terminal, requiring a walk of about 10 mins to get into the main baggage area at Terminal E.

The bags were out in about 15 mins and off I went to collect a Ford Focus from the rental car centre.

All in all, good value for money and a similar feeling to getting off a Ryanair flight, it wasn’t as bad as expected (although the big seat helped.)

Overall:

5.9/10

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FormerlyDoS flew Spirit Airlines Big Front Seat, on a Airbus A320 (04/11/2013 08:51)

LGA-DFW 3 hours 40 minutes

Pre-flight

People say Ryanair is like Southwest, but a fairer comparison would be Spirit Airlines, headquartered at Mirimar, FL.

The company has low headline prices, but is a master of the dark arts of on-sell and ancillary income.

As I know that Dallas is a longish pull from New York and often has a strong headwind, I decided to pay $50 way for a ‘Big Front Seat’, which is exactly what it says it is and is in a single row of 2 x 2 on the A320.

People who buy seats (including small non-front row seats) get zone 1 boarding, to allow for hand luggage storage – hand luggage also incurs a charge and if you leave it very late, you have to pay $100 at the gate – ouch!

Spirit has 30 rows of seats on the A320 (178 seats) and the big seats have a pitch of 36”, the others 28” (the exit rows a little more.)

Check in

I checked in online, as agent check in costs $5. There are also check in machines, for free, but my hotel had a free boarding pass station in the reception (a PC with links to the main airlines at LGA), what a good idea.

LGA is a toilet. Busy, unpleasant and with the ambience of a pier in a third rate UK resort. At least the TSA were pleasant and cheerful and genuinely thanked me for pointing out there weren’t any trays to put my stuff into.

Boarding

Strictly enforced by zone, nice to see them boarding people who needed assistance first. Entering, I got a surprisingly warm greeting from the cc and found 1A – boy oh boy, it was a big front seat

http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/YENmNuBAGu.yUe.LojHLnw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYwMA--/http://l.yimg.com/os/153/2012/11/16/spiritleg-jpg_181005.jpg

and was the same size as first class in a legacy airline; on a longer flight, it was worth every cent.

The Flight

We had a very bumpy take off from LGA, due to strong winds, but it soon calmed down and the service started; everything was for purchase , the seat was big, but that was it, no extras – not a bad idea.

The crew were pleasant and the captain made a few informative PA calls, but otherwise it was every man for himself, with no inflight entertainment other than what you carried on with you.

Arrival

We arrived a little late (due to delays leaving LGA) and deplaned through an airbridge, into the midfield terminal, requiring a walk of about 10 mins to get into the main baggage area at Terminal E.

The bags were out in about 15 mins and off I went to collect a Ford Focus from the rental car centre.

All in all, good value for money and a similar feeling to getting off a Ryanair flight, it wasn’t as bad as expected (although the big seat helped.)

Overall:

5.5/10

5.5 more

AbbySparcus flew Spirit Airlines Deluxe Leather, on a Airbus A320 (30/10/2012 01:56)

Rude airport staff. Uncomfortable seats. Fees for everything on the flight, including water. Paid to check bag to avoid carryon bag fee. My bag arrived 2 days after my flight with no appology or bag fee refund. I WILL NEVER FLY SPIRIT AGAIN!!!

Overall:

1.1/10

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