Save $40 On Every Spirit Airlines Flight With This Trick
Last week in my article, 5 tips for flying Spirit Airlines, I alluded to a trick that can save $40 on every Spirit Airlines flight. I actually had a chance to test it out in the wild a few days later and I wanted to share my experience.
How To Save $40 On Every Spirit Airlines Flight
The trick I am talking about is purchasing your Spirit Airlines ticket at the airport from the Spirit desk. Spirit charges a passenger usage charge, $19.99 per flight. That is $39.98 per roundtrip flight. Yes they charge it for each way even if you book it as a round trip.
The trick is to purchase it at the airport counter and then they waive this fee. Don’t ask me why that is but it is a nice little trick that can save you money on already cheap flights. If you are flying a family of 4 to Orlando etc. that is a savings $159.92!
My Experience Purchasing A Spirit Airlines Ticket In The Airport
My mother needed a last minute, one way ticket from Atlanta to Detroit. I checked all of the usual places and Southwest was the cheapest out there at 9,000 points. I decided to check Google Flights as well and saw that Spirit had a direct flight for $67.19. That was a much better deal than using 9,000 RR points (worth around $135).
I had a flight to Denver the following day so I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to test this trick out. I got to the airport a little earlier than normal and headed to the Spirit counter. To my surprise there were only a few people in line. I had gotten lucky because Spirit didn’t have a lot of flight activity at that time. After waiting for a few minutes I was called up to the desk.
I gave the agent the departing airport, destination airport, and preferred flight time. She punched it in her computer and came back with a price of $47.20. She then asked for the travelers name and birth date. After about 5 minutes of her inputting everything I was on my way with my printed ticket. I also received an email confirmation.
This isn’t a trick that will work for everyone since not everyone is near their airport. But if you time it right, while you are already at or near the airport etc., then you can save $40 on every Spirit Airlines flight. If I was booking a roundtrip flight for my family I would make a special trip to the airport to save the $159.92. An hour and a half of my time all in is worth $160 to me.
Have you ever used this trick when flying Spirit Airlines? Is it something you may try in the future?