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Spirit Airlines Mastercard Secret Increased Offer
I am going to let you in on a secret. I am not 100% against flying Spirit Airlines, although I really hate to do it. A few years ago I flew them from LAS-OAK for dirt cheap, but enjoyed the $17 upgrade to the Big Front Seat. Last year I flew them again to Kansas City from Las Vegas, mainly because of the timing of the flight.
As a savvy traveler, I don’t fall for the low fare pitch. I simply calculate the final fare including any bag fees and whether I feel I need a pre-assigned seat or not. Then I determine if that savings makes sense in the grand scheme of things. The savings really does need to make sense because flying on Spirit just isn’t very comfortable. The seat pitch is terrible and you don’t even get free water.
Finding The Increased Offer
Ok so today I was searching for an upcoming trip and made it to the final confirmation screen for a booking. I’m not sure if I want to fly Spirit, but that isn’t the point of this post. On the final confirmation screen I saw an offer for the Spirit Mastercard. It normally comes with 15,000 miles after first purchase, but this offer throws in a $100 statement credit after $500 in spending during the first 3 months.
- 15,000 miles after first purchase.
- $100 statement credit after $500 in purchases during the first 3 months.
- $59 annual fee waived the first year.
This offer isn’t new, however it doesn’t get written about a lot. I think the last time someone mentioned it was Doctor of Credit back in December of last year. Anyway, the Spirit Mastercard is issued by Bank of America and may make a lot of sense for a lot of people. Why? Lets take a look.
The Award Chart Is Cheap
As you can see, the Spirit chart is actually pretty decent if you can find off-peak availability and in order to get off-peak awards you need the cobranded Mastercard. It really is a decent incentive for people to get the card, especially if you are in a city that Spirit serves with a lot of flights.
One other reason to have this card is to keep your miles active. A lot of people were able to get miles from recent promotions, however Spirit miles expire after only 3 months. Having the card and making a purchase qualifies as activity to keep the miles from expiring.
Who Is This For
This isn’t for everyone, but with a decent award chart Spirit’s loyalty program actually does have SOME value for SOME people. In fact, the Free Spirit loyalty program almost requires the co-branded card, since you won’t be able to redeem at low levels and your miles will likely expire without it.
How to Get the Offer
If you are considering this card, just sign into your Free Spirit account and search for a flight on Spirit.com. Go through the entire booking process and you should see the ad for the card just below the “Total Due” on the final checkout page. (Yes you have to click through their hotel, car & other sales pitches.)
A few other things to consider when applying for this. This card is issued by Bank of America. In the past they have been known to merge credit inquiries done in the same day. With that said, they have recently tightened up their policies when it comes to multiple apps, so keep that in mind.
If you are looking for even more information about Free Spirit and the Spirit Mastercard, Doctor of Credit’s write up from December is well worth the read. I keep flirting with the idea of getting a Spirit Mastercard, however as any long time reader of the site knows Bank of America hates me!