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Budget Justice: How To Survive On Spirit Airlines

Budget Justice: How To Survive On Spirit Airlines Dec 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Like many others, I operate on a shoestring budget, more often than not, out of stubbornness. I prefer to call it budget justice, a principle of savings that guides people like me to needlessly circle the block for a free parking space only to miss the event that got me into my car in the first place, or, worse yet, to time and time again book flights on Spirit Airlines, the ultra low-cost carrier...

Airlines have best quarter ever ... thanks baggage fees!

Airlines have best quarter ever ... thanks baggage fees! Dec 20th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Every time you pay to check an extra bag you're making someone's life better. The latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that the third quarter of 2010 was the most profitable for the U.S. airline industry since the department began keeping score in 2002. The industry's operating profit margin hit 10.5 percent in aggregate. Low-cost carriers, as a class, had an operating...

Spirit Airlines to Congress: paying for overhead bins helps the poor

Jul 14th, 2010 at 5:00PM: You just don't need to take your bags on vacation, said Spirit Airlines CEO, Ben Baldanza. He's told Congress that his airline, which brands itself as a "super-low-cost" carrier, actually makes it easier for the proletariat poor to take to the skies, even if it does require that they plop down $45 to stuff a carry-on into the overhead bin. In a sense, it does. If you choose not to check a...

Top spots for mind-body-spirit revival

Top spots for mind-body-spirit revival Jul 14th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Sometimes you just need a little "om." The daily stresses of life can pile up, the chaos of corporate life can get to be too much or maybe the kids are just getting on your last nerve. You can escape to the gym, or you can escape to a more serene environment where mind, body and spirit are the focus of your journey. Yogis unite -- the following are some of the 10 best spots around the world for...

Spirit Airlines strike continues - 600 flight attendants furloughed

Spirit Airlines strike continues - 600 flight attendants furloughed Jun 15th, 2010 at 5:45PM: The two day strike at Spirit Airlines turned into a three day strike, and then into a five day strike. And with no end in sight, the airline just sent its 600 flight attendants some bad news - they are all furloughed. The move means these staff members will be without a pay check until the 500 Spirit Airlines pilots reach an agreement on their new contract. The pilots are currently talking...

Spirit Airlines grounded by pilot strike - UPDATED

Spirit Airlines grounded by pilot strike - UPDATED Jun 13th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Spirit Airlines has found itself grounded this weekend, after contract negotiations with their pilots failed to result in an agreement. The pilots have been negotiating for four years - and Spirit claims they have offered a 30% pay increase over the next five years, along with several other perks. Sean Creed is the head of the Spirit Airlines pilot group within the union, and had the...

Spirit Airlines to abolish reclining seats

Apr 22nd, 2010 at 2:30PM: It looks like the "recline or don't recline" issue can finally be put to bed. Spirit Airlines, the budget carrier famous for charging for overhead bin space, racy ad campaigns and general disdain for all passenger comforts has just started rolling out aircraft bereft of reclining seats. Citing extra space and lower weight, the airline claims that this will help passengers save money by keeping...

Gadling readers have spoken - Spirit Airlines carry-on bag fee is a bad idea

Gadling readers have spoken - Spirit Airlines carry-on bag fee is a bad idea Apr 17th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Several days ago, we asked you for your opinion on the Spirit Airlines carry-on bag fee. As a quick refresher - the airline is planning to charge up to $45 for each carry-on bag that does not fit under the seat in front of you. This is in addition to their checked bag fee. The whole plan has triggered a lot of responses, from both sides. Some people are (justifiably) annoyed that airlines...

Senator duo working to ban Spirit Airlines carry-on bag fees

Apr 14th, 2010 at 12:00PM: The clip of Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza reporting from an overhead luggage bin suddenly makes sense - his plan to introduce carry-on bag fees has reached two senators, who are outraged over the proposal. So outraged in fact, that they are drafting legislation that will prohibit airlines from charging for bringing bags on board. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have...

Spirit Airlines CEO stuffs himself in an overhead bin to justify paid carry-on fees

Apr 13th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Spirit Airlines president and CEO, Ben Baldanza took some time out of his busy schedule to try and calm the masses about their upcoming paid carry-on baggage fees. In his video clip, he claims passengers are annoyed by full overhead bins, and long lines to board the plane. He tells people that Spirit has lowered ticket prices, and lowered checked bag fees. In his logic, by introducing these...

BREAKING: Spirit Airlines to charge up to $45 fee for carry-on bags

BREAKING: Spirit Airlines to charge up to $45 fee for carry-on bags Apr 6th, 2010 at 1:38PM: There's big news in the airline industry today, as Spirit Airlines announced the addition of carry-on baggage fees to their already healthy roster of post-ticketing charges. For those paying online, each carry on bag will cost an additional $30 unless you're in Spirit's subscription-based $9 Fare Club. Those lucky members will only be charged $20 per bag. If paying for the service in-person at...

Spirit Airlines credit card comes with three free roundtrip tickets

Spirit Airlines credit card comes with three free roundtrip tickets Mar 28th, 2010 at 12:00PM: We don't always cover frequent flier promotions or airline credit card bonus perks - but when we run into generous ones, we'll always try to share the news. The newest promo from Spirit Airlines rewards you with three free roundtrip tickets, just for signing up and making one purchase on their card. Of course, the promotion isn't as impressive as the recent 100,000 mile bonus British Airways...

Spirit Airlines announces another raunchy marketing stunt

Spirit Airlines announces another raunchy marketing stunt Feb 3rd, 2010 at 8:30AM: Ah, Spirit Airlines - the airline equivalent of a Beavis and Butthead episode. After annoying their own staff with their "MILF" promotion back in 2007, the marketing minds at this low cost carrier have decided to ignore all the previous criticism, and launched yet another raunchy promo. Dubbed "MUFF DIVING", the promo promises "Many Unbelievably Fantastic Fares to Diving Destinations". Yeah,...

The next hidden fee - Spirit Airlines to charge a fee for buying a ticket?

The next hidden fee - Spirit Airlines to charge a fee for buying a ticket? Mar 3rd, 2009 at 9:30AM: Nope - this is not an April fools post. Spirit Airlines, one of the cheapest of the US low cost carriers is working behind the scenes to introduce a "passenger usage fee" which is just a snazzy way of describing a fee to cover the costs of you buying a ticket. That's right - Spirit Airlines is going to charge you, in order to charge you. The fee is rumored to be $5 or $10, and will apply to any...

Budget Travel - The Low Cost Carrier

Budget Travel - The Low Cost Carrier Feb 3rd, 2009 at 11:30AM: Summary: The low cost carrier (LCC) may seem like a new development in the aviation world, but the concept is anything but new. The first real low cost "no frills" airline was Laker Airways, which took off back in 1966 from the UK, and shuttled passengers to destinations all around the world for as little as $50. Laker Airways provided the inspiration for many of the current low cost carriers,...

Spirit Airlines staff fed up being called DD MILF'S by their employer

Spirit Airlines staff fed up being called DD MILF'S by their employer Jan 30th, 2009 at 1:00PM: The hard working cabin crew at Spirit Airlines are fed up - they are annoyed that their boss is inviting passengers to check out their DD's, and asking people to come book a "MILF". For those that missed out on a "movie classic", MILF is a reference from American Pie, and the abbreviation means "Mother I'd like to F**K". That's right - Spirit is using that cheeky reference as a way to get...

Spirit Airlines attempts to collect a cancellation fee off flight 1549 passengers

Spirit Airlines attempts to collect a cancellation fee off flight 1549 passengers Jan 19th, 2009 at 4:30PM: OK folks - it is no secret that airlines use fees and rules to increase their bottom line. If they mess up, you lose, if you mess up, you lose. Either way, the airline always manages to come out on top. And never has that been more clear than in the case of Rob and Jeff Kolodjay. Rob and Jeff were scheduled to fly from La Guardia to Charlotte on a Spirit Airlines flight. When that flight was...

Spirit Airlines to sell ad space on overhead bins

Spirit Airlines to sell ad space on overhead bins Sep 19th, 2008 at 1:00PM: The era of in flight advertising is upon us, spearheaded by our friendly do-anything-for-a-buck carrier, Spirit Airlines. The airline known for its oft lewd fare sale names (see: MILF sale) recently started selling ad space on its tray tables, overhead bins and even, as The Crankyflier reports, on their garbage bags. I do wonder how much it costs to advertise on a garbage bag. Apparently their...

Spirit Airlines to start charging for MIDDLE seats!

Spirit Airlines to start charging for MIDDLE seats! Jul 1st, 2008 at 6:00PM: Airlines have been doing anything they possibly can to raise money over the past few months, from checked bag fees to charging for soft drinks to increasing the price for almost everything that formerly had a fee associated with it. Now, according to an article over at Smarter Travel, Spirit has decided to start charging extra for online seat selection. Carriers have done this before -- many...

Spirit Airlines: Workin with the commies

Spirit Airlines: Workin with the commies Jun 30th, 2008 at 2:00PM: Remember that trade embargo that the US has against all of Cuba? The one that forces you to drive to Tijuana to pick up Cuban cigars and the one that prevents you and your family from stopping in Havana on your annual cruise? Yep, that embargo. We as Americans have been forbidden from trading with the Socialist nation for over forty years now, as our good buddy Fidel Castro kept the country under...

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