As an avid flyer with Delta Airlines, I found myself switching to Spirit Airlines due to a last-minute trip that didn't align with my usual Delta budget. The sudden change in plans made me reluctant to shell out thousands of dollars for a last-minute flight on Delta. Apologies Delta, you were deeply missed!
My inaugural flight with Spirit turned out to be an eye-opener, largely due to the myriad of fees that accompany a journey with this airline. The experience was somewhat marred by the sense of being nickel and dimed for every tiny detail. But with a survival mentality and a knack for budgeting, one can certainly navigate the system.
On my voyage, I snagged a red-eye flight, brought just a personal bag, didn't opt for specific seats (I took what was assigned), and managed to avoid extra fees. The ticket cost a mere $200, and I purchased it a day before departure, which was impressively cost-effective!
For me, sleep comes easily on a flight, often before takeoff, especially when I board early. So despite hearing numerous horror stories about terrible flights with Spirit, I managed to sleep through the experience. The only real hiccup was a slight 30-minute delay, but that didn't ruin my trip - my schedule was flexible enough to accommodate it.
(Sweats, shades and a hoodie are my go to airport attire)
Upon arrival in Atlanta, I prefer taking the Marta from the airport to the Buckhead area to bypass the infamous city traffic. Although it leaves my eyes feeling weary, avoiding gridlock makes it worthwhile. If I had to liken Atlanta's traffic to another city, it's almost as bad as LA's, but with a somewhat lesser intensity.
I primarily stay in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, meaning I deal with constant city traffic. However, the hustle and bustle is worth it when I arrive at my favorite hotel, where my elite membership grants me the privilege of early check-ins. I'll elaborate on how to earn points and membership perks, which offer benefits like free stays, early check-ins, and late check-outs, in a later post.
Driving in Atlanta isn't on my to-do list, given the challenging traffic conditions. I usually play the role of a passenger, which gives me a chance to observe, rather than participate in, the urban jungle's vehicular madness.
(I look good even though I feel shitty)
When it comes to choosing an airline, there are many factors to consider. While Spirit Airlines may not be everyone's first choice due to their fees and potential inconveniences, it is still possible to travel with them on a budget. Of course, this may require making certain sacrifices. However, if you are willing to forego some of the luxuries you may be accustomed to with other airlines, Spirit Airlines can still get you to your destination with minimal hassle and at a reasonable cost. Admittedly, it may not be the same experience as flying with a higher-end airline like Delta, but it is possible to make it work if you are mindful of your budget. So, while Spirit Airlines may not be for everyone, it can certainly be a viable option for those looking to save money on their travels.