I’m quietly scanning the airport gate/boarding area in the terminal looking for other disappointed faces.
I know there has to be someone who feels just like me….a sucka.
When I first booked my ticket on Spirit Airlines I felt as if I was winning.
I thought I had the bargain of the year for my trip to Florida.
When I did some online research and compared the prices of tickets to Orlando on other airlines Spirit came out on top.
The carrier that’s relatively new to Houston was $100 to $200 cheaper than the rest.
Then on the day of travel I was hit with the cold hard reality that Spirit charges $100 for two bags.
As I approached Spirit’s kiosk at George Bush Airport I noticed another disturbing sign.
That notice indicated if I needed a boarding pass printed it would cost me another $10.
But back to my bags…I was shocked that Spirit has one of the highest baggage fees in the industry.
And get this – your luggage is expected to be lighter than the industry standard weight of 50 pounds.
That means one extra pound over their 40 pound limit results in another $25 charge or fee.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Just because something appears to be affordable doesn’t necessarily make it cheaper.
I learned that the hard way with Spirit.
So, let’s do the math.
By the time I get on my return flight from Florida I would have spent $570 in fees.
Now, just imagine if I would’ve flown Southwest at the $300+ price they were charging…I would have saved money.
After this expensive trip at what was suppose to be a deal something just doesn’t sit right with my spirit!
Update: Total baggage cost on Spirit Airlines: $210 = they got me good!
Did I mention you have to pay for everything including pretzels?