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Through today June 30, Spirit is selling tickets for July and August starting at $23.10 one way for members of its “$9 Fare Club” and $34.10 one way for non-members. (More info on the $9 Fare Club below.)
The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 30) for travel on different dates specified by each sale route.
Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $23/$34 fares between:
- Atlanta and Orlando
- Atlanta and Tampa
- Atlantic City, NJ to Boston
- Charleston, WV and Myrtle Beach, SC
- Chicago and Latrobe, PA
- Chicago and Minneapolis
- Cleveland and Boston
- Cleveland and Myrtle Beach, SC
- Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City, MO
- Dallas/Fort Worth and New Orleans
- Denver and Phoenix
- Denver and Las Vegas
- Fort Lauderdale and Tampa
- Fort Lauderdale and Orlando
- Houston and Kansas City, MO
- Houston and New Orleans
- Las Vegas and Los Angeles
There are also many $38, $43, $48, and higher fares, sorted by city.
I had no trouble pricing out Cleveland to Boston on July 28 for $23/$34.
$9 Fare Club
The $9 Fare Club offers $9 discounts on checked bags and carry ons, and during sales, discounts on airfare. During this sale, the discount on airfare is $5-$15 per one way, depending on the route.
Here is the FAQ of the $9 Fare Club.
Membership costs $60 for the first year and $70 per year thereafter.
If you fly Spirit four or more roundtrips per year, and you always carry at least one paid bag, you should definitely join the club. Otherwise probably not.
Spirit now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.
Seat selection costs $1-$50, and more if you want a Big Front Seat, which has the size and legroom of domestic First Class without any of the benefits you normally get for sitting in First Class. Spirit will assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.
Only a personal item is free to bring on board. For non-members of the $9 Fare Club, checked bags cost $32 and carry ons cost $35, so I would think of these fares as costing $32 more each way and plan on checking a bag. $9 Fare Club members get a $9-$11 discount on bags.
All food and drinks cost money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
Even checking in at the airport will cost you $2.
While some people get frustrated by all these fees, I don’t mind them at all. Spirit is super upfront about all the fees, and they’re simple enough to account for or avoid. I buy into Spirit’s marketing that it is fairer to have people pay for their options and NOT pay for they don’t use than have everyone buy a bundled fare with options they might not want.
Getting These Flights for Free
There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.
Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.