So, I just completed the online check-in process for my first-ever Spirit Airlines flight tomorrow morning, and I couldn’t help but to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. First, I was presented with my “baggage” options. As you can see from the image below, I had 3 choices – a personal item (free of charge), a carry-on ($35), or a checked bag ($33).
The thought of dodging this fee became a minor challenge because: 1. I’m female, and we need all of our beauty/hair “stuff”… and of course an array of cute outfits and heels to choose from. 2. If I bring a backpack, then I guess that takes the place of my purse, which means I’ll somehow have to deal with packing a small clutch containing my purse vitals in place of my normal day bag. 3. Did I mention that it would be somewhat of a challenge to fit everything in a measly 16 x 14 x 12” backpack? Hmm… what’s a girl to do?
Challenge accepted. I selected the backpack option. The reality is, I’ll technically be away for only 2 nights, so I’ll just have to pack sensibly. (Do I really need to bring 5 pairs of heels? No.) I’ll also only take the absolute beauty necessities in handy dandy travel bottles. Win #1.
After that was over, I was expecting to print my boarding pass on the next page, instead I came to another
halt page filled with catchy phrases like “You want the window seat? You got it!” and “Flying is more fun when you’re seated with your travel companion!” What is this nonsense?
Ah ha! They’re trying to lure me into ridiculous fee #2: seat assignments. Since Lisa (one of my travel companions) and I purchased tickets on separate reservations, I wasn’t expecting to be sitting with her anyway, and uh… I think I will be OK sitting next to a stranger for a little over 2 hours. Besides, playing seat roulette is fun – I kind of like the mystery behind my seat mate (
speed seat dating?). I dodged this fee simply by clicking the almost-hidden option of “continue without seat selection.”
At the end of the game, my boarding pass shows that I’ll be taking only 1 personal item, and that I’ll be sitting in randomly-generated seat 23F.
I smirked when Lisa texted me her “randomly-generated” seat: 23E. That’s the ultimate win.
Have a laugh at Spirit Airline’s “Optional Fees”, and please feel free share stories of your own.