I went to Austin over the weekend and decided to fly from there to Dallas. If you approach your journey in the right way, you will be a fan of the airline.
I wanted to review the Big Front Seat of the A321 product from Spirit Airlines. A pleasant experience can be found between the Big Front Seat, high speed wi-fi, and a very friendly crew.
The airline charges extra for just about everything because of its low cost. If I had booked at the airport I would have paid less for my ticket and flight.
The Fort Lauderdale to Austin flight is leaving at 1:45PM.
I paid $120 to assign the big front seat I think the price of the Big Front Seat is still fairly priced, even though the premium has increased over time.
Carry-ons and checked bags are usually included in the price. I receive a complimentary full size carry-on bag and a checked bag because I am a gold member of the free spirit program. I didn't have to pay any extra fees.
I flew from Fort Lauderdale to Austin at 1:45PM and arrived at the airport at 12PM. I found the app to be really good. The best terminal at the airport is terminal 4.
The end of the terminal is where my flight was leaving from. Zone 1 passengers were invited to board first and those who paid extra for a carry-on were not included.
The plane that I flew on was a nearly seven year old plane. New seats were installed in the plane I was on, and the airline is planning on introducing all-new interiors again as early as the year 2023. The new seats seem to be an improvement over the old ones.
There are a total of 229 seats on the A321s. There are eight big front seats.
We will discuss the main part of the cabin. Standard economy seating is in a 3-3 configuration. The seat pitch on Spirit Airlines is just 28′′.
I didn't have the chance to sit in these seats, but I think the legroom looked good. It is especially true when you consider that the seats don't recline, so no one will further intrude on your space
The standard seats don't have full size tray tables, but they have a lot of smaller tables. It shouldn't be a problem in terms of food and drinks. It isn't ideal if you want to work on a laptop or watch tv on a personal device
There are eight seats in the front of the cabin that are in a 2-2 configuration.
The big front seats are very similar to the first class seats on other airlines in the US. The seats have a lot of space.
The window seat in the first row was the only seat available when I booked.
The headrests on the seats make them a bit more comfortable. The seats are thin and not as padded as you would find in domestic first class.
If you want to work on your laptop, Big Front Seats have full size tray tables, which make it easier.
The center console allowed you to place drinks or personal items.
Unlike in the main cabin, the Big Front Seats of the Spirit are not reclined.
Individual air nozzles and reading lights were included in the overhead console.
There aren't power outlets on the planes.
Since this was an older style cabin, the overhead bins were not as large as on newer planes. Since not many people have carry-ons, that should change over time.
TheSpirit Big Front Seat is a good way to fly. Based on the 28′′ pitch, the standard economy seats look good.
It took quite some time for the boarding process to be done, as you would expect for a full flight. The crew welcomed each passenger with a big smile and even invited kids to visit the cockpit.
I am a big fan of good airline boarding music, and Spirit Airlines has a very nice, calming track that plays during boarding. The captain opened the main cabin door at 1:10PM to inform us of our flight time of 2 hours 33 minutes and our altitude of 36,000 feet.
One of the flight attendants referred to herself as "the hostess with the mostest" after that. I think it's funny. She continued, "while safety is our priority, service is our passion" An amazing attitude. The demonstration was performed in a few moments.
Shortly after 1:10PM, we pushed our way back from the gate.
The taxi took us to runway 10R in a little over an hour. We had to hold on for a few minutes as the plane took off and another plane came in.
We were given the go-ahead to take off by 1:45PM. The views were great as they took off into the east, before turning.
The sign for seatbelts was turned off.
Both the A320s and A321s are now equipped with flytlive wi-fi, thanks to the work of Spirit Airlines. There was a pamphlet in my seat back and a decals by the boarding door.
It was easy to connect to the internet.
The prices for browsing and streaming are from $6.99 to $11.98 per flight. A browsing pass and a streaming pass were available on this flight.
You have to watch an ad before you can use the internet. I wouldn't expect anything different from spirit.
The speed of the internet was good. It worked well throughout the flight, unlike my return flight on Southwest, where it was useless.
Extra is charged for all food and drinks, except for cups of ice, which could be a way to enjoy complimentary water. The menu can be found below.
You can either buy a bundle or select something. There is a complimentary non-alcoholic drink and snack for members of the Gold category of the airline. There are items with the Free spirit logo next to them.
I ordered a diet coke and pretzel twists for free. I ordered the cheese tray because I wanted to report on the most premium dining experience.
American cheese, crackers, dried apples, and cranberries were included in the cheese tray. The cheese plate you find on Frontier is the same one sold by Spirit.
When I mentioned to the flight attendant that I was a Gold member, he said "thanks for your business, I don't think I've ever done one of these before" I think Spirit doesn't have a lot of elite members.
There are only three lavatories on the A321s. There were three people in the back of the cabin. There weren't many lines to use the forward lavatory. People don't have to use the bathroom as often if food and drinks are only available for purchase.
The bathroom was clean and people seemed to have good bathroom manners.
The flight attendants on this flight were professional. This flight was no exception, as it was staffed by great employees. They were professional, fun, entertaining, and great ambassadors for the airline. These five are the best crew at a legacy airline.
We left Fort Lauderdale a little after 2 hours. Around five minutes after that, the sign for seatbelts was turned on. We hit some bumps at the end of the approach, but it was a smooth descent.
At 2:55PM, we arrived in Austin. We had a taxi that took us five minutes to get to our gate, but it took another five minutes for the door to open, so we were still there on time.
I would fly with the airline again after having a great flight. Spirit is my favorite ultra low cost carrier. The frequent flyer program is great and the Big Front Seat is great. It's nice to be around people who enjoy their jobs and I had an awesome crew on this flight.
I prefer flying American out of Miami, but if the schedule is the best, I will fly it again.
What was it like to fly in the big front seat?