I just returned from a quick trip to Michigan on Spirit Airlines, and longtime readers of OTR know that I’m perhaps the only person willing to stick up for the much maligned carrier. I’ll stick up for them again:
– My ticket was $88. Round trip.
– They’ve received all manner of flack for charging for carryons. And I’ll admit that it’s annoying. But really what they’re doing is trying to encourage people to check their bags, as that reduces the boarding time. And I saw that first-hand: boarding went quickly despite it being a full flight. And more incredibly, there was overhead bin space even after the full flight was boarded. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that.
– Regardless of what Seatguru says, the seat pitch in rows behind the exit row are far less than the 31″ they say. Rows in front of exit rows are about 31″, but rows behind that and continuing to the rear of the aircraft are likely 29″ (if not less – I didn’t have a ruler). They are tight. Very, very, very tight. It nearly goes from being wildly uncomfortable to funny. Except that it wasn’t funny. That all said, I sprung the $25 for an exit row on my return flight and that was a $25 well spent.