FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Before I begin my horror story with Spirit Airlines, I must urge everyone to send an email to the DOT at email@example.com to file a formal complaint against any airline. The DOT sends a monthly report to the airline and the NEWS MEDIA and then charges the airline for the report. You can also write to them at: Aviation Consumer Protection Division, C-75, U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, D.C. 20590. OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov.
I booked three (3) roundtrip tickets leaving from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport arriving at La Guardia Airport for a wedding that I was to attend as part of the bridal party. The flight was scheduled to leave at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2007. Upon arriving at the airport at 7:00 p.m. (1 hour before the scheduled departure), we encountered a line as long as the lines you find in an amusement park, such as Disney World. They had all types of departing flights lined up in a single line. Everyone was confused and the agents were not helpful in assisting anyone.
Upon approaching Spirit Airlines' agents to inquire as to where we should check in, the agents simply brushed us off and told us to get in line. They wouldn't even let us speak. It was the most chaotic thing I've ever experienced at an airport. After waiting nearly half an hour, we were afraid we were never going to make it to the ticket counter and demanded one of the agents to assist us, as our flight would be boarding soon. The ticketing agent told us we had to pay $70 per passenger to re-book, as our flight had already taken off. Please keep in mind the time was only 7:30 p.m. and our flight was not scheduled to leave until 8:05 p.m.
We were backed by several angry passengers who were also in line for more than an hour and who were told they had missed their flights and had to pay $70 to re-book. After long discussions back and forth with several ticket agents, including the supervisor, we were re-booked at no charge for a flight the following morning at 5:00 a.m. We had no choice but to stay at a hotel nearby in order to get to the airport three (3) hours in advance as the ticket agent suggested for us to do.
The following morning when we arrived at the airport at 2:00 a.m., we found a long line of passengers who “missed” their flights the night before. However, there were no ticketing agents at the counter. The ticket counters were closed and did not open until 4:00 a.m. To add to our already unexpected expense of paying for a hotel, we were charged $10 per luggage that we checked in. Unbelievably, on our return flight from La Guardia to Ft. Lauderdale, I tried checking in on-line to get a $5 discount per luggage being checked in. Conveniently, that section of the website was not working at that time and I was unable to check in my luggage on-line.
Furthermore, the same luggage that we took with us from Ft. Lauderdale as carry-on items were not accepted as carry-on items on our return flight, and we were forced to check them in and pay $10 per luggage. In total we paid $30 for our luggage. We tried explaining to the ticketing agents that these items were accepted as carry-on items in Ft. Lauderdale and we were told that La Guardia is much stricter than Ft. Lauderdale. The ticketing agents were rude and unprofessional and refused to accommodate us. This airline is out of control! I do not recommend this airline to anyone EVER!
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, FLORIDA -- Warning!! Fly Spirit at your own risk! On Sunday, June 24, 2007, I was scheduled to fly from Detroit to Orlando on flight 801. I arrived at the Detroit Metro airport and was checking my baggage at the Spirit Airlines counter, if my memory serves me correctly, at least 1 hour before departure. Both my suitcases had tags with my name, address and phone number.
I was informed at the counter (I believe her name was **) that the flight was overbooked, that I will probably be able to get a seat, but at that time, they will manually write out a baggage claim check for my 2 bags rather than electronically issue one to ensure that my bags get on the same flight as I do. I was then informed that there would be a $10 charge for my second bag. This woman (whom I believe to be **) then handwrote out a claim check and told me to hurry to my gate immediately to check in with hopes that I will get a seat assignment. Both of my suitcases were tagged with luggage tags with my name, address and cell phone number.
At the time, I assumed that the $10 charge was issued on the master account my company utilizes for all travel expenses since she did not ask me for a credit card. At the gate, after a short wait, I was issued a seat assignment and was very pleased to be boarding the plane and to be arriving in Orlando on time. Once I arrived in Orlando, I then proceeded to the baggage claim area where I discovered that both my bags were missing.
I then went to the Orlando Spirit Airlines baggage claim office and filed a report and was very disappointed to find out that there was no way to track my claim check number electronically to locate the whereabouts of my suitcases and when they would be arriving, and the fact that I only had one manual claim check might cause problems in the future at locating one of my two bags. Of course, at this time, I had no idea which bag was tagged and which bag was not so I had no way of knowing which bag had the higher probability of arriving at my hotel at the Walt Disney Resort Dolphin Hotel.
As I explained to the representative, I was given only one baggage claim tag and did not realize that the number was not to identify the ticket number or passenger, namely me, but that there should have been 1 per suitcase. I left my contact information and went to the hotel where I immediately purchased a few items while waiting for the arrival of my bags later that day or Monday. This included a swimsuit, some sunscreen/oil and some flip flops, since I had a removable cast for a broken right foot and not even a full pair of shoes or flip flops.
After making several calls and leaving several messages to the Spirit Airlines 800 # at both the Detroit and Orlando baggage claim offices, without one being returned that Sunday, June 24, it became apparent to me that I was going to need some more necessary items since I was in Orlando for a 5-day business meeting that was to begin the following day, Monday, June 24. I received a toiletry kit from the hotel which included a toothbrush, razors, and toothpaste. I then took a cab ride, which was $60 to the closest department store, which was Walmart, where I purchased some additional toiletries, mainly make-up, undergarments, and hair care items.
I also purchased a cell phone charger since my cell phone was the means by which my customers, family and work associates were to reach me. Being the optimist I am, I was still hopeful that my bags would show up late that night or early in the morning.
Of course, when I woke up that Monday morning, June 25, with a week-long annual business meeting being attended by upper management of my company and still no business clothing, casual clothing, curling irons, make-up, pajamas (which I would need since I did have a roommate arriving), etc., it became apparent to me that I needed to get some more shopping done, particularly because no one had called me back yet from either office and your 'customer service' 800 # said to "please call back because all the lines were busy", which incidentally was the same message I received the rest of the week, Monday-Friday, whenever I found the time to make a call on breaks.
I then took another cab to a local mall where I spent approximately 3 hours shopping for replacement items and toiletries....in the amount of approximately $600+. I still have no idea when or if my luggage is going to be returned and I obviously cannot be making daily trips to the mall purchasing clothing on a daily basis and paying for all the cab rides. It was that afternoon, that **, from your Orlando baggage office called me back, the only person who has provided me with any assistance since this whole ordeal started. She said that she could not locate my luggage service report so I gave her the information and she said that she would look into it.
She then called to tell me that she had located one of my bags in Ft. Lauderdale and that I should be receiving it later that evening or the next day. I was very grateful to her and was of course, anxious to find out which suitcase it was that would be arriving at my hotel room. Unfortunately though, she was not sure what had happened to the second suitcase. I did receive the larger of the two suitcases with most of my professional clothing late that evening. All my toiletries, shoes, and some casual and workout clothing were in the second missing bag.
I was able to borrow my roommates' curling iron, hairspray etc., and as already mentioned, had received a few toiletry items from the hotel, which I felt could tie me over until my second bag was located. I did leave several messages at the Spirit Airlines Detroit baggage office to see if my bag had even left Detroit but never received a call back. I also continued to call the Orlando baggage office, and as the VM states, did not receive a callback, which apparently means that my second suitcase was not located.
I continued to call the Spirit Airlines customer service 800 # and still received a message stating that all representatives were busy and to call back at a later time. On Friday afternoon when I flew out, I stopped by the Spirit Airlines Orlando baggage office to double check the status and was informed that my bag was not there nor did they know where it was. I then flew to Detroit and had a very disturbing encounter with ** and several irate but mistreated customers who had been through similar or much worse ordeals than my own.
Baggage lost enroute to their cruise and on the way back. One gentleman who was traveling internationally with his family and got caught up with delays and customs, but unfortunately could not get through to your Spirit Airlines 'customer' service number and was told that it was basically his fault and he would have to purchase all new $1200 worth of tickets to go to Las Vegas because he did not change his flight in time. Spirit Airlines has a responsibility to its customers to be available through your 800 # and I know from personal experience that it was not available for at least 5 days in a row, at any length of time.
I would like to mention to you that ** at the Spirit Airlines Detroit baggage claim office was very helpful to me because she gave me another home office number to call to get in touch with an actual person, but unfortunately I have been unsuccessful. The number she gave me: Spirit Airlines Corporate Office 954-447-7965 extension **. So far these are the attempts I have made since arriving home, although all have been unsuccessful:
Monday July 2 - 8:30 am 954-447-7965, option 2, regarding lost or delayed luggage, said that the mailbox was full and to please try again later.
Monday, July 2 around 11 am - I left a message stating what they requested -- my name, spelling my last name, phone number, file reference #, and it said that I did not have one to leave the city I flew into - which I did. It also said that all messages will be returned within 24 hours.
Tuesday, July 3 11:35 am. Left a message again with the same information as above.
Thursday, July 5 at 8:30 am - left a message again stating that it was the third time and that my bag has been missing since June 24 and I have yet to talk to anyone regarding it and its replacement value etc.
Thursday, July 5 at 11:30 pm - customer relations. The phone extension was picked up and then hung up with no one speaking on it three times. Almost sounded like a recording. I did try the sales line 3 times, extension 1, but got a recording saying that "due to unusual high call volume they were unable to process my call at this time. Please try my call again later.
Friday, July 6, 8:00 am - 954-447-7965, option 2, and left another message. The message said once again, that if calling during business hours, leave a detailed message with the same info, and explained that I have to file a claim.
I also tried calling the Spirit Airlines sales line again, 800-772-7117. The message said that "due to unusual high call volume, we are unable to process your call at this time.. please try again later." I left a message at the Orlando for **, 407-825-2801, stating that I have been trying for almost 2 weeks now to file a claim and to reach someone, I would like the name of her manager or someone to contact directly so I can try to get this resolved. So now I am left with a $$$ bill and am still missing many items that need to be replaced, my suitcase to name just one.
I have original receipts of many of the items in the second mysteriously disappearing suitcase and would like to know who I need to contact and what steps I need to take to #1. Get reimbursed in a timely manner and #2. Be compensated for the items that have not been returned. Since arriving back in Michigan, I have started to replace the items that were in that second suitcase, such as curling irons, tweezers, make up brushes, a hairbrush, eyelash curler, razor, etc. I went to my local drugstore and spent about $143 on these items because I had 3 curling irons packed for this trip. I only replaced the two I use the most often.
I also went out and replaced some more of my makeup and skin care items which totaled $84.27. I understand that Spirit Airlines will not replace my sunglasses or my perfume. I have been on your webpage and it states that Spirit will cover up to $3000 for items in lost checked baggage. Given my situation, I would like to talk to someone on how to document this information and get more specifics on what is covered.
I sent this, have confirmation of its receipt, have left several other phone and email messages and have yet to hear back. I don't expect to be reimbursed for the full amount, but believe that they should at least call me back and let me know what, if anything, and how to go about reclaiming some of my losses. The fact that no one has returned my call is very disappointing and speaks volumes regarding why they are in such dire financial straits.
Incidentally, the certified letter was received at the Miramar Florida office, Luggage Resolution Department, so I know it made it to the right place, on July 16th and was received by a **?? -- Cannot really make out the name, but am confident that they have received my letter and the copy of the receipts, the service report that I made when I arrived in Orlando and the letter documenting my mistreatment. I have had baggage come up missing before with other airlines, this I expect. However, I have never been treated (or ignored) like this.
I would seriously reconsider flying with Spirit and if you need to due to financial reasons, carry on your baggage because if it gets lost or comes up missing, you will more than make up for your ticket savings in purchasing replacement items. I have not in any way been angry or rude when leaving messages, and am generally a very easygoing and reasonable person to deal with.
I just feel it is a disgrace and want to warn others, particularly after researching other customer complaints and after overhearing how the other travelers in the Detroit baggage claim office had been treated. Good luck and safe travels!! FYI -- I have continued to try to get this issue resolved and have yet to get a response. You decide if it is worth the risk.
WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS -- I decided to book Spirit Airlines after reading so many negative reviews. I am a frequent flier but the Non-stop round trip ticket price from BOS-MYR was unbelievably low. I was first taken aback by the baggage fees but then decided it was till worth the savings and decided to suck it up. Then I couldn't believe that you actually had to pay to reserve an actual seat. Again, I sucked it up and waited to be assigned our seats. I arrived at the airport 2 hours before my flight and all went well. I started thinking "wow, this airline isn't that bad". My family and I board the flight and we were pretty impressed with the interior look of the plane.
It was a newer aircraft and looked very clean. I sit down and again I was taken aback this time by the seat space and also the fact that the seats do not recline AT ALL. We were cramped in like cattle. Then minutes before takeoff the real nightmare begins. The Captain announces over the intercom that there is a document issue and we would be delayed by 10 minutes. Awe, not so bad! 20 minutes later the Captain is back on the intercom telling us that he has bad news for us and there was a problem with the personnel and the flight had to be cancelled. They ordered us all of the plane and advised us to all go back to the ticket counter.
Since we were at the back of the plane the line was huge. We were advised that we had two options: Get a full refund or book on another flight with them in the near future. Another flight in the future not this date but the earliest was three days away. I called the customer service number and inquired if I could get a refund over the phone to prevent the lengthy wait in line with my two small crying children. The customer service agent told me he couldn't issue a refund because the flight was in the air and was only 10 minutes delayed. Are you kidding me there were 200 passengers in line - there was no plane in the air.
So, after waiting 3 hours in line for my refund I was offered a $50 voucher to be used on Spirit within 60 days. Are you kidding me? I told them to keep their voucher because I would be filing a complaint. This cancellation has cost me 100's in prepaid ticketed events that I had pre-purchased for my family. I also had a prepaid Auto Rental that I have lost money on as well as one night hotel for not cancelling within 72 hours. There was absolutely no compassion shown by any of the employees at the airport or on the phone. This was not a weather related or mechanical cancellation but a straight up error by your company.
Here I am typing this E-Mail as my 2 small children are crying in the background because Spirit Airlines ruined our vacation. How can you offer me a $50 voucher and have no compassion is beyond me! I will be looking forward to hearing from you regarding this serious problem.
Another thing I have noticed that when their flights have been delayed (or cancelled) the info through flightstatus.com and tripit.com does not update -- the cancelled flight was still showing On Time three hours later. I guess they don't have much incentive to make timely updates of bad news.
MIRAMAR, FLORIDA -- I have traveled internationally for business and pleasure for the last 20 years extensively and I have to confess, Spirit Airlines is perhaps the worst airline I have ever flown with or had dealings with. My disappointment initially started when I booked a flight for my husband and myself to Costa Rica. Your website is both frustrating and time consuming for your consumer. Every single thing the customer may want to do, for example, sit with their husband on a flight is all at an extra charge! We persisted and finally had a booking. Booking reference ** and departed on March 24, 2013 and returned to San Jose to fly home to Orlando on March 29, 2013.
On arrival at our gate for our departing flight - Flight 756, departing at 12.30 PM, we settled in for a wait before boarding. Over the intercom came the repeated message, that Spirit Airlines were seeking passengers to step off the flight in return for a "FREE ROUND TRIP TICKET TO ANYWHERE SPIRIT FLIES" in return for taking the 1 am flight to Orlando later that night.
Initially we ignored the message, but after the 9-10th request we went to the desk to inquire if the offer was really as good as it sounded and were reassured that not only would we receive a voucher for a free flight, but a hotel room close to the airport, meal voucher and transportation to and from the airport. We were also assured that our suitcases would be available. After much discussed with the Spirit Airlines staff we decided to avail of the offer which was our mistake. We were issued the vouchers and guided to collect our luggage! Well we would have collected our luggage except it was not available! But in great 'Spirit' fashion your ground crew did not care!
"Oh well Ms **, sorry about that." We were now faced with 10-hour wait and NO personal items. A cab fare and $150 later spent at Walmart we finally had what we needed to spend the waiting time comfortably before our return to the airport for the 1 am flight. It would take too long to explain to you the ridiculous screening undertaken by Spirit before boarding the flight, not TSA, not security, but Spirit Airlines and from what we could see the main purpose of the exercise was to ensure passengers had no drinks or food so they would be forced to spend more money with the your airline on board.
I am surprised at this stage you don't charge for water or using the restroom but sure this day us coming and fast!
Once home we called Spirit to make our "free round trip booking to anywhere that Spirit flies" only to be told that the dates we wanted to fly were black out dates! Imagine our surprise when we heard this as this had not been part of any discussion or information provided by ANY Spirit staff member in San Jose. We waited a few weeks and called again to meet our booking deadline, and spoke with Customer Service on 5-20-13 for over 1 hour and 30 minutes to try to get a schedule a flight to use our 'free voucher'.
I provided the customer service representative with over 9 different options as far in the future as February 2014 to try to find dates that we could fly. After almost an hour he finally found some dates (not the dates we wanted to fly) and we secured the times. When it came to the final booking your Customer Service representative advised we would have to pay $468.00 for the booking! I inquired "Why do we have to pay this amount? we were advised it was a "FREE ROUND TRIP TICKET TO ANYWHERE SPIRIT FLIES."
Your customer service representative went on to advise me that the fare was $73.00 per person and the remaining fees we had to pay were taxes! Free round trip flight.. seriously! There is NOTHING free about Spirit and we should have known better than to have trusted you or any of your employees of this airline.
We had a round trip ticket with Spirit Airlines to Las Vegas departing from Denver May 9, 2013, returning May 12, 2013. We arrived at DIA at 9:30 am. Our flight was to leave at 11:50 am. We boarded the plane 40 minutes late, made it out to the runway and were told we were returning to the gate for an issue with the hydraulics. We were told this would take about 2-3 hours to repair. Our depart time was changed to 2 pm. At 2, we were told it was now 3 pm. At 3, we were told it was now 4 pm. Finally around 5 pm, we boarded the plane. Just an aside, the flight attendants were very rude.
The woman next to me was told “you need to put your bag under the seat”. She was Asian and didn't understand English very well. When she asked for clarification, she was told “you need to put your bag under the seat now!!” This woman just spent 5 hours sitting in the airport waiting for a flight. I think a "please" was in order not a barking command. We again made it out to the runway and were told we had to return to the gate as there was an issue with the braking system. Passengers became very upset (not unruly or out of line) at this point and Spirit had the DIA police waiting at the gate when we returned. The supervisor came over the intercom.
Several of the passengers could not hear and he was asked to speak up, he told us “this is as loud as it gets folks”. He was non-apologetic as were all of the Spirit employees. They were actually intimidating toward us, telling us to be quiet and not cause trouble. The employees consistently had the attitude that the passengers were out of line . We were not offered food, drink or anything in the 12 hours we spent at the airport. My companion and I had serious reservations about the safety of the plane and decided to cancel our flight and book another.
We were given our refund and assured that our bags would be taken off the plane and would arrive at carousel 5.
When we and several other passengers that had cancelled their flights were waiting for our bags, a Spirit employee came up and informed us that our bags were on the way to Las Vegas and wouldn't be back until 11:45 the next morning. Many of us live hours away from the airport and could not go home and come back the next morning. When we asked about hotel vouchers, we were told no vouchers would be issued. The employees were extremely arrogant and indifferent toward our complaints, treating us as if we were in the wrong.
We were hesitant to book another flight as our bags would be headed back to Denver. When we were still in the airport trying to figure out what to do, we noticed the Spirit airlines ticketing had a line of people. It turns out the flight went out again and came back to the gate for a mechanical problem. The flight was finally cancelled. We did get our luggage back that evening. Then we felt safe booking another flight but by that time the seats were full as they were taken by other passengers from the Spirit flight.
We booked our own hotel room as it was 10 pm by the time we left the airport. We saw another passenger at the hotel. He said Spirit did get him on a flight out in the am with Frontier however, would not give him a hotel voucher. The Frontier employee was very sympathetic and gave him a hotel voucher. Now that is customer service. When we called Spirit the next morning, we were told we would be issued a 50$ voucher to fly with Spirit again but they could do nothing more for us.
I am a nurse at Children's Hospital and a single mom. It is very rare for me to get time away to go somewhere for R&R. I had been looking forward to this trip for 2 mos. Thanks to Spirit Airlines, my rare 4-day weekend away was ruined. The arrogance and indifference displayed by the Spirit employees was appalling. I have never, in my 48 years, experienced such poor customer service.
FT LAUDERDALE, TEXAS -- I would like to let it be known about my first trip with Spirit Airlines. I am a very dissatisfied customer and never been treated so rudely and as if I'm incapable of following rules well. On my trip to Ft Lauderdale, FL I wanted to save some money so I decided to fly with Spirit Airlines. I purchased my ticket through CheapAir.com which I have used before but this time was not aware baggage was not included. I did my research to find out after paying $232.00 for a round trip ticket that it would be an additional fee for baggage. That was a little disturbing due to it was not brought to my attention and I had the impression baggage fees was included.
Needless to say I end up paying $70.00 for my luggage to ride round trip which is ridiculous. That's not all; I was on time for my flight that was departing to Ft Lauderdale. I received my boarding pass and went to check my bag and then I get to security. The security checked everything and just because I had skin lotion in my bag that was an ounce bigger than the 3 ounces that they allow I had to make a choice to throw it away or put it in my luggage.
I was not going to throw anything away my hard money paid for; I decided to put it in my luggage. That means I had to get out the security line I waited in for 30-45min to go to the customer service line to call for my luggage that took another 10-15 min for them to bring back up. Once I received my luggage I had to start all over again which was making me later and later. I reached customer service representative finally to check my luggage again that I waited in line another 15-20 min for and to find out my plane left. Then the customer service advised me due to me missing my flight I would have to pay an additional $70.00 to reschedule my flight.
At that point I was livid but still remained calm and paid the fee of $70 just to enjoy my trip to Ft Lauderdale, FL. I do say I enjoyed my trip and then I had to return back to Dallas, TX! My flight was supposed to leave out on a Saturday morning and do I remind you I was on time again at least 2 hrs ahead of schedule.
I received my boarding pass and check my bag, the customer service representative advised me due to my luggage being 51 lbs I had to pay an additional $25 to another customer service representative in a whole different line. Which mean I was waiting again all together a little over an hour which I was still calm and charged it on my card so I can get home and to never use this company again. In the process guess what??? I miss my flight again and the representative told me that she can reschedule me due to I was already there when the plane was departing and there will be no additional fee.
Now that really top the cake, so you mean to tell me I came out of pocket $70 to reschedule my first flight when I was already at the freaking airport? The customer service rescheduled and I went ahead and checked my bag so I don't have to deal with any more lines when I returned. I returned that night to catch my flight and this time I made sure I was 4 hrs early. I sat by my gate the whole time and the boarding time came up and when I looked at the screen the destination was changed.
I ask an attendant what was going and these are her exact words "Dallas was boarded at another gate and I announced it on the intercom and if you was listening you would have known that!" I walked away to go speak with a supervisor which I had to wait another 45-60 mins to get assistance. I tried to explain my situation and at this point I am livid and entirely fed up. I ask "When is the next flight and am I able to leave ASAP due to my bag was already in Dallas?" The supervisor told me that was nothing she can do, the soonest available flight was on Monday. Do I remind you this is Saturday and I have 'NO' clothes.
I advised her that was not acceptable and I will need to be accommodated for my needs. She said She cannot offer me anything but to reschedule for Monday; she will not refund me and will not provide a hotel room. I have a choice to take the flight Monday or nothing at all! That's when I snapped, she was very rude and I thought you supposed to do your best to satisfy your customers. I myself am a Supervisor and I would at least advise the customer to allow me to see what I can do to assist you and not there is anything I can do. I was unable to bring to her attention on the rude attendant because after that she walked away.
There was an attendant that was standing there and I wish I would have taken her name down cause she tried her best to assist me and put me on standby for Sunday morning and submitted a request for my refund I had ask the supervisor for. I have never flown with any other airlines and received this horrible service before and I will make it my purpose to bring this to everyone that I know attention. They will never get my money again and I will make sure I let everyone know mainly after seeing 15-20 customers pissed off at the airlines for whatever reason.
Thanks for listening. They will never get my money again.
OHIO -- Spirit Airlines has got to be one of the worst airline ever. First we get on the plane in Detroit and my husband sits in his seat. There is duct tape holding up the tray table and a sign duct taped to the table saying "do not sit in this seat." We talk to the stewardess and she tells us "don't worry about it you can sit there." Then they come over the speaker and say the flight has been overbooked and they need three people to get off the plane. So we sit while they try to get people off and on the plane. Then they say "We have a light out on the wing and can not fly in the dark without it."
So they are going to the hanger to get another light and it will be at least an hour before we can take off. So we sit on the plane and wait. An hour and a half later and the come back and tell us that some people will be missing their next flight and that they must get off the plane and still we sit. I ask the flight attendant if I could have a drink of water she says "yes but it will cost you 3 dollars." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? We have been stuck on this plane at the gate for two hours and they are going to charge you for WATER. OK so we finally get up in the air and land in Fort Lauderdale. We are to change flights and hope we are on our way to St Thomas.
We board the next plane and you would not believe this but once again my husband's tray table is taped and a sign says "do not sit in this seat." Well we say nothing because we already know the answer. It was a very sad flight. All I kept thinking was if they can't fix the tray table how are they fixing the engines? You would think that would be the end of it right? Well no because we had to get home on the same airlines. So we get to the airport and find out that the other airlines are cancelling their flights due to the wind. OK so Spirit Airline make you go in this little room and wait to see if they are going to cancel or not. So we sit and sit.
So two hours later they finally tell us that the flight was cancelled and that we need to rebook on another flight. So we stand in line and when we get up to the front to rebook they tell us the soonest they can get us out would be THE NEXT SUNDAY maybe. Are you kidding? They tell us we could go to the small plane airline and pay two hundred dollars each to fly to Puerto Rico and then get on a Spirit Airline plane from there. OK so if we do that when would we get out of Puerto Rico. She says "well we may be able to get you out next Saturday or Sunday". This is no joke. So here we go going from airline to airline trying to get a flight out of St. Thomas.
We get a flight out on American Airline leaving on Wednesday for $1100.00. Then it back to Spirit to get our money back for the flight they could not provide. They gave us back $420.00 but they could not put it on my credit card because we had paid for it through a travel agent. We would have to get the money from them. I ask "What about the money I paid for my bags?" They say "Well that goes back to the travel agent also." I say "but that was on MY CARD." I am told that's their policy "sorry".
So my out of pocket for my three extra days that Spirit Airlines made me eat was $1300.00. That includes the hotel we had to get and the food we had to buy. I'm just glad we had the money in our account to pay. Could you imagine this happening and you were down to your last twenty dollars? So if you value your life and you money do not ever fly Spirit Airlines!
HURRICANE, UTAH -- I am writing to you and anyone else that will listen regarding Spirit Air. First of all, I booked a flight to go visit my grandson after saving for months. I am disabled, due a terrible car accident so I don't get to travel much anymore. For years before I was in the accident, which destroyed my new Volvo but saved my life, I travelled constantly, working for FEMA and other organizations helping survivors of disasters. Several days before my flight I broke my foot and 3 toes and was told by Spirit that in order to change my flight it would cost me $110 or I just had to forfeit the ticket.
I made the mistake of buying another ticket from them for August 28th and have not healed enough to walk, in fact, I just found out that I will need several operations to fix the problem. Not only will Spirit not let me change the date of the ticket, they have told me, once again I can forfeit or pay another $110. I have waited to see my grandson for over 2 years. The Worst Part is they signed me up for their $59 program that I didn't want. I called them immediately and had them cancel. They told me they cancelled and that I would refund the money to my account immediately and it would show up in 5 to 7 days.
I called 8 days later and they then said it would be 10 days. I called at 12 days and they said 15 days. I called again and asked for the refund. I spoke to them again on day 15, 20 and 23 and have been given the same run around. Everyone I talk to tells me to wait just a few more days, in fact, on day 20, the individual I talked to told me it would take 15 days, so I counted the days with him and showed him we were at day 20. It has now been 24 days and no refund. I have not been allowed to talk to any supervisor or manager. I have been searching for any information on Spirit management and found your site.
I have given up on getting any exchanges for the tickets to see my grandson, however, I will not give up on the $59.95 which was Spirit's error, which they admitted and which they told me that they refunded to me immediately. It is bad enough that I missed my grandson, cannot walk, will need several surgeries and have paid for 2 tickets that were wasted - rules can be adjusted for true emergencies if there is even an ounce of compassion - but to not refund the $59.95 and continue to lie to me about it is flat out mean, cruel and dishonest.
That $59.95 has kept me from buying prescriptions, going to the doctor and getting food. But Spirit doesn't care about anything but their bottom line, no matter whom they have to cheat or how they have to do it. I feel they owe me the money for one of my tickets back at the very least, and definitely the $59.95 they charged me in error. According to every person I have talked to since August 3rd when I tried to change my ticket and asked for the $59.95 fee they charged me back, the fee has been refunded and there is "no possibility" that it could have been a mistake on Spirit's part nor could it have gone to someone else's account.
There are no "managers or supervisors" to talk to and I am out of money, food and gas. I spent about 1/3 of a month's income on this trip and it's sad enough that I am in too much pain and I can't use the ticket and they won't let me move it to next month. I helped raised my grandson and I am afraid that even if I don't see him before these operations I may not be able to see him again. You figure the odds - 5 operations - the chances are high that something could go wrong.
So, regardless of how bloodthirsty Spirit air is about giving a person who got hurt in an accident - so they have nearly $200 of my money for that (that seems to be how they make their money - sell seats and then make it impossible to change them in an emergency - they still haven't paid back my $59.95 and I am still getting the runaround. I have $10 in the bank and can't pay for medicine, food or gas because there is not enough money because that Spirit still has my refund, which I have been told that was processes August 3rd and would be in my account by August 8th - August 10th at the latest.
If there is anyone who can help me with this in any way I can't tell you how much I would appreciate it. It is bad enough that these people do this to others who can afford it and don't really care that much. For them to do this to people like me who have had a serious accident, had to postpone being with the only family I have and depend on every penny to get by is not only shameful but illegal. Please help me! Once this is settled, I will never fly Spirit again.
So far they have over $250 of my money, none of which has been able to to be used because I have not been allowed to talk to a manager, none of their front line people have any authority or care about anything but Spirit's rules and a paycheck and Spirit takes your money without authority and they lie about refunding it. I used to teach customer service and corporate change from the top down for many major companies and government agencies. At least at that time they were willing to try. Spirit Air is the worst company I have ever come across in over 25 years. I never thought I'd be in this position. Please, please help me if you can. Thanks for letting me vent.
Needing to be in NJ for my granddaughter's highschool graduation June 13, I booked a flight with Spirit Airlines on April 9, after joining their $9 airfare program at a cost of an $59. I supposedly received the lowest fare for the flight I chose. The very next day, I was sent an email offering "graduation specials", flights for $19. Of course, my exact flight was listed. I was informed that I would have to purchase the tickets and wait until 7 days before the flight to cancel the original tickets I bought.. OK. I continued to receive discount and specials advertising the exact date and flight that I had already purchased. What a slap in the face.
After sending an email to Spirit Consumer services, a response was sent, stating some corporate gobbly gook! 7 days before my scheduled flight I called to cancel my flight, was directed to India, where, when I asked to speak with someone I could understand, was told "I can understand you". Really? After speaking with a CSR who informed me that since I was a member of the $9 fare club, I could not apply any other promotion to flight! WHAT? "I will let you speak with a supervisor" the polite voice stated. On hold again. The supervisor informed me that the tickets, and the $9 fare club were non-refundable. Hmmm. OK suck it up the saying goes.
The flight from Myrtle Beach to Atlantic City was uneventful. The return flight, however was a different story. I was at the AC airport at 5 am 6/19 (for a 6:50 am flight) Along with about 200 other Spirit passengers. We were corralled in a red rope "pen" where we waited, not moving for maybe 10-15 minutes, adding customers, watching the chaos, chatting with other passengers. At some point a Spirit employee - director of traffic asked for a show of hands for Myrtle Beach fliers. Are we in kindergarten? "OK" she said. Lifting the stretchy red rope "Go under the rope and follow me".
Dutifully we followed her, to stand in wait for another 10 minutes while she ran around like a crazy, disorganized woman. We should have been on the plane by this time. Hadn't even checked in. I, as well as the people around us were informed that the flight was overbooked and we should go to the gate telling them that we did not have a seat. Oh, that's right, I did not PURCHASE my seat when I booked my flight. The people in front of me had bought their tickets 2 weeks before at a cost of $38.50!!! The gentleman behind me said the same. Neither were members of the $9 fare club by the way. The humiliation still doesn't end. More chaos at the gate.
My name was called and I was assigned a seat. I took a deep breath and went to my seat, which, did you guess it? was already occupied. I tried to maintain my composure, making a joke about sitting on someone's lap. Now I am standing at the front of the plane, waiting for my next direction. The people before me, and behind me were already seated. The "gatekeeper" then came in calling a man's name. No one answered. Still I stand, with the entire plane watching me, knowing we should have already been in the air. The gatekeeper returned, saying she had made a mistake, and although the 1st name was the same, the last name was **, not **.
Mr ** got off of the plane and I was assigned to his seat. Embarrassment, humiliation, exhaustion. This is how Spirit treats its customers. As I stated in previous correspondence with Spirit, When I read that Spirit has filed for bankruptcy, I will nod in understanding.
FT. LAUDERDALE/LATROBE, FLORIDA -- I would like to begin by saying that prior to adding all the new routes, Spirit actually didn't suck. However, it seems to me that their route to plane ratio is off….by A LOT. I am forced to fly Spirit due to my family situation. My mother has stage 7 Alzheimer's and my father is her caregiver. They can't drive to Pittsburgh to pick me up from the airport so I have to fly into Latrobe, which means I have to fly Spirit. However, I would like to warn any potential new Spirit customers as to what they can now come to expect from this airline.
I have flown on Spirit the 4 times this year and with all four flights, I have been delayed and there has been a SEVERE lack of communication on the part of Spirit as to why/how. Spirit has had inaccurate information posted at the airport, with the desk people and also on their automated phone system. My most recent flight was on the 20th of April, returning the 23rd.
Every single flight Spirit had at Ft. Lauderdale airport was delayed INDEFINITELY (they actually switched gates once – changed the flight departure time thrice AND even threatened cancelling once) and the best excuse Spirit could come up with was that the planes just hadn't arrived yet. I AM NOT KIDDING. Apparently, when Spirit offered the flights and posted the times online, they actually didn't check how long it takes their planes to get from point A to point B. Then, adding insult to injury, they gave a lousy $7 food voucher as compensation. YOU CAN'T BUY A SANDWICH AT AN AIRPORT FOR SEVEN DOLLARS IN 2012.
As I mentioned, all other flights were delayed as well, due to aircraft just not being there! After waiting 5 hours, we finally boarded the plane, and again the only reason given was ‘well the plane is coming from South America'. That's awesome but I'm pretty sure they should have been able to plan for that, seeing as they make the schedule. On the return flight things got even more fun! I phoned Spirit to ensure my flight was still as scheduled and the automated system told me (over and over and over) that the flight was CANCELLED! It told me to hold on for a customer service representative.
When said representative answered he informed me that there was a 15-minute delay only. Interesting. Then I phoned the actual airport and the man at the Spirit counter told me there was NO DELAY AT ALL. I asked him to double check and he returned telling me it would be over an hour delay. I ended up going to airport at scheduled time JUST IN CASE. Now, I realize that there was a freak snowstorm on this particular day (which is the only reason I phoned Spirit upon waking up) however, that was not the reason given for my delay. In fact, I asked if it had anything to do with the weather and was told no.
This is not the way a business should be able to act and remain in business. I have never, ever witnessed a business that relies on its customers yet cares so little about them. It is disgusting. Now, I am currently waiting on my aunts to arrive and unfortunately they made their reservations with Spirit prior to my issues with the airline. Guess what!? THEY ARE DELAYED WITHOUT CAUSE! Wow – what a surprise!!! Spirit needs to understand that they will cease to exist if they don't cater to the people who buy tickets. Pretty simple logic but, obviously, Spirit doesn't have intelligent people at the helm.
Spirit needs to up their customer service in a big way and begin to offer free tickets as compensation when a flight is delayed, you know, like other airlines. Nobody wants to be delayed, however, the sting is dramatically reduced if a free trip is offered and the airline has another chance to change the first (or in my case) most recent impression(s). I will fly with them until my mother passes, but I promise that it will be the final time I fly with Spirit unless things change drastically. So, please – the extra $80-$100 you may save by choosing Spirit probably won't be worth it when your flight is delayed, without reason, without compensation and without a care.