I’m no fan of ultra low cost carriers like Frontier and Spirit. I don’t like their nickel and diming to reserve a seat or get a drink of water. I don’t like their extreme lack of legroom, their lack of seat recline, their lack of a carry-on allowance, or their lack of useful miles. I don’t like that they don’t participate in Priceline’s “next day at 11:29pm” refund policy. I don’t like their 40 pound checked bag allowance even after you pay for a bag. I don’t like their lack of onboard WiFi. I don’t like that they don’t have partner airlines to accommodate you when things go wrong. I don’t like that they don’t have credit cards that waive bag fees. And I don’t like buses that are used in place of flights.
But I get that it works for some people, especially those that travel light and don’t care where they sit. In fact as long as there are no flight delays or cancellations, it probably works just fine for most people, but when things do go wrong it can be mean waiting around for several days until they can reaccommodate you.
Spirit will finally tackle one of my pet peeves as they announced that their entire fleet will have WiFi by Summer 2019. That’s a full decade after I marveled about free WiFi on Airtran, but better late than never I suppose.
Spirit expects WiFi to cost an average of $6.50/flight, with fluctuations based on demand and the length of the flight.
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Will onboard WiFi be enough to make you fly Spirit?