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Is Spirit's $9 Fare Club Worth the Cost?

by , SmarterTravel Staff - January 26, 2015
Spirit jet in the air  (Photo: Spirit Airlines)

If you're a regular reader of Smarter Travel, you'll notice offers for fares as low as as a couple of Big Mac meals. These amazingly low prices usually come from Spirit Airlines, a Florida-based "ultra-low-cost carrier." The best prices are available only to members of Spirit's $9 Fare Club.

The $9 Fare Club entitles its members to members-only fares. In addition, travelers flying on the same ticket will receive member prices, too, which means you can effectively split a membership with your spouse, family members, or friends if you travel together. The membership also includes private offers on other travel services such as hotels and car rentals.

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But, is the cost of membership worth the price? The initial annual membership actually costs $59.95 for the year ($69.95 during automatic annual renewal), or about $4.99 per month, and a 60-day trial membership costs just $19.95 (and automatically renews into an annual membership at the end of the trial period). You can also obtain a free membership to the $9 Fare Club by getting a Free Spirit MasterCard.

If you frequently fly between the cities Spirit serves (a heavy emphasis on Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America; but always adding new routes), membership is worth the cost. If, for example, you can snag a ridiculously low fare, even with the membership cost and taxes and fees, you'll still be getting a bargain compared to other airlines' prices. But, you must keep in mind that availability is often very limited. You'll find that fares are only offered on about a dozen select dates, and even then, you must rush to book early or risk the best deals selling out.

 
 
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