Spirit Airlines Ending Flights to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/17/2017, 4:00 AM

Spirit Airlines is ending its flights to Cuba, the carrier announced last week. That makes it the third U.S. airline to halt service to the island, after Frontier and Silver Airways called it quits in March. As in those two cases, Spirit cited overcapacity as the reason for abandoning its Havana-Fort Lauderdale route. Put simply, there are too many flights to Cuba and not enough passen...

Spirit Airlines Shrinking Size Allowed for Carry-On Personal Item

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2016, 4:00 AM

Air-travel horror-story generator Spirit Airlines has quietly reintroduced a policy it dropped last spring due to customer outrage. Starting on April 1, the one personal item you're allowed to bring onboard for free must be no larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches—40 inches total—and that includes handle and wheels. Up to now, that item, such as a purse or backpack you can fit...

Low Fares to Havana Now on Sale from Spirit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/02/2016, 4:00 AM

Fast on the heels of JetBlue operating the first flight in more than 50 years from the United States to Cuba, Spirit Airlines has begun offering, as of yesterday, its ultra-low fares for its own upcoming service to the Caribbean island nation. One of 10 U.S. airlines granted permission from the Department of Transportation to fly to Cuba, Spirit will be connecting Fort Lauderdale and Havan...

Eight Airlines Granted Tentative Approval for Flights to Havana

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 11:30 PM

Seems like there's a fresh piece of Cuba-related travel news every day. The latest: eight US airlines have received tentative approval from the Department of Transportation to operate direct flights to Havana. The flights could start taking off as early as September—when they do, they'll be the first commercial US flights to Cuba's capital city in more than 50 years. Here are the winning airli...

Frontier Imitating Spirit, Cuba, Airbnb, and Priceline: Four Important Developments or Opportunities

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/23/2014, 11:00 PM

    Although the rumor that Spirit Airlines has recently acquired Frontier Airlines is false (Frontier was actually bought by an independent, private equity firm headed by a previous executive of Spirit), there's no doubt that Frontier's new owners are planning to follow Spirit's controversial policies, which is to hit the passenger with every conceivable extra charge and fee.  At De...

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