Yesterday Spirit Airlines began flying Los Angeles – Baltimore. (On August 20 they will begin flying Los Angeles – Atlanta.)
If you’re not tall, don’t need the cushion of redundant flight schedules to get you where you’re going in the event of cancellation, and especially if you can pay attention to and avoid all of the fees along the way there are some great deals on transportation to be had from Spirit.
Seat Guru lists seat pitch, the distance from seat back to seat back and a proxy for legroom, at 28 inches. I always thought it was 29 inches. The US standard is 31 inches, with ‘economy plus’ style extra legroom seating usually around 34 or 35 inches.
Think about that: 2300 miles flown in an aircraft with 3 less inches of legroom than United, Delta, and American. One thing, perhaps, on a flight from the East Coast to Florida. But this is a true Spirit Airlines transcon.
That’s worse, I think, than my two previous contenders for the title.
- The cross country redeye. Alaska Airlines operates a Seattle-Orlando redeye twice a week. American operates a daily Seattle-Miami redeye. Hawaii redeyes to the West Coast on a variety of airlines. These are about the distance of Spirit’s flight, and overnight, but with more legroom.
- The longest domestic flights United’s Honolulu – Newark redeye (10% farther than Delta’s Honolulu – Atlanta and about 30% longer than New York – London). Hawaiian Airlines’ New York JFK flight is technically farther but people tend to like flying Hawaiian a little more. I’m not sure Hawaii counts in any case, though it’s technically domestic. And people are usually relaxed coming back from Hawaii, or looking forward to their trip enough to endure the flight there.
But Spirit can be cheap. And they’re running an
Ariana Grande Sale, no licking required.