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Y U NO LIKE SPIRIT AIRLINES?: The Quest for Canned Wine Continues

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Here is an interesting quirk about Spirit Airlines when you buy your tickets at the airport and don’t purchase bags (or anything) online. You don’t get a reminder E-mail about checking in 24-hours before that you normally get before a flight. I’ve gotten E-mails from them in the past so I think you have to purchase something online to generate the automated E-mail. Luckily, since I have AwardWallet, I received my reminder E-mail from them. Both for my morning flight and for the one back in the afternoon. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to check-in for my return flight until I completed the first leg of my trip but luckily I was able to check-in to both flights and print out both of my tickets before I left.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-spirit-airlines-image21094823So the day of my trip was starting out not-so-great with me forgetting my phone, camera, the snafu at the Express parking lot, and getting patted down in security. However once I got to the gate there were some positive things. First DFW has free wi-fi so I was able to log in and send messages to Jeanne and my husband about what a bonehead I was with forgetting my camera and phone today. Then I hear the gate agent make the announcement that they had a weight and balance problem with the aircraft and needed to move people to the front of the aircraft. If you were seated behind row 12 and were interested in changing your seat go see the gate agent. Of course I made a beeline for the agent and got moved from seat 20B to 5C, yay!

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image25776391Then as we were boarding I hear the gate agent announce that those needing extra assistance including families with small children were welcome to board with the first boarding group. I loved that. There are so many airlines going away from letting families board early, it was nice to see they were making a point to make life easier for people traveling with small children. I hate boarding after everyone’s already on board with all the stuff I have to bring when I have the kids with me. I’m always “that guy” constantly apologizing and trying not to hit people with all our stuff as we’re walking down the aisle.

The flight was not full which was great. There was an empty seat between me and the other person in my row and there were even several “big front seats” sitting empty. There was an A1C (Airman First Class, an E-2 in the USAF) in uniform on our flight.  Before we took off the flight attendant went up to the A1C and offered him one of the “big front seats” which I thought was really nice.

Wine in a canBefore takeoff I was reading through the menu trying to determine whether or not they would serve alcohol on such a short flight (43 minutes flying time) and if so whether or not they would be willing to serve me not just one but two cans of wine.  While perusing the menu I saw this interesting tidbit: “Regulations prohibit passengers from consuming their own alcoholic beverages while en route” which reiterates the FAA policy and makes me think they would say something to a person drinking wine from their bra, but maybe that’s something to find out on a future flight. 😉

This post is part of a series:

This post is part of a series:

1.  The Quest Begins: “Tiff, Do You Like Spirit’s Wine in a Can?” “I Do Not Like Them, Jeanne-I… well, maybe just one.”

2. The Quest for Spirit Wine in a Can: The (Mis)Adventure Begins!

3. Y U NO LIKE SPIRIT AIRLINES?: The Quest for Canned Wine Continues

4. The Saga Ends: Does Tiff Like Spirit’s Wine in a Can?

 

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Tiff's first big vacation was a Caribbean cruise when she was six. She first started getting interested in deals when her husband showed her the tricks to getting bought off your flights back in the late 90s. She started flying nonrev when they got married; the first unusual nonrev she did was in '05 when her family flew through San Juan to get to Dallas from Philly. They have two boys, ages 11 and 7, who she usually drags along on their travels and hopes they will grow up to love traveling as much as she does.

4 Comments

  1. Delta Diva

    June 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

    “Here is an interesting quirk about Spirit Airlines…” – I chortled.
    On a more serious note, Delta also allows for those needing assistance and passengers with children to board before anyone else. I too think that this is a great idea that carriers should not get away from.
    Enjoying the series and can’t wait for the reviews of the wine!

    • Tiff

      June 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I wish I could remember what airline it was; but I was flying with the kids by myself and asked about boarding early and I was told to board with my group. I think the kids were around 6 and 2 at the time. 🙁

      • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

        June 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

        US Airways has a group between 2 and 3 where families can board. (US Airways has a lot of boarding groups, so it isn’t like other ones where 4 is the last one). Group 1: Top Elites 2: Low elites and US Mastercard Holders No name group: Families.

      • Delta Diva

        June 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

        I know Southwest is after the A group boards, which I think is ridiculous.

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