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What to do if your Spirit Air Flight is REALLY Delayed

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I’m due to fly home from a conference today. We end at 3 pm, so I got an evening flight that was supposed to leave around 7 pm and get home a little after midnight. A little late, but nothing I wasn’t willing to deal with.

I check in this morning and imagine my shock when I see my flight is now leaving after 10pm and we’re expected to arrive at 3 am.

I happen to know that all the Spirit flights from Vegas to DFW are sold out for today. Spirit will let you change your flight online (for a large fee), but that’s not even an option with all the flights being sold out.

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The devil on my shoulder is saying I should just embrace my fate, enjoy the extra time in Vegas and not worry about rushing to the airport when Spirit may not even let me fly standby without charging a large fee. The angel on my other shoulder is gently reminding me that I have children who will not necessarily let mommy sleep in tomorrow morning just because my flight was late.

Spirit Auto PilotIf Spirit would let me fly stand-by, I know my best bet is trying a morning flight and hoping people over-slept and missed their flight. I also seriously doubt they will let me do that for free. We’re talking about Spirit Airlines, Vegas odds are, even if they do let you do that it will not be worth the extra charge.

I Tweeted to their “auto pilot” to see if I can get a response. If I don’t, I’m going to call over our lunch break to at least find out what their policy is.

To be continued….


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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.


  1. PEE

    September 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    1) If I’m flying Spirit,I’ll be crying.
    2) If my Spirit flight is delayed that much, I’ll cry harder.

    No way I can take a Spirit flight, I’m just over 6’0 and I will not pay for my carry-on.

    Wish you luck!!!

    • Tiff

      September 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

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  3. al613

    September 22, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Spirit will let you to change your canceled or seriously delayed flight for no fee. Try to locate their phone number for such situations (often provided in the emails they sent about delay). One time it happened to a friend and took less then 5 minutes to get another flight they wanted.

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