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What Happens When Spirit Changes Your Flight Will Surprise You

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Spirit Airline Baggage FeesWhether you make your reservation online or at the airport, if Spirit changes the flight they will send you an E-mail.

This is what that E-mail says:

“One or more of your flights have changed due to a schedule adjustment. Please review your new itinerary below.”

When this happened in September, our flight was changed by only 15 minutes. So no biggie.

This latest change is also relatively minor, our flight has been moved up by 40 minutes. Which is ultimately better for us; but what options does Spirit give me? Do I have to accept these changes?

And important note in the E-mail: “You will not be able to check in for your flight until you review changes.”

So you have to actively accept the changes to be able to check in to your flight.

What if you don’t like the changes? Does Spirit charge you to change to a different flight date or time?

Spirit states: “If you wish to cancel or modify your reservation, you will not be charged a change fee or fare difference if:

You book the same departure and arrival airports
You flight is rebooked within selected dates (choose ‘Change reservation’ to view dates with the same price)”

I am okay with the changes, but I’m going to pretend I want to change my flight to see what flights I’m offered to change it to.

Our flight is currently on a Wednesday night. It was changed to leave and arrive 40 minutes earlier than before.

When I went to look at flight options to change our flight I was pleasantly surprised!

We had a two week window that we could change our flight to.

spirit airlinesFor most days there was at least two flight options, a few days had three, and many of those were non-stops. All the flights in that window were at no extra charge even on more popular (read: expensive) flying days.

When I realized this, I asked my husband if he got the same message for his flight since he’s flying home the weekend before us. I went in and looked, sure enough his flight was changed too.

He was flying home on a Saturday night because it was over $100 cheaper than flying home on Sunday, but now we had the option to change his flight home to Sunday night for no extra charge. Winning!

If you plan on changing your flight, make sure you’re 100% certain which flight you want to change it to. The next warning in the E-mail says “The change fee and any fare difference will be waived for the first modification that is made to the reservation. Any changes thereafter may be subject to applicable change fees and fare differences.”

I am fairly certain I want to still fly home the day we planned, but since I now know I have this wide range of options I’m going to make sure that is the best day and time for us to fly home from our trip before I confirm the changes to our reservation.

For more on Spirit Airlines, check out Tiff’s comprehensive guide!

Everything You Need to Know About Spirit Airlines



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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.


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  2. Scott

    June 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    What a crock! No notice given no excuse given. Flight cancelled. Offered refund which I could only get if I had cancelled over 7 days ahead of time….Love that parity. No emotion or empathy for waking at 3 in the morning checking out of hotel, dropping off rental car only to find out I no longer have a flight. They say I can fly tomorrow or get a refund. Nice choice. Fml! Now have no transportation, no place to stay and they do not care. SERIOUSlY. They do not care. Stuck in airport with a diabetic 80 year old low on insulin and a two year old that does not understand. And they do not care. READ this folks. Now in land of pretend that you pay for…buy a ticket and they will pretend to find a plane , maybe, and will pretend they will get you to your destination. We could play this games for days and they feel no explanation needed.
    This business needs to go bye bye on one of its cancelled blights

  3. Scott

    May 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Live in Canada, drive to Detroit Airport for flight to Las Vegas. Standing in line for around 30 minutes, message board reads On-Time. Phone vibrates and message say flight canceled. Then I hear a small voice read out the flight is canceled without giving a reason. Direct to two different directions, one are for Re-booking for the next day and another area to refund. Stood in line to book flight for the next day because the hotel is paid for and show tickets purchased ahead of time. Only to hear the man behind was to fly out the previous day but was canceled til today only to be canceled again. So I changed my mind and got my refund of the flights because Spirit had people stranded in Vegas, Denver and Boston. Well my birthday trip was canceled and lost of hotel and show money.

    • Douglas Berry

      November 3, 2017 at 5:58 am

      No they don’t care, That why there is travel insurance.

  4. Ken

    July 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    They just changed my flight time to 40 minutes sooner, which will actually cause me some problems with my trip. So I called based on what I read in this article and Spirit said they would not offer any trip changes without a fee.

  5. Vandana

    July 17, 2018 at 5:59 am

    How did u actively accept the changes to the new flight time?

    • Autumn

      November 24, 2019 at 3:28 am

      Did you ever figure this out? I am trying to figure this out now.

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