Spirit Airlines

What Happens if I Miss My Flight on Spirit?

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I am lucky enough this hasn’t happened to me (yet). I love you all, but I’m also not going to test-run it to see what happens. Instead, I did some research to try and help those who find themselves in this situation.

I got the answer you all love to hear… it depends.

First, if you miss your connecting flight because your first flight was delayed, just like every other airline, Spirit will try to get you out on the next available flight.

No airline has to let you fly stand-by if you miss your flight. An unwritten rule among the airlines is if you miss your flight and are at the airport within two hours of your missed flight time, they will try to put you on stand-by for another flight.

Even if you know you’re not going to make your flight, still try to get to the airport as quickly as possible. You could get lucky and your flight could be delayed and you can still make it. If you definitely miss your flight, the best thing to do is talk to a desk or gate agent to see if you can fly stand-by on the next available flight.

If you are in the latter situation here are some things to keep in mind:

1) Try to get to the gate anyways. You have a better chance of a gate agent being able to work with you (especially if it’s obvious you just missed your flight) than waiting to speak to a desk agent or calling someone on the phone.

2) Be nice. Seriously, people who work for the airlines have people yelling at them and blaming them for their problems all day. I would even wager Spirit has more than their fair share of irate passengers. They are people trying to do their job and make a living. They are not trying to make your life harder. No airline has to let people fly stand-by if they miss a flight. It’s a courtesy most extend because they know sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. Being nice might be the difference between a gate agent who goes above and beyond to help you vs someone who tells you sorry, you’re out of luck. Keep in mind, you might still have to pay a change fee if you get put on stand-by, but most of the time this will be cheaper than purchasing a new last-minute ticket.

3) If you are way beyond the 2-hour point of missing your flight (e.g. you thought you were flying out the next day) it’s likely you will have to purchase a new ticket. I would look online at other airlines and travel sites (Priceline, Orbitz, etc) to see if there’s something cheaper on another airline.

4) If you miss the first leg of your trip and get on another flight, double-check and make sure the airline doesn’t cancel your return flight. Sometimes the system will automatically cancel you if you didn’t make your initial flight.

Everyone hopes they don’t end up in this situation. But if you do, I hope this helps some.


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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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