I was provided with complimentary airfare travel, from Spirit Airlines, in exchange for an honest article about our experience. All the opinions remain 100% my own.
Travel with a family can be expensive. With airfare, hotels, cars, food and activities, it can end up costing you an arm and a leg! However, flying with Spirit Airlines can help your family travel without breaking the bank. Here are some of the ways that Spirit Airlines can give you more go for less money!My son recently turned 11 and, as it sat, neither of our kids had been in an airplane. Crazy, right?! We tend to avoid long distance family travel due to costs and my son’s autism. We are never quite sure how unpredictable things, that are out of our control, are going to go, but thanks to Spirit Airlines, we now know that our kids can fly!
Booking ticket on Spirit’s website is super simple and, even though we got a deal, Spirit Airline’s tickets were still over $100 cheaper per person!
Where Spirit flies from Minneapolis:
- Atlanta, GA
- Chicago, IL
- Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
- Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Ft. Myers, FL
- Las Vegas, NV
- Los Angeles, CA
- New Orleans, LA
- Orlando, FL
- Phoenix, AZ
- Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
All flights are daily, with some having multiple flights per day
Most flights are nonstop
Spirit flies out of Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Tickets for flights available for booking on Spirit.com
Prior to flying, I prepped a little travel bag for each of my kids.
- A bag of chewy snacks. (for my kids it was peanuts, cashews and gummy worms) Chewy snacks keep kids busy, save money and help with ear popping.
- A book and/or activity book
- Tablet or phone
- Nintendo DS
- A Fidget Cube (for my son)
We checked in and the kids walked through the airport, even through security, like pros!
Spirit Pro Tips
To help save you time and money while traveling with Spirit:
Buy bags early: If you know you’re going to need a checked bag or carry-on, buy it early and online to save major money.
Personal item included: One personal item is included in the Bare Fare – something like a purse or small backpack. (Try my one bag travel tips!)
We’re light on leg room: We’re a cozy airline. We add extra seats to our planes so we can fly with more people. (Honestly, I am a LARGE person and I was fine in a regular seat.)
Get the big front seat: For a little extra cash you can secure the Big Front Seat.
Print your pass at home: Save yourself some money and print your boarding pass at home. It costs you $10 to print at the airport.
Refreshments for purchase: Your Bare Fare doesn’t include refreshments – even water. Beat the system by filling up a water bottle after security.
Travel insurance is available: We don’t give refunds if your plans change. Insurance is available to protect you from the unexpected.
Join the $9 Fare Club: Looking to save even more? Join the $9 Fare Club for access to exclusive travel deals and special bag prices.
MadMommy Pro Tips
Place a parent in between siblings that like to poke, prod and generally push each other’s buttons.Keep your kids entertained and make sure that they have snacks. No one wants a HANGRY child on a plane!Reassure your kid, if they have concerns, and celebrate the successful completion of their flight.
Once you’ve landed, remember to make those memories, PEOPLE! That is what family travel is truly all about!
We hit the beach, went to Manatee Park and took an amazing sunset dolphin tour.
I can’t wait to tell you guys all about our trip, what we did and where we stayed!