Enraged by some random fee, it wasn’t long ago that I swore I’d never fly Spirit Airlines again. But could this premium seat in the very front of an otherwise inhumanely packed, nickel-and-dimed cattle car be worth unloading a little extra cash for?
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Row: 1 Seat: C
Class: Big Front Seat (Economy Service)
The Seat: Throw these Big Front Seats in a legacy airline’s first class cabin aboard a domestic aircraft and you likely wound’t even notice a difference, outside a few added comfort features or entertainment options. Seat width is significant considering that you’ve got a nice sized center console for your drinks and elbows while legroom is adequate for a bulkhead seat. There’s enough room to get full leg extension if you’re up to a low-average height but your legs will likely hit the wall if you’re taller. Still, miles better than anything else aboard this plane. While the seat is a bit than and isn’t quite an ergonomic masterpiece, it’s plenty comfortable for a domestic jump.
Service: You may be in a fancy seat, but you’re still one in the masses packed into this flying tin of sardines. There’s no glassware, no hot towels or free booze up front. You’re just another guy or gal who not long ago had an extra $12 to $200 dollars in their pocket.
Entertainment/Productivity: Spirit serves up complimentary in-flight “wi-me?” and seat-back boredom. Bring an extra battery for your gadget because the airline provides a whole lot of nothing here.
Food: It’s all a-la-carte and the SNACK selection isn’t terrible. If you need a meal, eat before or grab a sandwich to bring on board. Here’s a look at the airline’s current offering (Nov. 2012). Spirit Airlines On-Board Menu.
Summary: If you want wiggle room and an hope to retain some sense of dignity when flying Spirit, these are the only seats on the airplane for you. I’m not sure what else to say here.
Rating: 3 hops (of 5)
Strategy: Once you’re booked in economy, you can upgrade to these seats at any time (if available) but are cheapest if you’re still able to buy them at the gate or on-board. As of Nov. 2012 advance upgrades can be had from $12 – $200 and gate/on-board upgrades are $25 – $75.