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$183(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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$53or less

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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

5.7
Frontier
Overall score based on 39,910 reviews
6.4
Boarding
5.4
Comfort
6.8
Crew
4.6
Entertainment
4.7
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "The male agent at the counter was great! Unfortunately that was the only good thing about the trip. Everything was SO expensive, had to pay $1.99 for a bottle of water which is free in other flights. The crew on board didn’t do anything and didn’t come through to collect trash until the very end."
Cons: "More affordable prices, snacks and drinks available in flight, and a more helpful crew on board."

Pros: "Crew was nice"
Cons: "No WiFi, no food."

Pros: "Lol seats NOT comfortable but it's that "you get what you pay for" but that's ok the staff is AWESOME"
Cons: "Frontier is good for the price you pay. It would be selfish to ask for first class paying coach prices. Good when you need em"

Pros: "The crew was nice."
Cons: "The seats, in addition to being stationary, had little to no cushion in the seat."

Pros: "Nice plane, with plenty of room."

Pros: "The crew was great"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "my car broke down on the way to the airport"

Cons: "Had to pay $60 for a carry on item. So gimmicky"

Pros: "That I'm finally home"
Cons: "The entire experience"

Cons: "Great flight"

Cons: "Waiting to long and is rhe same thing as Spirit ...."

Cons: "Carry on charges"

Pros: "on time"

Cons: "Late.. U had to purchase everything"

Cons: "Awesome"

Pros: "No TV, sears do not recline, Frontier sucks"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "They give your only water"

Pros: "gate personell"

Cons: "I'm still at the airport"

Cons: "Should be in Denver right now. Still in Santa Ana because of delays."

Pros: "everything went smooth"

Pros: "Very timely, super clean and very inviting. I will continue to use frontier again and again."

Pros: "The stewardess requested someone change seats with a man in the first row who had a problem with his leg. I changed seats with him and then, as it was policy, the stewardess GAVE me a drink and snack. I was surprised!"

Cons: "Late"

Pros: "Comfy for taller passengers Leg room Sleek chairs More room to sleep near window"
Cons: "paying for the extras, drink, snacks, carry on etc"

Pros: "Not bad"
Cons: "Should offer complimentary drinks. Coffee tea or water"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "I arrived"
Cons: "Late - as usual!"

Pros: "It was fun and playful!!! Never had such an amazing trip back to Houston."

Pros: "I like a free water or a small snack"
Cons: "I like to have a Free water and 1 little snack"

Cons: "Delayed more than one hour"

Pros: "Bar/food menu bundled The food wasn't good but concept was"
Cons: "Nothing to read watch or listen to"

Pros: "Zip"
Cons: "Everything about it. They couldn't care less about you."

Cons: "Nickel and dime you at every opportunity."

Cons: "Food - N/A. Entertainment - There was none, so I can't rate it."

Pros: "Stretch seating"
Cons: "$2 soda $30 carry on charge. What's next $50 charge to have heat in the aircraft."

Cons: "A little noisy"

Pros: "On time"

Pros: "Staff very polite"

Cons: "Delayed crew 3 hours no. Computers to tell who should be on plane"

Cons: "Frontier charges for carry ons. Ridiculous!"

Pros: "QUICK AND EASY. NO LUGGAGE HASSEL"
Cons: "TO MUDH TRUBLANCE"

Pros: "The boarding reps were very nice and accomodating"
Cons: "There was no earbuds or tvs or anything to entertain us."

Cons: "Having to pay for luggage, drinks n snacks"

Cons: "$60 for a carry on?"

Pros: "The crew was friendly."
Cons: "Brand new Airbus had computer problems that required us to return to the gate after 45 minutes on the tarmac. Cold restart was required. That required another 45 minutes. Then we had to wait for 1/2 an hour for a maintenance crew to arrive so they could sign off on the problem??? Seriously? Why wasn't the maintenance crew already waiting for the plane once the decision was made to return to the gate? One would have thought after such an inconvenience that Frontier could afford to let go of some of its $5 sodas or pretzels for free to the passengers, are you kidding...NOT! We were offered about 4 ounces of warm water. Yup, they would not even let go of their ice. I guess the lesson is that you live and learn, I will never fly Frontier again."

Pros: "The take off and landing were smooth."
Cons: "Charged for everything under the sun, how disgusting. Decided to save money by checking bag, huge mistake. Touched down 30 min early, however, baggage was delayed 2 hrs."

Pros: "I was easliy checked in"
Cons: "It was more then an hr late The plabe shook all the ride long It felt terribly unstable"

Pros: "We arrived at our destination early for both the flight toward Houston and back to Vegas."
Cons: "I cancelled my carry on ticket, but was disappointed to find out it couldn't get charged back to my card but instead I have $70 in flight credit now that I might not even use."

Pros: "Newer, clean airplane... That's about it"
Cons: "Reclining seats and the screens"

Cons: "No free snacks at all"

Pros: "New airplane, friendly flight attendants, comfortable seats, clean plane."
Cons: "Having to pay "a la carte" for the seat, bags food, etc."

Pros: "Good"

Cons: "Took my money and never deliver the paid services! If you’re late to reach your flght, your whole itinary, doesn’t matter how may flights you may have in it will be cancelled! No refunds, no flight changes, doesn’t matter if you did everthing you can to reach the consecutive flights on time!!! No REFUND for the flights you did not miss. This airline capitalize on your misfortune to make their profit without having to deliver the services you paid for up front! Also, they have lots of hidden fees after you purchase your ticket. Picking your seats so your family could fly together will cost more than the price of another ticket! Don’t forget the carry-on cost of $40 or more! Terrible business practice, they bully the customer because they can get away with it! Do business with them at your own risk!"

Pros: "Service everything went smooth"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Flight left on time and arrived on time."
Cons: "No WiFi or entertainment offered."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "That they charged me an extra $100"

Pros: "Very clean and new plane."
Cons: "Loud flight attendant at the back of the plane."

Pros: "Friendly service"
Cons: "Smelly people"

Pros: "Good price, Good people"

Pros: "crews are very courtesy"
Cons: "on return fly from LAX to Houston ..check in online the night before..airline server did not let me change check in bags..at departure time..I reported problem to service counter agent..they didn't care ..I have to pay full ..even with membership... from Houston to LAX .my small carry on bag Wil fit into the bag measure without wheels..wheels are easily taken off..Houston service agent OK and let me go with no charges.. on the way back from LAX..agent didn't care..oi have to in full ..cost me total $104.dollars more....bad services...but what can I say...make spirit airline great again pkease..I travel every month for business..this is first time with Spirit..not good at all.."

Pros: "Easy boarding, nice staff, quick unloading"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Don't fly Spirit - it is mean spirit"

Pros: "Sucks"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "They cancelled our flight and did not provide us with with an adequate backup option. The red eye or a more expensive 2 stop flight is unacceptable. We were forced to rebook with another airline for tomorrow and fly to Orlando instead of Tampa... now we'll have to rent a car to get home to tampa"

Cons: "Delayed flight and Luggage Fee Seat Fee I thought I got a good deal but after all the Fee Not a good deal at all"

Pros: "I like that we made it to our destination! Albeit over an hour and a half late... I also like that they admitted up front that the flight was over booked and asked for volunteers."
Cons: "We were delayed and it was poorly communicated as to when we were going to actually leave, baggage claim also took longer than usual"

Pros: "Everything was good no complaints"
Cons: "No complaints"

Pros: "Cheap and easy"
Cons: "Too simple for my taste"

Cons: "Badly pressurized aircraft"

Cons: "Just awful from start to finish. Never flying Spirit again!"

Pros: "Good for affordable price"

Pros: "Friendliness of all staff. Wider aisle for boarding. More leg room in coach."

Pros: "Didnt like anything!!! Charge for every little detail, Im surprised they didnt charge for use to breath. Delay after delay. The seats are the most unconfortable seat of all planes!!! Will NEVER Fly Spirit again."
Cons: "Didnt like anything!!! Charge for every little detail, Im surprised they didnt charge for use to breath. Delay after delay. The seats are the most unconfortable seat of all planes!!! Will NEVER Fly Spirit again."

Pros: "Overcharge & to spencib drink (Cobran extras sin autorización y las botellas de "agua " MUY CARAS) FIRMA ELFEGO GIL 713 2912691 Y LOS ASIENTOS MUY INCÓMODOS"

Pros: "everthing"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "None"
Cons: "Over charge To check in $100 over to the price"

Pros: "Despite my gripes, the staff was professional and polite."
Cons: "Firstly, I understand a discount airline will try it's best to place fees anywhere possible, but it seemed as though I was living in the fine print. Concerning luggage fees, the staff at every counter had a different opinion on what could be considered a personal items. While heading to LAX had one standard, returning to IAH had another. Rules seemed to be arbitrary. For example, a backpack was ok, but wheels on a backpack might change it's "category." On the speakers, "small backpacks" was permissible, but this is subjective. This is in addition to the fact that some Spirit employees told customers "any backpack is okay because it's a backpack." I fly frequently and have the smallest lightest carry-on case made by Hershey. I have never had problems with it's dimensions. It BARELY poked it's top out of that cage-fitting stand. I mean, it skimmed the top. Really, it was the handle that peaked out. I should have taken a picture. I had to pay $65 dollars for that one. Then, another $65 for a small backpack for my little cousin because it had wheels that couldn't retract! 2) The obvious confusion on whether to use kiosks or not was also apparent. People did not understand if both were needed. The confusion resulted in people asking other people to watch their luggage while they went over to the kiosk! In a post-911 world, this is not only poor airport etiquette, but downright dangerous. There should be signs stating: "If you need to check-in luggage, print and get in line, unsure if you need to pay, get in line, or if you have one personal item (showing measurements), print your boarding pass and continue to security. 3) No complimentary anything is given during flight. Sell. Sell. Sell. I and the three family members that accompanied me will NEVER book with Spirit again."

Cons: "Had to pay $55 for a small carry on bag. There were people who paid $100 for two small check in bags. Spoke to other passengers and almost everyone said that it's the last time they are flying spirit. The crew was not so helpful too."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Overcharge people for luggage."

Pros: "Exelent fligth"

Pros: "Of how simple it was"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Saved a ton of money booking through Spirit, well worth the savings."
Cons: "Boarding was pretty disorganized and delayed the flight."

Pros: "Old @** seats...with no leg room (cant fathom how anyone over 5'7"-my height-could fit their legs), no lean back (crazy uncomfortable--thanked God "only" a 3 hr flight), & could feel every single thing kid behind me was doing No free treats... no nuts, no 1/2 a can drink The savings i thought i got on the tix was MORE than eaten up by the $52 checked bag fee each way, tried to pay on Spirit.com to "save" 10 bucks on way home, but couldn't even do that b/c online payment didnt work for me... (flew Spirit a few years ago and remember having to pay $25 for my carryon @ airport kiosk--didnt realize that they more than doubled their fees). I kept stopping myself from asking Spirit employees, "how can they work for this place with a straight face." Bare bones on steroids... NEVER again, but i am happy pilots got me to destinations safely, there is that"
Cons: "Fees, seats + no snack/drink"

Pros: "The aircrew was friendly"
Cons: "expensive snacks"

Pros: "Seats were fine, and the cabin felt nice and cool. The attendants were nice as the interacted with fellow passengers. The flight felt smooth, and they got us to our destination safely."
Cons: "The employees at the gate were extremely unorganized, and played a confusing back-and-forth game on the intercom during the boarding. Although the attendants were curtious to those in need, they lacked in competence. Many passengers either a) could not follow instructions as request, or b) control their children. The attendants just seemed to let it slide, an not show any enforcement. In lieu of the 5-7 minute announcement touching on passenger safety, and respect towards fellow customers, a little more effort from the employees would have gone a long way on his flight. Finally, once we arrived, our gate was occupied. Then, the jetwave operated did not show up for some time. Therefore, we did not disembark the plane until an hour after landing. Apologies for the lengthy complaint, but this seems to be a trend for Spirit, and it's a bit ridiculous. However, thank you for getting us to our destination safely."

Pros: "professionalism."
Cons: "Paid even for the carrier bag."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "On time"

Pros: "Every was great in general"
Cons: "Baggage fee is ridiculous high"

Pros: "I liked that it was on point with it's time."
Cons: "I paid $200 for 2 bags under 40 lbs. Ridiculous. Never flying with Spirit again. And the staff was extremely rude."

Pros: "Good price"
Cons: "Could not move the back rest"

Pros: "Overall very dissapionted..."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Hidden charges and policies. Constantly changing gates and departure times. Rude personnel. The worst experience traveling I ever had to endure."

Cons: "$3 for a cup of ice and water? Watch out for hidden charges everywhere with spirit!"

Cons: "They charge you for everything and the seats are amazingly horrible. Talk about basic. Not worth the money. I'd rather pay a little more for better quality."

Pros: "The price."
Cons: "Everything else."

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