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Low season

August Best time to beat the crowds with an average 3% drop in price.

High season

December Most popular time to fly with an average 12% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$282 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$138 or less

Good deal one-way

$100 or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found tickets from Chicago to California for the following prices or less: to Los Angeles $100 one-way - $138 round-trip, to San Diego $109 one-way - $175 round-trip, to San Francisco $138 one-way - $237 round-trip
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November and December. The cheapest month to fly to California is August.
  • Morning departure is around 27% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

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Top 4 airlines serving from Chicago to California

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

7.2
American Airlines
Overall score based on 45,062 reviews
7.5
Boarding
7.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Baggage delivery was slow and then split between 2 different terminals"

Cons: "Plane was very hot; luggage took forever after landing."

Pros: "The crew was fantastic and plane was clean"
Cons: "My entertainment video player had a bad earphone jack so i could not watch movies or tv and resorted to paying for wifi"

Pros: "Crew was great"
Cons: "Seat was uncomfortable. Flight was much too crowded"

Cons: "Was next to crying child. I do understand crying children. But I should have footed a free glass of rose."

Pros: "Crew was nice and pleasant."
Cons: "Free food options were basic (pretzels or a cookie)."

Cons: "Had to clean my seat before seating."

Pros: "Left on time and arrived early"

Cons: "Flight delayed one hour"

Pros: "Flight arrived a little earlier than expected"
Cons: "Mishandling of luggage my bag did not arrive at the same time I did had to get it send to my home. Still waiting on my luggage."

Cons: "Delayed multiple times"

Cons: "The big problem was a 2+ hour delay departing from Ohare. No plane. Came later."

Pros: "Flight departed on time"
Cons: "Personal from AA we're so rude when I asked about my seat change, AA didn't let me change seat but they charge for it on 2 credit cards"

Pros: "Complimentary wine and beer but no food! Entertainment pretty good."
Cons: "No food even for sale and no internet"

Pros: "I loved the movie options, It really made it a great experience."

Pros: "I did not use the food and entertainment. You should offer a not applicable option. The service and crew were great. And I appreciated the new comfortable plane with modern conveniences such as charging ports and an entertainment system. I was randomly assigned an economy plus seat and it was wonderful. All the economy seats should be like it."

Cons: "Terrible delays entirely their responsibility. No attempts to accommodate. Single worst travel experience I’ve ever had."

Pros: "The seats were smalllish but had excellent amenities, such as a multifunction screen and built-in chargers for my phone or such."
Cons: "We were 35 minutes late in boarding, which is not a big deal, but the cabin temperature was very warm and I was sweating most of the trip. Not happy about that."

Pros: "Plane was alright."
Cons: "Delayed departure delayed deboarsing. Extra flight time = 1 hr due to delays."

Pros: "Everything but the seat. It did not have enough room and it was very unconfortable when the people in front reclined their seats back."
Cons: "Small seating space."

Pros: "The crew was amazing, flight was very smooth, arrived early, plane clean, service was great."
Cons: "For being in first class, my seat did not recline so I couldn't sleep and audio for my entertainment center was not working"

Cons: "Packed like sardines; the seats are getting narrower and the seat pockets are ridiculously small."

Cons: "The seats."

Pros: "The crew was friendly. They attempted to resolve issues quickly. The service was late getting out but just barely and on time to arrive."
Cons: "Broken screen in front of me and my seat wouldn’t recline. The crew was helpful to resist the screen and it worked for a bit. But it’s a bit disappointing to see a new aircraft be poorly cared for. Boarding was just a mush of people. Why bother to have reached gold status if every Tom dick and Harry with a credit card will just plow ahead of you?"

Pros: "We landed safely"
Cons: "I was astounded at the miserable "cattle car" experience of this flight. When the person in front of me reclined his seat, the back was shoved to within about a foot of my face. Talk about "In Your Face!" It was nearly impossible to exit from my window seat to the aisle, since there is almost no vertical space open from floor to ceiling in which to move. Flying used to be fun--this is awful!"

Pros: "The free movies on the screens in the back of every seat"
Cons: "Lack of leg room"

Cons: "Terrible seats and no option to change cause I had to contact the third party vs company where I bought my tickets"

Pros: "Individual view screen"
Cons: "Small seat"

Pros: "Easy, smooth."

Pros: "No in seat entertainment"
Cons: "Need more food options to purchase"

Pros: "Made my connection on time"
Cons: "Customs is unorganized. I used Kosik & still had to wait in line twice. Once before i got my luggage and again after i got my luggage. Whew! Be sure you schedule two or three hours between connections or you will miss your flight.I had to wait at carresol for luggage, then drag to drop off point. Take train to gate, quite stressful"

Pros: "New and Updated plane, great service, great crew."

Pros: "Not much."
Cons: "Once we got to Chicago our flight was delayed: originally scheduled to arrive in LA at 1800 we will not arrive until 2000."

Pros: "AA customer service was great because we had missed our connection from Rome to Chicago. They got me and my daughters on the next available flight back to LAX with preferred seating that we had already paid for. They proactively checked my carry-on and the flight had all the individual entertainment amenities we were hoping for. The crew was friendly and attentive."
Cons: "There was nothing about this flight I didn't love."

Pros: "We boarded on time and arrived early. What more can ya ask for? Fairly easy ride. Free entertainment on board, movies and shows! Awesome."
Cons: "The speaker that the pilot used was static-y, hard to understand. No free wifi option. Rough landing."

Pros: "I enjoyed the entertainment because I don't watch movies in the theater often. The movies I saw in-flight were recent films I've been wanting to see and made time pass fairly quickly."
Cons: "I'm not a giant, but there definitely was not enough leg room in the main cabin. I could not sit comfortably, especially in the middle seat."

Pros: "The flight attendants were beyond amazing! Throughout the flight they made sure we had plenty of snacks and drinks. Amazing!"
Cons: "I didn't like being told there were no seats together and being charged to sit together with my partner. I found out there were several seats available once we boarded. Disappointing."

Pros: "Everything!"

Cons: "Seat broken tray table broken reading light did not work 15 total hours in the air and 7 of them the movie system did not work Paid for upgraded seat and did not get one - got moved to a standard seat."

Pros: "Traveling out was easy"
Cons: "Coming back was harder. As this was booked via Alaska but flown with partner American - coming back American's website would not allow me to print my boarding pass. A note said I had to check with customer service when I got to the airport. Which took 40 min to get to a rep. Once there they had trouble printing. Had to call corp - then finally a boarding pass with 25 min to get though TSA and to the gate. #stressfull"

Pros: "Good Entertainment. One flight attendant was great."
Cons: "American Airlines Seats were too close together. The plane was way way too hot. Asked the flight attendants and spoke to the captain after the flight as the front coach section of the aircraft was at least 10 degrees hotter than the rear. We were all taking layer of off cloths as it was so hot. Seems the first class attendants were not monitoring the temps which regulars the temps just behind first class. Told the flight attendant who also acknowledged it but the first class attendants did not make the change Many were angry. We were on the Tarmac for almost 1.5 hours waiting for the plane to be de-iced. No AC during the process."

Pros: "The space , the TVs , the free drinks and the service"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Even in main cabin extra the leg room was terrible, the seat barely reclined and the plan was terribly old."

Cons: "Internal America Airlines connection was delayed so my luggage never made it on to my international flight and then it took 2days for them to get it sent over!"

Pros: "Spacious seating Attentive crew Entertainment"
Cons: "Hour delay for take off"

Cons: "Delay boarding and then dropped us off at a remote runway and had to wait 45 minutes for a bus to main terminal!"

Pros: "Seats were comfy, LOVED the enterainment system!"
Cons: "No complaints here."

Pros: "got to my destination... eventually.."
Cons: "boarded us then deboarded bc pilots were "at their hours" (why did you make us board if you knew they were close to their hours). handed out 1-800 number cards to rebook. Had to sleep in the Chicago airport on the floor. American Airlines did not offer hotel, no food vouchers, not even a blanket... very disappointed with how they treated everyone. I couldn't even buy a blanket bc all of the stores were closed. I understand that flights get delayed and things happen.. but at least give me a pillow and blanket to sleep in an airport when you force me to stay in an airport for 12+ hours."

Pros: "Direct flight."
Cons: "After purchasing ticket, i couldn't reserve free seat. On line and mobile ap both tried to upcharge for reserving a seat. The day before flight, i called and rhe agent reserved a seat which was stuck in upright position; it was in row in front of exit row. That leaves the feeling if being cheated and lied to."

Pros: "The flight crew was attentive and polite."
Cons: "Though not the fault of the crew or airlines, we were delayed almost 90 minutes because a parent took their toddler into the lavatory while at the gate and they messed it up and plugged the toilet with paper towels and/or pampers. This was after I had a 8-1/2 hour flight from Copenhagen, Denmark. Also, the seat space and amenities are so inferior to international flights. The narrowness of the seat and closeness of the rows makes it hard to be comfortable. After being treated to two meals on the international flight, one small two-inch bag of snack mix is almost pointless."

Pros: "Brought water out several times"
Cons: "Had very limited food availability No entertainment through app unless purchasing internet"

Pros: "Seats were comfortable"
Cons: "No food was offered, no tv or any entertainment. Lots of babies on board. Flight attendants were border line unfriendly"

Pros: "Crew was fine and flight was very close to schedule"
Cons: "Harsh unpleasant enforcement of carry-on rules. Miserable legroom. Entertainment is just another profit center for united."

Pros: "Great captain and crew."
Cons: "I prefer the entertainment on your own device."

Pros: "The crew"
Cons: "The delay of an hour to get to my destination"

Pros: "Customer Service"
Cons: "Flight Late"

Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "If you aren't going to turn on the air AT ALL for a 4.5 hour flight, at least don't lie to us and patronize us. After the SIXTH person asks you for air, don't continue to say, "Oh, are you really hot?" YES we were hot!! We were packed in like cattle with no air!!"

Cons: "I'm 6'3" tall, not freakishly tall by any means, and my knees are pressed up against the seat in front of me. I will never fly United again"

Cons: "The flight had delayed for 3 hours, terrible airplane, worst captain ever, I have never had such a bad flight before"

Pros: "From what I encountered at the crack of dawn this morning... The staff handled somnolent, irratable passengers in a full capacity 757, with nothing but unwaivering efforts and kindness. (shrieking baby temper-tantrums, service dogs, and people allergic to service dogs included) Even while dealing with the most self-entitled, disappointingly inconsiderate individuals, the flight attendants kept their composure and remained understanding, professional and accomadating. As for that rude, pompous pig of a woman up in front.. try and remember we're all human here and you should attempt to treat others like so. I can't imagine the staff being particularly fond of the idea of spending an hour delay with your continuous, huffy bitching in their ear. (as if they have any control over the situation"
Cons: "Me and my boyfriend's seats were separated on both flights.. apparently it was in the fine print.. I don't know :/ kind of sleasey, kind of lame. Be transparent. Luckily, met a great guy who had no issues switching! :)"

Pros: "Boarding was quick and efficient."
Cons: "It seemed that there was a lack of preparedness before taking off from each stop."

Cons: "I asked a flight attendant for headphones. He nodded and never returned."

Pros: "Plac3d on Isle seat upon request with staff"

Cons: "I paid 7.99 to watch movies and it didn't work the first 2 hours. I end up watching one movie and we landed before I finished it"

Pros: "Friendly flight attendants and pilots."

Pros: "The steward was very helpful, when we were stuck on tarmac for thirty minutes, she helped with my next flight showing me how to reach next gate in time to board."
Cons: "Stuffed into seats. The three seats where there is only room for two is absolutely terrible. Average people have shoulders not of a nine year old. The middle seat is ridiculous."

Pros: "Plane was on time"

Pros: "Comfort"

Pros: "Due to technical difficulties, the entire flight received DIRECTV service at no charge."
Cons: "The boarding gate changed without notice and we had to scramble to a new gate. Turbulence over the Rockies added time to the flight."

Cons: "To watch anything, must pay to watch a tv show or movie. Internet has to be paid for too."

Cons: "Food and crew could be better"

Pros: "They boarded us knowing there was a mechanical issue so we satin the plane for two hours before moving. They also did not have the courtesy to inform us what was happening. DO NOT FLY UNITED AIRLINES."
Cons: "After leaving two hours late and having them force us to sit on the plane rather than in the airpoet, they did not offer a free snack or drink or even apologize. Then when we landed we sat on the runway for another full hour and the pilots didn't come on EVEN ONCE to tell us what we were waiting for. We are human beings, not cattle, and we paid good money for this service; yet we are treated like less than human and simply fleshy cargo. DO NOT FLY UNITED AIRLINES."

Pros: "All good no complanits!"

Pros: "All was normal. So fine."
Cons: "The delay. Sick passenger and icy wings. None the fault of United"

Pros: "I absolutely loved that they had wifi onboard."
Cons: "More vegetarian options for eatables would be better."

Pros: "Quick boarding, the crew was great, arrived early"
Cons: "The wifi was inconsistent"

Cons: "Entertainment options were subpar. Direct TV has a an extra charge, and free programming was just the same show repeated twice on a 4 hour flight."

Cons: "The Chicago to LA portion unfortunately was on United. A stark comparison to the SAS portion. Unorganized boarding, marginal service and attendants in business that seemed disinterested. Charging business $4.99 for wifi that is free on other airlines. Some things never change!"

Cons: "We were connecting to this flight after flying in from Rome. Initially we were scheduled for an 8:30pm flight, but after landing early asked if we could change to an earlier flight. They graciously bumped us up to a 7:30pm flight, which trimmed our 4-hour layover down to 3pm. Cut to 6:15pm...we find out that the flight is not delayed AN HOUR due to a "late inbound flight." Long story short, the 7:30pm flight ended up departed later than the 8:30pm flight we were originally scheduled on so we didn't get to LA until after we were originally supposed to!!"

Pros: "Spacious seats, crew was nice and efficient"
Cons: "It took a long time to get everyone on board even after the crew kept paging that they were closing the door. After running to catch the flight it would have been nice to stop before getting on the plane for food. Food service etc was almost 2 hours after getting on the flight."

Cons: "our flight was delayed more than 2 hours due to weather. Of course, not a pleasure to have, after flying so far, but I appreciated how apologetic the crew and pilot was, under the circumstances"

Pros: "Finally sitting in my seat"
Cons: "3 hrs late sucks"

Pros: "Was a generally smooth flight."
Cons: "No plug outlets in my row, no availability of entertainment via their app."

Pros: "Flight Attendants"
Cons: "No movies Cramped seating"

Cons: "No blankets in economy class. I was quite cold at first"

Cons: "Seats were hard, worst I've ever experienced. Seat power outlets were inconvenient."

Pros: "The directTV was great."

Pros: "The flight was good..."
Cons: "No entertainment was available ... even do they announced ..."

Cons: "It would have been helpful if hanging a garment bag were available, which was the case on my return flights to DC on American Airlines."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Outlets don't work. The African American stewardess was rude. Seat didn't recline"

Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "Second delay in a row"

Cons: "There should be some free tv"

Pros: "Very respectful and loved all the smiling facez"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "According to the pilot there was a technical malfunction which was discovered AFTER we had taken off. The plane turned back around after flying for a while and we had to take a different plane to get to our destination ( from ORD to LAX). Felt completely unsafe and my trip was delayed by over 5 hours."

Pros: "Everyone was nice and they kept us informed."

Cons: "the captain told us something on the wing was broken, I guess they had to replace a "flight device" but he didn't say anything else, he just came to schmooze with the passengers while we all waited around. Then the in flight entertainment of course you had to pay for and if you didn't you might be able to watch a little bit of a TV show but the screen was mostly blocked out by their advertisement to pay to watch."

Cons: "I choose this airlines hoping that I can get to my destination on time but my flight been cancelled, I beg that I can be put on the next flight, but unfortunately they didn't . need to be there from dec. 28 to jan 4. this there another way? can i change planes?"

Pros: "n/a"
Cons: "delayed 2 hrs, terrible turbulence"

Cons: "Cancelled flight the day of flight which ruined Christmas plans never ever again."

Pros: "Staff was very nice."
Cons: "Terrible experience...flight delayed by over 3 hours; no one informed Us of the delay when we checked in to get our boarding passes. Luggages took over an hour to come through the baggage claim carousel... only 4 luggage initially came through the fan belt."

Pros: "cheap"
Cons: "seats do not recline. you have to pay for everything a la cart from food to carry-ons."

Pros: "Bag charged"

Pros: "None"
Cons: "The flight was delayed 5 hours, and we were offered a $100 voucher that would be emailed to us immediately after the flight takes off. I approached the desk to verify with an employee pre-boarding to ensure I will receive this voucher. She was annoyed with me from the start repeatedly saying it will be emailed after takeoff, which was NOT my question. My question was to verify that the email on file was correct. She had a very hard time getting this to her head. However, it has been over a week and I have yet to receive this voucher. Unless, I receive this voucher I will never recommend this airline."

Pros: "More leg room than comparable airlines."
Cons: "Charging for bag in the overhead compartment. Sitting on the tarmac after arriving for 40 minutes while waiting for a gate."

Pros: "An engine went out and the flight was delayed and passengers deplaned. I got to my destination after there were no longer transportation options. No one knew who to send me to for customer service, and they wouldn't offer to help get me home."

Cons: "had to wait around forever until our plane showed up and we were able to board. also i was under the impression that if i paid to check a bag it was a flat fee for my round trip ticket but i had to pay 40$ extra to carry on a bag each way, not worth it"

Pros: "im alive"
Cons: "The customer service. I was lied to twice my agents, wasn't give correct information. My last day was wasted away because I was lied to. Spent hours in the airport because of wrong information given. My back hurts from the seats. Using the website was awful."

Pros: "ORD to/from SFO, both ways the flight was delayed by 4+ hours"

Pros: "Absolutely nothing."
Cons: "Seats have little to no cushioning. Seats don't recline. Checked bag is a gimmick. You cannot check it in if your fight is delayed and the airport checking machines dont operate after certain time. You will have to carry it on and that means loosing all your liquids."

Pros: "The crew."
Cons: "My first flight was canceled without notice, it was a 1:30AM flight. Had to sleep in the check in area of the airport until we could get our next overpriced tickets that will not be taken care of by their 3 options they give you. This shouldn't have been placed as the cheapest tickets available with out big red warnings that it is only cheap if you have no bags. $40 more would have given me free check in bags and a far better in flight experience on another airline. Spread the word to never fly Frontier."

Pros: "On mobile safari online checkin doesn't work. Customer service reps on phone incredibly cannot check a passenger in. I almost missed flight for this. Most uncomfortable seats I've ever had to sit it for four straight hours. Arm rests are hard plastic, seats don't recline, hard seats too. And it's not cheap despite discomfort"

Pros: "We didn't crash."
Cons: "Frontier has to be the worst airline I've ever flown on. You have to pay for everything "extra". Your ticket doesn't even give you a seat, you have to buy your seat extra, carry on is extra... Etc. might as well charge for using their tray tables while they are at it. I can honestly say I'll never fly with them again."

Cons: "At the time I received this survey, (3 hours after my flight was scheduled to leave) my flight had not even arrived to O'Hare and I had no information about when it would arrive or what caused the delay"

Pros: "What did I like? A safe and smooth flight from San Fran to Chicago and back."
Cons: "The seats are cramped and don't recline. I'm an average weight and height and normally don't have such a hard time resting despite long flights, but both flights were uncomfortable. In addition, the flight from Chicago to San Francisco was HOT and no drinks are offered without payment - everything on Frontier is extra $$$ - a bit of a turn off. I'm an avid Southwest customer and I think I will be going back to them even if the flight 'seems' cheaper when searching Kayak. I appeciate you asking about my experience. I love Kayak, but won't be flying Frontier again. I'd rather spend up to $200 more for Southwest to get: comfy seats, free bags, cabin temperature comfort, on time flights, drinks and snacks. It's worth it."

Cons: "The price was good, before you realized the price was a lie and they scam you by charging $45 to carry on or $40 to check a bag! That meant the overhead space was unused and they were just charging more just to be inconvenient. The plane was stripped barebones. The crew were rude, did not smile, and gave me attitude for hitting my elbow with the drink cart. They charge for even getting a soft drink. Nothing about the experience said "we're serving you." It's worse flying a more expensive airline because the rediculous bag fees make it just as expensive and even things that should be free like pleasant staff were lacking."

Pros: "Nothing, I will never use Frontier again. They are just RUDE to the customers."
Cons: "Charged $60 at last minute to bring a small personal bag."

Cons: "Y'all chargin' for juice now? And askin for gratuities on them drinks too? Cmon!!!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Unprofessional Service, No In-flight Amenities, Deceptive Pricing (added/hidden fees), Uncomfortable Seating, Miserable Experience Overall"

Pros: "Staff is enthusiastic"
Cons: "Seats don't recline. Minimal padding"

Cons: "Small seats, not even a carry on bag. Crew was not very enthusiastic or rather friendly but you get what you pay for."

Pros: "There was nothing that I liked about flying with Frontier. It is a nothing special airline."
Cons: "I dislike the hidden charges everywhere along the way. They position it as tailored to customer needs but I see as hidden charges. I am surprised that they don't charge for using the restrooms on the plane. When all said and done, it is not a cheap air fare. The customer service was not empowered to help customers. The flight crew was practically unnoticeable. Not even sure what the crew did. It simply is nothing positive that I can say about Frontier. I will even go further to say that if I see Frontier on Kayak, I will not even use Kayak again."

Cons: "everything"

Cons: "Missed my BART train by being forced to wait on the tarmack outside the gate."

Pros: "Initially price on round-trip fare, but price quickly goes up as soon as you arrive at the airport and have to start paying $45 for a small carry on. Crazy--nothing good to say"
Cons: "The price on round-trip fare includes nothing -- I had to pay $45 for a carry-on! Ridiculous!!! 2.99 for water. . . I'm surprise I could pee for free Seats are terrible/tight, uncomfortable, cheap, and overall the worst w exception of Spirit Sloppy uninspired customer support at ticket counter, although flight crew was okay."

Pros: "nothing"

Cons: "had to wait on the tarmac while the flight before us departed. But we were allowed to get up while we waited so that was good. Frontier's website is very difficult to navigate and use. The folks at SFO said that boarding passes printed from Frontier's website are difficult for the scanners at the airport to read -- so I did not get to take advantage of TSA Precheck, which was annoying."

Pros: "Little."
Cons: "Worst flight of my entire life."

Pros: "Took off on time reached before schedule, price was unbelievable ,very comfortable all great."

Cons: "Worst seats in any plane I have EVER been on (and I travel ALL the time). Those steel seats with 0 cushion have resulted in me having the worst back pain and being on bed rest for the past 3 days on severe pain medication with no signs of improvement. I will never fly Frontier again."

Cons: "The web site is deceiving in that it makes you think every seat is an upgrade and no regular seats remain. A distinct "no upgrade" choice needs to be present for people to see. It makes one think, how much money Frontier has made from people due to their purposeful website's lack of clarity. This is pretty pathetic."

Cons: "It was embarrassing not being able to pay cash. The seats don't recline and it is a shame that we have to pay for carry on. We also pay for small snacks. It feels like a nickle and dime experience."

Pros: "Courteous crew."
Cons: "Gate change at last minute. Had to wait for plane to get to gate. 1 hour late. Another 45 minutes waiting for de-iceing but that not their fault. Will not use this airline again."

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Nothing included, not even water"

Cons: "The Chicago airport was terrible both times. Things not clearly marked. Staff not friendly or available. Long term parking very hard to find and pricing very unclear. Didn't realize we would have to pay additional for just a seat and carry on luggage"

Cons: "Having to pay for a carry on. Having to pay for water on the plane!! That's insane! The fact that it's 2016 and there's no entertainment or free wifi. Ridiculous. I fly frontier out of desperation but never as a choice."

Pros: "Overall great experience. The entire staff was personable and it was a spurt smooth landing!"

Pros: "Crew was friendly and helpful."
Cons: "the seats are uncomfortable. ypu are basically sitting at a 90 degree angle... i also thought it was ridiculous that you pay for a seat instead of it being included in the ticket. Furthermore, the more expensive seats have trivial and funny "benefits" for nearly 30 dollars more, they claim you have more leg room. (no you dont) also say that you can reclein in the seat (not even the slightest bit) and say you are first to receive service (big whoop). i cannot comment on "food" or "entertainment" because there wasnt any. Probably wont book with frontier again."

Pros: "I was impressed with the pilot. Had a very smooth flight. Was one of the best I have had flying."
Cons: "I had a window seat and was very cold. Crew did not go out of there way to make you feel like they cared. A "hello" and "goodbye" was the most we received. The seats could be more comfortable and roomy. Also, when we we arrived the jet bridge did not hook up properly and not one of the crew said to be careful when leaving. It was a good thing I payed attention because it was at least a 3-4 inch drop."

Pros: "Hour delay for flight with no explanation why"

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Very rude staff. The staff on the plane were ok but the staff at the ticket counter were very rude. I also had a similar experience when I flew to Vegas. I don't care how cheap the prices are, frontier needs to get there act together. There are a lot of other companies to fly with."

Pros: "Frontier staff in SFO (San Francisco) friendlier to passengers than ORD (Chicago). Kept luggage at SFO for pickup when I arrived"
Cons: "Missed flight by 10 mins. Was able to check-in 1-hr before a domestic flight and get my boarding pass printed. However, the attendants were not interested in expediting me, and 4 other passengers going on the same flight, through security. Ultimately, 5 passengers with boarding passed missed their flight even though we had arrived to the airport and checked-in at an appropriate time! After the plane left, an attendant assisted a passenger to rebook their flight, but then left to go on break and left 3 of us stranded. Very few Frontier attendants available to help us. Had to pay $225 for another same day flight to SFO using American Airlines. Learning points: - hard deadline, need to be at gate 10 mins before departure time - lofty and esoteric reimbursement process - Frontier does not participate in TSA Pre-Check, so arrive 2 hours ahead of departure time for domestic flights - Frontier does not participate in other airline organizations, so unless you rebook with Frontier you are paying full price for the new ticket"

Pros: "free water"
Cons: "the flight was late coming and going by over an hour."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. Frontier is awful and I will never fly with them again. They cancelled the flight for "weather" more than 12 hours in advance. By the time the flight was supposed to leave, flights were taking off from O'Hare without any problem. Next, they could not have been less cooperative in helping my find an alternative route to San Fran. After more than 2 hours of arguing with Frontier personnel, they magically found a way for me to get there via Denver. Finally, once I boarded the flight to Denver, the crew could not have been any less competent. I saw at least two instances where they had given away the seat of someone who had checked into the flight, then had to scramble to find them a new seat. Frontier is the worst."

Pros: "The boarding process was easy enough."
Cons: "The crew was absolutely clueless. Half way through the flight no less than 6 sleeping passengers were woken and shuffled about because they discovered two other passengers had seated themselves in the priority area. I understand the desire to ensure passengers are seated properly. However, it was ludicrous to wake 6 people who were not at fault for this error on their part. They should have been more vigilant at the start, or left the rest of us alone after the fact. Terrible understanding of customer service. Also, our flight arrived early, however, they didn't have the appropriate gate available. Poor planning as we knew we'd be early about half way through the flight. Would not fly again, not because of the disorganized gate business, however, there's a real lack of customer focus on this airline."

Cons: "The onward flight was cancelled and I wasn't provided an immediate alternative flight. On cancelling my entire itinerary, I was charged a cancellation fee and not provided a refund. I would never fly from frontier again."

Cons: "all the additional fees, cancels out any savings on fare"

Pros: "Pay extra for another airlines. Frontier is uncomfortable and you have to pay for everything after the ticket. You only end up saving minimal amounts."

Cons: "Frontier delayed our flight due to a mechanical problem for over twelve hours. Communication was so bad that we could not leave the airport or even the gate because it seemed like we could be leaving at any moment. It got delayed, and delayed and delayed until all the other flights to SFO had left and there was no other option but to pray we got home. Frontier handled the whole situation extremely poorly. I was exhausted and beside myself with frustration. I will never fly Frontier again."

Cons: "Seats don't go back."

Pros: "The plane didn't crash"
Cons: "Everything aside from the plane not crashing."

Pros: "Seats can't go down so the guy in front of me cannot put his head on my lap."
Cons: "Tray table needs something to keep cans from falling"

Pros: "The initial cost of the flight"
Cons: "ALL the costs of everthing else. Paying for a seats when youve already paid for the flight is rediculous. The seats are incredibly uncomfortable. They font even recline a little bit. The 10lb less weight difference for baggage makes a HUGE difference when packing."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything was so horrible! It had delayed from Los Angles to Chicago and from Chicago to Los Angles. They charged me twice for one check-in baggage. At the first I paid 112$ for baggage 2ways. Today I payed $30 more!!!! It was the first and last trip with Spirit."

Pros: "Very smooth flight. Employees very courteous . seats were not bad . i am 6ft 265 lbs and was comfortable on a 4 hour flight.good experience."
Cons: "Nothing really"

Pros: "Crew was nice"
Cons: "Plane was filthy, baggage fees were ridiculous"

Cons: "Seats did not recline ( the whole plane - not just exit rows). All the extra charges for EVERYTHING were ridiculous, especially as you are not informed of any of them before booking. I'll not fly Spirit again."

Pros: "Very friendly staff, a lot of empty seats so we could spread out. A+ staff."
Cons: "The airplane was FREEZING. I think I'm going to get sick."

Pros: "The price Is great"
Cons: "Waiting in the plane for almost 2 hours once I arrived to my destination, because a gate was busy. The charge for carry on is absurd. There should not be such charge."

Cons: "Seats do not recline! No free food or drinks. No charging ports. No entertainment monitors or screens"

Pros: "The flight itself was fine and the staff was friendly."
Cons: "Spirit airlines is the greyhound bus of the air. The line to drop off your bag with advance. Heck in and printed boarding pass was inefficient and insane. They need more people at the counters or a better bag drop system. Everything with spirit is ala cart."

Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "I was actually a little surprised at how much Spirit has changed over the years. It wasn't terrible."
Cons: "I did not like the fact that water is being charged. As well as all snacks. Does not seem like an airline that screams service."

Pros: "Courteous attendants."
Cons: "Incredibly uncomfortable seats (NO padding, NO recline, head slopes forward). The tray where something could be placed (tablet, laptop, beverage, pillow, anything) is so tiny to be useless (5" deep). Perhaps tolerable for an hour or 2 max but 3.5 from CHI to LAX = intolerable."

Cons: "Very uncomfortable seats"

Cons: "Waited about an hour both in Chicago and Los Angeles to retrieve my luggage. When it finally started arriving it dribbled out one bag about every 30 to 60 seconds. In flight I had to pay for water! By the time I was nickled and dimed, the price wasn't that much better and the crew didn't seem all that friendly either. Never again."

Pros: "It was on time, and they didn't lose my bag!"
Cons: "Seats did not recline at all. Fold down tray was too tiny to use for anything. No entertainment."

Cons: "Flight was delayed."

Pros: "Very spacious, clean and excellent staff. Very friendly and helpful, emergency medical situation took place and they remained extremely calm, and informative along with medical passengers and quickly responded making everyone at ease and very attentive. They are all an awesome bunch, and I'm glad I was able to experience my very first flight with Spirit."
Cons: "Would have been nice to be able to charge my cell phone but no outlets available where I was seated."

Pros: "The flight was quick and we got in early. Nice crew members and everything went smoothly."
Cons: "Kids were running up and down the aisle. Also the site said $31 for bags and it was $42."

Cons: "Spirit is a garbage airline"

Pros: "No frills! I love it! The amenities may be Spartan, but there's no need to feel fleeced by all the "complimentary services" that get lumped into your ticket price. Bring your own snacks and water bottle! It's that easy! Look up the current "personal item" size restrictions (18"x14"x8" as of 5/30/2017, and make a cardboard box that is 1/4" less than those dimensions. It's free, it's spacious, and it will fit under your seat!"
Cons: "I don't like entitled passengers. When you choose to fly on an economy airline, you waive the right to complain about legroom/seat assignments/personal attention from the flight attendants. Spirit handles the cattle in a commendable, humane fashion, it's just that we cattle don't like to be corralled."

Pros: "Check in agent and gate agent happened to be the same extremely nice person"
Cons: "Flight info not clearly posted at the gate. 40 minutes waiting for a wheel chair tho the gate"

Pros: "Absolutely nothing!"
Cons: "Boarding gate was closed early! Not announced! And had to pay $900 to book a flight new flight out! Luggage was lost and had to walk for two hours trying to find someone to help me when I arrived at LAX. No one was able to help and no one knew where my luggage was. Never again! Worst experience ever!!!!! Do not book with Spirit it's not worth the hassle!"

Cons: "Talking about Nicole and diming you. Left a real bad taste in my mouth"

Cons: "Extra charge for everything including printing a boarding pass!!! No TV, seats don't even recline. Nothing free except a cup of ice. Even carry on is charged. Website makes it almost impossible to prepay for carryon to save a little. Pay at the gate is much more. Aweful."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Tickets are getting cancelled with no reason, Late arrivals departs. STRIKE GOING ONNNN....."

Pros: "Extremely friendly and funny staff. Very personable and professional."
Cons: "Small, uncomfortable seats."

Cons: "I had to pay an extra $30 for my luggage weighing 47 pounds. All other airlines the weight limit is 50 pounds not 40..."

Pros: "The staff on the plane were friendly."
Cons: "The flight was delayed, it took a very long time to board. Upon landing, we waited in our seat for over 30 minutes completed stationary after midnight. Water is not offered unless you pay, no TVs, no WiFi, chairs do not recline, and the chair "table" can barely hold your smart phone, a mini tablet is too large to balance. Upon check in, the agent demanded a paper boarding pass and when I showed him an email, he said, you must print. Now I understand there is a FEE to print, which was never explained. This is the only time I have been told to print a boarding pass, it's 2017. A carry on larger than a purse will cost nearly as much as the flight. Overall, I will not be flying Spirit again. I actually canceled my return flight just so I could have a better experience, WiFi, and perhaps a cup of water."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Everything was perfect"

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

Pros: "Airfare cost"
Cons: "Flight 2 hrs late last min notice"

Pros: "The flight attendants were polite. The seats were comfortable. The points give-a-way was a great touch."

Pros: "Happy to go back to Los Angeles California"

Pros: "Charismatic staff"
Cons: "late start boarding"

Cons: "I had to pay fees I was not aware of. Never taking it again."

Pros: "My plane landing and taking off with safety"

Cons: "I fell for the cheaper price on the ticket once...never again! Hidden costs such as $55 for my "carry on" and $3 for water. No wifi, no movie, no room. The flight attendants spoke very quickly and gave little attention to the passengers. You get what you pay for...lesson learned."

Pros: "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING"
Cons: "THAT I WAS GIVEN BAD TRAVELED INFORMATION BY A SPIRIT REP ABOUT LUGGAGE I PAID THE SAME AMOUNT ON LUGGAGE AS MY TICKETT GOING AND RETURNED IF I NEW THAT i WOULD HAVE CHOOSE ANOTHER AIRLINE THAT AT THE LEAST GIVE A SNACK OR WATER FOR FREE EVERYTHING IS A CHARGE NEVER AGAIN MY FIRST AND THE LAST FLIGHT AND THE WORSE FLIGHT EVER !!!!!!!!!!!"

Pros: "Good"
Cons: "Every thing is very good"

Pros: "Everything, the extra roomy seat, the fact that I did not have to buy what I did not need!"
Cons: "My first trip was cancelled due to mechanical problems but I was put up in a very nice hotel which compensated for the inconvenience. I will definitely fly Spirit again."

Cons: "The Seats are really tight. It is also not great to have to pay for almost all luggage. Overall, however, it was a great flight."

Pros: "The crew was VERY personable, and professional. The plane was very clean The flights both ways was on time"
Cons: "the seats are pretty small seats didn't recline (which actually was a good thing because the plane was tight)"

Cons: "Flight was cancelled. Received an email on the way to the airport that is was cancelled. Had to run through airlines and try to a new flight like I was in Home Alone. Luckily American Airlines pulled through but it was much more expensive. Worth it though. I'll never book with Spirit again after reading how often they cancel flights. Never thought its happen to me but I was wrong."

Pros: "Smooth check in process. Do it on a laptop instead of the mobile browser to bypass the seat up charge. Smoothest landing I've ever been on. Clean, neat plane."
Cons: "Got through the entire ORD TSA line before I found out the e-ticket doesn't scan at their station and had to walk all the way to the Spirit kiosk to print the paper ticket. Save yourself some hassle, preprint at home or give yourself extra time before heading through security and print at kiosk."

Pros: "The crew member made the safety demonstration fun and fresh. I couldn't stop laughing she was really funny!"
Cons: "why are you bags so rediculously priced"

Pros: "They offered a hotel when I asked my supposed to sleep in there for"
Cons: "I don't like that my plane was delayed four hours and then canceled for mechanical issues and then couldn't even get rebooked till the next day in the evening time off though they refused to give me a ticket on another airline because they were still able to get me in the next day when I need it to be back in Los Angeles the day that I booked my flight"

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