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Low season

AugustBest time to beat the crowds with an average 4% drop in price.

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly with an average 16% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$214(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$109or less

Good deal one-way

$76or less

Top tips for finding cheap flights to North America

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found tickets from Chicago to North America for the following prices or less: to Las Vegas $76 one-way - $141 round-trip, to Los Angeles $93 one-way - $136 round-trip, to New York $90 one-way - $126 round-trip
  • Book at least 1 week 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 North America is August.
  • On average*, there is no price difference when choosing to fly in the morning or the evening on this flight route.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

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Top 3 airlines serving from Chicago to North America

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

7.2
American Airlines
Overall score based on 46,317 reviews
7.5
Boarding
7.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "We didn’t even have a pilot, had to call and find one because our pilot that was scheduled “forgot to call in sick”. We were already delayed by 4 hrs so this made it delayed by an hour more!"

Cons: "Entertainment system nor working properly. 40 minute flight delay due to minor cabin seat malfunction."

Pros: "Glad we made it back."
Cons: "Flight could have been on time. Attendants in the airline could have communicated much better to give update on delay, but they did not give any information despite several times getting up to ask questions at the main check-in. Many of the passengers were very discouraged. Plane left nearly 2 hours late due to an unclear maintenance issue, paperwork and also no fuel put in the plane until all passengers we on board."

Cons: "We need food"

Pros: "Fell asleep"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "I like the ability to watch movies"
Cons: "The cabin was hot... air didn’t blow well... the crew was abrasive and rude. I asked simple questions and got long explanations for no reason"

Pros: "Crew was excellent especially the first class attendant very attentive and always checking on you"
Cons: "The food needs to be back to normal for first class and also baggage is very slow almost over 30 min wait"

Pros: "The aircraft was very clean, neat and well maintained. The crew was friendly. Process of checked-in luggage was seamless and straightforward."
Cons: "I found the istructions on some restricted items to be confusing and contradictory between instructions at the airport, the AA website and the TSA website. The agent at the counter was well-informed, though, and it all ended up going well."

Pros: "Great crew"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Everything was how should be"
Cons: "I like how you are now."

Pros: "The fact that no one sat next to me believe me it was not a my choice there was just not a body to put in the seat"
Cons: "The staff was not friendly or say hello or goodbye"

Cons: "None of the USB outlets were working in isle 7 A-C"

Pros: "yes"
Cons: "nothing"

Cons: "More comfortable seats you can sleep in"

Cons: "Leave a seat empty in the middle could be good for social distancing"

Pros: "Roomy, comfy seats. Thanks for the snack and bottle water provided during covid"
Cons: "Nothing really"

Cons: "Foood"

Pros: "Very timely and efficient"
Cons: "Seats are really small"

Pros: "I was pleased there was entertainment for a short flight."
Cons: "My original flight was cancelled and I could only be booked onto one the following day, causing me to miss a good portion of my dear friend's wedding festivities. I am pretty bummed to have paid the amount for a Friday flight only to be able to arrive on Saturday."

Cons: "Flight was delayed by an hour. My bag did not get on the correct plane. It had to be delivered the following day."

Pros: "I received the survey for this flight before we even boarded lol. People’s online boarding passes had expired. Noted that it was “due to weather” weather is totally clear, haven’t seen a flake of snow, it’s just cold."

Pros: "The crew skipped me for breakfast and i had to ask for food."
Cons: "The food was not very good. Bread rolls stale and inedible. The rest of the flight was good."

Pros: "Gate agents were timely."
Cons: "There was not a wheelchair at the arrival as previously agreed with American. No food on board - just drinks. Boarding took forever."

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "Waiting for 30 minutes a Dublin to dock."

Pros: "Great crew again, basic aircraft but comfortable economy seats."

Pros: "Outbound, it was on time, plenty of legroom, plenty of good snacks, drinks and food. An enjoyable flight. Score 10.0"
Cons: "Return flight - The flight departed 4 hours late. The seating was so cramped my husband couldn't move his legs at all, never mind try to sleep. The staff members were not smart in appearance, some with long untidy hair, and did not interact with passengers except to hand out food. The food was reasonable. We disembarked feeling like wrecks. Score 2.0"

Cons: "Our last 6 flights have all been changed or delayed significantly. Then they loose our bags on a direct flight. Won’t fly America airlines again!"

Cons: "The flight was delayed. The food was not great. There is not a lot of space in these planes, and it was a long flight. There is no power supply."

Pros: "Eventually, the actual flight was fine."
Cons: "Initially delayed by 3hours (mechanical) which was American Eagle couldn’t get their “bucket of bolts” to Springfield, MO on time so we missed our flight out of Charlotte to Barcelona. Then we were rerouted through Chicago, but lost our first class seats and were bumped back to coach. This was after I had bought first class tickets for the entire trip only to be told 3 months before leaving that AA decided to switch planes on our domestic flight so there’s were no first class seats. THEN, in Chicago we tried to get first class seats on British Airways which would have been fine but After being sent to another terminal (after the bus to that terminal had stopped running) we were turned back because British Airways wouldn’t accept the boarding pass that AA had issued us. Now, having to go back to the first terminal to DISCUSS all this, we miss that flight and wind up stuck in Chicago for another 24 hours. Then, that flight was delayed by 3 hours, so we lost a day and a half of our vacation."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I chose a package on the cheap flights that has a left hand side for choosing number of baggage which invariably inreases fare depending on the number of baggage and i choose 2 and paid for 2 baggage but the ticket came with 1 baggage and i contacted both by phone call, email and your website but did not get any fsvourable response. Had to pay again at the airport for the extra bag. This is highly unfair."

Pros: "Flight was on time."

Cons: "flight kept getting changed from delayed to on time then we finally get on the runway and have to shut the engines down and we were told that we would have to wait there for an hour"

Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Really unconfortable seats."

Pros: "It was on time. Crew were very good."
Cons: "Plane seemed very dated. No individual entertainment No USB chargers Not much space"

Cons: "The airline "randomly" selected me for extra security. Even though I have TSA pre-check I was jostled around, sent to multiple security lines without any reasoning and the local Chicago TSA and airport staff didn't seem to know what to do. Once it was figured out I was subjected to what was essentially a cavity search. Again I HAVE TSA-pre-check but apparently that means nothing if an airline flags you. It was an extremely upsetting experience but you were in a situation of either agree to the invasive search or get stranded over 1000 miles from home. I will NEVER fly Iberia again after a cancelled flight and being stranded in the wrong country on the way to my vacation and the horrible security experience on the way back. I seriously may never go to Chicago either after seeing the complete lack of organization and traumatizing personal invasion. I fly a lot for work and have never had such a horrible experience. I would really like to know how many terrorists are caught with these invasive searches and would love to know the justification for sticking your hands inside someone's pants and grabbing their privates after they have already gone through a metal detector AND the body scanner. Especially for someone who has already passed a federal background check to obtain pre-check status. Absolutely ridiculous."

Pros: "Gate flight updates"
Cons: "No information on luggage even though they knew luggage was not received in London They could have sent me an update instead of having me wait at carousel for 1:30 hours waiting for my bag to show up"

Pros: "Seats quite comfortable. Crew ok."
Cons: "Pitiful food offering and no entertainment at all when on previous 1.5 hour AA flight choice of movies."

Pros: "United airlines canceled a flight last minute that I needed in order to get to my best friends' wedding on time, I usually fly AA but the United flights were slightly cheaper at the time. The options United gave me would have had me missing the wedding, AA had more flights that allowed me to make it in time, considering it was booked 12 hours before take-off, it was decently reasonable and left on time and got in early (imagine that, United). Thank you American Airlines, again!"

Cons: "The entertainment system in my seat was broken. Was a bummer since we added a extra hour ground hold for weather."

Pros: "The water was clean"
Cons: "Everything else! We were first sold a British airlines flight, and then we got switched to American Airlines. I don't know if that is actually an okay thing for them to do. When we got onto to plane we were stuck on the runway for over 2 1/2 hours, where the outside temperature was 95 degrees and the AC in the plane didn't work. The delay was all due to a mechanical difficulty with the engine, this did not give us peace of mind when flying over the atlantic. while up in the air my newly wedded wife and I were hoping maybe we could watch a movie to help keep our minds off the creaking of the wings, the pool of sweat from the delay, and the grumpy flight attendants. Seeing as it was a 9 hour international flight, you would have expected some sort of entertainment. Maybe a personal TV.... nope. Maybe a community TV... nope. At least they have to have a radio....... nope. All we got were our two thumbs to twiddle. After a much needed nap. We woke up hoping maybe for a hot breakfast, but to put the cherry on top of some terrible ice cream, we got a mediocre cold breakfast. All in all I will not fly American Airlines again. I would happily and quickly pay double for any other airlines but them. It's such a poor reprisentation of our country."

Pros: "First class flight attendant was awesome!!"

Cons: "Dry / borderline rude staff and hostess. Dated plane. Tiny seats. But that is pretty much the baseline of airlines in the US. When will carriers start to take note from International carriers..leaps and bounds ahead."

Pros: "Staff was very nice; very courteous."
Cons: "We were delayed for 2 hours! I had a premium seat but still ended up boarding with Group 6. Almost ran out of room and had to check my roller. Not happy with late boarding given that when I booked my ticket, it said I'd have priority seating."

Pros: "The entertainment was updated and refreshing."
Cons: "Snacks was only pretzel"

Pros: "Free checked bag"
Cons: "2 hour delay No food to buy or drinks"

Pros: "Eventually we made it"
Cons: "Plane was delayed because a door wasn't working (old). Business class entertainment was a tablet that was collected an hour before we landed. Food was very bland."

Pros: "Ok flight"
Cons: "Not iberia"

Cons: "We were downgraded from Main Cabin Extra rows 7 and 8 to row 30. We were told that we will get refund automatically. However, we received nothing. Getting a refund back is now becomes a very complicated process with zero transparency. Main Cabin Extra is kind of a scam. We bought it specifically for an extra leg room. However, on the flight from PHX to BOS, all seats in the economy class have the same leg room. The agent explicitly told us that on this plane all seats are the same. So, they offer product they do not have and collect money. Sounds like a scam to me."

Pros: "Crew professional and pleasant"
Cons: "Food not applicable"

Pros: "I was surprised that the flight was completely full despite a pandemic"

Pros: "Hassle free"
Cons: "The seats are terribly uncomfortable."

Pros: "Crew and check in staff excellent. New, clean, plane, pilot did make up some time. After reading all the negative reviews it was better than I expected."
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats for my height. Flight 2 hours late. Add ons for seat and luggage increased price so it wasn't much lower than competitors."

Pros: "Not much to add here because not much to like"
Cons: "There was nothing on this flight. No plug ins for your phones, or music or movies or nothing. No magazine, and it was so cold I thought I was going to freeze. I flew out to Chicago on Alaskan and the fight was wonderful! But this flight was a total opposite to that flight. I took pictures of the seats to show my daughter that there was nothing. And swore at that time....never fly Frontier again."

Pros: "The flight and comfort of the airline"
Cons: "The people just that were on the plane"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I paid extra 30 dollars each person so I can bring the carry-on bag on the plane. However, it didn't show on the ticket and I have to pay for another 45 dollars each person in the airport checkin place to bring the carry-on bag. It was a terrible experience."

Pros: "Flight attendants were good"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything about frontiers"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Na"

Cons: "Delayed 1.5 hours for no reason"

Pros: "The only thing positive I can say was the price."
Cons: "My flight was delayed by two hours and I was notified 6 or 7 hours prior to my flight. I called to find out why (was it something controllable like mechanical where they will get us a new plane and I can expect to leave at the new scheduled time, or is it something unpredictable like weather?) they could not tell me why, they told me to ask when I got to the airport. At the ticket counter at the airport they told me the crew at the gate would know. I said, if they know, why don't you know? With technology, this shouldn't be a problem. Nobody was at the gate, so I had to wonder for hours. The seat was the most uncomfortable seat I have ever flown in, and I fly fairly often. There was no headrest, the seat didn't recline at all, and there really wasn't any padding on the chair. It was the equivalent of sitting in a plastic folding chair with a high back."

Cons: "Luggage costs $40 per bag."

Pros: "The airfare is cheap"
Cons: "I hate getting charged for carry on luggage and checked luggage etc. The seats are so uncomfortable too-no space."

Pros: "The seats were spacious"
Cons: "When I went to check-in for my flight and get my boarding pass, the Frontier employee at the counter asked if we had paid for carry-on bags online. We said no and she looked at our bags and said we were fine. When we got to the gate however, I was stopped and told that I needed to pay for my bag. I asked to speak to a supervisor. I explained that their employee at check-in told us we did not need to pay for a carry-on. They still forced me to pay AND tried to charge me the gate price of $60 which I refused to pay. If they were going to charge me for a carry-on, they should have made that clear at the ticket counter where I would have paid $45. They were incredibly rude about it and it seemed like a scam they had planned out to try and get $15 more out of passengers."

Cons: "carry on expense (for the actual price, I could have booked on a better airline). Really awful check in. Kiosks didn't work (and there were only 3 of them) very long line to check in with a person...only one person working. At check in flight was going to be an hour late (for no reason) and then it turned out to be over 1.5 hours late."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The plan took off late because they waiting to the last minute to de ice the plane when the plan sat there for over a hour and half. The service people were rude and charge me 60$ to bring my bag on the same bag in brought when I want. It charge in vegas to Chicago. The guy gave me a attitude. People in Chicago are very unpleasant."

Pros: "Everything was organized and on schedule. I didn't order food and no entertainment. It was a short flight. Very low price."
Cons: "Not much space"

Pros: "The price of my ticket was amazing and the crew member with the long red hair, tall, white girl was a so awesome. Sorry that I don't remember her name. The pilots did a great job and landed so smoothly."
Cons: "That there is no wifi."

Cons: "You have to pay for carry on as well as seat selection. This was not clear when I bought the ticket. Ended up paying almost $100 more than ticket price when booked. Dont even offer water during flight! Will never fly FA again. Back to good old SW!"

Cons: "Crew seemed confused the entire time and didn't know how to work their iPad for food and beverages"

Pros: "Flight was on time"
Cons: "Rude male flight attendant, sloppy boarding, Greyhound Bus atmosphere, no free snacks or water, no entertainment."

Pros: "It was SUPPOSED to be a round trip. I arrived at LAS an hour before departure, and tried a kiosk. It advised me that I needed to see an agent. I get in line. 19 minutes later, I am informed that even though the plane is still at the gate, I missed the 45 minute deadline,and cannot board. The agent will not help me to book another flight, but gives me a paper with an 800 # on it. I am told that all of the next days flights are sold out. I managed to get a $287 flight t 6 am the next day, on a different carrier. When I arrived at Ohare for the return leg, I was charged $40 , for my carryon. When I expressed my displeasure at the charge, I was told that Frontier was a low cost operation and should not be surprised that I would pay more for extras. My response to that is "When did customer service become an extra, for which I should be charged?" I have found your corporation to be an overpriced low service airline, a soulless company intent on squeezing every cent out of each transaction, while providing even less than the bare minimum to the sucker who buys a ticket."

Pros: "Flights were on time. Boarding was quick and easy. Crew members were pleasant?"
Cons: "The seats are uncomfortable. Also there were so many hidden fees...they charge you for on board drinks and snacks, picking a seat, bringing a carry-on, etc..."

Pros: "Flight attendants were very polite and welcoming. Any questions or requests were met with smiles. You cannot beat the price."
Cons: "Flight ran late, but that happens at times. Seats are pretty hard and uncomfortable."

Pros: "Flight was very delayed. I feared that after all that waiting they would ultimately cancel"
Cons: "Not very much room in seating arrangement as it is. Made even worse by being crammed up in my window seat by an overweight woman who was encroaching in my space, too. Very uncomfortable"

Pros: "Absolutely nothing!"
Cons: "This was the worst flight experience I've ever had and I will never, under any circumstance recommend anyone to fly Frontier. Ever. Not only was the flight delayed, but then once we boarded we had to wait an additional 2hrs before taking off. Once we finally took off (in the most uncomfortable seats I've ever sat in!), there was a terrible noise coming from the plane. I seriously feared for my life and could not believe when we actually landed in one piece."

Pros: "The flight itself was decent if you don't mind non reclining seats and no beverage service."
Cons: "The 3 hour delay on top of the fuel spill outside the plane that added another hour of sitting inside the plane. Flashing lights and everything with no updates whatsoever. Horrible. Never again."

Cons: "We were delayed forever it felt like, then stuck on the plane forever and our stuartist was seriously scary. I was very disappointed in this flight."

Pros: "I like the fact that the management came up with an option to still fly the passengers to Las Vegas through another aircraft. I think the staff handled the situation very well. They maintained their professionalism despite the angry passengers. In fact, they were able to keep the mood lighter by smiling and throw small jokes once in a while. I want to commend these two employees who were there during this time. I wish I had their names but it was one male and one female. They were both black and both had long braided locks ☺ They were very accommodating."
Cons: "- I could see from my window seat that the ground crew had to unload ALL the luggages that were already on the plane and check them individually and manually, just to find the luggages of the unfortunate 41 passengers who cannot fly with us because of the limited seats of the new aircraft after the tail swap. It took them at least an hour and that obviously caused more delay for the plane to take off. - It was annoying to hear the foot steps of one of the crew members because whenever he walked by the aisle in the plane, he would literally stomp his feet which was very disturbing. The passengers were already exhausted and it was past midnighy, we all wanted to at least take a nap. - They should have at least offered free drinks like water or coffee inflight to compensate with the situation especially that it was already a red eye flight."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Website didn't work for hours when I wanted to check in. When I arrived the plane was delayed three hours before they said that the back rows 30-38 all had to rebook because they had an issue with the plane. That next flight required me two take 2 connecting flights (7 hours of flight time) and arrive 19 hours after my scheduled departure."

Pros: "The staff was super nice! For the price it was a very nice flight."
Cons: "I did not like that you had to pay for everything else but the flight"

Pros: "Boarding was pretty easy and the crew was nice."
Cons: "The seats weren't comfortable at all and did not lean back unless you were in the first three rows. Not a lot of leg room made it hard to get some much-needed rest. Took forever to get off the plane when we landed."

Pros: "We arrived in Las Vegas 20 minutes early."
Cons: "1.) We sat on the runway in Vegas for 15 minutes waiting for a gate to open. 2.) They charged me to select a seat. 3.) They charged me to CARRY ON a bag ($45!) 4.) They don't participate in TSA Pre-check 5.) There was no organized line-up for each separate boarding group. 6.) I was seated next to a baby that screamed for 3 of the first 4 hours flight time w/o flight attendants doing anything to help the dumb-ass dad who neglected to bring a freaking binky w/him! I guess maybe I'm just spoiled by the FAR SUPERIOR service of Southwest Airlines. Last time I let someone else book my flight on another airline!"

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Trash and food covered the floors. The seats were very uncomfortable and not sure how you can call that a tray table. But I guess if you aren't serving food there's no real reason to have a table, except to allow your guests convenience. Charging fees for every little thing, including being able to pick a seat so you can sit with your party, is quite ridiculous. I don't fly a lot but I won't ever choose this airline again when I can get Much higher quality for the overall cost once the hidden fees were added."

Cons: "Horrible!!! Late doy and I Need to pay for my hand luggage. Never travel with Frontier!"

Pros: "Carry on charge not happy."
Cons: "Carry on charge is ridiculous."

Cons: "Flight home was 30 minutes late and not one rep apologized or updated passengers. Horrible communication."

Pros: "Nothing really."
Cons: "Frontier advertised cheaper fares but when all the nickel and diming is done (like the baggage fees, seating fees, in flight drink fees) your better off spending a little more up front with another airline than falling for their cheaper fares. They try to sell you 'a roomier seat' but delivery seats which reminds me of public transit. They don't recline and they also don't have a tray large enough to accommodate a laptop!! Hard plastic covered in vinyl with fancy stitching. Try sitting for 4 hours on that! Southwest is a much better choice."

Pros: "Loved that the woman who checked us in at O'Hare did not charge for a carry-on because my husband is active military. Thank you so much! I have a new found appreciation for Frontier. Definitely better than Spirit Airlines."
Cons: "That we had to pay for pop."

Cons: "Crew, hardboard seating, paying extra for everything, wouldn't fly again for a flight over an hour."

Pros: "How quickly we boarded. And our timely departure."
Cons: "I don't. Like delays and we had to go backto the gate to let a sick passenger off the plane."

Pros: "On time on the way out."
Cons: "Bought the ticket in Chicago because it was cheaper than flying out of Madison or Milwaukee. Even if I paid for a bus ticket from Madison to Chicago. When I went to check in it took 5 phone calls and 1 1/2 hours later. The reason for the call was the carry-on baggage charge which was astronomical and my question was is the $40 for round trip. Which it wasn't. Also, I was unaware of all the additional charges, seat, bottle water, soda etc. The biggest problem was no WI FI on board. I need to work while I was in the air for 4 hours. It took 5 phone calls because I couldn't understand the person trying to answrer my questions. I also couldn't check in because Frontier was not compatible with my IPad. Talk about getting frustrated. I had enough stress traveling for business. On the way back we were backing out to the runway heading to take off and the captain announced that he was turning around because a passage was vomiting due to overindulgence of alcohol. 45 minutes later finally backed out to take off. I barely made it to my bus. Thank god I can run fast. What a nightmare that didn't need to happen. It would have been way cheaper to fly out of Madison or Milwaukee. What really PMO was socking us traveler additional charge for so called peak time. WHO DO YOU THINK BAILED YOU OUT IN 2001? Your should be ashamed of yourselves."

Pros: "Crew did a awesome job at keeping everybody calm once we hit some horrible turbulence"
Cons: "The pilot was absolutely horrible"

Cons: "You get what you pay for. I will pay for better service next time. I'm not a tall person I and I felt cramped in the seats. There was no in flight movie. It was a 4 hour flight. With all the add ons my ticket ended up being the same price as the other airlines. I will never fly frontier again."

Pros: "Cheap"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats. No radio, movies, nothing. No Snack, water, coffee, nothing, unless you pay even more. Absolute piracy prices on luggage!"

Pros: "Cheap flight"
Cons: "Most uncomfortable seats ever!!!"

Pros: "I was sleep on the flight , so entertainment was not necessary."

Pros: "Flight price was great. Straight shot there."
Cons: "Nothing to dislike"

Cons: "It's already a known fact that this isn't the best airline to use but you get what you pay for."

Cons: "The staff was informative and had great energy, unfortunately though, I had a very hard time getting comfortable. I'm 5'5" and I had absolutely no leg room, I felt claustrophobic and uncomfortable the entire flight."

Pros: "The staff not pointing things out in the beginning!"

Pros: "No it was all pretty bad. i realize its a cheap airline but i fly them all the time."
Cons: "customer service, appropriate staffing, enough leg room for humans, professionalism, etc"

Cons: "Wish I didn’t have to pay for a cup of water"

Cons: "The flight was 2hrs late"

Cons: "We were charged $50 for each of our checked bags! Also, carry-on bags are required to be smaller than what other airlines will allow."

Pros: "It was organized and timely. I would fly Spirit again!"
Cons: "One of our party was late, but before the plane left the gate and they did not allow her to board."

Pros: "Staff"
Cons: "Overcrowded too noisy"

Pros: "Efficient"
Cons: "Boarding could have been more organized"

Pros: "Fast"

Pros: "On the plane, the seats were extremely comfortable, with a lot of leg room, even on the standard seats. Much more than on any flight I had flown with Southwest domestic. The staff was also a lot friendlier and generous. And there was plenty of room on the flight which made comfort affordable."
Cons: "They announced that the flight was departing from a different gate, but it wasn't listed on their website and there was no way to verify it on any screens. The gate that they said the flight would be departing out of instead still had the destination on it for the previous flight. Then, after that flight departed, it showed the destination for the next flight scheduled to leave out of that gate, not the one I was on. So frankly, a lot of people were very confused on where they were supposed to be waiting. Especially since, there was boarding for a different flight at the first gate, and no screen showing the flight that was being boarded there. So it caused a lot of nervousness for a lot of us, not being sure where we were supposed to be and afraid we would miss our boarding call."

Pros: "Very quick to board active military. Pleasant crew. Arrived early with a shortened flight time."
Cons: "I’m an average height male with an above average build. I was fairly cramped in my seat with very little room to move."

Cons: "Spirit is always mediocre. No drinks, and pay for everything."

Cons: "I didn't have any food. Can rate it"

Pros: "Sercurity line was short. Crew was kind of nice and friendly."
Cons: "40 minutes to check bag even though we prechecked in the previous night, paid for our bag and printed our broadinf pass. Only 1 Spirit employee working the check in counter! They charge 3 dollars for water! Water! They should how complimentary cups of water. It's water for goodness sake. My pregnant wife was very thirsty so we paid. But it was a bitter moment. I get what Spirit is doing but they need to do better in a few areas or they'll have no more clients to pass the savings on to."

Pros: "Great service, newer plane, and on time. Very satisfied with my travel experience"

Cons: "Beware ! Forced passengers to board at temporary gate, no warning at all that you would immediately drop to 2 steep flights of stairs not even suitable for able bodied passengers. Then climb the entire temporary ramp outside in the rain and this is after a 3 hour delay. The worst of it was the flight crew ! Horrible. Taunting passengers, bullying, refusing to give their names. I will be filing an official complaint due to this flight. TERRIBLE !!!!"

Pros: "It was a mistake to fly with Spirit!!!!! It was a nightmare in every aspect!!!! No, there was NOTHING that I like. I hated it. NEVER FLY SPIRIT AGAIN."
Cons: "They charged for EVERYTHING!!!! It's pathetic. The flight kept delaying. It was a chaos at the gate. Passengers were confused about which gate we were supposed to be at. My flight was about 3 h delay. Instead of serving us complimentary beverage due to delay, they charged us (even water.) They tried to charge for everything. Check in at a gate would cost $10! Who does that? Never heard that before in my life. A bag would cost over $60 if you check in at the gate. They charged for every single little thing. Disgusting!!!! I almost felt victimized flying their airline. (The seats were small.) I heard one passenger said "My first time flying Spirit. It will be my last time too." I said "Amen!" I WILL NEVER FLY SPIRIT AGAIN!!!! NEVER!!!!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "The fare is cheap. The airplane(s) are new and mostly clean. The crew were very friendly, though, my interaction with them was limited at best. If your only concern is price, this is a good choice, but plan ahead and know Spirit's checked and carry-on bag fees (and all the other fees, such as printing your own ticket.)"
Cons: "It's Spirit Airlines. I arrived at my destination in once piece. Nothing was over-the-top good or bad. The seats are smaller than traditional. With additional bag fees, the pricing is very similar to other airlines. The seat backs are very thin and as long as there is not an energetic child behind you jumping from seat to seat (There was in my case.) this isn't much of problem. In short - I didn't die."

Pros: "Was late bad attitude from the front desk,."
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Nothing--there is literally nothing to like about this airline. They display a cheaper fare than other airlines and call it their "Bare Fare" but you better not pack more than a small backpack otherwise you end up paying double the ticket price in services charges and baggage fees!"
Cons: "Spirit's endless amounts of extra hidden costs and ridiculous baggage fees meant that I ended up paying just as much for my airfare as I did to 1) check my bags, 2) print my boarding pass and 3) pay for the hidden services charges to do all of the above at the gate (instead of predicting exactly how many luggage/carry-on items and their exact weight over five months in advance of my trip, when I initially purchased my ticket online). You'll have to purchase water on the plane if you get thirsty. I would not be the least bit surprised if Spirit started charging a fee to use the bathroom on the plane! AVOID THIS AIRLINE if you need to check a bag, or if your carry-on is larger than a small backpack and/or purse! Plus, the interior of their new fleet has decreased space between rows so you have less legroom than ever (I'm 5'5" and 125 lbs--I had no room to move). And the final straw for me: I paid a premium price for a flight that left AFTER 9:00 AM. Less than 48 hours before departure, Spirit changed our flight to 6:05 AM; a time I had specifically filtered out of my options when searching for a flight! And no, there was absolutely no refund or apologies for the inconvenience."

Pros: "Our bags ended up costing more than our flight because their weight limit is 40lbs and every other airline is 50lbs so we had 10lbs of stuff that we flew in with and had no where to put because they charge so much for carry ons too. Attendants were polite but the airline even charged you if you wanted a glass of water on the flight. I will not be flying them again."

Pros: "At the time of purchase, I liked the price."
Cons: "1. They offer no way to reach a live customer service representative via phone. 2. They are the only airline I've used in the US that charges for carry on bags. This makes the cheap fair no longer the cheapest fair. 3. After running late and unable to check in online, or reach customer service, the people at the ticket counter would not ticket my flight 25 minutes before boarding and charged $100 to rebook the next day. 4. They offer no complementary drinks/snacks 5. Their seats are small, uncomfortable, and DO NOT RECLINE!"

Pros: "Promptness and crew entertaining in funny professional way."
Cons: "Length of sales pitch for credit card."

Pros: "Delayed 2+ hours for an unknown reason"

Pros: "Was on time to take off Boarding on time"
Cons: "Took long to get gate after landing Really uncomfortable seats Charge for even serving water"

Pros: "Good crew and decent prices"
Cons: "Cabin is a little tight and seats don't recline or adjust. Size limit on the one carry on bag is a little small."

Pros: "I loved the friendliness and timeliness"
Cons: "I didn't like the enormous up-charge at the gate on luggage."

Pros: "We like Spirit, good service,affordable flights."

Pros: "There wasn't anything I really liked about my trip on Spirit."
Cons: "From the curbside to the gate you are on your own. No skycaps to take your bags at the curb even though you've already paid for bags. And even though you've already paid for bags you still have to stand in a long line at the counter to check in. This is my 3rd time flying with Spirit since 2011. I thought the first 2 trips having issues was a fluke but no, it seems fairly consistent that you will not leave on time, the staff will not be friendly and nothing is complimentary...even water! The seats are extremely small and there is no way to recline them. Some of their planes have advertisement pasted through the entire length of the cabin, the crew really pushed applying for their credit card, all snacks must be paid for I mean, the message is clear, profits first, customers are to be used to meet their goals. At the end of the day, customers are lured in by seemingly lower prices but it's all smoke and mirrors. When you're done with all of the a la cart items, the price is the same as all of the other airlines, with inferior service, in my opinion. I will not be flying with Spirit Airlines again. I will spend my money with airlines that value me as a customer first."

Pros: "absolutly nothing"
Cons: "3 hour delay, cramped seats. no rush to get anything done"

Cons: "had to buy a new ticket from American and spend an additional $300. Stay away from Spirit"

Pros: "The fly atendants were Great and had a lot of patients"
Cons: "The lady behind me made the flight hell, her and her rude children, I believe they should have made her bring a car seat for her missed behaved child just like the other couple did, they brought their toddler a car seat and purchased seating for him. She didn't. The way I see it for the child's safety they should force the parents in to purchasing a seat at least at half coast. Her daughter and son "toddler" kicked my seat half way to Dallas I have bad kidneys I finally turned around and addressed it, by then I was fed up since it was the second time so I have to admit I did it in a rude way. The fly attendant was very helpful she spoked to the lady who also was very rude twice and had me move seats and the girl who was sitting next to me had to pay an additional $75.00 for a better seat where she wasn't being kicked being that she as well had a bad back. I just think if the parents are trying to be cheap and avoid paying an extra seat not caring for their child's safety they should force them into it or plain simple not allow them to board... It was by far the worse experience even and I had just switched airlines from American to Spirit..."

Pros: "Getting sooner to my distanation"
Cons: "The switch of gate at the last minutes at O'hare."

Pros: "Nice attendants. Good attitude"
Cons: "A320 rattle so bad at landing I thought the luggage compartment would come down. Seats are like wood bench's Cheap flight, expensive adds for carry on"

Pros: "Boarding was relatively easy and the plane ride was decent."
Cons: "As usual, Spirit will pimp you for high baggage fees. Paying $55 for a carry-on bag is insane."

Pros: "Plane was new, boarding was quick. Crew was professional and kind."
Cons: "I had to pay for carry-on luggage $50.00 Nothing on the plain was free of charge, not even a glass of water."

Pros: "In flight experience was good."
Cons: "Didn't like that I have to print my boarding pass and that an eboarding pass doesnt work on the scanners. That was not communicated well to me. The gate changed 30 mins prior to the take off time of my flight and not a single passenger was informed of this. There were no announcements made. They did not even care to change the flight information display at the gate behind the counter. While passengers were waiting to board, a jet blue crew member starts to announce boarding for their flight to JFK while its displaying spirit airlines flight to dallas. The jet blue crew has no information to provide to us. A spirit airline crew memeber SHOULDVE MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT reg the gate change at the original gate or they should remove the spirit airline flight display from the screen. And all this 20 mins prior to take off. And I was told to stand in line that was a mile long to have this simple question answered 'whats the current gate'. The crew could've been a bit more informative, less rude and more approachable."

Cons: "We were travelling with a couple and FORCED to pay for seats so that we can sit together. . . what a crock. I can deal with many compromises for an inexpensive fare--but this was over the top. We were going to be asked to pay $30 to pick seats to sit together, decided to just upgrade the seats $60 to both sit up front in larger seats together, so the flight was comfortable. But being asked that was the straw that broke the camel's back--I don't think we'll be flying Spirit again--I'd rather just pay slightly more for the flight and know that I'll have an assigned seat--or can get a pair by boarding togeteher."

Pros: "That I arrived safely"
Cons: "Seats - no recline position. I'm not claustrophobic but that flight made me feel like it. Boarding was a zoo... 3 flights from the same area. No space to stand or sit. Stewardesses walking with shoes that made loud noise and vibration every time they passed by. I was hoping to sleep during this claustrophobic and uncomfortable flight but they're loud walking woke me up 3 times. Finally, do we really need to make 15 announcements that no one cares about during the flight? Just get us there safely ... I don't need to know the weather and cruising altitude in 3 different announcements ... Also waking me up during this painful experience. Worst of all... I feel like my comments will never make a difference because you appeal to thise customers who will go through pain just to save a little on air fare. However that's not me."

Pros: "The actual flight was OK--but I was bumped from my scheduled flight (along w 82 other people) when they substituted a smaller aircraft; & the flight they put me on was 12 hours later!!!! Nothing like wasting a precious vacation day in O'Hare airport to make you furious!"
Cons: "I hated the fact that I couldn't check in online the day before. I must have wasted two hours trying to remember my password for their stupid Frequent Flyer club--the only allowable way to check in-- and then (after finally getting a new password & getting into the system), being told they had no current reservation for me. What???? Then, after getting to the airport & finally checking in, I was bumped off the plane & rescheduled 12 hours later!!!! I hope never to fly on Evil Spirit Airlines again!"

Cons: "Well when I got to my sit there was a person on my seat, the crew guy had me standing till every one sat down even then you think they would give me a complematery drink, no the head crew lady was rude and did not want to accommodate to my needs even after some one messed up with my sit"

Pros: "The price point was good. The flight crew was good."
Cons: "Took along time to board. The seats aren't very comfortable. They're also small. Not a lot of knee room."

Pros: "Didn't like: The seats have minimal padding, no "wings" /headrest feature, seats don't recline, tray table too small to put anything on, and too far away to be useful for eating. Having to purchase water is ridiculous. The fee for carrying on a bag in addition to a purse had the price of the ticket comparable to other airlines, so there was no point to using Spirit. There was no entertainment except the Sudoku that printed on the boarding pass."

Cons: "getting charged for a carry on is bullshit."

Pros: "Spirit cancelled my flight never again will I use this service made me lose lots of money and lost out on my brother's wedding"

Cons: "had issues booking my seats and luggage online so was charged for help at the ticket counter by the rudest woman I'll ever remember. Paid for upgraded seat on original booking and got stuck in a smaller seat on the way back. Had a comfortable seat up front and some drunk idiot wanted to talk to me so he took the empty seat up front at take off and bugged me the whole trip. I ended up paying more for this flight than any other airline and I'd rather fly with friendlier airlines in the future."

Pros: "The flight was cheap."
Cons: "Spirit considers luggage a "frill." If you plan to pack anything other than a very small backpack, be ready to pay $50-$100 more. At that rate, you could fly a regular carrier with more seat space as Spirit cramps you in with tighter seats that's don't recline."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight was cancelled and we had to rebook with AA"

Cons: "The flight was canceled with no good alternative flights to get us to Dallas. And Spirit was no help. I will not fly with them again."

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