Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Having a direct flight to our destination won out. The crew members were polite and friendly."
Cons: "The seats are very narrow. The plane did not have in seat entertainment and the movie choice was awful. To add to the poor experience when boarding in Panama City, must pass through gate security with no access to a bathroom or ability to bring water on board. Given the inability to bring water, I would hope to have a water service at least twice during the flight in addition to the drink service with dinner."
Pros: "Everything was great food, confort, crew, boarding etc."
Pros: "Crew were nice and polite"
Cons: "Business seats are less like Business and more like a better Premium Economy seat."
Pros: "Everything about the flight was flawless. Pleasant staff & comfortable seats... LOVED the free movies, audio selection, food, beverages, etc."
Cons: "1. would not allow duty-free purchases with under 60 minute boarding time. 2. required TSA check & disposal of all beverages before entering the area to wait for the plane - a 30 minute wait in the hallway!"
Pros: "Clean, courteous, respectful and comfortable!"
Cons: "Vegetarian meals were served with bread that was not fresh"
Pros: "Made the trip feel easier with their kindness."
Cons: "It was hard to hear the in flight movie through the headphones but not a big deal. Still had fun."
Pros: "The staff are very friendly"
Cons: "Be late to my next connection"
Pros: "The flight attendants were good to everyone and the plane was either new or very close to it"
Pros: "Great overall experience. Hassle free."
Cons: "Lo últimos grupos deberían pasar primero."
Pros: "In Panama the team leaves much to be desired, no coordination, doesn't seem to have a leader therefore everyone seem unprofessional, each time I have to go thru this experience is the same, will be looking forward to the day it will be taken care of."
Pros: "Nice crew and we left on time"
Cons: "No legroom whatsoever nice crew and we left on time"
Pros: "On time, clean, and non stop, the latter being the best! First flight was a newer plane, and appreciate the USB ports. Older plane on return flight, but got home safe and sound with a little extra time to spare. That's a good trip in my book."
Cons: "Nothing negative."
Pros: "Excellent service and room to stretch"
Cons: "We were late due to waiting for a crew member to arrive"
Cons: "No individual screen and no USB chargers. No snack or coffe before landing in an 5 and a half flight"
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "Copa has a reputation for being the on-time airline in Central America, and so it was for all 5 of my flights with them this trip. Customer service on the phone was really great, too. They got things done, and done the first time."
Cons: "The in-flight TV screens are old-school and not very good."
Pros: "I understand that international flights to the USA have extra security, but this was a joke. Anyone with a little motivation could defeat this “security.” I had an Emergency Exit seat. Nobody told me they didn’t recline. I’d rather have a normal row and be able to recline."
Pros: "I got upgraded to first class. Awesome experience"
Cons: "We were forced to go through security again to access the gate and that included throwing away all liquids without access to a water fountain to refill. Completely unreasonable to make people board a 5+ hour flight without water."
Cons: "Flight was late. They didn't have personal tvs and the headphone jack is didn't work for it anyway. Food was horrible. Took wayyy too long to get baggage."
Pros: "Food decent. Alcoholic drinks included. Good service."
Cons: "No TVs on headrests. Sometimes not even a movie on a 5h flight??"
Pros: "Great staff and quick flight"
Cons: "Nothing at all"
Cons: "I asked for the temp to be adjusted, but wasn't able to get them to fix much. It was easily 80 degrees."
Pros: "The food was pretty good."
Cons: "After boarding the plane, we sat on the runway for like 30 minutes waiting to take off. Nothing was said and no explanation was given as to why we had to wait 30 minutes to take off."
Pros: "The staff were very friendly. My flights were on time. Check in was easy."
Pros: "On time departure from the gate."
Cons: "To board the plane in Panama City passengers had to go through a second security screening and were therefore unable to bring bottled beverages onto the plane. Once through this second security there was no where to purchase water. The free never came through the plane to offer more beverages after the meal service. Many passengers got up and corralled at the back of the plane to get water. I watched a flight attendant drink from one the large bottles herself and then presumably serve to a customer."
Pros: "My experience with Copa is that they are efficient yet customer friendly and changing planes in Panamá on trips to South America is usually quite convenient."
Cons: "Copa has a tendency to leave the "Fasten seatbelt" sign on for long periods of time, even when there is little to no turbulence. This makes it difficult to know when to move around which is unfortunate on a 6+ hour flight."
Cons: "My complaint is with the Panama TSA!! Why do you have 2nd security check at the gate before boarding? They were rude, didn't speak English (or played like they didn't) and their just throwing your possessions around in front of everyone!! Just stupid!!"
Pros: "Flight crew were polite and good. Flight was relatively good with excellent entertainment."
Cons: "Despite early check-in, +3hours, and we checked in together; my wife and I were assigned seats that were not together. The boarding staff didn’t even mention that fact or explain why the sitting arrangement was so. It looked like she was just trying to sneak it through. I understand that many people might have pre-selected their seats online and her choices were limited, but a notification would have been nice."
Pros: "Loved the check in. No baggage expense. Up to two bags FREE! Then, we had a meal --that was included in the fare. The crew was pleasant and accommodating. Everyone was pleasant. To pass the time on the 5 1/2 hour flight, there were options for movies, TV, games and etc. Overall, it was a pleasant flight. When I book my next trip, I'm going to see if Copa goes there. If so, that's my first choice."
Pros: "The food and service was great!"
Pros: "I love the comfort in these planes and also the fact that at least they serve food, which they don't do in other airlines. The boarding wasn't good due to the stupid restrictions the US imposes on flights to the USA. We didn't appreciate the fact that the airline didn't let us know in advance that we couldn't buy drinks at the airport. That was a waste of money. The food wasn't good at all though. The coffee was terrible and so were the eggs, but at least we got something."
Pros: "Crew was frieo"
Cons: "They ran out of the different food options and drinks. I"
Pros: "Copa allows two bags of 50 pounds to be checked along with carry-ons. They provide a full meal on each flight (at least that we've been on). The crew is accommodating, even providing more than one drink. The chairs are fairly comfortable."
Cons: "The headset didn't work well."
Pros: "Comfortable leg room Friendly cabin crew"
Cons: "Very limited food options, International flights have poor entertainment options Very old seats and covers gave a very dull impression"
Pros: "The crew was friendly and helpful"
Cons: "No coffee :("
Pros: "Meal was OK"
Cons: "Boarding announcement only in Spanish and without PA. Hard seats. Prefer individual video screen"
Cons: "I had to go through another check point (inside the airport,for abconnecting flight) made me throw away a sealed bottle of Gatorade that I purchased inside the airport 5 minutes earlier for 5 dollars. That is ridiculous!!"
Pros: "it was great! Great Airline!"
Cons: "you were not to add my last name to the reservation and I lose my flight. bad costumer service"
Pros: "The cabin crew was not just nice, but incredibly nice. They were patient and always had smiles on their faces (not that anything went wrong, but it's very nice to see a smile). There were 3 different food options, and they all came with a little salad; the in flight entertainment was working and people seemed to enjoy it (I was reading a book instead). Boarding was easy and fast, the plane was surprisingly comfortable!"
Cons: "Honestly, I thought everything was great. I was in row 18, so I had some extra space, but I really can't complain or suggest anything more! The cabin crew was awesome!"
Pros: "Great airline"
Cons: "Include gluten free meals for 5+ hour flights"
Cons: "The plane was a little old and the phones was dirty"
Pros: "Flight was on time, very comfortable,etc."
Cons: "The flight was an overnight flight (red eye) and I was not stoked about the number of times the crew turned on the lights, made announcements, came down the aisle, etc. it was disruptive for folks wanting to sleep."
Pros: "ARRIVAL TIME TO ORD WAS TERRIBLE ENDEND UP GOING TO BED 3 AM SHOULD HAVE AN EARLIER DEPARTURE TIME FROM PTY TO ORD"
Pros: "time change and delayed departure time gave me mere minutes to get to connecting gate."
Cons: "I don't know if it is a rule or what....but we had already gone thru the airport security and then we had to be subjected to a "not so friendly" young lady who got us in a line and we had to go thru security again at the gate....some of our 14 members traveling together lost their water and pop they had just purchased and she was not so friendly. The man who was checking our passports was great ."
Pros: "Better Boarding gate area in ATL compared to ORD. Quicker ground crew support at O'Hare on arrival. Gate agents announcements were timely"
Pros: "Got there early, check in easy"
Cons: "No free drinks or snacks and was so cramped in our seats."
Pros: "Customer service"
Cons: "Luggage price. I paid$100 for one little suitcase"
Pros: "Flight was on time and convenient well priced for my one way late notice just me and my book flight."
Cons: "They tried to upsell me to the bigger seats 2 times when getting my boarding pass. Then since the plane was oversold they gave me the premium seat in the random assignment anyway."
Pros: "Mediocre experience. Staff was friendly and helpful. Everything about the actual flight there and back as far as seating, entertainment, and comfort felt substandard and the epitome of bare minimum though. I understand the concept of not paying for extra accommodations unless they are desired (I even sprang for the opportunity to pick a window seat) but it really feels like Spirit Airlines is trying to give me as little for my dollar as possible with the uncomfortable seats and lack of in flight entertainment. The only thing that's good about this airline is the pricing."
Cons: "Horribly uncomfortable seating. No entertainment. Not even a place to put my drink. Fold out tray was laughable. I can fit about 4 pencils on it."
Pros: "About the only thing that I can say I liked is, the boarding process went smothly for me & my luggage was on time."
Cons: "Where to start... paid more in bag fees & to get an isle seat for each(4)flights than I did for damn plane ticket! Flights delayed 4hrs another flight in same trip delayed 2 hours. Staff wasn't interactive/friendly I'd say 6/10 were nice. Asked for an isle seat the person helping at counter, said I'd have to pay to upgrade. Seriously- upgrade for isle seat!! I paid to have an isle seat on all 4 flights(I'm a disabled vet who was injured in the line of duty) I need easy access to toilets I'm unable to crawl over people, in turn need idle seat). Paid for isle seat all 4 flights- just to see the flights were super empty, people were sitting where they wanted anyway. Thanks for taking my $ for the seats tho spirit:-|. Staff wasn't that friendly compared to other airlines I've flown on. Not food. No entertainment on flight. Not worth it. If they don't do better business they won't last long I feel. There is potential just needs some work!"
Cons: "I booked one ticket from Denver to Baltimore, but found out I would be charged twice ($80 in total) for checking one bag. While i did have a layover in Chicago and this indeed was only one trip, Spirit denied this and said that since I had a layover, they were two separate tickets. This is unacceptable. My ticket said Chicago was a layover. It is absurd to be charged twice for baggage on one single trip. Last time I fly Spirit!!!"
Cons: "The flight attendant did gently shove me to wake me.up and ask if I had trash, but I was able to fall back asleep."
Pros: "not much - low fare i guess"
Cons: "uncomfortable seats.. extra fess for almost everything including water.. no legroom.. delays"
Pros: "on time, I appreciated the low cost to change flight"
Cons: "Not a big fan of the crew making jokes during safety demonstration. Never, Never, Never should they joke about crashing, even if it is clearly a joke. Tray tables absolutely worthless. Could not put my laptop on it seats not at all comfortable. So, overall the cost of the ticket saved me $40 over American, and i got no frills. There was no value here."
Pros: "One customer service woman at the airport."
Cons: "Literally everything else. I could not have had a worse experience. Spirit's online system changed unexplainedly changed our address without our knowledge, therefore preventing me from checking my fiance in online. I spent too much time attempting to talk to them about it over the phone, and ended up being late to leave for the airport. On the drive there, I was able to get ahold of a customer service representative on the phone who purchased my fiance's luggage, seat, and checked her in over the phone. We arrived 43 minutes before the flight, and were turned away while attempting to check in her bag, being told that she was not checked in for the flight, and it was now past the mandatory 45 minutes before flight time and would not allow her aboard. I spent the next 2 hours arguing with customer service, where they accused me of lying and said that they don't even offer to check in people over the phone. I could go on, but it was absolutely awful, and we weren't able to be placed on a flight until the next morning."
Pros: "Flight went exactly as expected. No additional charges, and flights were on time."
Pros: "The crew members were cheerful"
Cons: "The flight delay."
Pros: "First time flying it was a nice smooth process from the time I showed up at the airport to the time I touched down in the next city. Had some nice conversation between two attractive girls with my randomly assigned seat. The staff of flight attendants were very friendly and had great senses of humor."
Cons: "I ended up taking a bag that was larger than the pictured carry on size on my return flight - but on the flight to Chicago I had to pay for bag check (52.00). Had I known I wouldve just used a slightly smaller bag."
Pros: "Everything went smoothly, we arrived early, crew was pleasant."
Cons: "Non-reclining seats."
Pros: "Spirit's staff were friendly and very enjoyable."
Cons: "There were crazy amount of fees that I wasn't aware of when I booked."
Cons: "The way stewardess interacted with guests. Her name was Tika"
Pros: "never again!"
Cons: "departed late, taxied on the run way for an hour on landing"
Pros: "The crew was nice professional."
Cons: "The flight was delayed and LaGuardia was pure chaos. The terminal where Spirit takes off from is mayhem. That was the worst part. Otherwise the flight was quite average. The seats are very thin, and close together, but it wasn't terrible."
Pros: "Seats on my return flight seemed to be much larger and more comfortable."
Cons: "The website isn't very user friendly when you're trying to print boarding passes, pay baggage fees, etc."
Pros: "Going with Spirit Airlines was no problem. Great pricing, long lines to check in bag but it was organized with helpful staff and moved quickly. Boarding was smooth, take off was on time, efficient & pleasant flight attendants. No problems getting my checked bag from the carousel. Overall excellent experience with Spirit. This was my second time flying with Spirit & 1st experience was similar. My return trip will be with Spirit again. I recommend Spirit!"
Cons: "From website to check in the worst I've seen in the business in decades. The flight was fine. The marketing tone of light-hearted humor overlaid on bad everything leaves bad taste in my mouth."
Cons: "Boarding times kept changing. First being delayed and then changed back to on time. I almost missed my flight."
Pros: "I didn't like anything, seats don't recline, not even the exit row I paid extra for. The flight was cheap until you end up adding checked bags, extra leg room, etc..."
Cons: "didn't like anything, seats don't recline, not even the exit row I paid extra for. The flight was cheap until you end up adding checked bags, extra leg room, etc..."
Cons: "first time fling with Spirit - too tight of a connection from Lima Peru to Fort Lauderdale - almost missed the connecting flight - in Lima, was told the ticket counter opened up at 7 when in fact it was 7:40 - the agents were not ready at 7, they were still bringing in counter items and Spirit banners(& misc. items) and 7:40 -"
Pros: "SMOOTH RIDE"
Cons: "THE DELAY IN CHICAGO."
Pros: "I loved the fare price. I didn't need to check any bags or pay for a carry on --- if so it might not have been the best price."
Cons: "It seemed like we were the last in line for take off even though we got there before other planes. Take off was a little bumpy."
Cons: "This airline charges for everything, the seats are uncomfortable, the tray tables were tiny and dirty, the flight attendants have no idea what is going on, they push the spirit credit card (about a 15 minute pitch over the intercom), we had a five hour layover when other flights were available, and it was only a few dollars cheaper than other airlines. I will never fly with Spirit again."
Pros: "New cabin interior."
Cons: "Large baggage fees, not clearly disclosed in advance."
Cons: "Spirit Airlines charges for your carry on luggage. So the cheap ticket prices are good if you don't bring any luggage. Nothing is complimentary. The seats are totally cramped. I'm short and wasn't very comfortable. I have no idea how tall people handle it. I will not be choosing Spirit Airlines in the future."
Cons: "The connection in Florida didn't give me enough time with immigration so I had to stay extra 4 hours in the airport and had less time in New York because I had a flight the same day in the night so it ruined my trip there"
Cons: "On my departing flight I was delayed right off the bat for 2 hours. Then after that we sat on the tarmac for 2 hours and then deboarded and delayed another 3 hours. The staff was very unhelpful and I paid $28 for a seat upgrade which was not even fulfilled because I requested an aisle seat and got a window seat. The staff was also very rude and told me this why hispanic people have a sterotype. On my arriving flight I was double charged for my carrying on and backpack. I was told that I would need to pay for both but when I went into the gate that was not the case and I saw that my backpack met specifications to not be charged. When I paid the fee the attendant took money out from her brasserie to give me change and then pocketed the cash and when I asked for a reciet she said the computer system was down and on my boarding ticket it did not have that I paid for a carry on so I was given a hard time at the gate. When I explained what happened they said okay as if this shady stuff is acceptable. I was then delayed in the air for 2 hours and rerouted to detroit to get gas. We were told to hold tight and not allowed to use the restroom for an hour to then be told we had to deboard for an addtional 2 hours. This is horrible and I will continue to speak with someone until I get a refund."
Pros: "There's nothing to really say that I liked."
Cons: "Seating is TINY. What's up with that? I'm 6' and 200 lbs so I'm not a small stature, but I'm hardly what be considered big, and I could barely fit in the seat. And though it's a short flight, I feel a beverage could be served - free of charge!"
Pros: "I would only use Spirit Airlines for 1 day / weekend trips because of the baggage restrictions. And I would only use it so long as I'm cheap. Otherwise, this is the worst airline on the market."
Cons: "no seats assigned to the gate. But I accompanied with my 8 years old kids, then staff working at the gate wasn't friendly at all and she was on phone for personal stuff for 5 mins and while people were boarding, i was waiting without boarding passes. then they gave me exit seats with my kid. Then, later crew had to change seats for us. Always services are big problem with spirit airlines. so its competitive low price offsets with that bad services. so no more attractive."
Cons: "This airline is a sham. I don't feel safe getting on a plane where they are simply seeing you as a number and how much money they can make of you. Literally everything has a fee, even carry on!"
Cons: "seats are cramped"
Pros: "Flight itself was without incident and crew was pleasant and professional."
Cons: "We boarded then sat on the plane for almost an hour because the passenger count was not correct and it took that long to get the correct paperwork. When we landed in Chicago there was a slight delay getting off the plane because of a gate tunnel issue. Overall well over an hour late."
Pros: "Flight attendent Quinten was so friendly and fun!"
Pros: "The service was poor. Flight attendant did not even bother to ask me if I wanted to purchase any drinks on the flight. Also flight attendant did not allow me to use to restroom on the aircraft. She shook her finger at me as I walked up and did a turn around sign to indicate that I needed to use the other restroom. I waited 30 minutes to use the other restroom while she stood there in front of the restroom in the front of the aircraft. I have never been restricted to use the restroom before on any airline. The flight also was not full and I asked if I could relocate my seat because the person next to me kept nugging into me and being really close to me and I felt really uncomfortable. Flight attendant told me that the seats are assigned and that they could not do anything about it even though there were plenty of empty seats. They said if I wanted to switch seats then I would have to pay a fee. I have never had an airline tell me that if there were a large amount of empty seats remaining."
Cons: "Charging for carry on"
Pros: "Friendly crew, clean plane"
Cons: "Seats and leg room were very cramped. For longer flights over 2 hrs, I would gladly pay more on another airline that offers more comfortable seating and in flight beverages. Although the ticket prices are lower and you may pay a lower overall cost, it feels like you are being nickeled and dimed for every aspect of the flight and the process of having to pay for everything gets a little annoying."
Pros: "New seating setup and service"
Cons: "Attendant over selling alcohol to a customer.This resulted him and his G friend causing lot of noise for over 40 minutes. It's true that Airline staff has to sell, but there needs to be a limit on selling drinks. Overall I would say way to go Spirit Airlines."
Pros: "Flight and crew were great. Boarding was fast and easy as well due to the lack of carry-ons."
Cons: "I did NOT like that my carry-on cost me $55 to bring with me!! I clearly should have done a better job reading but I wish there was a little more of a heads up that this fee existed and was twice as much as it costs on any other airline to just check a bag. Now I know to add $100 to any Spirit flight. Given the nickel and diming on Spirit I do not plan to fly that airline again (United ends up being cheaper at the end of the day anyway!)."
Cons: "10 PEOPLE GOT LEFT BEHIND. FLIGHT LEFT WAY TOO EARMY AND SECURITY CHECK POINT TOOK 1.5 HRS. HORRRRIBLE. GOT TOFF THE TERMINAL 15 BEFORE THE FLIGHT WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE AND DOORS WERE CLOSED ALREADY."
Pros: "I liked the timeliness."
Cons: "I don't like that they allow people with carry-ons larger than the specified sizes. I was careful to follow the guidelines, which were hard to find anyway. I don't like the credit card sales pitch on each flight."
Cons: "I had to pay $50 for a carry on that every other airline deems as complimentary. No drink including water served unless I pay for it and no cash excepted. Absolutely ridiculous"
Pros: "The motto of the airline is great and I would fully support this airline if they improved on a lot of things."
Cons: "My flight got cancelled because of "weather" and they could only reschedule for the next night. I lost two days of my precious vacation time and the airline didn't try even in the least bit to make it up to me. On top of that I discovered that they charge for carry-ons which made flying with them not as cheap as they advertise. In fact I would have saved quite a bit had I flown with another airline. The airplanes were dirty, crumbs and trash scattered everywhere, I was almost scared to sit down. The seats were so thin and close together that I could feel every movement of the person behind me and I couldn't even be grouchy because my knees also hit the seat in front of me and I am by no means large. The staff was unprofessional, loudly discussing their plans, I learned all about their favorite happy hours in which they were going to visit later. All in all, spirit is hands down the worst airline I have ever flown with."
Airlines flying from South America to Chicago O'Hare Intl have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
Masks required on board, masks provided
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms
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