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TPA — CHI
Jun 24 — Jul 11
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1 adult
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Low season

September

High season

March

Cheapest flight

$57

Average price round-trip

$162

Good deal round-trip

$159

Good deal one-way

$134
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Most popular time to fly with an average 40% increase in price.
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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $134 or less one-way and $159 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Tampa to Chicago was found 20 days before departure, on average.
  • Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be February, March and April. The cheapest month to fly is September.
  • Morning departure is around 3% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
  • Tampa Airport (TPA) serves as a major airline hub for Silver Airways, which services the Tampa to Chicago route. Frontier, United Airlines, American, and Delta Air Lines provide alternative flights for travelers to Chicago.
  • Most flights to Chicago from Tampa Airport land at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). From O’Hare Airport, travelers can easily get to Downtown Chicago onboard the Blue Line Train, the Go Airport Shuttle, the Airport Supersaver bus service, taxis, rideshares like Lyft, or private transfers.
  • Several lounges, including American Airlines Admirals Club near Gate 85 and the USO Lounge on Level 2, provide the ultimate relaxation spots for those on a layover at Tampa Airport. USO Lounge, exclusively for military members and their families, has gaming stations and napping areas.
  • At Chicago O’Hare Airport, travelers can explore the one-side Urban Garden, which is a great relaxation spot. Several sculptures, murals, and eye-catching art exhibits are also popular attractions.
  • Travelers are free to leave their vehicles at Tampa Airport’s long-term, short-term, and economy parking garages. The long-term rate is $18 for 24h and around $10 for the economy lot. Valet parking is available at $13 for 24h.
  • All airlines at Chicago O’Hare Airport provide wheelchair assistance and any other services required by passengers with limited mobility. To get assistance, travelers need to put in a request through the specific airline they will be using before the trip date.
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Top 3 airlines serving Tampa to Chicago

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DeltaOverall score based on 30918 reviews
8.1Boarding
7.8Comfort
8.5Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.5Food
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Didn’t like hour delay for paperwork but pilots informed us we made up much time & would be only 20 min late

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Didn’t like hour delay for paperwork but pilots informed us we made up much time & would be only 20 min late

would have preferred to have healthier/gluten free options for the snacks. We asked and were told that cookies or gold fish were the only options.

Overbooked flight led to a 30 minute delayed departure trying to get 3 volunteers to accept $1000 vouchers and a next day flight. This was an older configured aircraft without charging ports and with headphone plugs in the armrests. Bathrooms were tinier than most. Crew was friendly. Food was limited to a small snack bag and a mini cola.

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There were some delays due to weather but Delta was able to get me home within an hour of my original itinerary.

Pros: "Poor service overall. Seats were just like in the economy area, not much different."
Cons: "Better service"
Cons: "We PAID $30/each to check 2 bags, both ways, so $120 total. Then at the gate, BOTH WAYS, Delta Gate Reps allowed people to check bags for FREE, & pick up at bag claim, just like WE PAID TO DO. NO MORE DELTA FOR US!"
Cons: "Delta Comfort isn’t so comfortable. Seats are too skinny."
Pros: "The entire flight was excellent, on time, great friendly crew, edible food, movies and options were great, perfect in every way. It was a little chaotic at flight loading on extra security, but I assume it could have something to do with it being on 9/11 and it was ultimately bound for NYC."
Cons: "I honestly cannot think of anything."
Pros: "Nothing exceptional stands out"
Cons: "Flight was not on time"
Cons: "Crew unfriendly."
Pros: "The crew was professional and courteous, one of the best crews we had experienced onboard Delta."
Cons: "Cleaner bathroom"
Cons: "The WiFi"
Pros: "new airbus plane. great luggage bins"
Cons: "nothing"
Pros: "Fine, courteous"
Cons: "The crew was terrible & rude."
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Everything. Flight got delayed, luggage was sent before i boarded the plane. Terrible service of Delta. Never again using Delta or going to Atlanta. Wasted two days already from my vacation..."
Pros: "Movies"
Cons: "Everything else"
Pros: "Took my carry on & checked thru Edinburgh. Now I have no meds, clothes or glasses. Very wrong. Others out on larger carry Ins."
Cons: "Nothing"
Pros: "Nice ride, entertainment available and arriving a little early was a plus."
Pros: "Crew was friendly enough, but not overly."
Cons: "Entertainment system was (again) not fully functional. No success to "noon-movies", such as games. Plane was untidy almost from the beginning. Check-in staff was functional, but not particularly friendly."
Pros: "The KLM ground staff were extremely helpful and reassuring when there was confusion with my ticket."
Cons: "I booked KLM flights (Cork - Tampa return) but the planes were in fact Aer Lingus and Delta. So I have no idea what KLM is like. When I checked in at Cork the ground staff could only give me a boarding card for the first flight. For the second one she said I would have to go to the Delta counter in Amsterdam. It was difficult to find a counter there or staff as check-in was all by computer. The computer kept saying 'error' when I put in my code. I eventually was directed to a KLM desk (nicely hidden). I was told that my seat no longer existed. At this point the flight was ready to board. Thankfully the KLM ground staff were extremely helpful and reassuring and upgraded my ticket to economy comfort. On the way back, I could only get a boarding card for my first flight. The second two I had to collect at the boarding gate of the second flight."
Pros: "Flight crew was excellent"
Cons: "Didn't serve snacks with peanuts because someone one board had a peanut allergy"
Cons: "Flight delayed 2 hrs"
Pros: "After almost every airline cancelled. Delta still took me to where I needed to go with not one single problem. That pilot was amazing. I forget his name. But the plane didn't slide or anything during take off. Amazing."
Cons: "What was there not to like. We were a little bit late but I wasn't in a rush. I planned well ahead. Delta moved my flight from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. and that was perfectly fine with me."
Pros: "Easy boarding, helpful crew, on time, informative pilot"
Cons: "Fewer and fewer choices for beverage and snack"
Pros: "The service and snack selection is better than the other large US carriers. Delta studio is a decent replacement for the lack of PTVs on these planes."
Cons: "Delta offers a decent product on most of their fleet but the 717 or MD-88/90 can be extremely loud at the back of the plane. You better bring ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones and learn to read the flight attendants lips."
Pros: "I told the crew I had a short connection time at a far terminal and I was worried because my seat was in the rear of the aircraft and they were able to move me up closer to the front to ensure I got off the aircraft quickly to make my next flight. That was amazing."
Pros: "Was initially hoping to fly a US airline but will now look for Aeromexico first. Exceeded my expectations!"
Cons: "The layover in Mexico City was a bit long and the airport was not so great"
Pros: "Great trips notifications"
Cons: "Barking dogs. 4 around us! Middle seat."
Pros: "Newer plane with entertainment"
Cons: "was a great flight"
Pros: "Entertainment in top notch... stewards were very pleasants"
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "Not crowded. Short flight."
Pros: "Movie helped to pass the time this was the longest flight ever I was glad when it was over"
Cons: "I have nothing to complain about"
Pros: "Boarding, checking in etc. The usual stuff, nothign spectacular."
Cons: "Seats are getting too crowded!"
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and had great humor."
Pros: "The crew was beyond friendly and courteous. Lots of leg room."
Cons: "I was an older plane, it was louder than our flight down to Atlanta. Nothing they could do about it, but a slight annoyance."
Pros: "Very clean plane and comfortable. Great friendly crew and very good service."
Cons: "Wifi service was slow but acceptable. Not a big issue."
Pros: "Staff was frIendly."
Cons: "One of my bags went to Santa Fe"
Pros: "Friendly and informative flight attendants kept the passengers in reasonable spirit."
Cons: "Left nearly an hour late after confusion related to oversold seats and upgrades. The gate agent entered the plane multiple times. The landing was rough, the brakes were loud."
Pros: "The updated food is a nice change to Delta and a positive one."
Cons: "The attitude of the flight attendants was rude and not a way to act in a customer service industry."
Pros: "Friendly crew, navigation around storm, comfortable flight"
Pros: "Overall flight experience was excellent - no delays!"
Cons: "As always, Delta has very little room to store anything in pullback seat back of seat in front of passenger seat."
Pros: "The crew was friendly and accommodating, and service was good"
Cons: "I purchased a basic economy ticket and upon checking in, my Delta app said my seat was unassigned and I had to get my boarding pass at the airport. I checked back later and the app had me as number 7 on the standby list. I called Delta (wait time 3+ hours... my flight was in 3), and then the Delta app support where I was able to get through to someone. She told me that the ticket I purchased over a month in advance did not guarantee me a seat on the plane (???). She said that if I was bumped from the flight they would reschedule me for the next morning. She was pretty rude and made it seem like I had a 50/50 shot of getting on this plane. I rushed to the airport in hopes that I would be the first from Standby there, and the gate agent told me that I was fine and would board right after first class and be assigned a seat then. Great. Once I got my seat assignment, I board to find out there is someone else sitting in my seat...... They eventually called the desk and had her moved, but it was the weirdest boarding experience I've had.. and I've flown Spirit. These planes that Delta fly's are SO OLD. Both times I have flown Delta the "turbulence" has been so bad and cold air was blowing right on my the whole flight with no option to turn it off (it wasn't from one of the vents, but from the side). Someone close to me works for Delta and I know for a fact that some of their engines blow mid-flight.. and they tell the passengers that it's turbulence.. so that doesn't make me feel very safe. I won't fly Delta again if there is another comparable option."
Pros: "The pilot was funny and flight crew was friendly."
Cons: "What I didn't like was out of their control!"
Cons: "No entertainment for the whole 5 hr flight. Very bad"
Pros: "Great flight from tampa, everything was perfect"
Cons: "Flight attendants were a little snobby and didn't treat all passengers equally, in my humble opinion (note: I was sitting in 1st class)."
Pros: "Stewardess was great"
Cons: "No recline, no window, no hope. Yet there were other empty better seats!"
Cons: "Mild turbulence"
Cons: "Offering WiFi would make the cramped and uncomfortable seats a little less unbearable."
Pros: "Got the last seat with no windows plus had no carry on bag but they didn't pay me back the reimbursement which I had already paid for mistakenly"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Customer service"
Pros: "Crew was friendly and helpful."
Cons: "Seats were hard, there were no entertainment options, and there were no complimentary refreshments."
Cons: "Free food and baggage"
Pros: "the bag check people were very friensly"
Cons: "I got to the airport 2 hours before my flight, then waited in line to check my bag for about an hour and 15 minutes. The people at the front said that they were slow because they were short-staffed, and not to worry because the delay was their fault and the plane wouldn’t leave without me. I went straight to the gate, and when I arrived, the gate door was closed. They told me I was too late. They did not have any other flights going out that day—the next one was the following day and was a 30-hour trip, and they said I’d have to pay $100 in processing to switch the flight.They refused to help me book theough another airline. I had to get to my destination that day, so I wound up paying $600 to buy a ticket on another airline. It was the worst traveling experience I’ve ever had."
Cons: "One hour delay due to broken armrest. Seats were uncomfortable. Last week we had a 4 hour delay and had to stay in an airport hotel as the car rental was closed when we landed at 2 am. There were no updates from the airline."
Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "No email sent when there was a delay in flight schedule"
Pros: "As part of a sales pitch of their credit card, crew announced that we were flying in a new plane. The same plane which had computer issues rendering us over to hours late. Crew blissfully shared sandwiches while allowing us to deplane but asking us not to do so. It took over an hour of waiting to ask anyone if they wanted a half filled cup of water. I understand this is a budget airline, but could they spare one of their ridiculously overpriced $3 cans of soda for the major inconvenience? Or not have the crew eating food in front of paying customers? The new plane has rigid seats with miniscule padding, which after sitting in for over five hours is incredibly uncomfortable. The fold down snack trays are the size of a standard paperback novel. Summarized, you get what you pay for (if you don't want a carry on, checked bag, soda, or tiny snack.)"
Cons: "Please see above."
Pros: "Friendly service"
Cons: "Non reclining seats"
Pros: "Airline cannot find my bag, and I have filed baggage lost, I cannot get anyone to respond to me. I have called, and called and called....nothing. How do I get my items returned to me?"
Cons: "I would like to get my belongings returned to me. Can you help me? Mitzi Hinds 8137652619"
Pros: "the flight was fine both ways"
Cons: "on the way to tampa i put my bag under the seat, on my return to milw the airiine ticket lady was rude to me, talked nasty and charged me 45.00 to take my bag on under the seat. after i could on the first flight, it was the same bag and same stuff inside, all she could say is no to every thing i said, im not happy"
Cons: "The toilet was broken. Hour delay"
Pros: "They were kind, polite, and very accommodating for me. I have an injury that borders on a disability, and the crew went above and beyond to make sure that I got to my destination on time."
Cons: "The flight was delayed due to weather, which is fine, the delay was 45 minutes, not a big deal....Here's the but...when it came to boarding time, they announced that it was not going to be boarding by zones and that everyone should just get on the plane. On top of what appeared to be a mass exodus, or perhaps something you'd see in a third world country, those people who paid more $$ to have carry on bags, in zone 1 and be able to board first were most certainly not feeling the value. The gate experience was not well organized or orchestrated. After getting off the plane, our daughter realized once in baggage claim that she left her backpack on the plane. Not being experienced in this area, we asked for help. A police officer told my wife to go to Frontier office, where there was no one in the office, someone else said have them paged. There was no white courtesy phone in the area that was operating, so she went to Southwest and asked if they could page someone to come to the Frontier office and they said no, walked to next terminal to find a working courtesy phone, paged someone to Frontier and within 5 minutes ,10 people showed up. Asked if someone could help. They radioed to the gate that a passenger left their bag. What the rep should have said was that they called the gate, hopefully someone locates and if they do, they will bring it here and we will check on it in a few minutes. The person didn't say a word, 5 minutes later my wife asked what happens now. After a nice sigh and eye roll, the Frontier rep says if they found, they bring it. My wife asked would it be possible to see if they found it instead of just waiting around here for bodies to appear. The bag was eventually found and returned but the experience was just now a good one to say the least."
Pros: "Great fight attendants"
Cons: "With priceline I receive email notifications of coming flights...my phone email goes back only so far so I was unable to dig it out of history ave that was mildly inconvenient not exactly knowing or remembering departure time, flight number, etc"
Pros: "On time flight."
Cons: "Very clean."
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Seat didn't recline. Flight attendant was very rude telling me to move my bag from the overhead bin. Totally unnessary!"
Pros: "How easy it was to process our boarding passes. The flight crew members were awesome."
Cons: "We didn't know military did not have to pay for their luggage. We paid prior to arrival"
Pros: "I paid extra for preferred seating, arrived at airport 90 min before my departing domestic flight and they told me only 1 seat left on plane and they over booked. They wouldnt refund the $60 i spent and got stuck in middle for 5 hour flight"
Cons: "The seats were the most uncomfortable I've ever experienced. Couldn't sleep on the Redeye flight because seats were so stiff and didn't recline. I will choose other airlines if at all possible. Plus there's a charge for a glass of club soda for heaven sakes. Otherwise everything else was fine."
Pros: "Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean."
Cons: "Didn't find out about carry-on charges till flight was booked. Do your homework about luggage first! It just makes the flight seem cheaper than it really is. Not the most comfortable seats, but what do you expect for the price. 2 & 1/2 hours to Fla is about all you can deal with in those seats, for longer flights pick a more comfy plane."
Pros: "Love the airline staff. Always looking out for your comfort."
Cons: "Seats a bit cramped."
Cons: "The cancelled my flight and didn't tell us. They loaded us on the plane after being delayed for 2 hours. Took us off saying it would be another hour and we could start reboarding in 30 minutes. Then cancelled the flight with no more flights to get anyone out till monday."
Pros: "The ease of boarding."
Cons: "The flight attendants were rude, could have cared less about anyone being there. I felt super unsafe on the flight. the seats rattled, although I know all planes can fly through turbulence, I thought the plane was going to break. I asked a flight attendant for water and she would not give me water. She said "she didn't want to waste the water so early in the flight". I will be flying other airlines even if they are more expensive, being charged for everything is insane. I paid for a carry on bag and no one even checked to see if I had one or not, if felt like a waste of money. If you are going to charge for things, make it a priority to see that we as a paying costumer actually paired and bring it with us."
Pros: "Everything was on time .. Even during the holiday season when its busiest."
Cons: "Don't like at ALL how they don't ask if you would like a seat preference.. Not just Frontier but ALL airlines !"
Pros: "Terrible delays and flight crews that knew nothing and gave us no information. When we finally got a new gate they forgot to tell us, and so about 100 of us were sitting at our gate for an hour while our plane was waiting for us in a totally different terminal. Guess they didn't realize until literally no one showed up for the flight we had been waiting on for four hours. Overall horrible communication between the various staff members, and none of them were particularly motivated to try any harder because they are overworked and underpaid. Next time and every time after I won't be fooled by the cheap price tag."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "$2.99 for a cup of coffee - c'mon man! The Indian passengers behind us not only had a screaming kid most of the flight but possibly the worst BO that I've ever smelled! The flight was full (of course) so there was not an option for another seat. I will pay more next time for another airline!"
Pros: "If it weren't for the convenience of a non-stop flight, I would not fly Frontier. I call the airline "Fleeced Here." They nickel and dime their customers for everything. Seat charge when checking in, carry on bag charge, charge for soft drinks and asking the customer for a 15, 20 or 25% tip for a service that once was part of the flight attendant's job responsibilities. The trip added approximate$ly $150 more to my flight. I will keep that in mind the next time I choose a carrier. My $176 ticket bloomed to $325 before I got home. :("
Cons: "The pilots did a good job of avoiding turbulance and the landing was quite smooth"
Cons: "Seats felt like the plastic chairs you used to sit in back in school. They do not recline nor do they have any cushion. There website crashed several times during check-in and I was only able to purchase my bags but not able to get my boarding pass. So after arriving at the airport to get my boarding pass they wanted to charge me for my bags "Again" after I showed them the receipt for the purchase of my bags as well as a screen shot of the confirmation that my bags were paid for. After going back and forth at the counter they finally just let it go and I was able to get on my flight. I could go on and on but I'd rather not. Bottom line is you get what you pay for.."
Pros: "I thought the price was good, but after adding up all of the extra stuff you have to pay for, it does not end up being cheaper than another airline."
Cons: "being the first time, did not expect to have to pay for a soda and seat assignment... weird. Like I mentioned earlier, it ends up being the same as another airline."
Pros: "Checking in was quick."
Cons: "Cramped seating. You didn't tell us about the extra charge on the carry on and if you did it was too hidden."
Pros: "It so easy and fast to find anything great job love using kayak !"
Cons: "Nothing !"
Pros: "All went smooth overall."
Cons: "Have to pay for a snack."
Cons: "No one explained to us why our 915 flight was delayed until 2 in the morning. And I'm sure the crew was just as exhausted as we were, which is completely understandable. However, aside from one stewardess, they showed how miserable they all were which in turn made the passengers more irritable. The flight home was much more tolerable."
Cons: "No snacks or soft drinks without paying. Small tray tops."
Pros: "The crew"
Cons: "Both flights had garbage on or under seats including chocolate which would have stained my clothes. Both times I had top clean this up myself."
Cons: "First, flight was delayed over 1 hour for non weather reasons. Next, my seat had NO arm rest cushion. It was missing. I asked the flight crew for a pillow or blanket, i was told they don't have any. They did not care about my seat not having an arm rest cushion. Next, no in flight entertainment. Once we landed, had to wait 15 minutes for an open terminal to pull up to. Then i still don't understand this, we all get up to get our overhead suitcases, and then the flight crew gets on the speaker and tells everyone to sit down because they need to get their suitcases first. Guess customers are not important to Frontier. Then lastly, not frontiers fault, but we then had to wait 1.25 hours to get our checked suitcases."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Delayed flight for pilot 2+ hours, very little to no accommodations. Flight attendants kept bumping into me during the flight, causing me to wake up."
Pros: "The seats were pretty comfortable and the flight attendants were excellent."
Cons: "Having to pay $2 for a non-alcoholic drink is just silly. I had to pay for my party to sit together but other people that I know were on the same flight and did not have to pay extra to sit together. Our flight out of Philly was three hours late departing and we were told a "reason" only an hour before we left. Not in any rush to fly Frontier again."
Pros: "Both the ground crew and flight crew were very nice and helpful. Though the flight was delayed due to weather, we were kept well-informed."
Cons: "That the airline charges for any and everything."
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Everything."
Pros: "I didn't like anything about this airline. The ticket agents were rude, the flight crew acted as if you were doing them a favor flying this airline."
Cons: "Too to bottom worst airline ever. They need to send everyone back for customer service and hospitality training"
Pros: "Everything. The employees were all friendly from signing in at baggage, during the flight and leaving the plane. The crew was very entertaining (a breath of fresh air), the plane was clean and comfortable. Excellent flight."
Cons: "There wasn't anything I did not like."
Pros: "Very roomy cabin"
Cons: "Absence of basic amenities like water"
Pros: "Timeliness"
Cons: "Chairs didn't recline. Tray table we're half the size of a normal tray table - not very helpful, except to place a drink on."
Cons: "Flight was scheduled to depart at 9:20 PM on the 24th. On way to airport, I was advised of a 5 hour delay. At that point I returned home (1 hour 15 minutes from TPA airport) by which time the delay advice was increased to 7 hours. I called Frontier and they agreed to rebook me (at no charge) on a flight on Feb. 26th since all flights on the 25th were booked. I just checked and saw that Flt 291 actually departed TPA at 5:02 AM on the 25th. As always, it was stressful trying to talk to an agent having to listen through numerous recordings before I couold connect to ascertain times and make changes. I contacted Frontier at least 5 times and had language difficulties every time."
Cons: "problem printing boarding pass on Frontier web site, had problem with this web site before- very unfriendly and doesn't work"
Pros: "None"
Cons: "Every thing"
Pros: "They boarded us pretty quickly and the staff were friendly."
Cons: "The seats did not have a pocket in back nor a real tray table. Those items would have been helpful."
Pros: "Friendliness of staff"
Cons: "The interior was worn and seat saggy"
Pros: "Uh....quick boarding and pretty smooth flight"
Cons: "Seats, space"
Pros: "Great staff on and off the flight, punctuality of the flight and being kept informed during the flight of status. My family and I are extremely impressed with Spirit, it makes me want to fly more often."
Cons: "The taxiing on the runway to get to the terminal, but understand that is out of your hands."
Pros: "Trip was on time"
Cons: "Had to pay for carryon bag"
Pros: "Pilot made up for lost time."
Cons: "Not comfortable for the price"
Pros: "I didn’t like anything"
Cons: "They added on addidtional charges for seats and baggage. They don’t have complimentary beverages. The seats are incredibly uncomfortable. We were delayed 2 hours."
Pros: "On time. Very polite. Easy to check in and board"
Cons: "Very uncomfortable. Terrible seats."
Pros: "Crew was friendly. Flight was faster than anticipated"
Cons: "QRS code for boarding pass wouldn't load on mine or my boyfriend's phone (using Gmail and Outlook). Computers were down at the gate in Tampa so I had to wait in line for full-service for over 30 minutes, despite "checking in" online (no bags). Employees at ticketing gate wouldn't reassure myself and 14 other passengers that we would make our flights due to Airline error. Once on the plane, unable to even open my 15inch laptop all the way because the seats were so small and tray tables were impossible. Surrounded by children. Asked for headphones, none provided. When I removed my coat from the under seat compartment, it had a piece of twizzler and an orange stain on it."
Pros: "Comfortable seat, quick boarding, great prices"
Cons: "Delayed45 minutes but did receive early notice. However, Chicago airport notifications were not updated and awaiting family had long time to wait."
Pros: "Food and entertainment- NA on time and made up time for bad weather"
Cons: "Seats didn’t recline and tray table was too small to be of any use"
Pros: "The plane was very dated. The seats were broken (did not recline). Did arrive on time which was a plus."
Cons: "Overall Bad Experience"
Pros: "Lots of legroom"
Cons: "Bag fees were more than the flight"
Pros: "I liked efective boarding procces. Without delay!"
Cons: "Seats that you can't move on back."
Pros: "Comftable flight on time"
Cons: "Paying 55.00 last min. For carry on."
Pros: "Prices are greT"
Cons: "charged my husband and I for check bags $100 for 1 way trip. No water given to any passengers."
Pros: "The flight was on time"
Cons: "the fees"
Pros: "I didn't order any food this trip. There is no "entertainment" on Spirit airlines. It would be nice to have WIFI and/or charging ports."
Cons: "A little narrow between the seat rows. If you a large person this could be uncomfortable"
Cons: "I bought a ticket that was supposed to take 6 hours because of delays it took 11 not enough connecting flights first and last using them"
Pros: "The prices"
Cons: "Comfort and no entertainment"
Cons: "Both flights were delayed . I did though receive prior e mail communication about the Tampa flight being delayed. Once in Chicago, no gate listed on my ticket, all personal kept directing us to a gate that a flight to Boston( which was delayed also ) was boarding at the same time my flight to MSP was.suppose to board. absolutely no communication whatsoever about where my flight was or was being boarded or that is was delayed, until 5 min before boarding time . This experience was very irritating and upsetting.. pissed me off and will keep me from using Spirit Ailrlines again!"
Pros: "Clean on plane"
Cons: "Needs more room for seating were charged for baggage"
Cons: "Our friend died, sadly, just 3 weeks before the 3 of us were to vacation together for his 70th birthday. We informed Spirit 2 weeks before the flight. However, it became clear that no one at Spirit talks to anyone else. At each leg of the flight (one stop, so 4 legs), we had to explain to crew that no, our travel companion died weeks ago & will not be coming, and no, he will not be needing the wheelchair that he had arranged. We "only" had to discuss the wheelchair 6 times; apparently, 2 crews at takeoff informed the landing site it was not needed. And 2 didn't. It made a sad situation maudlin. This is separate from Spirit's shabby business model; appear to charge less than others and make it up in fees. Really, a boarding pass is an "extra" one should pay for? Try getting on a flight without one and you'll see how "extra" it is."
Cons: "Flight cancelled because of weather which I understand, however the next flight was next day 8:30 am to 8:30 pm totally unacceptable"
Pros: "Flight went ok. From Tampa to Chicago, had good seats- Exit row after they asked for 2 people to volunteer to sit in them FOR FREE so they could put a mother- child seating together. Paying for Exit row seats at an exhorbitant cost seems ironic. Flight to Minneapolis was ok.z"
Cons: "Lost baggage!! Checked bag went to Dallas from Tampa instead of Minneapolis. Bag delivered the next day. Grateful it was the end of the trip rather than the start. Person at the Minneapolis airport took care of other bags left on the carousel (sent to the wrong place??) while wife waited for him to complete process of notifying Spirit about lost baggage."
Pros: "Spacious seating"
Cons: "All the hidden fees associated with Spirit airline."
Pros: "Tampa air port has comfortable and convenient waiting area."
Cons: "Baggage fees and so many others fees remove Spirit from a low cost airline unless you fly without luggage, carryones, aren't hungry or thirsty, don't care where you sit and have no leg room to boot."
Pros: "Went smoother than expected overall."
Cons: "Lady originally stated checked bags can weigh up to 50 pounds, but I found out it could not weigh more than 41 pounds... left me to scramble to arrange my luggage so I wouldn't be charged the 100 dollar fee."
Pros: "Had great weather for both roundtrip Chicago-Tampa flights and they were both smooth and I felt safe. The staff at the gate and on the flight were very pleasant (and happy). I also like that the seats were leather-like and not cloth which I think is easier to keep clean."
Cons: "The reason I will avoid Spirit Airlines 'like the plague' from this day forth is due strictly to their ridiculously high costs for my initial flight (booked over a month in advance) and for their unclear and expensive "checked/carry-on items" policy. Felt "nickel and dimed to death". I live part time in Europe and fly the budget "no frills' airlines often and Spirit is way out of the reasonble range. Example: a roundtrip Milan-London ticket on RyanAir for the 2017 Easter weekend purchased today would be less than $100 while a Spirit Chicago-Tampa purchased today would be $250 (and online baggage purchases on RyanAir are at least 50%-75% lower.) I read the Spirit baggage policy well and crammed everything into a small carry-on that and was told at the airport that "because it had wheels", I would be forced to pay the higher “at the counter carry on" fees. I was pissed. I could have paid less to check a larger suitcase with wheels in advance had I known. Really, I was pissed off and still am. I promptly found a computer and paid online for my bag for the return flight, vowing to avoid Spirit Airlines as best I could from that day forth. My Milan-Chicago Lufthansa roundtrip flight (purchased on the same day as my Spirit flight) cost less and I had a purse, a carry-on and a large checked bag and had two meals and wine and coctails and watched movies FOR FREE. Come on Spirit. Don't be so greedy."
Pros: "There was a delay in our originating flight out of Tampa. It was clear that our connection was in jeopardy. There was a Whole day to reasses the best way to get us home in Monday. We were willing to do whatever it took and communicated that to service reps. Each time they pushed us to stay the course against all odds. We did miss our connector, missed work the next day and had to pay for a hotel stay in Chicago. My complaint is that there was plenty of time to make an alternate plan, but nobody at spirit was willing to make a move."
Cons: "1) Hidden costs for everything 2) Wouldn't refund the extra baggage fee we didn't need to pay; gave credit instead that I would never use 3) website is not mobile friendly and this very hard to use on a mobile device...which is what most people use when traveling! 4) departing flight was delayed last minute due to "air traffic control" what is that? 5) returning flight was canceled due to "air traffic control"...with no bad weather 6) only available flight was 3 days away; no attempt to cover some of costs incurred due to having to extend stay 7) when I tried to call the airlines on my iPhone was told they "could not accept calls from my phone device" what?!?!"
Cons: "They cancelled my flight last minute, didn't have anything until 2 days later! So instead of Monday I arrive Thursday and instead of a direct flight I get to spend 9 hours in airports!"
Pros: "Flight canceled"
Pros: "Counter was close to the door. Luggage did not get lost."
Cons: "Flight to and from both delayed. Misinformation. Disorganized, poor communication. Seats don't decline. Confusing information everywhere. Long lines. It was a horrible experience, caused stress, spending money on rental car AND hotel....not expected.."
Cons: "Pay $55 for each luggage on the board"
Cons: "Too many hidden fees! Buyer beware! The $55 carry on baggage fee is outrageous! We heard that the baggage fees are less if you book them online before your trip. We went online to do just that for the return trip and we were pleased to see that the fee was $36 - until we went to pay and there was a $9 fee tacked on because we weren't part of the "$9 Club"! We will never book with Spirit again. We will opt for the slightly higher flight cost and avoid the hidden fees! Overall, the flight was more expensive than any of our other options."
Pros: "Good overall service, comfortable flight on par with other airlines."
Cons: "They charge too much for baggage (around $40), both for carry on and checked bags."
Pros: "All the personnel were friendly and helpful. The legroom on this flight was better than what we had on our initial flight. The plane was very clean."
Cons: "This was the first trip we booked with Spirit so we were not aware of how "bare bones" their system is. Like all systems there are positives and negatives to deal with. The biggest surprises were the charges for picking your seats and the charges and restrictions for baggage. But in spite of these, we still saved money and had an enjoyable trip. Be sure to check their website so you know how to pack and especially to pick your seats if there is more than one person traveling."
Cons: "When I tried to buy my bags and print my boarding pass at the 24 hour mark it would not recognize my nine dollar fare club membership I then spent an hour listening to telephone prompts that never gave me a real person wasting valuable last day vacation in Florida time when I should be at the beach"
Pros: "Good price efficient airline"
Cons: "just a little tight in the seating however I do understand your reasoning for doing that"
Pros: "Crew was friendly. Flight was on time."
Cons: "Seats don't recline. It was expensive for "no frills""
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Spirit put us all on the plane, knowing that we were going to taxi out 10 minutes then cut the engines and sit. We sat parked on the taxiway for 2/12 hours. Then we taxied back to the gate, waited while they assembled a gate crew, got back off the plane and the flight was cancelled. Then all 300 passengers had to go all the way back to the Spirit check-in counter back in the terminal and stand in line for another 2 hours just to hear that the soonest they could get us to our destination was going to be 2 days later. We requested a full refund....which as it turns out was about $30 shy of what we paid. Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. In my world "Spirit" no longer exists."
Pros: "The flight attendants were very friendly"
Cons: "Just terrible, cheap airline"
Pros: "I actually really liked Spirit Airlines. This was my first time flying with them and the crew was friendly (and at times comical). Breath of fresh air and I'd fly again."
Cons: "If you're booking through a third party site, such as Kayak, no notifications are given about how you have to pay for EVERYTHING additional that isn't your ticket ("A$$ + gas" as it says on Spirit's website). Thankfully a coworker had flown with them before and warned me to pre-purchase everything before I got to the airport and would discover that checked luggage is LESS expensive than carry on's and everything is about double if you wait until you get to the airport to claim a bag."
Pros: "Cheap efficient."
Cons: "Boarding process was a little clumsy."
Cons: "It was a disaster from the moment I got to the airport. Flight was going to be late and it kept getting later as the time went on until we wouldn't make our connecting flight. Their option was to give passengers a van ride from Chicago to Minneapolis. When no one thought that was acceptable they didn't do anything for a few hours. I finally got a hotel room and flight home scheduled(the next day) as the flight to Chicago was finally loading."
Pros: "Got to sit in exit row,"
Cons: "Someone had taken our seats. Don't know if it was double booked or if family was allowed to sit together despite seat assignments. My new seat in the exit row was very uncomfortable. In the center/back of the seat cushion was a hard lump or ball so that one had to slide their butt forward to get a comfortable position. The seat cushion was not very comfortable either and I am not a large person. We fly Spirit strictly because of price. I am actually surprised that there isn't a charge to use the bathroom."
Cons: "Delayed multiple times and then canceled No good rebooking options provided."
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