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Travel Tuesday: Spirit Airlines tips

Last week for our trip to Maryland we flew Sprit Airlines. We have used this airline in the past, but this time I did a little more research to ensure we got the most bang for our buck on the flight.

After searching the internet and reading other blogs, I found out that you can get the best deal on Sprit Airlines by booking at the ticket counter at the airport. You can save up to $20 a person a flight by using this method. For us, that meant saving $80 on our weekend flight. Totally worth a quick stop at the airport!

As an example, here is a round trip flight from Orlando to Baltimore for two. Both flights are non-stop.

usage charge

The total includes a “Passenger Usage Charge” or $79.96 which you can avoid by booking at the airport.  Spirit does request that you purchase during “Preferred Ticketing Hours,” but does not state that you can’t get a ticket at other times. See the times here. Our airport’s preferred hours are between noon and 4pm so we went on a Saturday around 2pm. We did have to wait for a few travelers to check bags, but it was a pretty easy process. I could have gone alone and parked, or to save $2 and some steps I could have had Charlie drop me off at the ticket counter and make a loop around the airport and come back. The timing would have been just about perfect. At the counter the clerk seemed familiar with customers buying at the gate and showed us the flights available. I had checked the flights at home beforehand and knew what flights we wanted but we looked with her as well. The total cost at the gate can differ a little bit from what you see at home, but it seemed much lower and we were not charged the passenger usage fee.

For this trip we did not book seats. On all three flights Spirt seated us together and unless it is a long haul flight I am fine with being stuck wherever. Because this was a long weekend trip we just took the free personal item and packed everything we needed in that. For short trips that is all we really need. Both of us had extra space in our bags both coming and going.  I’ll talk more in a few weeks on how to get the most out of that bag.

Unfortunately  the one area we did not plan ahead well in is food. We did take smoothies to go as we left the house, but were both hungry as we were boarding the plane. Charlie bought a sandwich for which I do not even want to know what he paid. I need to start planning out snacks and meals to take as it helps cut costs and gives you one more healthy meal before you get to your destination. If you have great plane meal tips, send them my way! We usually just take granola bars, but I’ve seen people on planes eating entire meals from home.

The one food item I do like to buy at the airport is a coffee. I usually grab an iced coffee after we go through security and then drink it while we wait. Before we board I rise it out and refill it with water to help keep us hydrated during the flight. If you’re local to Orlando I highly recommend Zaza’s Cuban Cafe if you’re flying from Terminal A. The coffee is great and a great price.

Do you have any great tips for Sprit Airlines? I’d love to hear them.

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Travel Favorites

This week for Travel Tuesday I wanted to share a few of my favorite travel products. These are little things we have that really make our trips better. While we don’t buy tons of “travel stuff” we do have  a few items we love. First […]

Travel Tuesday: Road Trips

I love a good road trip. There is nothing like the feeling of the day in front of you with the music playing and your favorite person or people with you. Living in Orlando we are geographically limited on where we can go, but I […]

Travel Tuesday: Road trip tips

Since it is still spring break in some parts of the country I figured today would be a good  day to share road trip tips. We love road trips, but they have to be done right. Below are my seven tips for a successful road trip. Note: We don’t have kids so these tips apply to adults traveling without kids. Some tips will relate to older kids and teens, but I can’t promise anything.

1. Know your route
I feel like this is pretty obvious, but I feel the need to mention it anyway. Know where you are going, how you are getting there, and if possible a few major cities on the way. Share the basic plan with the entire car so that everyone can assist is paying attention to the route. We’ve all missed an exit before, it happens, but it is best to realize this as soon as possible.

2. Bring beverages
Staying hydrated on road trips is super important. We always bring big water bottles to get us going and refill them as needed at rest stops. As a coffee drinker make my coffee before we leave and take it with me, saves money and the time it takes to stop. Yes, the more you drink the more you need to use the restroom, however it is worth it and the bathroom breaks give legs a minute to stretch.

3. Healthy Snacks
Avoid the gas station crap by packing a small cooler or lunchbox with a few snacks to keep you going. I like to pull these out when we get a little tired or just bored. Favorites include carrot sticks, grapes, baked potato chips, and trail mix. Apples, bananas, popcorn, and a handful of nuts are also good options.

4. Pack a lunch
If you are watching what you eat, or just trying to stay healthy and on budget consider bringing your lunch for the first meal of the trip. Before the rise of fast food road trippers always had picnics at rest stops but these days it is not popular. As a nod to the past pack a light lunch to eat at a rest stop and remember the old  days. Salads, cold sandwiches, potato salad, and chips and salsa are favorites for packed lunches.

5. Avoid gas stations
Of course you have to gas up the car, I understand that, however limit time spent wandering around the convenience store. I can’t count the group road trips I’ve been on where we have walked around one of those for 20 minutes and everyone ends up buying junk. Gas the car, use the restrooms and get out. If you do need snacks consider stopping at a grocery store and getting enough for the next leg of the trip instead of single serve options. (If you must stop, Wawa is our favorite for healthy options)

6. Power up
Before you leave ensure you have at least one phone charger in the car. Running navigation, music, and surfing the internet drain phone batteries and for the sake of safety you need at least one working phone. We usually have two chargers just to be safe. Make sure all other entertainment devices are powered up and ready to go as well. Note: check on your phone data allowance before your trip, all that time scrolling instagram in the car can totally blow it.

7. Plan ahead entertainment
Road trips are long but a great time to enjoy an audiobook together. We like to download one to my phone via Overdrive from our local library.  We also love listening to and playing along with our favorite trivia podcast, Podquiz. This is also a great time to talk about life goals, dreams, aspirations, and whatever else needs hours.  I like to bring a pencil and notebook for notes as some of our best ideas come from this time. Eventually I will publish that children’s book.

 

So those are my tips, nothing crazy but just a starting point for a good road trip. Most of all, have fun. A road trip is the memories you make it. So take the time to relax, be silly, and share the real you with your companions. I believe this is the reason so many of us love road trips; in the car we can return to the real us.

 

Check back next week for Travel Tuesday and I will share some of my favorite road trip destinations in the southeast. See you then!

AirBnB

For today’s Travel Tuesday I am talking about using AirBnB instead of hotels. We started using AirBnB about four years ago for a trip to Chicago on a budget. In Chicago there are tons of amazing hotels in the Loop area, but they are pricey. […]