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We're the Dollar General of US airlines (Spirit profiled on Planet Money)

Here is a great podcast profiling Spirit Airlines. In it, their CEO explains their business model. The commentators talk about the general desire to "never fly NK again", however, for their low fares passengers keep coming back for more! ( More...

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I flew Spirit from MCO-IAH last year on a personal trip. I used a friend's points he'd received in a promotion. It felt like riding a subway or city bus with ads plastered all over the place. My seat was fairly uncomfortable, as in it didn't feel like there was much cushioning. By the time I felt like I needed to get up, we were on approach. Same on the return segment. All told, I didn't have a bad experience. If I need to travel to IAH again, and I know I want to, I wouldn't have a problem traveling on Spirit.


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