- Mar 9, 2004
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Palomino said:[FONT=Verdana,Arial, Helvetica][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]That's the Spirit: $9 each way to the Caribbean[/FONT]
By Tom Stieghorst
Posted November 1 2005[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana,Arial, Helvetica]Spirit Airlines on Monday put fares on sale at $9 each way.
The sale fares are heavily restricted, to promote new flights to the Caribbean, starting Nov. 10.
Ben Baldanza, president of Miramar-based Spirit, said that when new flights to leisure destinations are started, a lot of people want to fly the first day in one direction, but don't want to return home in the other direction right away.
"So you end up flying empty," Baldanza said.
The airline picked specific dates to take advantage of that tendency. The fares are selectively available between mid-November and mid-December. They have to be bought online by Nov. 7. Availability differs by flight.
Also, taxes and fees paid to the government are separate and could easily exceed the $18 fare.
Some of the routes offering the $18 fare are Detroit-Kingston, Jamaica and New York (LaGuardia)-Nassau, the Bahamas. In South Florida the routes include Fort Lauderdale-Orlando and West Palm Beach-Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
Baldanza said the sale involves several thousand seats. "We don't make money on it directly," he said. But the ultra-cheap price gets people talking about Spirit. "I'm going to have thousands of people saying that they got a $9 fare to Jamaica," he said.
The sale also puts new names in the company's database for e-mail marketing campaigns for its more routine SyberSpecial sales.
Baldanza said Spirit's Web site has been swamped with traffic since the sale was unveiled midday Monday, but that only about 15 percent of the fare seats have been sold. "We intend to sell a lot of these," he said.
Tom Stieghorst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-810-5008.[/FONT]
crashpad said:Will pax get signed-off for spin training and dual engine flame-out procedures?
castle bravo said:And which esteemed model of perfection do you find to be so vastly superior?
FL (Value Jet): Everglades
AS: Pt Mugu
AA: LIT, Cali
ASA: Carrolton, GA
ZK: Quincy, IL
US: CLT, PIT
180ToTheMarker said:Not sure what you are implying here but FL, ASA, UA, and US in PIT were not the crews' fault.