Florida’s Hometown Airline is brightening up the skies over Miami with a steady stream of its signature yellow planes. Today Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) launched service at Miami International Airport (MIA), with its first flight arriving from Atlantic City, N.J. (ACY) and first departure bound for Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP).
Spirit’s presence at MIA begins with service to nine destinations, which will grow to 31 nonstop options by the time expansions in November and January are complete. The carrier will serve 20 markets domestically and 11 internationally.
Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony included the announcement of the Free Spirit Flyaway, a nationwide promotion in which Spirit will give away 31 pairs of roundtrip tickets in honor of each of its nonstop routes from MIA.1 Even better—the only requirement for entering for a chance to win is to be a member of the Free Spirit® loyalty program, which costs nothing to join and offers the fastest way to earn rewards and status.2
“Launching nonstop flights to 31 destinations right out of the gate in Miami is a huge milestone for us, and we want to share all that excitement with our Guests,” said Ted Christie, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines. “We want our Free Spirit Loyalty winners to be able to choose their own destinations because flexibility is what we’re providing in Miami—multiple daily flights that go all over the U.S. and stretch into South America. Combined with our flights from West Palm Beach and our position as the largest carrier in Fort Lauderdale, we’re giving our Guests more options in South Florida than ever.”
The celebration starts today at spirit.com/flyaway. Between now and Nov. 3, 2021 Guests can enter for a chance to win roundtrip tickets for two with complimentary airfare, bags, seat selection and Shortcut Boarding.3 Each of the winners will be able to plan a trip from their closest Spirit airport to any of the destinations the airline serves.4
Free Spirit Members can take advantage of Spirit’s Status Match Challenge, which offers anyone with elite status on another airline the equivalent Free Spirit Status for 90 days and the ability to quickly earn Free Spirit Silver or Gold Status after that.
“Spirit Airlines is America’s only major airline headquartered in South Florida, and welcoming them to our airport is extremely special,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We proudly welcome the significant investment of flights, jobs and business revenue that Spirit is bringing to MIA and to Miami-Dade County, and we are excited to see the company grow as they offer more travel options to our residents and visitors.”
“We are immensely grateful for Spirit’s decision to not only expand to MIA, but with a sizeable presence of service to 31 cities,” said Ralph Cutié, MIA Director and CEO. “With more than 200 weekly flights by January, Spirit will instantly become one of our busiest passenger airlines, giving our travelers even more options for flying to and from Miami-Dade County.”
Spirit’s full schedule is large enough to earn the airline a position as MIA’s second largest carrier. Adding service at MIA is the next chapter of Spirit’s story as the carrier steps up to meet the demand for high-value travel to and from South Florida. The carrier is staffing MIA with more than 200 new Spirit Family Members and supporting the expansion with 16 brand new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo planes being delivered this year. Next year, Spirit plans to accept another 24 new planes into the airline’s Fit Fleet®, which is among the youngest in the industry.
Spirit Airlines Routes from MIA
|Destination:||Available:||Start Date:||Destination:||Available:||Start Date:|
|Atlantic City (ACY)||Daily||Oct. 6||Detroit (DTW)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Atlanta (ATL)||Daily||Oct. 6||Hartford-Bradley (BDL)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Baltimore (BWI)||Daily||Oct. 6||Houston (IAH)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Bogotá (BOG)*||Daily||Oct. 7||Las Vegas (LAS)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Guatemala City (GUA)*||4x per week||Oct. 7||Myrtle Beach (MYR)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Medellín (MDE)*||Daily||Oct. 6||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||2x per day||Nov. 17|
|Newark (EWR)||Daily||Oct. 6||Orlando (MCO)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Port-au-Prince (PAP)*||4x per week||Oct. 6||Philadelphia (PHL)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Santo Domingo (SDQ)*||3x per week||Oct. 6||Raleigh-Durham (RDU)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Barranquilla (BAQ)*||Daily||Nov. 17||San Pedro Sula (SAP)*||3x per week||Nov. 18|
|Boston (BOS)||Daily||Nov. 17||San Juan (SJU)||Daily||Nov. 17|
|Cali (CLO)*||Daily||Nov. 17||Tegucigalpa-Palmerola (XPL)*||4x per week||Nov. 17|
|Chicago O’Hare (ORD)||Daily||Nov. 17||San José, C.R. (SJO)*||4x per week||Jan. 5|
|Cleveland (CLE)||Daily||Nov. 17||San Salvador (SAL)*||3x per week||Jan. 6|
|Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)||Daily||Nov. 17||St. Thomas (STT)||3x per week||Jan. 6|
|Denver (DEN)||Daily||Nov. 17|
*Subject to government approval.
Spirit’s Elevated Guest Experience
The Miami expansion arrives alongside Spirit’s continuing commitment to invest in the Guest, which entails a number of initiatives aimed at delivering the best value in the sky.
An all-new cabin interior with ergonomically-designed seats and more usable legroom, featuring the best deal in the sky with our unique Big Front Seat™
Fast onboard Wi-Fi that allows Guests to watch content from their favorite streaming services 5
Spirit’s Signature Service
Spirit continues to garner awards and recognition in 2021. Spirit is one of only three U.S. airlines listed on FORTUNE’s 2021 list of World’s Most Admired® Companies, which measures companies with the strongest reputation within their industries. The carrier is a Gold Stevie® Award winner for its groundbreaking self-bag drop system with biometric photo matching, which speeds the check-in process and reduces face-to-face contact. Spirit also earned “Platinum” status in the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Health Safety initiative powered by SimpliFlying.
Spirit’s commitment to Safe Travels includes enhanced cleaning, advanced air filtration and a health acknowledgement at check-in. Airlines and airports remain subject to federal law requiring Guests to wear an appropriate face covering at airports and on flights. Please visit Spirit’s COVID-19 Information Center for more information on safety enhancements.
The Free Spirit Flyaway promotion is open to legal permanent residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (excluding residents of Rhode Island and New York). See promotion rules for details.
Based on points earned on published fares (excluding sale fares) and optional services using the Free Spirit Credit Card (the “Card”), and includes status qualifying points earned by spending on Spirit and everyday purchases using the Card.
Each round trip includes base fare, taxes and fees, seat selection, one carry-on bag, one checked bag and Shortcut Boarding. See promotion rules for details.
Guests should check entry requirements for when planning trips including international destinations.
Available on select aircraft. Fleetwide availability estimated in early 2022.