Pros & Cons
Miles expire after three months of account inactivity
Award redemption charges apply for flights booked fewer than 180 days in advance
Miles earned with the Spirit Airlines World Mastercard may take up to six weeks to post
Ease of Earning Free Flight1.0
Award Flight Availability1.0
No. of Daily Flights500 - 1,000
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As a Free Spirit member, you'll earn miles every time you fly with Spirit Airlines. You can accumulate miles when you use your Spirit Airlines World Mastercard to make everyday purchases. Free Spirit also rewards you for staying at Choice Hotels, booking cruise vacations on the Spirit Cruises website, renting cars from partner companies Hertz, Budget and Avis, and dining at partner restaurants, clubs and bars.
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The Free Spirit program is split into three categories: Somebody, Elite and VIP. You may also become part of Spirit's $9 Fare Club, which offers advantages like reduced flight fares and discounted baggage fees.See details about how membership works
The Fine Print
- If you hold a Spirit Airlines World Mastercard, you can redeem reward travel after accumulating 2,500 Free Spirit miles; if you don't have the card, you must have a minimum of 10,000 miles to put toward reward flights.
- Miles can only be applied to Spirit flights and magazine subscriptions.
- To use miles, you must book your flight through Spirit's website or the Free Spirit call center; an additional $35 fee applies if you use the call center.
- If you do not use your Spirit Airlines credit card at least once every three months, your miles can expire.
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