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Overview

Free Spirit
Spirit Airlines' Free Spirit frequent flyer program caters to people who travel domestically all over the United States, including cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas-Fort Worth and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Free Spirit is also advantageous for travelers who visit Latin American and Caribbean destinations like Aruba, Jamaica, Lima, Peru, and Costa Rica. As a Free Spirit member, you'll earn miles every time you fly with Spirit Airlines. You can also collect miles for everyday purchases if you hold a Spirit Airlines World Mastercard. Plus, Spirit Airlines has partnerships with select restaurants, Choice Hotels, car rental agencies and more, which allow you to earn miles for dining, hotel stays, cruise vacations and car rentals.

Pros & Cons

  • Mileage credit can be earned up to 30 days after flying with Spirit
  • Members get access to exclusive promotions and offers
  • Numerous ways to earn mileage credit and achieve elite status 
  • Miles expire after three months of account inactivity
  • Few elite membership tier perks
  • Miles earned with the Spirit Airlines World Mastercard may take up to six weeks to post
1.20

Overall

Scorecard

  • Network Coverage
    2.0
  • Ease of Earning Free Flight
    1.0
  • Award Flight Availability
    N/A
  • Additional Benefits
    1.5
  • Airline Quality
    1.9
  • No. of Daily Flights
    < 500

Rankings

Free Spirit is ranked No. 9 in the Best Airline Rewards Programs. U.S. News evaluated 9 frequent flyer programs offered by airlines based in the United States across several indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank rewards.

Free Spirit is ranked as:

Points

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 with Spirit Cruises, renting cars from partner companies Hertz, Budget and Avis, and dining at partner restaurants, clubs and bars.

Points Can Expire

Can Earn Points On:

  • Credit Card
  • Air Travel
  • Hotel Stays

Can Use Points On:

  • Booking Flights
See details about how to earn and use points

Membership Levels

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.
  • In order 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 World Mastercard credit card at least once every three months, your miles can expire.

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