In the interests of completeness, Alaska and Hawaiian both have 31" seats. Which I find adequate, but I’m just 6’ tall.
Every time I’ve flown Spirit I haven’t regretted it (yet). The service is clearly worse, the chances of planes being late clearly higher, but the big front seats are so much cheaper and more comfortable than flying economy on competitors that I can’t pass it up when it’s a flight option for me. I looked it up and the legroom on the big front seat is 36".
As long as it’s a direct flight, I’ll keep using Spirit. It’s way more comfortable in front and still cheaper. Going to Florida soon, round trip tickets for two in the front with two checked bags were $360 combined from Texas. Tickets from all the others started at $600 for two knee-buckling economy seats.
At 6’5", welcome to my world in Economy Plus or Comfort Plus! Sometimes my knees hit the back of the seat in first class.
From Economy Plus! You must have long legs!
Most leg room I ever had was the front row of Economy on a BA 777. The seat lines up with the aisle further up the plane…went all the way up through Business Class up to the First Class section.
Since I’m child-sized, leg room’s never an issue for me anyway. Pretty much the only time being short is a good thing.
The one time I flew Spirit it was to get to a funeral, and it happened to both be the cheapest and only non-stop flight. Being 5’4" I found the legroom just tolerable; I don’t think I’d fly them on anything past maybe three hours. As for customer service, I was fortunate not to have to test it out.
That’s what the liquor is for.
Give me an Amtrak Superliner!
you must not fly much. this is SOP for most airlines in the US, unless you have status/are flying business.
on the other hand, i had a flight canceled because of a baggage handler strike in brussels. brussels airlines put me up in a hotel, with meals (even including a beer!) and shuttle transport to and from the terminal. of course they lost my bag for 5 days, but my travel insurance took care of that.
Get a prescription for Ambien – it’s a lot cheaper.
Actually I’ve never tried it but have heard it can help.
You should write about seat width. There’s a big difference in comfort between 17.8" and 19" for average American adult males.
(May not sound like a lot, but it gets multiplied by three because your opponents spill over into your space if it’s not enough.)
In the words of our late statesman, Joey Ramone
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated
I flew on Spirit once.
And the best thing about Southwest. With thier offset rows, there is one seat with near unlimited leg row, 12A or 12F depending on seating plan. As a guy over 6 feet tall, getting that seat is worth paying extra to board early.
At time time I was flying around 4 times a year, in a mix of short haul, long haul, and international (trans-Pacific) flights, maybe an average of around 16 flights per year. When it was personal it was usually on the cheapest airline (resulting in Spirit) for work it was United (but not business class).
Being a frequent flyer on United definitely made a difference, but even on other airlines where I didn’t have any status there was noticeably better service. While most US airlines feel indifferent to providing a good experience, Spirit felt actively hostile to providing anything over the minimum required by law.
Always dress slightly nicer than average when traveling: if an advantage comes up, the crew is more likely to pick you.
I’m an average height female, but have wider than average shoulders. I would be miserable on any Spirit flight as my shoulders are about 17" wide. This might be worse for me than the cramped leg room. I also end up getting stuck in a seat next to an overweight man on every flight (or so it seems). Unless there’s an ocean to cross, I’d rather drive.
I had to tear the shoulder pads out of every shirt I purchased which included them since I was 13 years old, less I look like a bloody starting linebacker for the Vikings.
More importantly you will be dressed nicely instead of forcing your fellow passengers to be crammed into a flying metal tube with a slovenly eyesore.
Cool thanks for the clarification. I’ve always seen the rails, but just figured they were there for maintenance crews to move things around for various panel access.
I thought about this last night actually as my window didn’t line up with my seat at all…
I remember around 2000, AA made a big deal about more legroom, after removing a row of seats from most/all aircraft. They put it all back like it was after 9/11.