The Definitive Guide to Gaming Spirit. Part 2: In-Depth

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This post is going to be long. Please be patient. If you really want to learn how to game this uber-sneaky airline, you will have to learn a thing or two. Better yet, bookmark this page and use it as a reference.

My previous post is here:

The Definitive Guide to Gaming Spirit. Part 1: Intro and Easy 8,000 Points

By the way, my 8,000 miles have been posted since then.

Spirit Air Free Spirit frequent flyer program is region-based (4 regions). It used to have a very user-friendly redemption interface, whereas you would pick your departure city, and the chart would nicely list all the city within every zone and give you the levels you would pay. However, since their network has grown so dramatically in the last few years, they have decided to give all that profit to some cretins web designers, who have made everything confusing as hell. The end result is this.

Spirit Stupid Chart

Yeah, I know, good luck with that! Especially considering that some airports that Spirit serves are not even there, like Houston, for example. My list below is more accurate, so you might consider using that instead, but only for non-stop flights!

Before we proceed, let’s agree on a few things. If you do not want to get BoA Free Spirit credit card, you should stop reading now. Just forget Spirit altogether and save yourself a lot of aggravation. You will thank me later.

Second, even though Free Spirit is very capacity controlled, you must treat the following table as  a rough guide of what to expect, and not the last word. In many cases you can still find off-peak redemption rates when you expect them the least, so keep checking. Yes, I know its’ not updated, but like I said: rough guide.  

Spirit Season

Third, people who keep telling you that Spirit miles are “useless” either repeat what they’ve heard, or they are complainers who would have a problem with any frequent flyer program. If you have made it this far, you already know that in order to fly for free, you must be flexible on your dates or your destinations–otherwise, you shouldn’t be playing this game.

Now that we’ve got this issue out of the way, let’s see our options. Below you will find the list of the US cities and their off-peak redemptions rates for all corresponding non-stop flights (one way). Why non-stop?

Because like British Airways Avios, Spirit miles offer the best possible redemptions for direct, non-stop flights. Although, just like with Avios, there are exceptions, as well.

Atlantic City:

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Fort Myers–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

Tampa–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Atlanta–2,500 miles

Boston–2,500 miles

Chicago-O’Hare–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

West Palm Beach–2,500 miles

 

Atlanta:

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Houston–Intercontinental–2,500 miles

(begins August 1, 2014)

Seasonal:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

 

Baltimore/Washington-BWI:

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–7,500 miles

Seasonal:

Chicago-O’Hare–2,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Boston:

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Atlanta–2,500 miles

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–5,000 miles

Fort Myers–5,000 miles

West Palm Beach (begins November 21, 2014)–2,500 miles

 

Charlston (Seasonal):

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Chicago-ORD:

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Fort Myers–2,500 miles

Houston–Intercontinental–2,500 miles

Kansas City (begins August 7, 2014–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–7,500 miles

Los Angeles–7,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul–2,500 miles

New York–LaGuardia–2,500 miles

Oakland–7,500 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

Tampa–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Baltimore–2,500 miles

Boston–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

Phoenix–5,000 miles

Portland–5,000 miles

 

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Atlanta–2,500 miles

Baltimore/Washington–2,500 miles

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Kansas City (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

Los Angeles–2,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul–2,500 miles

New Orleans–2,500 miles

New York–LaGuardia–5,000 miles

Oakland–5,000 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

Philadelphia

Phoenix–2,500 miles

San Diego–2,500 miles

Tampa–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Boston–5,000 miles

Fort Myers–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

Portland–5,000 miles

Cancun (Arrival)

San Jose Del Cabo (Arrival)

 

Denver:

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–5,000 miles

Houston–Intercontinental–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Minneapolis/St. Paul–2,500 miles

Phoenix–2,500 miles

 

Detroit:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Cancún

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Fort Myers–2,500 miles

Houston–Intercontinental–2,500 miles

Kansas City (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–7,500 miles

Los Angeles–7,500 miles

New York–LaGuardia–2,500 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

Tampa–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Minneapolis/St. Paul–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Fort Lauderdale:

Aguadilla–2,500 miles

Armenia (Colombia)–5,000 miles

Aruba–2,500 miles

Atlanta–2,500 miles

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Baltimore–2,500 miles

Bogotá–5,000 miles

Boston–2,500 miles

Cancún–2,500 miles

Cartagena–2,500 miles

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Denver–5,000 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Guatemala City–2,500 miles

Houston-Intercontinental (begins September 3, 2014)–2,500 miles

Latrobe/Pittsburgh–2,500 miles

Lima–10,000 miles

Los Angeles-7,500 miles

Managua–2,500 miles

Medellin–Cordova–5,000 miles

Montego Bay–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

New Orleans (begins August 1, 2014)–2,500 miles

New York–LaGuardia–2,500 miles

Niagara Falls–2,500 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

Panama City–2,500 miles

Plattsburgh (NY)–5,000 miles

Port-au-Prince–2,500 miles

St. Maarten–2,500 miles

St. Thomas–2,500 miles

San José de Costa Rica–2,500 miles

San Juan–2,500 miles

San Pedro Sula–2,500 miles

San Salvador (Bahamas)–2,500 miles

San Salvador–2,500 miles

Santiago de los Caballeros–2,500 miles

Santo Domingo–2,500 miles

Tampa–2,500 miles

Toluca/Mexico City–5,000 miles

Seasonal:

Kingston–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–7,500 miles

Minneapolis–St. Paul–5,000 miles

Punta Cana–2,500 miles

 

Fort Myers:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Boston–5,000 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Latrobe/Pittsburgh (begins December 18, 2014)–2,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul–5,000 miles

Chicago-O’Hare–2,500 miles

 

Houston:

Atlanta (begins August 1, 2014)–2,500 miles

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale (begins September 4, 2014)–2,500 miles

Kansas City (begins August 8, 2014)–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

Los Angeles–5,000 miles

New Orleans (begins August 1, 2014)–2,500 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

San Diego (begins September 3, 2014)–5,000 miles

Seasonal:

Minneapolis/St. Paul–5,000 miles

 

Kansas City:

Chicago-O’Hare (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

Detroit (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

Houston–Intercontinental (begins August 8, 2014)–5,000 miles

Las Vegas (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

 

Las Vegas:

Baltimore/Washington–7,500 miles

Chicago-O’Hare–5,000 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Houston-Intercontinental–2,500 miles

Kansas City (begins August 7, 2014)–2,500 miles

Los Angeles–2,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul–5,000 miles

Oakland–2,500 miles

Philadelphia–7,500 miles

Portland–2,500 miles

San Diego–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Fort Lauderdale–7,500 miles

 

Latrobe/Pittsburgh

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Orlando–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

Tampa–2,500 miles

Fort Myers–2,500 miles

 

Los Angeles:

Chicago-O’Hare–5,000 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Detroit–7,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–7,500 miles

Houston-Intercontinental–5,000 miles

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Minneapolis/St. Paul–5,000 miles

 

Minneapolis/Saint Paul:

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Las Vegas–5,000 miles

Seasonal:

Baltimore/Washington–2,500 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–5,000 miles

Fort Myers–5,000 miles

Houston–Intercontinental

Los Angeles–5,000 miles

Orlando–5,000 miles

Phoenix–5,000 miles

Tampa–5,000 miles

 

Myrtle Beach:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

New York–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Baltimore–2,500 miles

Charleston, (WV)–2,500 miles

Chicago-O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Latrobe/Pittsburgh–2,500 miles

Niagara Falls–2,500 miles

Philadelphia–2,500 miles

Plattsburgh–2,500 miles

 

New Orleans:

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale (begins August 1, 2014)–2,500 miles

Houston-Intercontinental (begins August 1, 2014)–2,500 miles

 

New York LGA:

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–5,000 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Niagara Falls:

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Oakland:

Chicago–7,500 miles

Dallas–5,000 miles

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

 

Orlando:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Chicago–O’Hare–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Houston–Intercontinental–2,500 miles

Latrobe/Pittsburgh–2,500 miles

San Juan–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Minneapolis/St. Paul–5,000 miles

 

Philadelphia:

Dallas/Fort Worth–5,000 miles

Las Vegas–7,500 miles

Seasonal:

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Phoenix:

Dallas–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Chicago–5,000 miles

Denver–2,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul–5,000 miles

 

Plattsubrg:

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Myrtle Beach–2,500 miles

 

Portland:

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

San Diego­­–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Chicago–5,000 miles

Dallas–5,000 miles

 

San Diego:

Dallas–2,500 miles

Houston–5,000 miles

Las Vegas–2,500 miles

Portland–2,500 miles

Los Cabos–2,500 miles

 

Tampa:

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Dallas/Fort Worth–2,500 miles

Detroit–2,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale–2,500 miles

Seasonal:

Chicago-O’Hare–2,500 miles

Latrobe/Pittsburgh (begins December 18, 2014)–2,500 miles

Minneapolis/St. Paul

 

West Palm Beach (Seasonal):

Atlantic City–2,500 miles

Boston (begins November 21, 2014)–2,500 miles

I hope you recognize the value when you see it. If you are flexible and not a snob, you can make like a bandit with Spirit. In my next and final post, I will talk about some more tricks and sweet spots in the Free Spirit  program, as well as about certain things you might wish to avoid.

Next post: Anatomy of Booking a Spirit Award Flight and I‘m Going to #TBEX

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