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Snag 20,000 Free Spirit Miles if You’re In Houston This Week!

by on September 17, 2012 · 5 comments

in Free Miles/ Points, Spirit

Spirit Airlines may not be the fanciest airline, but they are a practical option for consumers looking for a no-frills flight experience. They are adding Houston as one of their new destinations and to celebrate, they will be giving out a total of 60 million Free Spirit miles in Houston this week. 3,000 lucky people over the age of 18 will each get 20,000 miles on a first come first serve basis at the following three locations:

  • Sept. 18 5 p.m. at Travel Leaders, 1085 Hercules St., Houston
  • Sept. 19 noon at Krisbi Travel, 7457 Harwin Drive, Houston
  • Sept. 19 5 p.m. at Fox Travel, 25701 I-45 North, The Woodlands

I wrote about the FreeSpirit program a couple weeks ago when a reader asked whether the Spirit MasterCard was worth it, and 20,000 miles can get you a roundtrip standard award. One of my main gripes with the FreeSpirit program was that you had to call to book awards, but since my post they’ve actually introduced an online award booking engine so you don’t have to call to book awards.
Unfortunately I’m not in Houston this week, but if I was I’d definitely stop by to snag one of these free vouchers. Spirit has a pretty impressive route map so having a free award could save you hundreds of dollars on a future flight. Spirit starts service from Houston to Dallas on September 20, 2012 and non-stop service to Chicago and Las Vegas on October 4, 2012.
 Hat tip TPG reader Nathan!

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  • Daan

    They’re actually doing some promotion now where if you fill out an application ON the plane, you get a voucher for a free one-way, even if you wouldn’t get approved.

  • Asdfasdf

    NK is the future of USA air travel

  • Jon

    dont do it! I did this in Minneapolis a couple months ago and it was BS. Getting the miles was easy and for each event they havent even handed out the max they can, using the miles was horrible, here’s why:

    You have to call a special number in India to redeem the awards which requires a lengthy hold, 45 minutes on average I found. It only lets you book tickets that have at least one direction non-stop even if it is withing the mileage requirement, plus you dont even know the availability until after you call and am on hold for an average of 45 minutes each time.

    After finally getting through, you tell them your dates and cities then they tell you if you can do it or not, if they have no rewards tickets (which is likely the case) you have to come up with an alternate set of dates and/or cities right away or you’re screwed.

    Did I mention that you only have 1 month to use these special miles from launch events and they baggage fees are so high they make you want to punch yourself in the face? Also if you got the free miles with someone you each have to call in separately and hope you can get the same reward flight, when you are the first to call they wont even give you a hint on if there may be a second seat available.

    This promo is super shady from my first hand experience and the 3 people that did it with me!

  • mikefl

    I actually did that and I got the free flight and my wife as well. I called and booked 2 tickets and paid $20 each for RT from FLL TO LGA
    That works for me especially since the cheapest flight was $200
    As far as luggage I have a small bag that fits 3 days of clothes as my personal item
    for each of us so we alre all set to go. I ‘ll just buy some coffee and muffins on the plane!

  • Nick

    My experience with this promotion in DFW this summer (2012) was positive, but it can be very difficult to find award space using Free Spirit Miles. You should have (very) flexible dates if you want to travel with Spirit, but may also be able to luck out with the dates/locations you are looking for. Good luck & safe travels!

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