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To celebrate the launch of new flight service to Philadelphia from Las Vegas, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Myrtle Beach, Spirit Airlines is giving away 2.5 million frequent flyer miles this Thursday, May 16. 1,000 people (must be 18 or over) will have the chance to win 25,000 miles each at the Independence Visitor Center.
Spirit is giving away certificates for the 25,000 miles on a first-come-first-served basis, so for your best chance to be one of the lucky recipients, better get there before 11:00am when the giveaways start.
Spirit isn’t the fanciest airline out there and often takes flak for the tons of extra add-on fees it charges passengers including for things like carry-on luggage, but it has a surprisingly extensive route map with destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, and even flies to several cities in South America including Cartagena, Bogota and Lima
I wrote about the FreeSpirit program a few months ago when the airline ran a similar promo in Houston. a reader asked whether the Spirit MasterCard was worth it. Carrying the card gives you access to Off-Peak awards on the airline’s chart, so whereas 25,000 miles will only get you a one-way peak award in the airline’s 2,500+ miles Region 4 zone, it will give you a roundtrip off-peak award if you carry the card. Otherwise the next lowest redemption you can hope for in that zone is 20,000 miles each way. 25,000 miles will also get you a one-way off peak “Big Front Seat” in the airline’s premium class in Region 4.
Otherwise, if you’re redeeming for shorter flights, you can get a Standard roundtrip in Region 2 (1,250-1,749 miles) for 25,000 miles
One of my main gripes with the FreeSpirit program was that you had to call to book awards, but they have introduced an online award booking engine so you don’t have to call to book awards any more.
While I don’t plan to fly the airline much, turning down 25,000 free miles seems foolish, especially if you have some time to kill on Thursday morning in Philadelphia. Here are the giveaway location and hours details:
Spirit Airlines Frequent Flyer Miles Giveaway
When: Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall
More info: www.phlvisitorcenter.com
Leave a comment below on Thursday if you drop by and win one of the 25,000-mile certificates!