Is the Spirit Airlines Big Front Seat worth it?
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The term ‘Spirit Airlines‘ evokes lots of emotions, especially in light of some of the airline’s recent operational challenges. But, while that was a pretty terrible run of events for the airline and its passengers, during times of normal operations, Spirit can be an affordable and underrated way to get across the country (and beyond).
Flying Spirit can be a solid choice even if you decide to sit in the admittedly cramped economy seats. But, Spirit also has bigger seats at the front of the plane that it calls Big Front Seats. And if you book these Spirit seats, you can fly in what is essentially a domestic first-class seat for at least 50% off the regular cost on most traditional airlines.
Spirit’s Big Front Seats are in the first couple of rows of each aircraft. And if you’ve never flown in them, you may be surprised by the experience — in a good way. They are essentially the same as other domestic first-class seats available on most U.S. airlines but are usually available for a much lower price.
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What are Spirit Airlines Big Front Seats?
On Spirit Airlines, every advance seat assignment costs extra whether you pick the last row or the first row. The difference, of course, is how much the various seat assignments cost. Unquestionably, Big Front Seats cost several times more than any other seat on the Spirit aircraft.
Spirit’s Big Front Seats are covered in leather, have 36 inches of pitch and are 18.5 inches wide. This means you have an additional six inches of legroom beyond Spirit’s standard seats and they are two across per side of the aisle instead of three with the regular seats.
As with all Spirit’s seats, Big Front Seats come “pre-reclined.” So, you can’t change the recline on a Big Front Seat.
Related: Review of flying Spirit Airlines
To put this another way, on Spirit, you can have this:
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