For the most part, the Free Spirit World Elite card will really only make sense for those who fly with Spirit a handful of times a year, or at least often enough to receive more value than the $79 annual fee you will pay for the card.
But for those who do fly with Spirit at least semi-frequently, this card is actually very well-suited to help you get more value out of each flight both in terms of the points you will earn and the benefits that you will receive.
With the Free Spirit World Elite card, you will automatically get Zone 2 priority boarding on all flights. This is obviously the second group called after pre-boarding and is 2 to 3 groups ahead of the general boarding groups.
Points Pooling lets you combine Free Spirit points with up to 8 friends and family members so you can earn and redeem reward flights faster. So if you’re a family that flies together for family vacations this can be extremely helpful in offsetting future flight costs.
Usually, the Points Pooling benefit is reserved for Free Spirit Silver or Gold status members, but fortunately, Free Spirit World Elite cardholders can do so just as a benefit of being a cardmember.
When you spend at least $5,000 in purchases on your card within the prior year, you will receive a $100 Companion Flight Voucher good for any Spirit flight.
But unlike other companion vouchers, the Spirit Companion Flight Voucher has a maximum value of $100, instead of paying $100 for a flight that might cost significantly more. So it might be easier to think of it as a $100 companion flight credit. Even still, you can earn this voucher each year for a relatively low amount of annual spend.
Fast Track to Free Spirit Status
With your card, you will earn 1 SQP for every $10 in purchases towards Free Spirit status. Given that it takes 2,000 SQPs to earn Silver status and 5,000 SQPs to earn Gold status, you could even earn Silver or Gold status just by spending $20,000 and $50,000 on the card, respectively, without even needing to fly. Thought that elite status obviously won’t be very useful if you don’t fly with Spirit frequently.
But this presents a great way to help fast track you to the level of Spirit elite status that you want, which will help you earn more points, get free seat selection, free bags, and more.
No Award Fees
With Spirit, if you book an award flight within 28 days of departure, you’ll be charged a $50 redemption fee. But that is not a problem for Free Spirit World Elite cardholders as that redemption fee is waived on all tickets.
Cardholders also get a 25% rebate on all inflight food and beverage purchases, as long as you pay with your card. Since all items offered on Spirit flights are only available by purchase, this is a great way to save some cash on items you would have to pay for anyway.
Points Never Expire
Usually, your Free Spirit points will expire every 12 months unless you earn new points, or redeem some of your current points, within that timeframe. But you won’t need to worry about that as a Free Spirit World Elite cardholder, as your points won’t expire as long as the card is active.