Spirit Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier based in the U.S., is offering an opportunity to match your status with several other airlines to its Free Spirit loyalty program. While Spirit is known for its no-frills experience, you may find this match useful to make flying Spirit more tolerable.
Through the end of 2022, Spirit is offering a status match challenge from 8 U.S. airlines to its Free Spirit program. Once your match is accepted, you’ll receive that status up front for 90 days and then will need to complete a certain amount of qualifying spend within that 90 days to keep your status until the following program year. Spirit’s loyalty program is revenue based, so all accumulation towards status is based on how much spend you provide the airline.
Airlines and Status Levels That Qualify
As you can see, the higher the tier you have with a competitor airline, the higher the tier you’ll be matched within the Free Spirit program.
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Keeping Your Status
If you’re matched to Silver status, you’ll need to earn 500 Status Qualifying Miles (SQMs) within the 90-day period to keep your status. This equates to $500 worth of spend, as Spirit essentially matches every dollar you spend with 1 qualifying mile.
To keep Gold status, you need to earn 1,250 Status Qualifying Miles, which is $1,250 spent.
It’s worth noting that doing a status match here allows you to earn each level for about a quarter of the normal requirements, so in a normal calendar year you’d need to earn 2,000 Status Qualifying Miles for Silver, for example.
What Status Includes
Gold status, the higher tier, includes free seat selection at booking, priority boarding and security, free snack and drink onboard, a first checked bag free, and a carry-on bag, among several other benefits. With both status tiers, you’re getting a lot of the fees waived that Spirit would normally be charging for.
While flying Spirit isn’t for everyone, if you have status with a competitor, matching to Spirit will allow you to experience many elite benefits that waive fees and make the flying experience much better, even for an ultra-low-cost carrier. You have until the end of the year to match your status, so don’t wait if this interests you.
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