Traveling Soon? Here Are 4 Tips for A Smooth Trip When It’s Your Turn to Fly the Spirit Airlines Plane

Photo by Marco Verch

As domestic and international travel re-commences and flight prices slowly return to pre-pandemic levels, those who opt to fly on Spirit Airlines are left wondering how they will successfully fly the plane when it is their turn, thanks to Spirit’s new Fly Sharing Fare program. We compiled a few surefire tips to help you have a smooth and successful flight as an amateur pilot.

  1. Take a deep breath! Breathe, and remember that you signed up for this! Trust that Spirit Airlines would not throw you into the cockpit if you did not select the $17 Fly Sharing Fare, which is how they keep their prices low. Those discounts come with a few sacrifices, but one thing you will not sacrifice is an Instagram picture of you flying the plane with the captain hat on, and the chance to win a Spirit drawstring backpack at the end of the trip.
  2. Drink some water. Although water may not entirely ease the stresses of flying a commercial plane for the first time, it can help! Your body will thank you for the hydration during this time of justifiably increased stress at a high altitude. Remember that as a guest pilot, you are not exempt from paying extra for water on the flight- charging for natural resources is how they keep their prices low! Be sure to bring $5 cash for a 12oz bottle of water. 
  3. Practice your handoff. The best part of the Fly Sharing Fare is that you are not alone! You’ll have several other co-pilots who you’ll be swapping places with throughout the flight. However, Spirit Airlines does not use aircrafts that have auto-pilot- it’s how they keep their prices low! Practice your hand-off with your new ride-or-dies who are set to fly before and after you. You may have to sit in somebody’s lap, and the plane may drop a few hundred feet as you switch places, but do not worry! It’s nothing the passengers are unprepared for- it’s what they paid for.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s probably your first time flying a plane, and that’s okay. Every great pilot had a not-so-great first flight. There are so many buttons, switches and screens, and there is no way to know what each one does or is responsible for. All that is expected of you is a good attitude and an additional $35 for a carry-on (which is how Spirit keeps their prices low). Feel free to ask anyone for help, including your co-pilots, the flight attendants, or the people in 34C and 35C. Any of these people should be more than willing to assist you.

Traveling can be a real pain. But as a guest co-pilot through the Fly Sharing Fare program, you just might be the bright spot in someone’s Spirit Airlines experience. Even if you weren’t prepared to fly the plane, you can take advantage of these tips to ensure that you and your passengers have a safe and enjoyable flight.