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Spirit Airlines to charge for a boarding pass

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by EStreetJoe, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Not me this time, family. Oy.

    Cool to have the boarding pass on your phone (although the efficacy/hassle from airline to airline varies greatly). Still a very good idea to carry paper if/when you can.
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I saw a guy try to do the iPhone boarding pass thing when it was in its infancy and the TSA agent looked at him like he was from Mars. Took a supervisor and an extra five minutes to get him through. Me and all the other people in line were unimpressed to say the least. Carry the stupid piece of paper and get on with it.
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    If you're leaving from home or the office, printing your own boarding pass is easy.

    But, if you're on the road, it's not always so simple.

    That's what I like about this.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I understand the convenience, of course, but some people are just so douchey about it. "I have an iPhone and you're a paper-toting commoner."
  5. For the most part, it's just easier to drive, and I can see more of the country that way. Unless I've got a very good reason to fly, such as needing to be there quick or having a short amount of time to spend at my destination, I'm going to drive.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    It's not easy to drive when it takes 3-4 days to just make the trip to see family and then 3-4 days for the return.
  7. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    Most Airlines have boarding passes for any smart phone, not just Iphone. I love not having to have a paper boarding pass.
  8. That would obviously fall under the "having a good reason to fly" category.
  9. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    It's too much of a hassle to have to carry that piece of paper from the check-in kiosk all the way to the gate?

    I haven't checked the Spirit stock lately, but I'm assuming it's in the same boat with all the other carriers (except Southwest) that have lost money in 90 percent of the last gazillion fiscal quarters.

    They're all absolute buffoons that deserve the misery that comes their way.
  10. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    That's the good thing about Ryanair. Yes, you can't get the boarding pass at the airport without paying through the nose. However, you can also check in up to 15 days before your flight. So if you're going away for a weekend -- or even for two weeks -- you can print your boarding passes for both flights before you leave home.

    I think you're pretty much fucked if you need to change flights, but with Ryanair, you're fucked if you need to do that anyway.
  11. suburbia

    suburbia Active Member

    Flying is pretty much a necessity if you're going anywhere outside of the Northeast Corridor region. The major cities/traveler destinations are too spread out elsewhere in the country. With the exception of the most leisurely of travelers or people who have a specific reason to drive (such as moving), it's simply not practical to spend 15 hours driving from New York to Chicago when you can fly it in less than 2 hours.

    New York-Boston is one thing; I totally agree that driving/taking the bus/taking the train makes more sense. New York-Chicago, let alone New York-Los Angeles, is very different.
  12. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    But it's not 2 hours. Door to door offpeak it's at least double that; with rush hour traffic to and from each airport, it's closer to six.
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