by Alex Storm @alexstormtmt
Spirit Airlines is the epitome of the flaws in a capitalist system. Spirit airlines thrives on consumers who are looking for the best deals. After booking a bargain flight, they discover that their actual travel costs will be roughly that same as they would if they had booked on another airline. By greatly reducing their prices, Spirit has also forced other airlines to reduce their own prices, and in order to keep the prices so low, the quality of the product has been reduced across the board. This significant slashing of prices with optional upgrades, which the majority of consumers must dish out for, has necessitated the use of inflight advertising on Spirit flights. So, not only do you get to sit down on your hard, non-reclining seat between two strangers, but you also get to look at ads hanging on all of the walls for skeezy Vegas clubs. The low quality of Spirit’s product also seems to have led to a great deal of disgruntled employees who offer poor customer service, compounding the overall negativity of a Spirit flight.
There is a way to travel on Spirit without paying the costs of a carry-on bag, a checked bag, a seat with legroom, an assigned seat, or having any drink whatsoever on your flight, but it means that you have planned ahead, don’t need anything for your trip, and you don’t care about sitting near your travel companions. Spirit profits by charging for the basic travel necessities that people reasonably expect on a flight. Consumers need to reject this model of capitalism that purposefully misleads them into thinking they’re getting a bargain. If consumers opt for airlines that provide the basics for the price of a ticket, they are supporting a concept that says it’s not necessary to race to the bottom for a low price and lower quality product.