Houstonians will soon have another option for cheap flights out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport when Spirit Airlines takes off on Thursday and begins its twice daily, nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
A lucky 3,000 area travelers will receive a break from the carrier's already ultra-low base fares with enough frequent flyer miles to redeem a round-trip award ticket, but not enough to likely cover the countless "optional fees" that Spirit uses for everything from award redemption to carry-on baggage to seat upgrades. In all, Spirit plans to give away 60 million frequent flyer milers in the Houston area.
The airline will pass out 1,000 certificates worth 20,000 miles on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Travel Leaders, another 1,000 on Wednesday at noon at Krisbi Travel and a final 1,000 that day at 5 p.m. at Fox Travel in The Woodlands.
Certificates must be registered within a week of receipt, and then can be used to book nonstop flights from Houston to DFW — or to one of the many domestic and international destinations that connect through that hub.
Beginning in early October, Spirit's nonstop service will expand to Las Vegas and Chicago.