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Houston air travel about to get a whole lot cheaper as Spirit Airlines announces 10 new routes

Spirit Airlines to expand at IAH: 10 new routes including inernational

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Spirit Airlines announces new cheap seat routes — three domestic, seven international. Photo by Richard Sheinwald/Spirit.com
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Iberostar Resort in Cancun, Spirit Airlines added route from IAH begins May 7. Photo courtesy of CheapCaribbean.com
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Spirit service to Oakland/San Francisco begins in April. Photo by Rich Niewiroski Jr./Wikipedia
Washington, D.C., capitol
Baltimore/Washington D.C. daily flights launch March 27. RealEstateCommunities.com
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Spirit Airlines new routes out of Houston November 2014 WITHOUT SMALL WRITING
Iberostar Resort in Cancun
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Washington, D.C., capitol

Tray tables up, seat belts securely fastened — Spirit Airlines is expanding its cheap seats routes out of Bush Intercontinental Airport putting 10 new destinations within easy reach. The low-cost carrier based in Miramar, Fla., announced Friday that it will expand its new non-stop service out of Houston beginning in spring 2015.

Tampa and Baltimore/Washington are first up on the runway with daily service beginning March 26 and March 27, respectively. Wings up for Oakland/San Francisco starting April 16. Engines crank up for Cancun, Los Cabos and Toluca/Mexico City in early May. Late May will see the launch of flights to Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador.

"We're excited to offer our customers in Houston the opportunity to fly to and from these great destinations without having to spend a ton of money," Ben Baldanza, Spirit Airlines' President & CEO, said in a prepared statement.  "Whether you're visiting family or the great attractions these cities have to offer, Spirit's Ultra-Low Bare Fares™ along with Frill Control™ allow many more travelers to fly to these great cities who previously could not afford it."

Before booking, keep in mind that this is a no-frills carrier. As Baldanza told the Houston Chronicle, "A Spirit flier should expect less legroom and narrow aisles. There is no WiFi or personal TV. Luggage — including carry-on — costs extra as well as beverages."