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Spirit Airlines Expands Service to St. Croix

Spirit has launched new flight service from South Florida to St. Croix, creating the airline’s second option for travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new non-stop service will operate three times weekly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. It is the budget airline’s 65th destination. “We are excited…

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Spirit has launched new flight service from South Florida to St. Croix, creating the airline’s second option for travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The new non-stop service will operate three times weekly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. It is the budget airline’s 65th destination.

“We are excited to offer even more flights to more of the U.S. Virgin Islands, with Spirit’s new service to St. Croix,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ vice president of network lanning. “Spirit has been bringing ultra-low fares to the territory for more than 12 years, and this new service to St. Croix will allow more of our guests to save money on airfare to spend making memories in paradise. Whether traveling for vacation or visiting family or friends, our guests will now have convenient nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale and connections from more than 20 of America’s biggest cities.”

Spirit already offered a flight to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas.

“We look forward to deepening our partnership with Spirit as the airline expands its service in the U.S. Virgin Islands with flights to St. Croix,” Beverly Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands said in a statement. “St. Croix is increasingly becoming a go-to destination for today’s traveler, and we are encouraged that there are now more options for travelers to experience our culture, cuisine, heritage and a wide variety of attractions.”

The airline said it remains committed to the Caribbean as it continues its recovery in the wake of last year’s hurricanes. St. Croix is the airline’s 13th destination in the region.

Over the past several months, Spirit also launched service to its second destination in Haiti, Cap-Haïtien, as well as resumed service to St. Maarten. Spirit also recently expanded seasonal daily service from Fort Lauderdale to Kingston, Jamaica.

Additional recent news tied to the airline includes its announcement that state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity will be installed on the entire fleet by summer of 2019. Spirit has inked an agreement with Thales Group allowing passengers to watch, stream, surf, and text while in the air. Spirit is the first ultra-low-cost carrier to offer Wi-Fi.

Recent Department of Transportation data also showed Spirit Airlines among the top carriers for on-time performance and baggage handling.

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American Airlines Offering Roundtrip Fares as Low as $32

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Granted, there are very few people taking to the air these days in the wake of the devastating global spread of the coronavirus.

But American Airlines, for whatever reason, is offering one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime deals.

As first reported by One Mile At A Time, American has a fare through the month of April where you can fly from Miami to Los Angeles for $16 each way.

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Yep, that’s right – $32 roundtrip to go coast to coast.

No doubt it’s one of the most eye-catching, startling fares ever offered, even better than when some airlines run a buy one/get one special. Not that we didn’t believe One Mile At A Time, one of the most well-respected and well-read aviation blogs out there, but we had to see this for ourselves.

Sure enough, when TravelPulse checked it out on Sunday, the fare had increased.

By eight whole dollars.

Choosing random dates and leaving Miami International Airport for Los Angeles International on April 22 and returning April 29, the fare for basic economy was $40 roundtrip. Want a better seat? Main cabin fares were just $96 roundtrip. (Forget about first class. You didn’t think American was that generous, did you? Those fares were $854 roundtrip.)

For the month of May, again choosing random dates and leaving Miami on May 13 and returning May 20, we found basic economy roundtrip fares for $56 and main cabin for $121.

So who’s going to take a flyer on these fares while the virus is still raging?

Certainly, there will be some folks, especially those that might absolutely need to travel more immediately. Or, you might have the gamblers out there who will take the chance that the pandemic and the restrictions will come to an end sooner than later, making the purchase of a May flight seem like a steal.

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