Spirit Airlines Is Sponsoring A PAC & The Jokes Are Writing Themselves

by SharonKurheg

I never, ever thought I would say this, but I’ve got to give Spirit Airlines some credit. They’ve gone from what many would consider the bottom of the barrel to an airline that’s, yes, still an ultra-low-cost carrier, but that’s also made some great strides over the past few years:

So good on them!

But to get off the topic of Spirit for a moment…we’ll get back there in  second. Promise.

Just like the travel industry, the arts are slowly and surely making a comeback. Museums are reopening, singers, dancers, actors and musicians are going back out to do performances, you name it.

With the arts reawakening, performers need venues to, well, perform in. So the Performing Arts Centers that are scattered across the country are finally reopening, too. One such PAC is the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. High-end arts organizations such as the Florida Grand Opera, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida call the Broward Center home. The Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season is also available at the Broward Center, with a package of 5, 6 or 7 touring Broadway shows per season.

Anyway, a lot of people with a lot of money are annual subscribers to these arts organizations’ respective programs. VIPs, some who give enough money to have a theater, hallway, or whole building named after them, want somewhere nice to hang out until, and sometimes after showtime. So there are special waiting rooms for them.

The Broward Center has such a club level space, and its sponsor this year is (See? I told ya we’d get back to them) Spirit Airlines.

a room with a bar and a counter

PC: Broward Center

Even though Spirit’s doing better as a company (OK, let’s ignore the meltdown they had that week in August; they’re growing fast, the pandemic is messing up a lot of systems, etc.), they’re still an ultra-low-cost carrier. So I’m not quite sure how or why this sponsorship happened? But there ya go – a super cheap airline is sponsoring lounge space for super-rich VIPs.

Meanwhile, that very irony was not lost on the internet ;-). So when the Broward Center announced their ribbon-cutting ceremony on Facebook, there was more than one comment designed to raise eyebrows and/or smiles:

Glassware, plates, ice,and seating extra. Also assuming vodka is Popov, beer is Milwaukee’s Best, and wine is by the jug.” – Scott M.

Does that mean you made the seats smaller? Will we have to pay additional to bring a purse or bag?” – Walter E.

How much for cube of ice?” – Itoro C.

Those don’t look like the folding chairs that are on every spirit flight I’ve been on.” – Fester A.

One more Spirit Airlines place for people to fight, doesn’t have to be exclusive to only a plane.” – Christian D.

Great, now the Spirit clientele that fly with their luggage wrapped in trash bags and duck [sic] tape have a place to sit.” – Scott M.

I’m just here for the comments” – James T.

Spirit Airline: Free Lounge! Did you forget your membership card? $5 we will print one at the lounge for you. Lounge is for standing only. If you would like to have a seat, you can reserve it online for $5 or $10 in person. Lounge is a luggage-free zone. If you would like to bring your carry on, it is $5 to pay in advance online, or $10 in person. Water is FREE! but there is a fee for the cup, $5 for the cup! or join our Spirit Water Member Club for $59.99 a year and we will provide the free cup for your FREE water at the lounge! Lounge is free the first 15 minutes, after 15 minutes you will be billed $1 per hour! Free WIFI* *Free Wifi available first 15 minutes, must pre-register 24 hours in advance.” – Winston W.

This is ghetto on another level” – Iesha O.

They fancy now” – Chardae J.

So yeah…even though they’re improving, years of how Spirit Airlines has been perceived precedes them. As companies like Chick-fil-A can attest, past reputation is a REALLY hard thing to fix. But, like CFA, Spirit’s working on it – I guess this is another way they’re doing that.

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Hera Scie October 10, 2021 - 4:34 pm

Funny comments. Something to remember, though…..Spirit serves some markets that nobody else serves – flown into Latrobe lately? And….people become wealthy because they do not waste money. I fly Spirit to LA and New York regularly, so I can afford tickets to the Opera and Broadway….. But the comments are still funny.

Christian October 10, 2021 - 6:52 pm

Spirit doesn’t fly anywhere near me but I’ve kept an eye on their shenanigans for a while now. Probably my favorite thing was a few years back when they gave you miles for sharing just how much you hated them. I really respected the “We suck and we’re proud of it but our flights are stupid cheap” mentality.


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