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The tail section of an Airbus 320 operated by Spirit Airlines is seen as it approaches for landing at Baltimore Washington International Airport near Baltimore, Maryland on March 11, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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The tail section of an Airbus 320 operated by Spirit Airlines is seen as it approaches for landing at Baltimore Washington International Airport near Baltimore, Maryland on March 11, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Free Spirit is the frequent flyer rewards program of Spirit Airlines, an ultra-low-cost airline that flies throughout the United States, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Members can earn points for every dollar spent on Spirit Airlines airfares, plus spending on ancillary fees.

Free Spirit basics

Free Spirit members can earn points by purchasing airfare and ancillary services from Spirit Airlines, using Free Spirit credit cards or shopping with Free Spirit partners. Members can then redeem points for flights or with select Spirit partners.

To start earning Free Spirit points toward your travel on Spirit Airlines, you’ll need to create a Free Spirit account. Joining the Free Spirit program is easy. From the Free Spirit homepage, simply click “sign up now” to create an account.

Who is Free Spirit best for?

If you prefer to fly with Spirit Airlines, you should have a Free Spirit account that allows you to earn and redeem points within this program.

However, note that Spirit Airlines does not have any partner airlines. Since Free Spirit points can only be spent on Spirit Airlines flights or with select business partners, earning transferable rewards in another program will likely be more lucrative. If you are looking for a more flexible travel rewards program, you might want to consider a loyalty program that earns general (and transferable) travel rewards, like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

How to earn Free Spirit points

Flying Spirit Airlines

The most obvious way to earn rewards in any airline loyalty program is to fly with that airline. Free Spirit members earn points for every dollar they spend on Spirit Airlines’ airfares. Since Free Spirit is a revenue-based frequent flyer program, members earn points based on the amount of money they spend, rather than on the number of miles they fly. Free Spirit awards additional points for spending on extra services and fees, which it brands as “À La Smarte.”

Here are the points that you can earn in the Free Spirit program for purchases of Spirit Airlines airfares and extra services:

Free Spirit status level General member Silver Gold
Points earned per dollar on airfares 6X points 8X points 10X points
Points earned per dollar on À La Smarte 12X points 16X points 20X points

Free Spirit credit cards

In partnership with Bank of America, Free Spirit offers two credit cards that allow Free Spirit members to earn additional points:

  • Free Spirit® Travel Mastercard®. Cardmembers earn 2X points on eligible Spirit purchases and 1X points on all other spending. The Free Spirit Travel Mastercard currently offers a welcome bonus of 10,000 bonus points after spending at least $500 within the first 90 days of account opening. In addition, cardmembers can earn 5,000 bonus points each cardmember anniversary after making at least $10,000 in purchases on the card.
  • Free Spirit® Travel More Mastercard®. Cardmembers earn 3X points on all eligible Spirit Airlines purchases, 2X points on eligible dining and grocery store purchases and 1X points on all other purchases. The Free Spirit Travel More Mastercard also offers a welcome offer of 60,000 bonus points and a $100 flight voucher after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.

In addition to earning points, both cards offer useful benefits for frequent travelers with Spirit Airlines like rebates on in-flight food purchases, access to points pooling and automatic Zone 2 boarding on all flights.

Free Spirit partners

Free Spirit members can earn additional points at a number of travel and online retail partners. If you’re looking to rent a car, book a cruise, originate a mortgage or shop online, you can check out Free Spirit’s partners for additional points-earning opportunities.

Here is an overview of the many places you can earn Free Spirit points:

  • Car rental partners. Earn Free Spirit points for rental car bookings with Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Payless and Thrifty
  • Free Spirit Cruises. Earn up to 10,000 Free Spirit points for booking through Spirit Cruises
  • Free Spirit Dining. Receive 1,000 Free Spirit points when you sign up and dine within 30 days
  • Free Spirit Online Mall. Earn Free Spirit points for shopping at various brands through Spirit’s shopping portal
  • Points for Thoughts. Earn Free Spirit points for completing surveys
  • Rocket Mortgage. Get 25,000 Free Spirit points when you buy or refinance a home
  • Vinesse Wine Club. Earn 5,000 Free Spirit points when you sign up for Vinesse Wine Club

How to redeem Free Spirit points

Flights on Spirit Airlines

The main way to redeem Free Spirit points is for flights. To redeem points for Spirit Airlines flights, search for flights on Spirit’s website and select “Points” at the top of the screen to view prices in terms of Free Spirit points. If you do not have enough points to purchase the flight you select, Spirit allows you to buy additional points to top off your account during booking.

Spirit also offers a cash and points option. If you don’t have enough points to purchase your entire flight using Free Spirit points, you may find that purchasing the flight with cash and points offers a better value than purchasing points.

Note that most ultra-low-cost carriers make a large share of their profits by charging fees and Spirit Airlines is no different. Free Spirit members booking flights less than 28 days before departure can expect to pay a $50 reward redemption fee, but this is waived for Free Spirit members with Gold or Silver status or an eligible Free Spirit credit card. There will be no redemption fees for flights booked at least 28 days in advance.

Mags for Points

Most members of Free Spirit will want to redeem their points for flights, but the program does offer one option to redeem points that doesn’t involve flying on Spirit Airlines: Mags for Points. Through Mags For Points, you can redeem a small number of Free Spirit points for a subscription to one of several magazine titles.

Free Spirit status and memberships

Travelers who fly frequently with Spirit Airlines can earn status in the Free Spirit program, entitling them to a host of additional benefits and elevated points-earning opportunities. In addition to its Silver and Gold frequent flyer membership levels, Spirit Airlines also offers a separate paid membership program called the Spirit Saver$ Club.

Free Spirit Silver status

Free Spirit members who earn 2,000 status qualifying points (SQP) within a year receive Free Spirit Silver status. The benefits of Free Spirit Silver status are:

  • Earn 8X points for every dollar spent on Spirit Airlines airfares
  • Earn 16X points per dollar spent on flight options
  • Free shortcut security and boarding
  • Free same-day standby
  • Free seat selection at check-in
  • Access to a dedicated guest care line
  • Create a Points Pool to share points
  • Never pay redemption fees

Free Spirit Gold status

Free Spirit members who earn 5,000 SQP within a year receive Free Spirit Gold status, entitling them to all of the benefits of Silver status, along with more benefits. The benefits of Free Spirit Gold status are:

  • Earn 10X points for every dollar spent on Spirit Airlines airfares
  • Earn 20X points per dollar spent on flight options
  • Free Flight Flex, which allows you to change your itinerary once, up to 24 hours before departure, with no modification charges
  • Free first checked and carry-on bag
  • Free seat selection (including exit rows) at booking
  • Receive free in-flight beverages and snacks

Spirit Saver$ Club

Separate from Silver and Gold status within the Free Spirit program, Spirit offers a paid membership called the Spirit Saver$ Club. Spirit Saver$ Club replaces its former $9 Fare Club membership; if you were previously a $9 Fare Club member, your membership was converted automatically. Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive fares (available for you and up to eight additional guests)
  • Up to 50 percent off checked and carry-on bags for you and up to eight additional guests
  • Additional savings on seat assignments, including the Big Front Seat
  • Savings on À La Smarte options like shortcut security, shortcut boarding and Flight Flex
  • Exclusive savings offers with Spirit Airlines partners

Membership costs $69.95 per year, but Spirit also offers discounted membership options: $99.90 for an 18-month membership and $129.90 for a 24-month membership.

How much are Free Spirit points worth?

How much airline points are worth is frequently debated, but comparing cash prices with points prices for the same flights can be instructive, as can looking at valuations published by major bloggers who cover frequent flyer miles and points.

For example, at the time of writing, flights from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale were available for $51 and $83. The $51 options were offered for 3,000 points and the $83 options were equivalent to 5,000 points. That means these flights yield values of approximately 1.6 cents to 1.7 cents per point.

How you should value any particular rewards currency and how you use that to drive your spending decisions will depend on how you use points, but you can use the values above as a starting point.

How do Free Spirit points compare?

According to monthly valuations from The Points Guy, Free Spirit points are estimated to be worth about 1.1 cents each on average. Here’s how those points compare to other common airline loyalty programs:

Airline loyalty program Value*
*Valuations provided from The Points Guy
Spirit Airlines Free Spirit 1.1 cents
Alaska Mileage Plan 1.8 cents
American AAdvantage 1.77 cents
Delta SkyMiles 1.41 cents
Frontier Miles 1.1 cents
HawaiianMiles 0.9 cents
Southwest Rapid Rewards 1.5 cents
United Mileage Plus 1.21 cents

Free Spirit partners

As an ultra-low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines is not a part of an airline alliance and it does not have any partner airlines. If you are looking for a travel loyalty program that allows you to transfer rewards to other airline and hotel programs, you might want to consider earning rewards elsewhere.

However, Free Spirit has a number of partners, many of which you can earn or redeem Free Spirit points with:

Car rental partners

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • Payless
  • Thrifty

Dining and lifestyle partners

  • Vinesse Wine Club
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • EA+
  • Mags for Points
  • Rocket Mortgage
  • Ticket Club

Top credit cards that earn Free Spirit points

Free Spirit offers two credit cards (co-branded with Bank of America) for travelers looking to earn Free Spirit points and other perks.

Free Spirit Travel Mastercard*

The Free Spirit Travel Mastercard is Spirit’s entry-level card, offered with no annual fee. The card earns 2X points on eligible Spirit purchases and 1X points on all other purchases. The card currently comes with a welcome offer of 10,000 bonus points after spending at least $500 in the first 90 days of account opening. Plus, cardmembers can earn 5,000 bonus points each account anniversary after spending $10,000 or more during the card anniversary year.

In addition to earning Free Spirit points toward travel on Spirit Airlines, the Free Spirit Travel Mastercard offers cardmembers access to points pooling, a 25 percent rebate on all in-flight food and beverage purchases when you pay with the card, automatic Zone 2 shortcut boarding on all flights and no foreign transaction fees.

Free Spirit Travel More Mastercard*

Travelers looking to earn more Free Spirit points toward their travel should consider the Free Spirit Travel More Mastercard, which earns 3X points on eligible Spirit purchases, 2X points on eligible dining and grocery store purchases and 1X points on all other purchases. The card currently offers a welcome offer of 60,000 bonus points and a $100 flight voucher after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days of account opening. And if you spend $5,000 within your anniversary year, you’ll receive a $100 companion flight voucher.

Like the Free Spirit Travel Mastercard, the Free Spirit Travel More Mastercard offers a 25 percent rebate on in-flight food and beverage purchases, automatic Zone 2 shortcut boarding and no foreign transaction fees. Those chasing Free Spirit status can earn 1X SQP for each $10 in net purchases made using the card. This card also includes a $79 annual fee, which is waived the first year.

FAQs about Free Spirit

*All information about the Free Spirit® Travel Mastercard® and the Free Spirit® Travel More Mastercard® has been collected independently by Bankrate and has not been reviewed or approved by the issuer.

Written by
Aaron Hurd
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Aaron Hurd has written hundreds of articles as an expert contributor, covering miles, points, travel, credit card rewards and personal finance for publications like The Points Guy, Bankrate.com, CreditCards.com, Nerdwallet, Forbes Advisor, Rolling Stone and Robb Report.
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