Spirit Airlines announced its revamped loyalty program, Free Spirit. One of the new features is sharing points among eight other travelers. Here’s how to pool points with Spirit Airlines.
The New Free Spirit Loyalty Program
I have covered Spirit Airlines’ revamped and relaunched its Free Spirit loyalty program on January 28th, 2021. Many of the benefits it offers are competitive with network carriers, and some aspects surpass what the big airlines offer.
Aligning the carrier with American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, elite Spirit flyers will enjoy priority boarding, elevated customer service and recognition, as well as no fees for a checked bag or carry-on (for Gold status holders.) Where it the airline goes a step further is allowing guests to earn on any fare and at an accelerated rate of points per dollar spent for ancillary purchases.
Who Is Eligible For Hosting a Points Pool?
All elite status levels with Spirit, as well as Free Spirit Travel Mastercard holders can host a pool. That includes entry-level elite tier Silver status members which is accessed from as little as $2,000 on base fare and extras or even less when combined with Free Spirit credit card spend.
As a newly-minted Gold member in the Free Spirit program, I wanted to try out the points pool ahead of an upcoming flight.
How To Pool Points
Eligible Free Spirit members will see the following dashboard when they login to the Spirit Airlines website. Status is located to the left indicating eligibility. To the right, “Start a Pool”, click there.
Following this screen, there is a brief introduction to how to pool points before continuing with the process.
The next screen will show Pool Hosts a preview of what is to come with their account details to the left and an opportunity to add pool members. Hosts will be able to see how many spaces are occupied and have a link to add more members. I have not removed a member yet, but I presume it will be easy to see who is a part of the points pool and remove them as well.
When a member is ready to invite another to their points pool, they need to have the email address of that user associated with their Free Spirit account or the account number of the person. The invited member will need to accept membership in the pool as the host will be able to use their points as their own.
NOTE: An error with this new feature occurs if you have the Free Spirit number (9 digits) but not the email address. Users will be prompted that Free Spirit numbers are “10” digits (though they aren’t.) Just put a “0” in front of the nine digits to resolve the issue.
Once the member has received the email and accepted to pool points, Spirit will display a summary as well as point expiration (now 12 months from last activity of any kind.)
Below this, hosts will be able to see the total in the points pool.
Members can then redeem for flights for any Spirit flights; Silver and Gold elite members have their redemption fees waived.
One of the greatest features of the new Free Spirit loyalty program is the ability to pool points and fly for free sooner. The process was smooth and easy to host a pool. I’ll report back once I have redeemed from the pool to comment on the experience using that feature.
What do you think? Have you pooled points with Spirit Airlines? How was your experience?
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