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How to Save Money Buying Airline Tickets at the Airport

Last updated: April 06,2021
Originally Published: February 24,2020
by Jameson Lamie

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Save an extra $40 with cheap Spirit & Frontier tickets at the Airport

There’s no end to the potential for a well-budgeted itinerary. We all know it’s annoying to buy cheap concert tickets online only to be hit with hidden “service fees.”  Well, airlines have the same kind of fees when you book online.

If you fly low-cost airlines like Spirit and Frontier and want even cheaper tickets, you can avoid the charge of “passenger usage fee” (another name for booking tickets online) by going directly to the airport to purchase your cheap tickets. And to make the deal even sweeter, you can use your airline credit cards to get points or miles for your purchase!

These online booking fees for Spirit and Frontier can be as high as $17.99 each way for your flight!

Avoid extra airfare fees from booking online with Spirit and Frontier

Avoid fees, buy tickets cheaper from Spirit and Frontier at the airport.

Actually, you don’t even have to be the one that buys them. Some of my friends are constantly flying and always on the road so I’ll ask them to buy the tickets for me next time they’re catching a flight if they have the time. I’ll say “Hey, I see you’re at the airport tomorrow. If you have time,  would you mind grabbing me a ticket?”

I’ll spell out exactly which Frontier or Spirit tickets I want and what the dates are based on available deals. I’ll usually send them a picture of my driver’s license which they’ll need to supply at the checkout. Venmo or PayPal them for the tickets later, and if you’re a good person, give them a little extra to quench their thirst with a drink after their trouble. After all, you’re saving quite a bit by cutting the passenger usage fee and getting the lower tickets for an incredibly cheap price.

Avoid “passenger usage fees” on future flights

You can actually buy your cheap tickets at the airport months in advance.

If you don’t live near an airport…

When I’m flying, I like to look ahead and see where the cheap Spirit or Frontier tickets are, usually based on their deals page. On the days that I’m flying, I’ll scope out where the cheap flights are. When I’m at the airport, I’ll buy a lot of tickets at one time. That will usually save me a lot of money on future flights, especially with Spirit or Frontier having these benefits being offered for in airport purchases.

As an example, I was living in Tampa while doing an internship. I wanted to take a flight with my friends to Nicaragua. The flight was going to cost $170 roundtrip per ticket.

I knew if I went to the airport, I could save $40 per ticket. I ended up buying the tickets in Tampa, even though the flight was departing out of Ft. Lauderdale in a month.

Long story short, go to the airport, buy your tickets, you’ll save about $40 round trip.

Check the “deals” pages for one way flights on Spirit or Frontier. There are always cheap deals – $20 or $30 dollars online, or if you buy them at the airport, you can reasonably pay $12 or $13 dollars for a ticket.

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  • Tyler Johnson

    July 15, 2020

    That’s interesting that you could save some money by buying your ticket at the airport. I like the idea of getting tickets for cheap if my family and I decide to go on a trip this summer, so that’s good to know. I’ll have to look into the prices online and at the airport so I could compare them if we go on a trip.

  • Rebecca Agunsoye

    March 06, 2021

    I want to buy 6 six tickets

  • VCP

    March 06, 2021

    I know this works of Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant, can you save tax etc on the other airlines