A Spirit airlines plane takes off from Miami International Airport on July 27, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Travel industry experts say it’s already time to start booking your flights and hotels for trips during the holiday season. According to USA Today, post-pandemic demand surged during the summer and will likely continue through the end of the year.

My family and I have been talking about taking a vacation somewhere warm this winter, instead of our usual trips to Philadelphia and New York City in December and January. One place we’re considering is Miami. While the flights we’ve looked into have been a bit pricey, a new option has suddenly emerged.

WCNC-TV reports that Spirit Airlines is launching two new non-stop routes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport this fall. Spirit already offers flights from Charlotte to Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Orlando. Now the low-cost carrier is adding non-stop flights to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and Miami. Here are the details:

Charlotte – New York City (LaGuardia)

  • Departs Charlotte Douglas at 11:53 a.m. and lands at LaGuardia at 1:33 p.m.
  • Leaves LaGuardia at 2:23 p.m. and lands back in the Queen City at 4:18 p.m.
  • Available from November 1st through March 7th.
  • Tickets are now available starting at $210 round-trip.

Charlotte – Miami

  • Departs Charlotte at 6:00 a.m. and lands in Miami at 8:08 a.m.
  • Leaves Miami at 9:00 a.m. and arrives in Charlotte at 11:03 a.m.
  • Flights et to start on November 7th.
  • Roundtrip flights start at $164.

While those fares looking very appealing, keep in mind that checking a bag, putting a carry-on in the overhead bin, or reserving a seat all cost extra on Spirit Airlines.

Which Airline Offers The Best In-Flight Economy Experience?

Air travel is back and better than ever. With many Americans taking to the skies to travel Upgraded Points wanted to find out which airline offers the best in-flight experience. The number of passengers traveling will only continue to grow, and with staffing issues and canceled flights dominating headlines, a great travel experience has never been more important. Living in Charlotte I’ve tended to fly mainly American or US Air when they were separate entities. But just this year I’ve branched out looking for the best deal to reach my destination. It is interesting to compare the experience of different options. In many cases it’s a give-and-take situation, one airline may offer better boarding perhaps but another provides free wifi. It all comes down to preference and what’s important to the flier. Unless of course, you can spring for first class. I, however, cannot. Though as long as I get there on time and safely that’s all that truly matters.

So, you’re flying economy. Which airline is going to give you the best in-flight experience? Upgraded Points ranked the biggest airlines in the United States across 6 metrics then came up with a total score to rank them. The list features 11 airlines with domestic flights in the US ranked against the following categories:

  • Entertainment
  • Amenities
  • Comfort
  • COVID measures
  • Quality of food
  • Variety of drinks on offer

Here is where each airline ranked: