Spirit Airlines A320 main cabin San Diego to Las Vegas

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01. Introduction: The spirit of the southwest
02. Spirit Airlines A320 main cabin San Diego to Las Vegas
03. My great American southwest adventure: Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Route 66, and Grand Canyon
04. Southwest Airlines 737-700 Las Vegas to San Diego

I don’t know very many frequent travelers who would voluntarily choose Spirit over Delta or Southwest, but that’s the decision I made when trying to figure out how I was going to get to Las Vegas to kick off this trip. Call me stupid (or even crazy), but I like a little variety in my travels, and choosing Delta would have just been more of the same ‘ol same ‘ol. Southwest is always a good option for short flights such as this, and as a matter of fact, that’s who I would be flying with on the way back to San Diego exactly one week later. So how painful could one short SAN-LAS segment on Spirit Airlines really be? I’m always willing to take one for the team to add a little variety to my trip reports!

NK110
San Diego, CA (SAN) – Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Aircraft: A320
Registration: N601NK
Duration: 50 minutes
Seat: 2A (main cabin)

spirit airlines a320 side view drawing

Spirit Airlines A320 (N601NK) side view illustration by norebbo.com

spirit airlines a320 seat map

Seat map of this Spirit Airlines A320 (courtesy of seatguru.com) showing my seat for this flight.

SAN to LAS flight route

Our route from SAN to LAS this morning: PADRZ1 CHKNN SEBBY YELAH MISEN KEPEC4

I should point out that this was not my first experience with Spirit. I had the chance to fly with them to Houston and back a couple years ago (in both the main cabin and a Big Front Seat), and overall I found the service to be decent. They got me to my destination on time and without a scratch, and that’s I could really ask for. So at least I went into this flight knowing what to expect.

The skies over San Diego were dull and gray as I made my way down to the airport that morning, but at least this wasn’t a crazy-early flight that had me out of bed at 3:30am. Scheduled departure time was 10:22am, so I did get the chance to sleep in a little bit and take my time getting down to the airport.

SAN terminal 2 curbside

A very gloomy and gray way to start the day here in San Diego.

terminal 2 west SAN virgin america united spirit

Hmm…it almost reads like a sentence if you really think about it!

The first stop of the morning was Camden Food Co., a very nice little grab-and-go cafe situated in the heart of terminal 2 west. Their made-to-order sandwiches are quite good, and I decided to go with something they call a “heathwhich” – which consists of egg whites and vegetable bits pressed between whole wheat bread. The turkey sausage I had added to it pretty much negated any health benefits of that thing, I’m sure. It was good though!

Camden Food Co. SAN

Camden Food Co. – my favorite place for breakfast in terminal 2 west.

camden food co breakfast sandwich SAN terminal 2 west

I’m not really sure how healthy this “healthwich” really was, but it was quite tasty!

spirit airlines gate SAN terminal 2 west

Even after eating breakfast I still had to wait a bit. The plane isn’t even here yet.

spirit airlines bag size check

One of the best parts about flying Spirit? The fun marketing graphics!

Spirit A320 SAN

There she is, N601NK just arriving from LAS. According to FlightAware, this airplane started the the day in DTW, flew to LAS, then SAN, LAS, PHL, and then back to LAS by 11:19PM PDT. They work these airplanes hard, that’s for sure.

apple watch SAN airport

How fast can Spirit turn around an inbound aircraft?

SANspotter airport selfie

Love ’em or hate ’em – Spirit has the most colorful airplanes in the US hands down.

spirit airlines terminal 2 west SAN

Just hanging out in the gate area waiting to board, feeling a little…bored. (sorry)

Gate 33 boarding area SAN

Gate 33 boarding area.

The morning had been going pretty well so far: I didn’t have to get up crazy early, I didn’t feel rushed, and breakfast was pretty darn good. But it wasn’t until after the boarding process started and I found myself sitting in my seat that I realized that I sort of screwed things up.

spirit airlines boarding pass

Yellow. Everywhere. That’s one of the things I like about Spirit – they are proud of their signature yellow brand color and they use it wherever they can.

SAN jet bridge

More yellow at the end of the tunnel.

boarding spirit airlines A320 SAN

Just about to step onboard.

Spirit Airlines A320 interior

Spirit Airlines A320 main cabin.

spirit airlines seats

Spirit Airlines A320 main cabin seating (2A, B, and C). The window was mine.

I thought for sure that I had reserved a Big Front Seat (Spirit’s version of first class featuring bigger front seats in a 2-2 layout), but 2A was nothing but a standard economy seat with abysmal leg room. What the hell? I had a Zone 1 boarding pass, and I was certain that I paid extra for a better seat. What the heck happened?

I pulled up the confirmation email on my phone, and it was then I realized what what the mistake was. I did in fact pay more for a better seat (towards the front of the plane), but I did not reserve a Big Front Seat. Dang it! I must have been in a rush while I was making the reservation because I was totally willing to pay for the upgrade. Oh well. This is just a 45 minute flight anyway so I think I’ll survive. I hope.

Spirit Airlines A320 seat spacing

Spirit Airlines A320 seats.

Spirit Airlines A320 leg and knee room

Spirit Airlines A320 seat pitch.

Spirit Airlines A320 bulkhead wall

Spirit Airlines A320 bulkhead wall. I quite like the transparent panel.

Spirit Airlines A320 safety card front cover

Spirit Airlines A320 safety card front cover. I’m actually shocked they didn’t have a little fun with this.

Spirit Airlines A320 safety card inner cover

Spirit Airlines A320 safety card inner cover.

Spirit Airlines A320 safety card interior

Spirit Airlines A320 safety card full interior.

The skies were still dull and gray as we made our way out to the runway, and blasting off through the low cloud layer and into bright blue sunny skies was nice. Ahhh, it felt like someone had simply hit the “sun” switch, and now the day was headed in the right direction again. I may not have been sitting in a Big Front Seat, but the scenery outside was amazing as always!

pushing back spirit airlines SAN

Gate 33 here at SAN is wedged into a pretty tight corner, so it takes a bit of work to back out.

spirit airlines a320 wing view

I was feeling pretty bummed about screwing up my Big Front Seat reservation, but I will admit that this was a pretty good view from seat 2A!

departing SAN spirit a320

So long San Diego! See ya next week…

terminal 1 SAN

Nice view of terminal 1 on departure.

terminal 2 san diego airport

And that’s terminal 2. Looks busy down there this morning.

SAN departure spirit a320

Let’s bust through these clouds already and see some sun!

Spirit airlines a320 wing and engine

There we go. Cotton balls and blue skies. Perfect.

spirit airlines a320 wing engine

There must have been one big cloud hanging over San Diego that morning, as this was the view just 3 minutes after departure.

spirit airlines a320 interior

Nobody seems very excited about going to Vegas today.

flying over long beach california

Making landfall over Long Beach.

Nothing is free on Sprirt Airlines, so I passed on the beverage and snack service entirely. Scheduled flying time was only 45 minutes, so I took a gamble and hoped that I could survive the entirely of it without a refreshment. Spoiler alert: I did in fact survive!

spirit airlines in flight menu cover

Let’s have a look at the in flight menu. This is the front cover.

Spirit Airlines in flight menu inner cover

Spirit Airlines in flight menu inner cover.

Spirit Airlines in flight menu full interior

Spirit Airlines in flight menu full interior.

spirit airlines in flight menu creativity

Rear cover of the Spirit Airlines in flight menu. I really like how casual and fun they make everything!

snowy mountain tops los angeles

Still some snow up in the mountains surrounding LA.

Of all the approaches to any city in the continental US, Las Vegas is one of my favorites. The landscape is downright rugged, and the experience is much like what I imagine it would be like landing on Mars. The rock and mountain formations surrounding the Las Vegas area are like nothing else in the nation and it’s hard to keep my face from being pressed up against the window for the entire descent.

Las Vegas descent

Descending into the wild wild west.

eastern edge of Red Rock Canyon

The eastern edge of Red Rock Canyon. Pictures don’t do this justice – it’s really amazing in real life.

flying over las vegas spirit airlines a320

That’s Vegas! LAS is in the foreground with the strip right behind.

It’s not until the last minute or two that the scenery switches from desert to urban sprawl, which is a rather striking reminder of how isolated the city of Las Vegas really is. Once outside of the city limits, there is absolutely nothing for hundreds of miles in every direction.

LAS 25L approach

Looks like any other approach now. What happened to the desert?

landing 25L LAS

Short final for 25L.

touchdown runway 25L LAS

Welcome to Las Vegas!

las vegas strip airport

The Las Vegas strip is literally attached to the airport. Lots of great plane spotting opportunities from any of those hotels!

spirit airlines gate LAS

Pulling up to the gate.

LAS airport interior

The interior of LAS isn’t all that special, but the sound of the slot machines makes it unique.

welcome to las vegas sign

I’ve arrived! Now it’s time to switch over to “family mode” and enjoy a full week off without work…

Thankfully the weather was just as beautiful upon arrival as it was for the entire flight over, and I’m happy to report that I survived yet another Spirit Airlines flight without injury to my body or soul.