How Spirit Airlines Uses Cheap and Tasteless Ads to Boost Business
Spirit Airlines releases its second Anthony Weiner online ad. Screenshot / Spirit Airlines
Spirit executives’ explanation for their untraditional marketing tactics make sense given the airline’s only draw is dirt cheap fares. Making flyers laugh is worth more than a bag of peanuts.
Excerpt from NPR
South Florida-based Spirit Airlines is known for being cheap. It boasts “ultra-low” base fares and then charges for things like carry-on luggage or printing out your boarding pass at the airport.
That thrift carries over to Spirit’s advertising. Even compared with other low-cost airlines, Spirit spends almost nothing on ads. And yet the company makes a surprising splash with its campaigns. A visit to Spirit headquarters reveals the secrets of Spirit marketing.