• Spirit Airlines opened the route between Newark and Boston on November 18, making it the fifth airline on the busy route.
  • The two daily flights join a competitive sector dominated by American, Delta, United and JetBlue. They mainly serve business travelers and offer flyer bonus benefits.
  • We flew on the first flight from Newark to Boston to see if Spirit’s dirt-cheap fares could stand up to the competition on the 200-mile route.
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Spirit Airlines launched its newest route between Newark and Boston on November 18th, one of the shortest in their network. Starting with just two daily flights, the airline is joining a highly competitive sector with four other airlines flying countless flights between the two cities.

The New York-Boston route typically serves the business traveler segment and is known for the shuttle flights offered by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue Airways from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The elite clientele flying the route often makes the short round-trip flights quite expensive, as airlines know that business travelers are willing to pay.

However, in true ultra-low-cost carrier fashion, Spirit is now by far the cheapest carrier on the route, offering tariffs starting at $ 18 one-way. That outperforms all other airlines and even most of the bus and train services between the two cities, apart from the famous one-dollar bus.

I flew to Beantown on the first flight to see how Spirit would hold up on the 200 mile route. It’s not technically a shuttle flight as it doesn’t depart from LaGuardia, but for the purposes of this story I’ll be referring to it.

This is how you fly from Newark to Boston on a Spirit Airlines shuttle flight.