Spirit Airlines has a reputation for offering prices that seem too good to be true, but they also come with hidden fees and sometimes unreliable service. Here's how to navigate the confusion.

While some of this criticism is merited, Spirit has dramatically improved its percentage of on-time flights compared to rival airlines, especially since making headlines for a pitiful 65.3% of on-time flights in early 2016. Spirit's extensive flight offerings throughout North and South America are another underappreciated perk, making it difficult to rule out the airline entirely.

To successfully navigate the layers of concealed costs and make it to your destination with your sanity, be sure to avoid these six rookie mistakes on your maiden voyage with Spirit Airlines.

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