PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People in Market Square on Wednesday got an unusual surprise — free airline tickets.

The equivalent of free airline tickets on Spirit Airlines to four cities was a freebie that attracted a crowd.

“I was excited,” said Kim Hungerman, of Crafton. “My boss sent me a text and said, come over to Market Square and get a free ticket.”

“People came over to our table and told us to check it out. Definitely a great idea,” added Chris Clemson, of Dallas, Pa.

Spirit Airlines handed out vouchers worth 20,000 frequent flyer bonus miles.

Enough to redeem for round-trip flights on Spirit Airlines out of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe to the four cities they fly non-stop to from here — Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach and Dallas-Fort Worth.

“We’re giving away up to 30 million frequent flyer miles here today,” said Doug Jennings, senior sales manager of Spirit Airlines.

He said the special promotion was designed to get more people to think of Spirit Airlines for low-cost travel.

“Our total travel cost is less than everybody else,” said Jennings. “We want people to think about us when they’re planning an economical vacation.”

There are some fees associated with this special deal, but no more than $20 per ticket. Another benefit, you can park for free at Latrobe Airport.

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