Blagojevich 'Slammer Sale': Spirit Airlines Has $14 Fares, Blagojevich Has 14 Year Sentence
Spirit Airlines has once again made Rod Blagojevich the target of their ad campaign -- and are offering $14 flights to customers in honor of the 14 year prison sentence the convicted Illinois governor received this week.
Over the summer, Sprit Airlines launched an ad offering "f-ing golden" fares reported as low as $17 for a limited number of flights. The ad campaign referenced the phrase "heard around the world," perhaps Blagojevich's most notorious comment caught by FBI wiretaps.
Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, and the airline decided to slash fares even further to mark the occasion with a "Slammer Sale."
"You don't have to live in the 'Big House' to take advantage of these fares starting from just $14* each way, based on roundtrip purchase," Spirit's ad copy reads. "But hurry... You don't want to get convicted for missing this seat-selling sale!"
Blagojevich is not the first person to be mocked by the small, Florida-based airline. The company has a reputation for piggybacking their special offers off the scandals surrounding publicly-defaced figures. The airline previously parodied Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Congressman Anthony Weiner in their promotional deals. They came under fire last year after mocking the Gulf Coast oil spill in a campaign titled "Check Out the Oil on Our Beaches." That campaign was pulled after only one day.
Their marketing tactics might be odd, but Spirit does have extremely cheap flights out of Chicago as part of the "Slammer Sale." One way tickets to New York are as low as $5 one way, and Chicagoans can snag a flight to Los Angeles for just $53.