Spirit Airlines
| Featured | Travel Tips

The Low Down On Spirit Airlines’ Baggage Policies

liligo.com shares all the baggage information you need to fly on the low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines, without being sucker punched with a nasty pre-vacation luggage fine. From carry on allowance to checked baggage policies, we’ve got you covered.

Spirit Airlines is the leading Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the US. With fare tickets named ‘Bare Fare’ and ‘$9 Fare Club’ it’s known for its no fuss, yet super cheap, flight tickets. In order to keep fares so low Spirit Airlines charges for carry-ons and checked bags.

Of course, the airlines which are known for their super cheap flight tickets are also notorious for hitting you with a whopping fine if you fail to adhere to the weight or measurements policy.

In order to be extra careful on your next cheap flight to Las Vegas, read our luggage rules for Spirit Airlines so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will not be a victim of surprise airport fees.

Permitted Dimensions For Carry-On Baggage

Spirit Airlines’ Bare Fare includes one personal item for free; your personal item must not exceed  inches including handles and wheels.

If you would like to take a carry-on bag with you and don’t book it in advance, you will be charged $100 at the gate. To save money purchase your carry-on bag when you purchase your ticket online. You can also purchase your carry-on bag online before or during online check in, however this will cost more. The price for pre-booked carry-on baggage will vary between $26 – $50; the baggage must not exceed  22 x 18 x 10 inches (including handles and wheels).

Baggage allowance infographic Spirit Airlines

 

Permitted Dimensions For Checked Baggage

Checked baggage must not exceed 40 lbs and 62 linear inches. If you check in your bag at the gate it will cost a standard $100, however if you pre-book your checked luggage along with your flight ticket you will save a considerable amount of dollar. You can take up to 5 bags maximum: the first checked bag will cost $21 – $45, second checked bag will cost $31 – $55, third, fourth and fifth checked bag will cost $67 – $100. You can pre-book at the time of purchasing your ticket, which is the cheapest option; checked baggage can also be pre-booked before or during online check in, however this comes at a higher price.LuggageInfoGraphic-_US-spirit-2

Overweight and oversized fees

You should be super careful not to over pack your bags - that extra luggage is really not worth getting charged an additional $25! If your checked bag is overweight or oversized you will be charged with an additional fee:

  • 41 – 50 lbs +$30
  • 51 – 70 lbs +$55
  • 71 – 99 lbs +$100
  • 63 – 80 linear inches +$100
  • Special items over 80 linear inches +$150

Find luggage information for other airlines:

Lufthansa

United Airlines

American Airlines

Ryanair

IMG: Spirit Airlines sale – One-way flights from $34.10 including tax & fees. Expires today! by mighty.travels / Flickr cc.

 

  • Jessie

    Hello!
    First time flying with spirit. My bag is 19x11x8 but will not be completely filled and and squish it to make it “18″ in length. Could I get away with that?
    Thanks!

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      While Spirit can be quite strict when it comes to bag measurements, we can’t see the extra inch making a difference. If it were us, we’d go for it – however we can’t say for sure whether Spirit will allow it, and ultimately it’s down to your own judgement.

      We hope this helps somewhat – happy travels! :)

  • Fausto Lopez

    What if I prepay for a bag but do not end up taking one?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If you prepay for a bag, it is totally up to you whether you choose to take one or not. However it’s worth noting that the fee paid will not be refunded if you choose to travel without a bag.

      We hope this helps – happy travels :)

  • Leslie

    I have a small purse that I was planning to bring as my personal item. However, it is a cross-body purse and has very long straps. Will they use the length of those straps as part of the dimensions? Thanks.

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. We doubt the straps will count as part of the dimensions of your personal item, so you should be fine. However, we would recommend double checking with Spirit to be sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • TLD

    I have paid to check three bags each way flying Spirit. I was planning on taking two bags that are in the 45″ range and then I have one that is 62.6 linear inches. Do you think we will be okay or do you think they will charge us extra? I was hoping they would allow it, especially considering the other two bags aren’t even close.

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Technically, Spirit only allows a linear size of 62 inches and could charge extra for the bag if they decided to measure it and found it in excess of this. However, if it were us, we’d go for it as the extra .6″ is unlikely to be noticed. Ultimately, it’s a judgement call only you can make :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Hope

    When flying with Spirit, if you choose to carry on a bag. Is it a one time cost or is it at layovers and returns? First time flyer! Thanks

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If you choose to pay for a carry on bag, you will need to pay per trip – so, there will be one fee for the outward journey, and one for the return. Booking your carry on baggage online in advance is usually the cheapest option, and in doing so you’ll be able to see the exact fees for each journey.

      You can double check your baggage allowance by taking a look at your booking confirmation as this should tell you whether you’ve booked a carry on bag, and for which flights.

      To be sure, we would recommend checking with Spirit as they will be able to let you know for sure :)

      We hope this helps – have a great first flight!

  • Shay

    Will taking my purse cost me is that considered a bag that needs to be checked.

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. As mentioned, Spirit allows travelers to bring one personal item on board for free (check out the article for the maximum dimensions this item can be). A purse is usually considered a personal item, as long as it fits within these dimensions – so, you should be able to take your purse on board at no extra charge :)

      We always recommend double checking with the airline themselves to be sure. We hope this helps – have a great day!

  • Susan

    Does the height requirement for checked bags (62 inches) include the height of the extended pull handle. It feels like a silly question, but I would rather know now than later and be charged for it! Thank you in advance.

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment – there’s no such thing as a silly question, and we’re always here to help :)

      The height restrictions usually take into account the height of your bag when the handle is not extended. However to be sure, we’d double check with the airline with which you plan to fly.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Eddie

    Spirit airlines sucks. I’ll never fly them again. Your better off paying a few extra dollars for an airline that treats it’s customers with some respect. Spirit takes advantage of customers. They change there policy without notification and then charge you a ridiculous amount to take your belongings with you. Not to mention there running late nearly every flight I’ve had to deal with. Usually picking someone up at the airport an hour late is not unusual for spirit. Also if they cancel your flight your on your own they offer no motel vouchers no alternative flight as they have no sister airline to accommodate. Can’t imagine why i wouldn’t associate with them if i were another airline that was worth anything. Anyway fly someone else spend 20$ more you’ll be thankful you did.

  • Mo

    If I don’t check my bag online prior, or at the gate, do we have the option to check carry-on upon arrival to the airport as you would a checked bag?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      You are able to check luggage at the airport with Spirit and this does include your carry on bag. However, if you wish to check in your luggage then it will be subject to the charges associated with checked baggage, which are significantly higher at the airport than online before traveling.

      Head to the “optional services and extras” page on the Spirit website, and enter your flight route, to check the additional costs for checked baggage: http://bit.ly/1gqVwz0

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Melissa

    Hi can i carry a 55 inch tv as a luggage to Jamaica? Also do you know what it would cost me

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      The maximum dimensions for checked luggage are 62 linear inches, so your 55 inch TV should be OK as long as the total dimensions don’t exceed this number (any larger and you’ll be subject to extra fees). If your TV adheres to the size and weight restrictions, we can see no reason why you can’t take it with you – but it will need to go as checked luggage. We’d recommend packing it carefuly, as TVs can be fragile! Be sure to double check with Spirit, as they will be able to give you a definite answer to your query.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Kayla

    Do I have to pay to carry my purse on the plane? Is that considered a person item in which I have to pay for?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. As mentioned, Spirit allows one personal item on board free of charge – this must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches. Your purse, if it fits within these guidelines, can travel for free – but you’ll need to pay for any additional items of baggage.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Michael Kuhls

    How do I get my baggage tag?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Once you’ve booked any bags you’d like to travel with, and checked these in at the airport, you will be provided with the necessary documenation. We’d recommend getting in touch with Spirit as they will be able to provide you with further information :)

      Best,
      The liligo.com team

  • MARISSA

    SPIRIT IS VERY STRICT AND THERE NASTY THEY CHARGE FOR EVERY LITTLE THING, THIS WILL BE MY FIRST AND LAST TIME FLYING WITH THEM. NEVER EVER IN Y LIFE AGAIN. THERE FEES ARE WAY TO HIGH . THEY DISGUST ME

  • Amy

    Can 23x14x7 be taken onboard as carry on? The height is 1″ over but other dimensions are less…

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Spirit can be pretty strict with their carry on allowance, and the maximum height is stated as a maximum – so technically, we would say no. However, to be sure, we’d recommend checking with Spirit.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!
      The liligo.com team

    • Marcy

      I’m curious. Were you able to bring your bag aboard? I’m in a similar situation.

  • Josh durham

    What if a bag is overweight and oversized. Do I get charged both fees? Does it have to be a bag, can it be a box?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. Spirit lists individual fees for overweight and oversized baggage, therefore it is possible that you would be charged both fees – however, we would recommend checking with Spirit to be sure. You can find their baggage info here: http://bit.ly/2pBRkBn.

      Many travelers have checked a box when flying instead of a bag, however again, we would recommend checking with Spirit to confirm this will be possible.

      Have a great day!
      The liligo.com team

  • Megan Banfill

    Hi I know the personal luggage is a certain size but can I take that and also a small purse to keep on the seat with me ?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Spirit Airlines allows just one personal item on board for free, with maximum dimensions of 16”x14”x12” (18”14”x8” after April 4, 2017). The airline website lists a purse as a personal item, therefore taking a small purse on board may well count as your total allocated free allowance. However, we would recommend double checking with Spirit to be sure. We hope this helps!

  • George Hayes

    Can I bring a fishing rod as carry on, if I checked a bag already?

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. We’ve had a quick look and found the following on the Spirit Airlines website:

      “Fishing rods/poles must be secured in a case or container. Customers may pack reels or fragile tackle that do not pose a security threat in their carry-on baggage.” (http://bit.ly/2kZFkXl)

      However, there are limitations and exceptions, while some fishing equipment cannot be carried on board – we’d recommend checking with Spirit Airlines before you travel to be sure.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • can i carry a 39 inch tv as my carryon

    Can I carry a 39 inch TV as my hand luggage

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      As mentioned, the maximum dimensions for a personal item are 16 x 14 x 12 inches, while carry on luggage cannot exceed 10 x 18 x 22 inches. Therefore, a 39 inch TV would exceed these and will not be permitted on board.

  • Joanne monts

    Was charged $55- 1 way but not way back. Waiting 3 weeks for an answer! I want a refund.

    • Alexandra

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      liligo.com is a search engine that allows you to find the best offers for your travels. liligo.com is neither a travel agency, nor an airline company, and as such, does not sell anything directly. We search the best offers and then redirect you to our partner’s website, where the booking process takes place.

      Therefore we would recommend getting in touch with Spirit directly, as they will be able to assist you further with this.

      We hope this helps and please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can be of further assistance!

      Best wishes,
      The liligo.com team