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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.

 

64 comments

  • Jim Reply

    Can I buy upgrades (baggage, seat selections, etc.) during my initial ticket purchase and get refunded later if I change my mind or don’t need as many bags for instance?

  • Randall Reply

    Flying Spirit and prepaid for checked bags. Do I print the tags for the bags at home or at a Spirit Kiosk? Or does a Spirit Airlines Agent print the tag? Thanks!

  • Sunset Reply

    Are backpacks ok, they are free on Frontier

    • Felix Reply

      Hi,
      It all depends on the dimensions of your backpack. If (fully packed) it doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions stated, you’re good to go.
      Have a good flight!
      Felix from the liligo.com team

  • JoyousMN Reply

    I see that Spirit has a weight limit of 40lbs on their carry on bags. Do you know if there is a weight restriction on the personal item bag? We are going to bring back packs that meet the size requirement, but want to make sure we don’t go over any weight requirement if there is one.

    Thank you

    • Felix Reply

      Hi,
      Spirit does not have a weight restriction for the personal item. However, cabin crew might require you to be able to stow the bag in the overhead locker by yourself.
      Have a good flight!
      Felix from the liligo.com team

  • tiffany carroll Reply

    When booking luggage for roundtrip flight, can i pay for the first flight of luggage and then before i print boarding passes to return home pay for the returning flight luggage or do i have to pay it all at one time?

  • Kristelle Reply

    I have 2 19 inch tv can i carry them to the plane with me as personal item or carryon

    • Felix Reply

      Hi Kristelle,
      Thanks for your question. You certainly can’t take them as a personal item, since the dimensions are too large. Whether you can take them as a carry-on will depend on how they are packed and how heavy they are. I recommend you get in touch with Spirit directly before you travel to make sure.
      Have a good flight!
      Felix from the liligo.com team

  • Jim Reply

    If you have prepaid for a carry on can you also bring a personal item for free? In other words can you have both a carry on and personal item and only pay for the carry on?

    • Felix Reply

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for your comment. The personal item is always free, regardless of your other purchases.
      Have a good flight!
      Felix from the liligo.com team

  • Maria Reply

    My large check-in bag is a little larger than 62 linear inches. I will make sure it does not weigh more than 40 lbs, but will they really check the measurement?

    • Felix Reply

      Hi Maria,
      Many thanks for your comment. The gate staff probably won’t check every single carry-on bag, but they will make some random checks (especially if they think a bag looks big, of course). So unfortunately we can’t really help you with that one, since it’s down to the gate staff if they’ll let you take the bag on the plane. If you want to make 100% sure to avoid a fine, you’ll have to take a different one.
      Have a great flight!
      Felix from the liligo.com team

  • Ashley Reply

    I am planning on bringing a carry on backpack that is 17x9x14. Do you think they will allow this as my personal item?

    • Felix Reply

      Dear Ashley,

      Many thanks for your comment. Spirit can be strict when it comes to bag measurements, but since your backpack is only 1 inch larger than the allowed measurements, they might let you take it on board. However, in the end it’s down to the gate staff, so if you want to be sure to avoid a fine, just take a different bag.

      Sorry we can’t be more specific. Have a good flight!

      The liligo.com team

  • Kitty Reply

    How to determine how much my luggage weigh

  • Kitty Reply

    Is a 20 or 25 or 28 inch luggage on wheels considered a over weight bag on sprint

  • Kitty Reply

    Do sprit charge how many pounds your luggage is or how big and what kind of carry on bag can be free

  • Derrick Reply

    In regards to poster, Jessie on 8/13/17…I am in the same situation that my bag and be squished to meet Spirits guideline for a personal item. Did you have any trouble or get charged?

  • Doris Carter Reply

    Do I have to pay check in luggage going and coming or is it a one time fee for both ways I paid for my ticket two months ago and is it too late for me to pay for my luggage

  • Erin Reply

    Hi I was looking at your site on Spirit airlines and noticed an error. You show a bag “personal item” and you have the measurements wrong. Their website shows the 18″ being tall, 14 across, and 8 deep. I think it is important to note this as I fly Spirit a lot. When the old measurements were being used we found the perfect cooler the perfect measurements to take w us to SXM every year. Then they changed the measurements and so I went to a luggage store and found a rolling bag that measured 18″ hi, 14 across, and 8 deep. I filled it and was on my way to HOU from FLL and asked a Spirit employee something as she was standing right there, and she looked at my boarding pass and said I HAD to pay for my bag. I said, no the bag is perfect . She asked me to get in in the box. I couldn’t. I tried doing it the way the picture on their site shows with 18 ” being the height, and it wouldn’t fit. I had to get a tape measure and their box at FLL airport measured 13″ high and 17″ across. I was shocked. I showed it to the manager that I had to wait for 15 minutes to arrive. She stoicly kept saying you have to pay for that bag. She would not come over and measure the box nor my bag. Ended up another agent did, and showed me to turn it and not be in such a panic. I was panicking. It was freaking me out. I made it on and put my personal item in the above head compartment just where it’s supposed to go. Lol
    Anyway….I really think their “boxes” should BE in the position they show it to be on their website

  • Darla Boyer Reply

    I am a diabetic and I need to take my insulin cold what would be a good idea for that

  • Alexis Reply

    Hi.
    I’m trying to get away with one bag only. My dimensions are 11 high x 15 long x 10 wide. Do you think I can get away with the extra 2 inches wide?

  • Joe Reply

    I recently booked a round trip flight and found that a checked bag was cheaper than a carry on bag. Is this normal for Spirit? How is Spirit’s checked bag service? Is it worth the few extra bucks to go with carry on?

    Spirit’s customer service is also non existent. The phone number goes through automated information that can be found online. There is no speaking to a live person about anything and I never got a response from filling out an inquiry on the Contact Us page.

  • Deena Reply

    Do we have any more info on Spirit allowing you to squish your personal item bag? Mine is 17x10x9. So smaller on 2 fronts but 1in more in one dimension. Probably not a cubic inches thing like the checked bags.

  • Jessie Reply

    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 Reply

      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! :)

    • Erin Reply

      They are very picky!

  • Fausto Lopez Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

    How do I get my baggage tag?

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

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

  • Josh durham Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

    Can I carry a 39 inch TV as my hand luggage

    • Alexandra Reply

      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 Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply

      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