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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:


United Airlines

American Airlines


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  • 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


      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


      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


      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


      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 :)

      The liligo.com team

  • MARISSA Reply


  • Amy Reply

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

    • Alexandra Reply


      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

  • 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


      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


      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


      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


      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


      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