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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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  • 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