Spirit Airlines Baggage Policy

Spirit Airlines baggage fees apply to both standard carry-on bags and checked bags—but you’re allowed to bring 1 personal carry-on item for free. To bring a carry-on or checked bag, you must either pay a baggage fee, purchase a Bundle It combo, or hold a Free Spirit Gold status membership.

Per Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy for Bare Fares (i.e., standard fares):

  1. The baggage fees increase with time—the best time to purchase is at the time of booking. The later you buy, the more you have to pay.
  2. The free personal carry-on item (such as a purse or a handbag) should not be more than 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) in size. It must be able to be safely stowed, otherwise, it must be checked in per applicable charges. Bags checked at the gate will attract higher charges.
  3. Checked bags exceeding 158cm/62in (L+ W + H) and 40lb/18.1kg will incur an additional fee. Bags exceeding 203cm/80in (L + W + H) or 100lb/45kg (50lb/23kg for Peru) will not be accepted (except mobility aids and musical instruments). However, additional weight and size restrictions may apply when travelling to select international cites.
  4. The carry-on bag must not exceed 56 x 46 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in) in size, including handles and wheels, and must fit in the overhead bin. 
  5. The following items can be brought for free
    1. Mobility aids for passengers with a disability.
    2. A car seat and stroller for children (if used). 
  6. Passengers who have purchased the Bundle It combo and Free Spirit Gold status members are entitled to 1 free carry-on bag and 1 free checked bag.
  7. Military personnel on duty are entitled to 1 free carry-on bag and 2 free checked bags in addition to 1 free personal item. 
  8. Standard baggage fees can be paid online (cheapest), by phone, or at the airport (costliest).
  9. Baggage check-in must be completed a minimum of 1 hour before departure for international flights and 45 minutes prior to departure for flights within the United States.

Per Spirit Airlines baggage policy, you can carry the following baggage items on a free or paid basis:

Free Baggage Items Paid Baggage Items
1 personal carry-on itemStroller, car seat, and diaper bag for childrenAssistive devices/mobility aids 1 Carry-on Bag—paid, subject to applicable feesChecked Bags—paid, subject to applicable fees Sports equipment—paid, subject to applicable feesMusical instruments—paid, subject to applicable fees

Spirit Airlines Baggage Rules—Carry-on Baggage

                                                 Personal Carry-on Item                           Carry-on Bag

Per Spirit Airlines baggage policy, passenger must pay for carry-on baggage unless they’ve purchased the Bundle It combo or hold Free Spirit Gold status. Spirit Airlines’ baggage allowance for Bare Fare passengers is limited to 1 personal item (small purse or handbag). Extra baggage items must be purchased.

Per Spirit Airlines baggage rules, the baggage size and requirements are indicated below.

  • 1 FREE Personal Carry-on Item—Purse/Handbag/Small Backpack
    • Max. size 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) (height x width x depth)
    • Max. weight Must fit in the overhead bin/under your front seat.
  • 1 PAID Carry-on Bag (optional)—Backpack/Small Duffel Bag/Suitcase
    (included in the Bundle It combo)
    • Max. size 61 x 41 x 25cm, i.e., 24 x 16 x 10in (height x width x depth) 
    • Max. weight 35lb/16kg
      Must fit in the overhead bin/under the front seat

Note
The following baggage rules also apply:

  • Your bag’s handle, straps, and wheels count when calculating size. 
  • Passengers travelling on a Bundle It fare and Free Spirit Gold status members are allowed 1 FREE carry-on bag.
  • Carry-on bags exceeding the permissible dimensions will be checked in per checked baggage rules.

Spirit Airlines Carry-on Baggage Fees


How much are Spirit Airlines baggage fees?

Spirit Airlines’ carry-on baggage fees depend on your route and when you purchase your baggage. The baggage fees are lowest at the time of booking and costliest at the airport gate. The indicative baggage charges are provided in the table below, but you can use Spirit’s online baggage calculator to calculate the baggage fee for your specific route. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Charges–Carry-on Baggage
Passengers Time & Mode of Purchase Baggage Fees
StandardOnline when bookingUSD 35–40 
Online, before/during online check-in USD 46–50
Spirit Saver$ Club MembersOnline when bookingUSD 27–31
Online, before/during online check-inUSD 36–41
All passengersTicket CenterAirport Kiosk/CounterUSD 52–70
All passengersAirport GateUSD 65–76

Remember, the following items can be brought on board free of charge on all flights—they don’t count as carry-on items:

  • Camera
  • Mobility/assistive devices 
  • Food for inflight consumption
  • Umbrella
  • 1 diaper bag if travelling with an infant
  • 1 car seat per child
  • 1 child stroller per child
  • 1 duty-free bag with duty-free items
  • Outer garments such as a wrap, coat, or hat
  • Reading material 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Rules—Checked Baggage 

According to Spirit Airlines baggage policy, the baggage fees will depend on your route, when and how you pay, and your membership status. Spirit Airlines’ baggage rules require all passengers to pay a baggage fee—except passengers who have purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo and Free Spirit members holding a Gold status. 

The baggage fee can be paid when purchasing your ticket (cheapest), after booking (website/mobile app/phone), during the check-in window starting 24 hours prior to departure, at the airport kiosk/check-in counter or departure gate (costliest). 

Baggage Size and Weight

  • Baggage size. The combined dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of a checked bag must not exceed 158cm/62in. Bags exceeding the size limit will incur an oversize baggage fee.
  • Baggage weight. The maximum weight of a checked bag must not exceed 40lb/18.1kg. Bags exceeding the size and weight limits will incur an overweight baggage fee.

Per Spirit Airlines baggage rules, name identification tags are required outside all bags (and recommended inside them). If you purchase your baggage allowance and check in online, you can use the Fast Bag Drop at select airports to save time. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Allowance—Checked Baggage 

Spirit Airlines’ baggage allowance must be purchased by Bare Fare passengers. In other words, Spirit Airlines does not offer any checked baggage allowance to passengers travelling on basic fares, known as Bare Fares. However, passengers travelling on a Bundle It or Boost It combo or holding a Free Spirit Gold status are entitled to 1 free checked bag.

According to Spirit Airlines baggage rules, standard checked bags are subject to certain size and weight restrictions (indicated below):

  • 1 PAID Checked Bag (optional) 
    • Max. size 158cm/62in (length + width + depth) 
    • Max. weight 40lbs/18.1kg
  • FREE Baggage Items for Children 
    • Stroller 
    • Diaper bag 
    • Car seat (if occupying a seat)

Remember
The following baggage rules also apply:

  • Passengers who have purchased the Bundle It or Boost It combo have a FREE checked baggage allowance of 50lb/23kg per passenger, i.e., 10lb more than a standard bag. 
  • Free Spirit Gold status members are entitled to a FREE checked bag.
  • The bag size includes handles, wheels, and straps.

Frontier Airlines Checked Baggage Fees

Spirit Airlines checked baggage fees can be paid online (cheaper), at the airport counter (costlier), or airport gate (costliest). Spirit recommends using their online baggage calculator to calculate the exact baggage fee on your specific route. However, the indicative one-way baggage fees for checked bags on domestic and international flights are as follows:

Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Fees 
Online–at the Time of BookingBefore Online Check-inDuring Online Check-inAirport Desk/ Reservation Center Airport Gate 
Spirit Saver$ ClubStandardSpirit Saver$ ClubStandardSpirit Saver$ ClubStandard
1st checked bagUSD 28USD 37USD 38USD 47USD 38USD 47USD 50–55USD 65
2nd checked bagUSD 36USD 45USD 46USD 55USD 46USD 55USD 60 NA
3rd – 5th checked bagUSD 76USD 85USD 86USD 95USD 86USD 95USD 100NA
NoteBundle It or Boost It combos include 1 FREE checked bag of 50lb/23kg per passenger. Free Spirit Gold status members are entitled to a FREE checked bag.Military personnel on duty are entitled to: 1 FREE carry-on bag 2 FREE checked bags 1 FREE personal itemIf using, the following devices can be brought FREE: Assistive devices such as a wheelchair, crutches, braces, etc.1 car seat (if occupying a seat) and 1 stroller (checked baggage) for children. The maximum number of checked bags allowed per passenger is 5 but may differ by route. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees—Overweight and Oversized Baggage

Spirit Airlines’ baggage fees for overweight and oversized baggage are as follows: 

Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Fees—Overweight Bags
Baggage Weight Overweight Baggage Fee
41 – 50lb (18 – 23kg) USD 30 per bag
51 – 70lb (23 – 32kg)USD 55 per bag
71 – 99lb (32 – 45kg)USD 100 per bag

Per Spirit Airlines baggage rules: 

  • You can check in a maximum of 5 bags per passenger on most flights. 
  • An overweight bag is any checked bag that exceeds 40lb/18.1kg on a Bare Fare.
  • Bags exceeding 99lb/45kg will not be accepted. 
  • All bags must be checked a minimum of: 
    • For domestic flights—45 minutes prior to departure.
    • For international flight (incl. U.S.V.I.)—60 minutes prior to departure.
  • The baggage fees for overweight and oversized bags must be paid at the airport. 
  • Some baggage fee waivers can only be implemented at the airport—such as for certain sports items, mobility devices, etc. 
  • The baggage fees for overweight and oversized bags will incur multiple fees. This means if your checked bag is heavier than 40lb/18.1kg and larger than 158cm/62in in size (L + W + H), an overweight baggage fee plus an oversize baggage fee will be charged.

Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees—Oversized Baggage

Spirit Airlines baggage fees for oversized bags are provided below.

Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Fees—Oversized Bags
Baggage Weight Oversized Baggage Fee
158–203cm (63–80in)USD 100 per bag
Special Items exceeding 203cm (80in) in combined dimensions USD 150 per bag

Per Spirit Airlines baggage rules: 

  • An oversized bag is any checked bag whose total dimensions (L + W + H) are between 158–203cm (63–80in). 
  • An oversize bag will incur an oversize baggage fee of USD 100 per bag. 
  • Checked bags exceeding 203cm/80in (L + W + H) are not allowed. 
  • Some special items (select sporting equipment, etc.) exceeding 203cm (80in) in combined dimensions (L + W + H) will incur an oversize baggage fee of USD 150 per bag.

Spirit Airlines Route Restrictions 

Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy places additional weight and size restrictions for passengers travelling to/from international destinations. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Restrictions 
RegionDatesBaggage Restrictions 
South AmericaLima, Peru            Throughout the year Additional restrictions from December 1 – January 10. Max. checked bags—1 paid bag/passenger. 
Overweight bagsMust not exceed 50lb/23kgWill incur overweight baggage fee if heavier than 41lb/18.1kg.
Oversized bagsMust not exceed 203cm/80in in overall dimensionsWill incur an oversize baggage fee if more than 158cm/63in. Special Items such as sporting equipment can exceed 80in in (L + W + H) but must not exceed 50lb/23kg in weight.Will count toward the 1 checked item allowed per passenger. May incur additional charges.Must not exceed 203cm/80in between December 1 – January 10. 
South America Colombia (MDE, CTG, CLO, BGA, BAG, AXM, and Ecuador (GYE)Throughout the year Additional restrictions from December 1 – January 10.Max. checked bags1 paid bag/passenger. Additional checked bags can be purchased subject to space availability.
All International Destinations         December 1 – January 10Max. checked bags1 paid bag/passenger. Additional checked bags can be purchased subject to space availability.
Overweight bagsMust not exceed 50lb/23kgWill incur overweight baggage fee if heavier than 41lb/18.1kg.
Oversized bagsMust not exceed 203cm/80in in overall dimensionsWill incur an oversize baggage fee if more than 158cm/63in. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Allowance for Lap Infants 

Passengers travelling with lap infants (children between 7 days and below 2 years held on a lap) are allowed to carry 1 additional personal item (such as a diaper bag)—plus a collapsible stroller—free of charge.

Spirit Airlines Baggage Allowance for Children and Infants

Children aged 2 years and above must travel on a paid seat. They are entitled to the same free baggage allowance as the accompanying adult—as well as a couple of additional items. They are entitled to a baggage allowance of:

  • 1 personal item
  • 1 collapsible stroller 
  • 1 FAA-approved car seat

Infants below 2 years of age travelling on a paid seat are also entitled to the same free baggage allowance as the accompanying adult—plus a couple of additional items. 

  • 1 personal item
  • 1 collapsible stroller 
  • 1 FAA-approved car seat 

Spirit Airlines Additional Baggage Allowance—Free Spirit Members

Spirit Airlines baggage policy grants extra baggage privileges to Free Spirit Gold status members. Gold status members are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked bag. This is in addition to the 1 already-free personal carry item that all passengers can carry. 

Spirit Airlines Military Baggage Policy 

Spirit Airlines additional baggage allowance for active-duty military personnel 

Per Spirit Airlines baggage policy for military personnel, active-duty armed forces personnel are entitled to a free baggage allowance after validating their active-duty affiliation. 

The baggage allowance for military personnel includes: 

  • 1 already-free personal item
  • 1 free carry-on bag
  • 2 free checked bags

The military baggage allowance applies only to military personnel on active duty—and not their family members. 

Remember

Military personnel who qualify can save time at the airport by validating their active-duty affiliation online at Spirit.com via a third-party verification service known as ID.ME. To validate their active-duty status and claim the carry-on and checked baggage allowance, they must click on the Verify button at checkout and validate their status by following the self-explanatory prompts.

How to Check Baggage Prices on Spirit Airlines

You can check Spirit Airlines’ baggage prices for your route in several ways: 

  • Online
    • Via the online baggage calculator 
    • Via the My Trip tab (after booking)
    • Via the Check-in tab (during check-in) 
  • By phone 
  • Via Spirit’s app
  • Physically at the airport counter

How to Buy Baggage on Spirit Airlines 

The cheapest way to buy baggage on Spirit Airlines is at the time of booking

Spirit Airlines allows passengers to buy baggage in advance—online, by phone, or via the mobile app. You can purchase your baggage at the time of booking (cheapest), after booking, during check-in, or at the airport (costliest).

Purchasing baggage online at the time of booking is the cheapest. 

To add bags online after you’ve made a reservation (but before check-in opens 24 hours before departure):

  1. Go to Spirit.com 
  2. Select My Trips (as shown above)
  3. On the next page, enter your last name and confirmation code 

 (a 6-character alphanumeric code that appears in your confirmation email)

  1. Click on the Continue button
  2. Select your flight 
  3. Click on the Add Bags link
  4. Pay and complete the transaction

If you are purchasing your baggage allowance within 24 hours of departure, you must access your reservation via the ‘Check-in’ tab and follow the onscreen prompts to purchase your baggage as explained above. 

Remember, you can also add bags by phone or at the airport, but it will cost you more.

Missing or Delayed Baggage

If your checked baggage is missing or doesn’t arrive, you must immediately file a Delayed Baggage Report—either online via the virtual Baggage Service office, vBSO, or with a Spirit Airlines representative at the airport. After your file your report, you will receive a Baggage Irregularity Receipt or a Luggage Service Report along with a File ID for tracking your baggage and settling a claim, if necessary.

Note

Delayed/missing baggage must be reported:

  • For domestic flights—within 4 hours of arrival.
  • For international flights—within 21 days of scheduled arrival date. 

If your baggage cannot be located within 5 days, you must file an online claim with Central Baggage. To track the status of your delayed or missing baggage online, use the Baggage Service Portal.

How to Report Damaged Baggage on Spirit Airlines

Any damage to a checked bag must be reported to Spirit Airlines:

  • For domestic flights—within 4 hours of arrival. 
  • For international flights—no later than 7 days of receiving your bag.

Lost/Damaged Baggage Liability 

Spirit Airlines’ liability for lost, damaged, or delayed bags (including contents)—except mobility aids, assistive devices, and wheelchairs—is limited to:

  • Flights within USA—USD 3,800 per confirmed passenger  
  • International flights 
  • Trips covered under the Warsaw Convention or the Montreal Convention
    • USD 9.07 per pound (unless the actual value is less).
    • USD 362.80 per passenger for a checked bag.
    • USD 400 per passenger for an unchecked bag. 
  • For international travel including domestic portions of travel to which the Montreal Convention applies
  • SDR 1,288 per passenger 

For exchange rates, refer to www.imf.org

Remember

  • All damage must be reported no later than 4 hours after arrival. 
  • Spirit Airlines may not accept responsibility for certain items included in checked bags—such as money, jewelry, precious metals, business documents, paintings, paintings, keys, computer equipment and accessories, musical instruments, perfumes, perfumes, etc.

Spirit Airlines’ Liability for Mobility Aids, Assistive Devices, and Wheelchairs

If your mobility aid, assistive device, or wheelchair is damaged by Spirit Airlines, the criteria for calculating the loss will be per the provisions of the U.S. Department of Transportation, as explained below. 

  • On domestic flights. You will be fully compensated for the loss or damage—regardless of any rule that limits the liability for lost or damaged baggage.
  • On international flights. The compensation will be per the provisions of the Montreal Convention for such items. If the Montreal Convention does not apply for some reason, the older Warsaw Convention treaty may apply.

What is Included in Assistive Devices?

Assistive devices include the following items, but are not limited to:

  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines
  • Ventilators and respirators
  • Prescription medications 
  • Wheelchairs 
  • Crutches, canes, and walkers 
  • Braces/prosthetics 
  • Medical devices for administering medications—such as auto-injectors and syringes 
  • Hearing aids 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Claim 

How to make a baggage claim at Spirit Airlines


A screenshot of the baggage claim page on Spirit.com 

Follow the steps below to file a baggage claim with Spirit Airlines:

  1. Visit Spirit Airlines Baggage Service portal: www.spirit.com/bagclaim 
  2. Log in by entering your last name and file ID 
  3. Click on Create Online Claim
  4. Enter the required information on the next screen
  5. Provide supporting documentation such as:
    1. Proof of purchase for the items you’re claiming
      (required for all items with a declared value of USD 55 or higher)
    2. Government-issued photo ID, passport, driver’s license, etc.
  6. Click on the Submit button

If you’ve submitted all the required documentation, your claim should be processed within 30 days.

The following defects/damages will not be covered

  • Minor damages—such as scuffs, cuts, scratches, dents, stains, dirt, marks, and punctures. 
  • Items contained in overstuffed bags, or inadequately packaged items.

Spirit Airlines Sports Equipment Policy

Per Spirit Airlines sports equipment policy, sports equipment such as golf bags, skis, lacrosse/hockey equipment, fishing equipment, etc., within the standard weight and size limits will count as a single checked bag. 

Per Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy for sports equipment: 

  • Regular baggage rules apply to most sporting equipment—you can carry them as carry-on or checked baggage items, subject to the applicable fees and weight and size restrictions. 
  • Overweight and oversized baggage fees will apply if your sports gear exceeds the weight and/or size limits. 
  • The sports baggage fee for bicycles is USD 75 and USD 100 for antlers. No overweight or oversized charges apply to bicycles.
  • Golf equipment will be charged a fee for standard checked bags, provided it does not exceed 40lb/18.1kg. It includes 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls plus a pair of golfing shoes and pull cart if attached to the golf bag. Slightly bigger golf clubs are also accepted without oversize charges.
  • Surfboards incur a special charge—overweight and oversize fees don’t apply to them. 
  • All sporting equipment must be packed in protective containers specifically designed for them.

Some of the sports equipment accepted on Spirit Airlines are:

AntlersArchery equipment Bicycles Balls/balloonsBoogie boards, bodyboards, wakeboards, and kiteboardsBowling equipmentCamping equipment TentsBackpacksSleeping bagsKnapsacks Fishing equipment (1 bag)RodsReelsLanding netsFishing bootsTackleboxKayak, boat, and canoeTennis racketsFencing equipment SwordsMasksOutfitShoesCablesToolkitGlovesBreastplates/cup protectorsGolf equipment1 bag includes 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls, and a pair of shoes Hockey equipmentLacrosse equipmentSelect martial arts equipment FirearmsRiflesHandgunsShotgunsBB gunsCompressed air gunsAmmunitionPaintball gunsPaintball equipmentParachutesScuba diving equipment
(excluding scuba tanks)Skis (water/snow)SnowboardsSkateboardsSkatesSurfboardsTennis equipment Windsurfing equipment 

Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)

Spirit Airlines baggage policy lays out the following rules for passengers traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs) that they intend to use onboard:

  • Must inform Spirit at least 48 hours before departure.
  • POCs are exempt from baggage fee.
  • The POC must be FAA-approved. 
  • If the POC is not FAA-approved, it must have the following label in red letters: 
  • Passengers must bring their own batteries to power their POCs. 
  • The batteries must be fully charged to power the POC for at least 150% of the flight’s duration, incl. ground connection time and unexpected delays.
  • Passengers must carry spare batteries in their carry-on baggage and pack them in such a manner that they are protected from damage and short-circuiting.
  • Passengers are not allowed to use the aircraft’s power outlets.

CPAPs and other Medical Devices 

Frontier Airlines baggage policy allows passengers to carry (and use on the aircraft) battery-powered respiratory devices such as ventilators, respirators, and CPAP machines free of charge. However, the devices must bear a label stating that they meet the FAA requirements and are approved for use on aircraft.

Points to remember

  • Must inform Spirit no less than 2 days prior to departure (48 hours).
  • No medical authorization is required for carrying respiratory devices.
  • Bring your own batteries to power your respiratory device for at least 1.5 times your flight’s duration. 
  • Carry spare batteries in your carry-on baggage and pack them in such manner that they are protected from damage and short-circuiting.
  • The aircraft’s power outlets are not available for use.

For details, refer to www.tsa.gov for devices you can or cannot carry.

How to Pay Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees

You can pay your Spirit Airlines baggage fee online or by phone at the time of booking (cheapest), after booking (via the website, mobile app, or phone), when you check-in online within 24 hours of your flight’s departure, at the airport kiosk/check-in counter, or the gate (costliest). 

To pay your baggage fee online:

  1. Go to Spirit.com 
  2. Select My Trips 
  3. To access your flight/trip:
    1. Enter your last name and 6-character confirmation code
    2. Click on the Continue button
  4. After selecting your flight, select Add Bags 
  5. Pay your baggage fee 
  6. Complete the transaction

If you’re buying bags within 24 hours of departure, you must access your reservation via the Check-in tab.

Adding bags by phone or at the airport will cost you more.

Spirit Airlines Musical Instruments Policy

The major highlights of Spirit Airlines musical instruments policy are as follows:

  • Musical instruments can be taken as carry-on baggage, on a paid seat, or as checked baggage. 
  • Musical instruments must not exceed the weight and size limits of your fare option.
  • Musical instruments exceeding 381cm/150in in combined dimensions (L + W + H) or 165lb/74.8kg will not be accepted.
  • Overweight and oversize musical instruments will be charged for extra weight and size. 
  • Larger musical instruments can be checked in or carried on a paid seat as Seat Baggage, also known as cargo in the cabin
  • Musical instruments are considered fragile items and must be packed in a hard case with adequate cushioning material specifically designed for them. 
  1. Carry-on Musical Instruments

You can carry a small musical instrument (violin, flute, guitar, cymbals, etc.) if it fits safely in the stowage area, i.e., on top or under the seat in front of you—subject to availability at the time of boarding. Your musical instrument can exceed the carry-on baggage dimensions—but it must fit in the overhead bin. Otherwise, it will be gate-checked and delivered to you later. 

  1. Checked Musical Instruments

Larger musical instruments that don’t fit in the overhead bin can take as checked baggage items. However, the combined dimensions (L + W + H) and weight should not exceed 381cm/150in and 165lb/74.8kg respectively. Anything heavier or larger will not be accepted, and you must pack your musical instrument properly in a hard case with adequate cushioning to prevent any chances of damage.

  1. Seat Baggage/Cargo in the Cabin Musical Instruments

Musical instruments that are too large, heavy, or delicate to be carried as checked baggage items can be carried on a paid seat as Seat Baggage items, also known as cargo in the cabin. However, you will need to book it in advance and meet the following conditions:

  • The full fare plus sales tax will apply—but no additional charges. 
  • Should be properly packed to prevent damage and protect passengers/crew from injury.
  • Must be carried aboard by the passenger.
  • Must not exceed the maximum load limitation for seats and floor structure.
  • Must be safely secured with a seatbelt/approved method. 
  • Must not occupy an emergency exit seat. 
  • May occupy a middle seat if the window seat adjacent to it is unoccupied. 
  • Should not impede passenger/crew access in any way.
  • Should not block view of in-cabin signage. 

Banned and/or Restricted Items on Spirit Airlines

For safety reasons, Spirit Airlines prohibits the carriage of the following items:

  • Firearms and ammunition 
    • Firearms 
      • Include handguns, shotguns, BB guns, compressed air guns, paintball guns, etc.
      • Permitted on flights within the United States, provided the firearm is packed and checked in, and carried by an 18-plus-year-old passenger. 
      • Not allowed on international flights.
      • Must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided lockable container and the key must be with the passenger.
      • The passenger carrying the firearm must fill out and complete a Firearms Declaration tag for each firearm. If the firearm is packed in a checked bag, the declaration must also be placed in the checked bag near the container but not inside it.
    • Ammunition
      • Must be packed securely in the original manufacturer’s packaging or a wooden/metal/fiber box with a separate section for cartridges.
      • Must comply with all federal, state, and local laws on the possession and transportation of firearms. For details, refer to the TSA website.
      • Small arms ammunition (up to 19.1mm for rifle/pistol cartridges, any sized shotgun shells) can be carried on domestic flights. 
      • The maximum quantity permitted is 11lb/4.9kg per passenger. 
      • Loaded magazines and ammunition clips must be securely packed.
      • Ammunition can be packed with a firearm.
  • Oxygen bottles and cylinders are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • PEVs like hoverboards, skateboards, etc. are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Scuba tanks
  • Apple MacBook Pro laptops (older generation 15-inch devices) may pose a fire safety risk and need to be turned off and unplugged during your flight. For more details, refer to the Apple Support page. 
  • Liquor products more than 140-proof are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Gasoline-powered tools are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Compressed gases are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Corrosive substances incl. wet batteries and acids are not allowed on the aircraft. 
  • Explosives are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Flammable substances like lighter fuels and matches are not allowed on the aircraft. 
  • Poisons are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Magnetic and radioactive materials are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Human/animal remains and organs are not allowed on the aircraft (except cremated remains transported per rules).
  • Oxygen generators are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • Paints, incl. water and oil-based, liquid, aerosol, gel, etc. are not allowed on the aircraft. 
  • Parachutes with explosive devices for deploying the chute are not allowed on the aircraft.

Food and Alcohol Restrictions 

  • Food Items. Per Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy, food items are allowed for in-flight consumption—but only in disposable packaging. Liquid or gel food items exceeding 3.4 oz (100ml) are not permitted as carry-ons, but can be placed in checked baggage (per the Transportation Security Administration, i.e., TSA).

According to the TSA, the food items you carry must be whole, natural foods (such as fruit or vegetables). They must be placed in a container or properly wrapped. This means you cannot carry loose cheeseburgers or sandwiches in your bag. Plus, and you’ll have to purchase mustard sauce, ketchup, or mayo after you get past the checkpoint. Additionally, all food items will be x-rayed like your other items. 

  • Alcohol/Liquor is allowed in checked baggage or when purchased after the security checkpoint, subject to the following conditions:
    • The total alcohol content must not exceed 140 proof.
    • Max. 5 liters/passenger is permitted if the alcohol content is 48–140 proof.
    • If the alcohol content is under 48 proof, it is also permitted. 
    • Must be in original retail packaging (unopened).
    • If purchased before the security checkpoint, the normal security rules for carry-on or checked baggage will apply. 

Smart Luggage Items

  • Lithium-ion battery-operated smart baggage items with non-removable batteries are prohibited. 
  • Smart baggage items with removable lithium-ion batteries are permitted if the batteries are removed, packed safely so that the terminals are protected and carried separately in the cabin. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees, Policy

Spirit Airlines charges a baggage fee for both carry-on and checked bags, but you can carry 1 personal carry-on item free of charge in the cabin on a Bare Fare (i.e., basic standard ticket). 

The baggage fees charged by Spirit Airlines are as follows: 

  • The estimated carry-on baggage fees for Bare Fares range from: 
    • USD 35–40 when purchased online at the time of booking.
    • USD 46–50 when purchased online before or during check-in.
    • USD 52–70 when purchased at a ticket center, airport kiosk, or counter. 
    • USD 65–76 when purchased at the airport gate. 
  • The estimated checked baggage fees for the first/second/third-fifth checked bags on Bare Fares are:
    • USD 37/45/85 when purchased online at the time of booking. 
    • USD 47/55/95 when purchased before/during online check-in. 
    • USD 47/55/95 when purchased online during online check-in. 
    • USD 50–55/60/100 when purchased at the airport desk/reservation center.
    • USD 65/NA/NA when purchased at the airport gate. 

To know the exact baggage on your specific route, use the online baggage calculator.

You can pay for your baggage fees for standard baggage online, by phone, or at the airport. Remember, the baggage fees are lowest when you pay online at the time of booking, and costliest when you pay at the airport.

Spirit Airlines’ baggage prices for carry-on bags on standard/Bare Fares range from USD 35–40 if purchased online at the time of booking, USD 46–50 if purchased online before or during check-in, USD 52–70 if purchased at a ticket center, airport kiosk, or counter, and USD 65–76 if you purchase at the airport gate. 

Spirit Airlines’ baggage prices for the first/second/third-fifth checked bags depend on when you purchase your baggage allowance, as shown below. 

  • Online at the time of booking—USD 37/45/85. 
  • Before/during online check-in—USD 47/55/95.
  • At the airport desk/reservation center—USD 50–55/60/100.
  • At the airport gate—USD 65/NA/NA. 

The baggage size and weight you’re allowed to carry on Spirit Airlines is given below:

  1. One personal item, such as a laptop bag or a purse, with a size up to or below 18 inches x 14 inches x 8 inches (i.e. 45 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm). Anything beyond this will be charged.
  2. One carry-on bag, for which you’ll have to pay. The dimensions must be up to or below 22 inches x 18 inches x 10 inches (i.e. 56 cm x 46 cm x 25 cm).  
  3. The maximum permissible weight of a checked bag is 40 lbs. (18.1 kg), with the maximum dimensions up to or below 62 linear inches (height + width + length = 62 inches, i.e. 158 cm). 
  4. If your bags are overweight or exceed the specified dimensions, you will have to pay for the extra inches and pounds. 
  5. Strollers, car seats and wheelchairs may be checked or carried on without extra charge in certain cases.

For more information, check the bag prices and size and weight limits from the official website.

Spirit Airlines baggage size limits for carry-on and checked bags are as follows: 

  1. The free personal carry-on item (such as a purse or a handbag) must not exceed 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) in size. You must be able to safely stow it in the space allotted to you. 
  2. The size of a carry-on bag should not be more than 56 x 46 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in), including handles and wheels. 
  3. A checked bag must not exceed 158cm/62in (L+ W + H) in combined dimensions.
  4. Checked bags exceeding 203cm/80in (L + W + H) will not be accepted (except mobility aids and musical instruments).

If you’re travelling on Spirit Airlines’ standard economy fare (known as Bare Fare), themaximum weight of your checked bag must not exceed 40lb/18.1kg. Bags exceeding the weight limit will incur an overweight baggage fee. However, passengers travelling on Bundle It or Boost It combo fares can carry up to 50lb/23kg per passenger.

Spirit Airlines’ baggage rules require that: 

  • Passengers travelling on a standard fare must pay a baggage fee. 
  • Passengers who have purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo and Free Spirit members holding a Gold status are entitled to carry 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked bag free, in addition to the always-free personal item. 
  • Baggage fees can be paid: 
    • Online, by phone, or at a ticket center/airport counter. 
    • At the time of booking (cheapest), after booking (website/mobile app/phone), during the check-in period, and at the airport.

Spirit’s baggage rules for size and weight are as follows: 

  • Checked bags must not be larger than 158cm/62in in combined dimensions. Bags exceeding the size limit will incur an oversize baggage fee.
  • The maximum weight of a checked bag must not exceed 40lb/18.1kg. Bags exceeding the size and weight limits will incur an overweight baggage fee.

All checked bags must bear a name identification tag on the outside (and preferably inside as well).

Spirit Airlines overweight baggage fees are as follows:

  • For bags weighing 41–50lb (18–23kg), the overweight baggage fee is USD 30 per bag.
  • For bags weighing 51–70lb (23–32kg), the overweight baggage fee is USD 55 per bag.
  • For bags weighing 71–99lb (32–45kg) the overweight baggage fee is USD 100 per bag.

Spirit Airlines allows you to add bags online, by phone, or via the mobile app. Adding bags online in advance at the time of booking is the cheapest. However, you can add bags after booking, during check-in, or at the airport (costliest).

You can add bags online after you’ve made a reservation via the My Trips tab on the homepage. Access your trip by entering your last name and confirmation code, on the next screen click on the Add Bags link, and pay to complete the transaction.

The baggage limit for checked bags is 5 on most flights. However, different limits may apply on select international routes such South America (Peru and Columbia) and other international destinations.

If you’re travelling with a lap infant (between 7 days and below 2 years held on a lap), you’re allowed to carry 1 additional personal item (such as a diaper bag)—plus a collapsible stroller—at no extra charge.

If you’re travelling with a child aged 2 years and above, your child must travel on a paid seat and is entitled to the following baggage allowance:

  • 1 personal item (same as yours)
  • 1 collapsible stroller 
  • 1 FAA-approved car seat

Infants below 2 years of age travelling on a paid seat are also entitled to the same free baggage allowance mentioned above. 

Spirit Airlines’ free baggage allowance for Free Spirit Gold status members is 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked bag. This is in addition to the 1 already-free personal carry item that all passengers can carry.

Spirit Airlines’ baggage allowance for active-duty military personnel is: 

  • 1 already-free personal item
  • 1 free carry-on bag
  • 2 free checked bags

The military baggage allowance applies only to military personnel on active duty—and not their family members. 

Yes, Spirit Airlines allows wheelchairs and other mobility and assistive devices to be carried free of charge. Larger devices such as a wheelchair can be checked at the gate or ticket counter, and smaller assistive devices such as a walking stick, etc. can be carried on board.

No, Spirit Airlines does not ship cargo items currently. 

According to Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy, you’re only allowed 1 personal carry-on item for free. To bring a carry-on or checked bag, you must either pay a baggage fee, purchase a Bundle It combo, or be a Free Spirit Gold status member.


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