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 for free, you must pay a baggage fee, purchase a Bundle It combo, or hold a Free Spirit Gold status membership.

Snapshot of Spirit Airlines Baggage Policy

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

  1. The baggage fees increase with time—the best time to purchase baggage is at the time of booking. The later you buy, the more you have to pay.
  2. Baggage Size and Weight
    1. Your 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. Although there’s no weight restriction, 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.
    2. Your carry-on bag must not exceed 56 x 46 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in) in size and 35lb/16kg in weight.
    3. You can bring the following items for free onboard (if using): 
      1. Mobility aids for passengers with a disability.
      2. A car seat and stroller for children. 
    4. 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 cities.
  3. 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.
  4. Military personnel on duty are entitled to 1 free carry-on bag and 2 free checked bags in addition to 1 free personal item. 
  5. Standard baggage fees can be paid online (cheapest), by phone, or at the airport (costliest).
  6. 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

What is Spirit Airlines’ carry-on baggage policy?

                                                 Personal Carry-on Item                           Carry-on Bag

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

Spirit Airlines baggage size and baggage weight requirements for carry-on items are as follows:

  • 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:

  • Passengers flying on a Bundle It fare or Free Spirit Gold status membership are allowed 1 FREE carry-on bag.
  • Your bag’s handle, straps, and wheels count when calculating the size. 
  • 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 for carry-on bags?

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. Spirit Airlines baggage prices (indicative) are provided in the table below, but you should use Spirit’s online baggage calculator to calculate the bag prices for your specific route. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Charges–Carry-on Baggage
Passengers Time & Mode of Purchase Baggage Fees
StandardOnline when bookingUSD 35–43 
Online, before/during online check-in USD 45–53
Spirit Saver$ Club MembersOnline when bookingUSD 27–36
Online, before/during online check-inUSD 38–46
All passengersTicket CenterAirport Kiosk/CounterUSD 55–71
All passengersAirport GateUSD 65–76

Remember, the following items can be brought onboard 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 rules, your baggage fees will depend on your route, when and how you pay, and your membership status. Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy requires 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 Requirements

  • Baggage size requirements. 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. Bags exceeding 203cm/80in will not be accepted (other than mobility aids and musical instruments). 
  • Baggage weight requirements. The maximum weight of a checked bag must not exceed 40lb/18.1kg (50lb/23kg for Bundle It/Boost It combos). Bags exceeding the size and weight limits will incur an overweight baggage fee. Bags weighing more than 100lb/45kg (50lb/23kg for Peru) will not be accepted (excluding mobility aids and musical instruments). 
  • Spirit Airlines baggage rules require name identification tags outside all bags, and it is highly recommended to place a tag inside your bag as well. If you purchase your baggage allowance and check in online, you can use the Fast Bag Drop at select airports to save time. 
  • The maximum number of checked bags allowed per passenger is 5, but this may differ by route.

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.

Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Fees

How much is the baggage fee at Spirit Airlines and how do I pay it?

Spirit Airlines checked bag fees can be paid online (cheaper), at the airport counter (costlier), or airport gate (costliest). Spirit recommends using the airline’s online baggage calculator to calculate the exact baggage fee on your specific route. However, Spirit Airlines baggage prices (indicative) 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 and 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 used, the following devices can be brought FREEAssistive 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

How much does Spirit charge for 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 59 per bag
51 – 100lb (23 – 45kg)+ USD 99 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 flights (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

How much does Spirit charge for oversized bags?

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.

How Do I Avoid Paying Baggage Fees on Spirit Airlines?

Useful baggage information 

If you want to avoid paying baggage fees on Spirit Airlines, you must: 

  • Purchase a Boost It or Bundle It combo package
  • Hold a Free Spirit Gold status membership
  • Use credit card travel credits to cover the baggage fees
    • The Chase Sapphire Reserve card offers a USD 300 annual travel credit. 
    • Some American Express cards provide fee credits for non-ticket airline products.

Spirit Airlines Route Restrictions 

Baggage Route Restrictions | Baggage Weight Restrictions | Baggage Size Restrictions 

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

Spirit Airlines Baggage Restrictions
(Route, Weight & Size Restrictions)
RegionDatesBaggage Restrictions 
South AmericaLima, Peru            Throughout the year Additional restrictions from December 1 – January 10. Max. checked bags—1 paid bag/passenger. 
Weight Restrictions—Overweight bagsMust not exceed 50lb/23kgWill incur overweight baggage fee if heavier than 41lb/18.1kg.
Size Restrictions—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.
Weight Restrictions—Overweight bagsMust not exceed 50lb/23kgWill incur overweight baggage fee if heavier than 41lb/18.1kg.
Size Restrictions—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. Baby formula and breast pumps are allowed free of charge and don’t count towards your carry-on baggage allowance.

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

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

Spirit Airlines military baggage weight. Checked bags must adhere to a weight limit of 40lb/18.18kg per bag.

Tip. 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
  • By phone (+1-866-399-0587)
  • Via Spirit’s app
  • Physically at the airport counter

How to Buy Baggage on Spirit Airlines 

Spirit Airlines allows passengers to buy baggage in advance—online, by phone (1-866-399-0587), 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. 

Spirit Airlines Baggage Check-in (Online) 

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


A screenshot of Spirit Airlines’ My Trips tab used for paying the baggage fees online 

  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, Delayed, and Lost Baggage on Spirit Airlines

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 the 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 after 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 the 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 Lost/Damaged Baggage Claim 

How to file a lost or damaged baggage claim at Spirit Airlines


A screenshot of the baggage claim page on Spirit.com 

Follow the steps below to file a lost/damaged 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. 

Snapshot

Per Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy for sports equipment: 

  • Regular baggage rules apply to most sporting equipment—you can take 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 golf shoes, and a 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 fees.
  • 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 

Spirit 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 a 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 the 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, and 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 aircraft.
  • Magnetic and radioactive materials are not allowed on 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, 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 and 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 35–43 when purchased online at the time of booking.
    • USD 45–53 when purchased online before or during check-in.
    • USD 55–71 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 Spirit Airlines baggage calculator.

The only bag you get fee on a bare fare on Spirit is a personal item—such as a small handbag or purse—which must not exceed 45cm x 35cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) in size. There’s no weight limit for it but it must be capable of being safely stowed without assistance. If not, you must check it in for a fee, which is considerably higher at the gate.

On a bare fare, the only bag you can carry on at Spirit Airlines for free in 2022 is a personal item (purse/handbag) not exceeding 45cm x 35cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) in size. 

If you purchase a Bundle It combo fare, hold a Free Spirit Gold status membership, or are active-duty military personnel, you’re allowed to bring 1 carry-on bag free of charge (plus a checked bag), as long as the carry-on bag does not exceed 56cm x 46cm x 25cm in size and 35lb/16kg in weight. 
Passengers with a disability are allowed to bring mobility aids for free, and passengers travelling with children can bring a car seat and stroller free of charge.

If you’re travelling on a bare fare, you’re only allowed to bring 1 personal item (handbag or purse) free of charge, as long as it does not exceed 45cm x 35cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) in size and it fits in the allotted space.
Bundle It combo passengers, Free Spirit Gold members, and active-duty military personnel are allowed a free baggage allowance of 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked bag in addition to the free personal item.

A few important check-in baggage requirements at Spirit Airlines are as follows: 

  • The combined linear dimensions of a standard checked bag should not exceed 158cm/62in. Bags exceeding 203cm/80in in combined linear dimensions will not be accepted. 
  • Checked bags exceeding 40lb/18.1kg will incur an additional fee unless you’re holding a Bundle It or Boost It combo (50lb/23kg). Bags exceeding 100lb/45kg (50lb/23kg for Peru) will not be accepted unless you’re carrying a mobility aid or musical instrument. Additional restrictions (weight and size) may apply if you’re travelling to select international cities.
  • You’re allowed to check in up to 5 bags per passenger on most flights. 
  • You must check in your baggage at least 45 minutes before departure for flights within the United States and at least 1 hour before departure for international flights.
  • All checked bags require name identification tags on the outside (mandatory) and preferably inside. 

If you’ve purchased your baggage and checked in online, use the Fast Bag Drop (select airports) to drop off your baggage and save time.

Spirit Airlines baggage policy for Economy fares, known as Bare Fares, allows you to carry only 1 personal item for free (such as a purse, duffel bag, or laptop bag), provided its size does not exceed 45cm x 35cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in). 

The weight and size of your carry-on bag must not exceed 35lb/16kg and 56cm x 46cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in) respectively, but you must pay for it. Your paid checked bag must not exceed 40lb/18.1kg in weight and 158cm/62in in combined linear dimensions. 

You can carry a stroller, car seat, and wheelchair without any additional charges (if using).

Spirit Airlines’ standard baggage dimensions are as follows:

  • Carry-on baggage dimensions 
    • Personal carry-on item 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in)
    • Standard carry-on bag 61 x 41 x 25cm, i.e., 24 x 16 x 10in

Checked baggage dimensions 158cm/62in (L + W + H)

You can pay 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 35–43 if purchased online at the time of booking, ~USD 45–53 if purchased online before or during check-in, ~USD 55–71 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.

If you’re travelling on a Standard/Bare Fare

  • Carry-on bags will cost you:
    • ~USD 35–43 online at the time of booking.
    • ~USD 45–53 online before or during check-in.
    • ~USD 55–71 at a ticket center, airport kiosk, or counter. 
    • ~USD 65–76 at the airport gate.  
  • Checked bags (1st/2nd/3rd-5th) will cost you: 
    • ~USD 37/45/85 if you pay online when booking. 
    • ~USD 47/55/95 if you pay before or during online check-in.
    • ~USD 50–55/60/100 if you pay at the airport desk or reservation center.
    • ~USD 65/NA/NA at the airport gate.

The baggage size and weight you’re allowed to carry on Spirit Airlines are 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 checked baggage weight limit for Standard/Bare Fares is 40lb/18.1kg per checked bag. However, for passengers who have purchased the Bundle It or Boost It combo, the baggage weight limit is 50lb/23kg.

If you’re carrying overweight baggage, the maximum weight allowed per checked bag is 100lb/45kg (but 50lb/23kg for Peru).

Spirit Airlines baggage allowance weight is as follows:

  • Standard/Bare Fare passengers are allowed only 1 personal carry-on item as free baggage allowance. There’s no weight limit for it, but it must fit under your front seat/overhead bin and its size must not exceed 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in).
  • Free Spirit Gold members are allowed: 
    • 1 free personal carry-on item (as above). 
    • 1 free carry-on bag not exceeding 35lb/16kg in weight.
    • 1 free checked bag not exceeding 40lb/18.1kg in weight.
  • Passengers who have purchased the Bundle It/Boost It combo are allowed:
    • 1 free personal carry-on item (as above). 
    • 1 free carry-on bag not exceeding 35lb/16kg in weight.
    • 1 free checked bag not exceeding 50lb/23kg in weight.

Spirit Airlines Basic Economy baggage allowance for Base Fare passengers is just 1 free personal carry-on item (purse/laptop bag, etc.) not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) in size. There’s no weight limit for it, but it must fit under your front seat or in the overhead bin.

According to Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy, you’re only allowed 1 personal carry-on item for free on a Bare Fare (Standard/Basic Economy). 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.

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 for mobility aids and musical instruments).

If you’re travelling on Spirit Airlines’ standard economy fare (known as Bare Fare), the maximum weight of your paid checked bag must not exceed 40lb/18.1kg. Bags exceeding the weight limit will incur an (additional) overweight baggage fee. However, passengers travelling on Bundle It or Boost It combo fares are allowed a free checked baggage allowance weight of 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.

You can add baggage on Spirit Airlines 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 (via My Trips), during check-in (via Check-in), at the airport counter, or airport gate (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 bags on most flights. However, different limits may apply on select international routes such as 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 fly 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 fee for active-duty military personnel is USD 0 for up to: 

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

The baggage fee waiver 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 (if used). 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.

The only free carry-on baggage you’re allowed on a Bare Fare is one personal carry-on item, such as a handbag or a purse. The size of your free personal item must not be more than 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in). 
If you’ve purchased a Bundle It combo or you’re a Free Spirit Gold status member or active-duty military personnel, you can carry 1 carry-on bag for free in addition to the personal carry-on item. However, the size of your carry-on bag must not exceed 56 x 46 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in).

The weight limit for checked baggage on Spirit Airlines is 40lb/18.1kg. Anything beyond this will be treated as overweight baggage and charged extra.

The estimated baggage prices on Spirit Airlines for standard fares are as follows: 

  • Carry-on baggage 
    • Purchased online when booking ~USD 35 – 43 
    • Purchased online before/during check-in ~USD 45 – 53 
    • Purchased at an airport kiosk/counter ~USD 52 – 70
    • Purchased at the airport gate ~USD 65 – 76 
  • Checked baggage (1st/2nd/3rd-5th bags):
    • ~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.

If you’re travelling on a Bare Fare, the size of your checked bag must not exceed 158cm/62in (L+ W + H) in combined linear dimensions and 40lb/18.1kg in weight. If it does, you will be charged an additional baggage fee. Checked bags will not be accepted if they exceed 203cm/80in (L + W + H) or 100lb/45kg (50lb/23kg for Peru), other than mobility aids and musical instruments. Additional restrictions may apply if you’re travelling to select international cities.
If you’ve purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo, your free checked bag can weigh up to 50lb/23kg.

Bare Fares on Spirit Airlines do not include any baggage other than a free personal hand baggage item measuring up to 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) that fits in the overhead bin or under your front seat.
Additional baggage is included if you’re active-duty military personnel, a Free Spirit Gold member, or have purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo.

Active-duty military personnel are entitled to a free baggage allowance comprising 1 personal item, 1 carry-on bag, and 2 free checked bags. Anything in addition to this will be subject to the standard baggage fees.

Standard fares on Spirit Airlines (i.e., Bare Fares) include only 1 free personal item—anything additional must be purchased.
However, free baggage is included in the fares of active-duty military personnel,Free Spirit Gold members, and passengers who have purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo.

To access Spirit Airlines baggage contact number, contact Spirit’s Baggage Office at the arrival airport via this link.

Spirit Airlines baggage fees at the airport are as follows:

  • Carry-on baggage fees
    • At the ticket counter/airport kiosk/airport counter ~USD 52 – 70 
    • At the airport gate ~USD 65 – 76  
  • Checked baggage fees
    • At the airport desk/reservation center (1st/2nd/3rd-5th bags) ~USD 50-55/60/100
    • At the airport gate (only 1 bag is accepted) ~+USD 65

You’re only allowed to check in 1 bag at the airport gate.

Spirit Airlines does not charge a baggage fee for the free personal carry-on item such as a purse, handbag, or small backpack, as long as it does not exceed 45cm x 35cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) in size. Items that exceed this limit will be charged per the applicable rates, depending on size.

To learn about Spirit Airlines baggage info for international flights, refer to the section titled Spirit Airlines Route Restrictions.

Spirit Airlines domestic flight baggage allowance for standard fares (Bare Fares) is 1 free personal carry-on item not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) in size. Any additional baggage item must be purchased. 
If you’ve purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo, you’re entitled to an additional carry-on bag and checked bag (50lb/23kg) for free. Free Spirit Gold status members are also entitled to a free additional carry-on bag and a checked bag.

Spirit Airlines’ lost baggage compensation for domestic flights within the U.S. is limited to USD 3,800 per confirmed passenger. The lost baggage compensation for international flights covered by the Warsaw or Montreal Convention is subject to a maximum of USD 400 per passenger for an unchecked bag and USD 362.80 per passenger for a checked bag. For domestic flights that include a domestic trip to which the Montreal Convention applies, the lost baggage compensation is limited to SDR 1,288 per passenger.

You can prepay baggage online via My Trips (cheapest), by phone, or at the airport (costliest).

The approximate baggage cost on Spirit Airlines for Bare Fares (standard fares) is as follows:

  • Carry-on baggage 
    • ~USD 35 – 43 if you purchase online at the time of booking.
    • ~USD 45 – 53 if you purchase online before/during check-in.  
    • ~USD 52 – 70 if you purchase at an airport kiosk/counter.
    • ~USD 65 – 76 if you purchase at the airport gate.  
  • Checked baggage (1st/2nd/3rd-5th bags):
    • ~USD 37/45/85 if you purchase online at the time of booking. 
    • ~USD 47/55/95 if you purchase before/during online check-in. 
    • ~USD 47/55/95 if you purchase online during online check-in. 
    • ~USD 50–55/60/100 if you purchase at the airport desk/reservation center.
    • ~USD 65/NA/NA if you purchase at the airport gate (only 1 bag accepted).

Spirit Airlines will charge you for baggage if you’re travelling on a Bare/Standard Fare. You can only bring 1 personal item such as a purse or a handbag free of charge, as long as it does not exceed 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in) in size. However, if you’re a Free Spirit Gold member or active-duty military personnel, or you’ve purchased a Bundle It combo fare, you can bring 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked bag in addition to the free personal item for free.

Spirit Airlines baggage fees are non-refundable (unless your flight is cancelled).

Spirit Airlines domestic checked baggage fees for Standard/Bare Fares for the 1st/2nd/3rd – 5th bags paid online at the time of booking are ~USD 37/45/85, and ~USD 47/55/95 if you purchase before or during online check-in. However, purchasing baggage at the airport desk/reservation center will cost you ~USD 50–55/60/100, and ~USD 65/NA/NA if you purchase your baggage at the airport gate (only 1 bag will be accepted at the gate).

If you’re having baggage issues at Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD), call Spirit Airlines at 1-801-401-2220. You can also file a lost or damaged baggage claim online through the Spirit Airlines Baggage Service portal (www.spirit.com/bagclaim), or visit the Baggage Service Office, located in Terminal 3. 

You can make baggage complaints on Spirit Airlines as follows:

  • At the airport by visiting the Spirit Airlines Baggage Service Office

Online via Spirit Airlines Baggage Service portal

If you’re travelling on a Standard/Base Fare, Spirit Airlines baggage fees in 2022 (1st/2nd/3rd – 5th bags) on most international flights are:

  • ~USD 37/45/85 if you pay online at the time of booking. 
  • ~USD 47/55/95 if you pay before or during online check-in.  
  • ~USD 50–55/60/100 if you pay at the airport desk/reservation center.
  • ~USD 65/NA/NA if you pay at the airport gate.

Spirit Airlines baggage fees for overweight bags are:

  • USD 30 per bag if your bag weighs between 41–50lb (18–23kg).
  • USD 55 per bag if your bag weighs between 51–70lb (23–32kg).
  • USD 100 per bag if your bag weighs between 71–99lb (32–45kg).

Dependents of active-duty military personnel are not entitled to any free baggage allowance on Spirit Airlines.

The checked baggage price (1st/2nd/3rd-5th bags) for passengers travelling on a Standard/Base Fare is ~USD 37/45/85 when paid online at the time of booking; ~USD 47/55/95 when paid before or during online check-in; ~USD 50–55/60/100 when paid at the airport desk/reservation center; and ~USD 65/NA/NA when paid at the airport gate.

Checking the first two bags on a Standard/Bare Fare will cost you: 

  • ~USD 37/45 online at the time of booking.
  • ~USD 47/55 before or during online check-in.
  • ~USD 50-55/60 at the airport desk or reservation center.
  • ~USD 65/NA at the airport gate.

Spirit Airlines’ hand baggage allowance is as follows:

  • Standard/Bare Fares
    • 1 personal item not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in).
  • Bundle It Fares/Free Spirit Gold members
    • 1 personal item not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in).
    • 1 carry-on bag not exceeding 61 x 41 x 25cm, i.e., 24 x 16 x 10in in size and 35lb/16kg in weight

You can add baggage on Spirit Airlines online (cheapest), by phone, or at the airport (costliest). If you didn’t add baggage online at the time of booking, you can do it later via My Trips before check-in starts, or via the Check-in tab when online check-in begins 24 hours before departure. Simply enter your last name and confirmation code to access your flight booking, click on the Add Bags link, and pay the required fee to complete the transaction.

Spirit Airlines international baggage allowance on Bare/Standard Fares is nil—it must be purchased. However, if you’ve purchased a Bundle It or Boost It combo, or are a Free Spirit Gold member, you are entitled to carry 1 free checked bag in addition to 1 free personal item and 1 free carry-on bag.

For carry-on baggage, Spirit Airlines will charge you ~USD 35 – 43 if you purchase online when booking, ~USD 45 – 53 if you purchase online before/during check-in, ~USD 52 – 70 if you purchase at an airport kiosk/counter, and ~USD 65 – 76 if you purchase at the airport gate.  
For checked baggage (1st/2nd/3rd-5th bags), Spirit Airlines will charge you ~USD 37/45/85 if you purchase online at the time of booking, ~USD 47/55/95 if you purchase before/during online check-in, ~USD 47/55/95 if you purchase online during online check-in, ~USD 50–55/60/100 if you purchase at the airport desk/reservation center, and ~USD 65/NA/NA if you purchase at the airport gate.

The standard check-in baggage size at Spirit Airlines is 158cm/62in in combined linear dimensions (L + W + H). Checked bags measuring more than 158cm/62in and up to 203cm/80in will be treated as oversized baggage and incur extra charges. Bags exceeding 203cm/80in will not be accepted, except for mobility aids and musical instruments.

The checked baggage allowance at Spirit Airlines for Standard/Bare Fares is nil—it must be purchased. For Bundle It and Boost It fares, the checked baggage allowance is 1 free checked bag of up to 50lb/23kg per passenger. Free Spirit Gold members are also entitled to 1 free checked bag, and active-duty military personnel are entitled to travel with 2 free checked bags.

The checked baggage fees for passengers travelling on Standard/Bare Fares are ~USD 37/45/85 for the first/second/third-fifth bags if you pay online at the time of booking. If you pay before or during online check-in, the checked baggage fees are ~USD 47/55/95. If you pay at the airport desk or reservation center, the checked baggage fees are ~USD 50-55/60/100, and if you pay at the airport gate, the checked baggage fees are USD 65 for the first checked bag (additional bags will not be accepted at the gate).
Passengers travelling on Bundle It/Boost It fares are allowed 1 free checked bag of 50lb/23kg per passenger, and Free Spirit Gold members are also entitled to 1 free checked bag. Additional bags will cost the same as shown above.

The cost of extra baggage on Spirit Airlines will depend on your travel class (unless route restrictions apply). If you’re travelling on a Bare/Standard Fare:

  • Your carry-on baggage will cost you: 
    • ~USD 35 – 43 if you pay online when booking
    • ~USD 45 – 53 if you pay online after booking/during check-in
    • ~USD 55 – 71 if you pay at the airport kiosk/counter/ticket center
    • ~USD 65 – 76 if you pay at the airport gate 
  • Your 1st/2nd/3rd–5th checked bags will cost you:
    • ~USD 37/45/85 if you pay online when booking
    • ~USD 47/55/95 if you pay before/during online check-in 
    • ~USD 50-55/60/100 if you pay online at the airport kiosk/counter/ticket center 
    • ~USD 65/NA/NA if you pay at the airport gate 

Tell me about Spirit Airlines baggage check-in online. You can check in (and pay for) baggage online at Spirit Airlines via the My Trips tab appearing on the homepage (Spirit.com). Access your flight booking by entering your last name and confirmation code, then click on the Add Bags link, select the number of bags you’ll be travelling with, and confirm and pay.

You can pay for baggage online at Spirit Airlines through the My Trips link appearing on the homepage, Spirit.com. Click on the My Trips tab, enter your last name and confirmation code to access your reservation, click on the Add Bags link, choose the number of bags you’ll be travelling with, and pay.

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