Whether you’re using your mobile device or prefer the good old airport check-in option, this website has you fully covered. View all the check-in options available to you—along with the check-in starting and closing time.

Spirit Airlines Check-in Methods

How do I check in on a Spirit Airlines flight?

You can check in at Spirit Airlines: 

  1. Via the website 
  2. Via the mobile app 
  3. At the airport check-in kiosk
  4. At the airport counter    

Spirit Airlines Check-in Times You should reach the airport at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure time for domestic Spirit Airlines flights and 3 hours before the scheduled departure time for international Spirit flights. You should have your boarding pass at least 45 minutes before departure for a domestic flight and at least 60 minutes before departure for an international or a U.S.V.I. flight, or your reservation may be cancelled. 

  1. Spirit Airlines Online Check-in Time

You can check in online from 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure.

Remember

You should already have obtained your boarding pass and dropped your bags: 

  • At least 45 minutes prior to departure for a domestic Spirit Airlines flight (within the United States). 
  • At least 60 minutes prior to departure for an international Spirit Airlines flight (and and a U.S.V.I flight). 
  1. Spirit Airlines Mobile Check-in Time

You can check in with Spirit’s mobile app from 24 hours to 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight.

Remember

You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags: 

  • At least 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights (within the United States). 
  • At least 60 minutes before departure for international flights (and U.S.V.I flights). 
  1. Spirit Airlines Self-Service Kiosk Check-in Time

You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags: 

  • At least 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights (within the United States). 
  • At least 60 minutes before departure for international flights (and U.S.V.I flights). 

Remember

You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags: 

  • At least 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights (within the United States). 
  • At least 60 minutes before departure for international flights (and U.S.V.I flights). 
  1. Spirit Airlines Counter Check-in Time

Spirit Airlines’ airport counter check-in starts 3 hours before departure and ends: 

  • 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights.
  • 60 minutes before departure for international and U.S.V.I flights.

Remember

You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags: 

  • Min. 45 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights (within the U.S.). 
  • At least 60 minutes prior to departure for international flights (and U.S.V.I flights). 

Spirit Airlines Online Check-in (Web Check-in)

Spirit Airlines web check-in process

Checking in online saves you the hassle of standing in a line at the airport and takes less than a minute. If you’re holding a confirmed reservation on Spirit Airlines, you can check in online free of charge from 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure—as explained below.

Spirit Airlines’ online check-in process

You can web check through the website as follows: 

  1. Go to Spirit.com
  2. Provide the following information in the boxes: 
    1. Your last name 
    2. Your confirmation code
      (a 6-character alphanumeric combination such as ABC123 in your confirmation email)
  3. Click on the Check-in button
  4. Confirm your check-in 

When you check in online, you’ll also be able to:

  • View your itinerary
  • Buy a seat assignment 
  • Download and print your boarding pass
  • Purchase carry-on or checked baggage
    (at a lower rate than at the airport) 

If you check in online and buy your bags (up to 40lb/18.1kg) in advance, follow the signs to the Fast Bag Drop area to drop off your bags and proceed for your security check. 

Remember

  • You must have obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags at least
  • 45 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights (within the United States). 
  • 60 minutes prior to departure for international flights (and U.S.V.I flights). 
  • To save money: 
    • Print your boarding pass and bring it with you. 
    • Purchase your bags as early as you can—even before check-in starts.
  • Purchasing bags online is cheaper than purchasing at the airport.
  • Shortcut boarding may not be available at certain stations.
  • If traveling internationally, you’ll have to enter your passport details before you can buy baggage or seats, or print your boarding pass.

You May Not Be Able to Check in Online in the Following Cases

  1. You’re traveling with a pet or a service animal
  2. You’re traveling on a group reservation with 10 or more passengers
  3. You’re flying with a lap infant
  4. You’ve booked the unaccompanied minor service
  5. You’re traveling with a Military ID instead of a passport
  6. You’re traveling to/from specific international destinations
  7. You’re a non-U.S. citizen departing from an international location
  8. You’ve purchased an extra seat or special items
  9. You couldn’t complete your check-in online due to a glitch
    (in which case your USD 10 boarding pass printing charge will be waived)

Spirit Airlines Mobile App Check-in

How can I check in for a Spirit Airlines flight with my mobile device? 

You can check in with Spirit Airlines’ mobile app by tapping on the check-in button, logging in, entering the required information, and following the onscreen prompts to check in. 

After checking in, you can save your boarding pass to your device.

You can use the Spirit Airlines check-in app to: 

  • Check-in for your flight 
  • Book flights 
  • Add bags and extras
  • Select/upgrade your seat 
  • View your flight status
  • Download your mobile boarding pass
  • View or track your Free Spirit mileage balance

Remember

  • You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked your baggage: 
  • For domestic flights—at least 45 minutes before departure.
  • For international flights (and U.S.V.I)at least 60 minutes before departure.
  • To save money: 
    • Download and save your mobile boarding pass and bring it with you. 
    • Purchase your bags as early as you can—even before check-in starts.
  • Purchasing bags online is cheaper than purchasing at the airport.
  • Shortcut boarding may not be available at certain stations.
  • If traveling internationally, you’ll have to enter your passport details before you can buy baggage or seats, or print your boarding pass.

Exceptions 

Mobile check-ins may not be possible if:

  1. You’re traveling with a pet or a service animal
  2. You’re traveling on a group reservation with 10 or more passengers
  3. You’re traveling with a lap infant
  4. You’re a minor 
  5. You’re traveling with a Military ID instead of a passport
  6. You’re traveling to/from specific international destinations
  7. You’re a non-U.S. citizen departing from an international location
  8. You’ve purchased an extra seat or special items
  9. You couldn’t complete your check-in online due to a glitch (in which case your fee will be waived)

Spirit Airlines Kiosk Check-in

You can use the self-service touchscreen kiosks (available at select airports) to check in for your flight from 3 hours to 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights and 60 minutes before departure for international and U.S.V.I flights.

You can use a Spirit Airlines’ kiosk to:

  • Check in for your flight 
  • Take a printout of your boarding pass
    (costs USD 2/pass)
  • View your itinerary
  • Add bags and extras
  • Select a seat 
  • Upgrade your seat
  • Self-tag your bags (select airports*)

After checking in and collecting your boarding pass, you can check in your bags at the Bag Drop counter.

*Self-Tagging is available at airports in the following cities:

West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)

Tampa, FL (TPA)

St. Louis, MO (STL)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

San Diego, CA (SAN)

Sacramento, CA (SMF)

Richmond, VA (RIC)

Portland, OR (PDX)

Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

Philadelphia, PA (PHL)

Pensacola, FL (PNS)

Oakland, CA (OAK)

Niagara Falls, NY (IAG)

Newark, NJ (EWR)

New Orleans, LA (MSY)

Nashville, TN (BNA)

Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

Milwaukee, WI (MKE)

Miami, FL (MIA)

Manchester, NH (MHT)

Louisville, KY (SDF)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX

Latrobe, PA (LBE)

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

Indianapolis, IN (IND)

Houston, TX (IAH)

Greensboro, NC (GSO)

Ft. Myers, FL (RSW)

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Detroit, MI (DTW)

Denver, CO (DEN)

Dallas, TX (DFW)

Columbus, OH (CMH)

Cleveland, Ohio (CLE)

Chicago, IL (ORD)

Charlotte, NC (CLT)

Charleston, WV (CRW)

Burbank, CA (BUR)

Boston, MA (BOS)

Baltimore, MD (BWI)

Austin, TX (AUS)

Atlantic City, NJ (ACY)

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Spirit Airlines Airport Check-in

How to check in at the airport ticket counter

You can check in physically at Spirit Airlines’ airport ticket counter from 3 hours to 45 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and from 3 hours to 60 minutes prior to departure for international and U.S.V.I flights.

When you reach the airport check-in desk, you must present your ticket and travel papers, and check in your baggage. 

Airport Ticket Counter Check-in Tips
Ensure that:

  1. Your boarding pass is printed correctly.
    Note. Printing a boarding pass at the airport counter costs USD 10 per boarding pass, and USD 2 at a self-service kiosk.
  2. Your baggage is correctly tagged and you have your baggage receipts. 
  3. You go through the security checks and reach the boarding gates no later than 15 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and no later than 30 minutes prior to departure for international flights. 

Spirit Airlines Boarding Zones

The boarding order followed by Spirit Airlines is as follows:

  1. Pre-boarding. Includes special needs passengers, minors, and other passengers who require help with boarding.
  2. Zone 1
    1. Passengers who have purchased a carry-on bag.
  3. Zone 2
    1. Passengers who purchased shortcut boarding. 
    2. Free Spirit members holding a Silver or Gold status. 
    3. Free Spirit cardholders.
  4. Family Boarding 
    1. Families with children up to 3 years of age.
  5. Zone 3
    1. General boarding. 
    2. Generally, the rear half of the aircraft. 
  1. Zone 4
    1. General boarding. 
    2. Generally, the front half of the aircraft.

Frequently Asked Questions on Spirit Check-in

The check-in times at Spirit appear in the table below. 

Check-in Times at Spirit Airlines 
Method Domestic Check-in International Check-in (incl. USVI)
Online
From 24 hours to 1 hour before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags no less than 45 minutes before departure.
24 hours to 1 hour before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags no less than 60 minutes before departure.
Mobile AppFrom 24 hours to 1 hour before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags no less than 45 minutes before departure.24 hours to 1 hour before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags no less than 60 minutes before departure.
Airport Self-Service Kiosk From 3 hours to 45 minutes before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags at least 45 minutes prior to departure.From 3 hours to I hour prior to departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your luggage at least 60 minutes prior to departure.
Airport Counter From 3 hours to 45 minutes before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags at least 45 minutes before departure.From 3 hours to I hour prior to departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your luggage at least 60 minutes prior to departure.

You must check in your luggage before the counters close:

  • 45 minutes prior to departure for flights within the United States. 
  • 60 minutes prior to departure for international flights

You must also:

  • Carry a valid photo ID.
  • Reach the boarding gate: 
    • 15 minutes prior to departure for a domestic flight.
    • 30 minutes prior to departure for an international flight.

A printout of your boarding pass at a kiosk will cost you USD 2 per pass.

According to the check-in policy at Spirit Airlines, online check-in will not be available to you if:

  1. You’re traveling with a pet or a service animal
  2. You’re traveling on a group reservation with 10 or more passengers
  3. You’re flying with a lap infant
  4. You’re a minor child travelling alone
  5. You’re traveling with a Military ID instead of a passport
  6. You’re traveling to/from specific international destinations
  7. You’re a non-U.S. citizen departing from an international location
  8. You’ve purchased an extra seat or special items
  9. You couldn’t complete your check-in online due to a glitch

If you fall in any of the above-mentioned groups, you must check in at the airport. However, unlike other passengers, the USD 10 fee for printing your boarding pass will be waived.

The check-in rules at Spirit Airlines require that:

  • You arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before departure for an international flight and 2 hours before departure for a domestic flight. 
  • You must have completed your check-in (incl. baggage) at least 45 minutes before departure for a domestic flight and at least 60 minutes before departure for an international flight. 
  • You must be at the boarding gate at least 15 minutes before departure for domestic flights and at least 30 minutes before departure for international flights.

Yes, you can. If you couldn’t print or download your boarding pass at home, you can print your boarding pass at a self-service kiosk at the airport (costs USD 2). But remember, you must do this at least 1 hour before your flight departs. 

You can also obtain a printout from the airport check-in counter, but you’ll be charged USD 10 for a single printout.

You can check in baggage (i.e., purchase baggage) on Spirit Airlines: 

  • Online while booking
  • Online after booking via My Trips more than 24 hours before departure
  • Online within 24 hours of departure via Check-in
  • At the airport counter or by phone (costlier)

Remember, purchasing bags online at the time of booking is cheaper than purchasing at the airport.

You can (and should) try purchasing your bags online—ideally at the time of booking—because it’s cheaper than purchasing at the airport. If you’re purchasing your baggage online more than 24 hours before departure, go to the My Trips tab on the homepage (Spirit.com), access your reservation by entering your last name and confirmation code, and then click on the Add Bags option to purchase additional baggage. 

If you’re purchasing your baggage online within 24 hours of your flight’s departure, go to the homepage, click on the Check-in tab to access your reservation, and then select the Add Bags option to purchase additional bags. 

You can also purchase bags at the airport or by phone, but it’ll cost you more.

Spirit Airlines has check-in kiosks at most U.S. airports.

You can check in at Terminal 5 in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for your Spirit Airlines flight. The airport check-in counters close 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights within the U.S., and 60 minutes before departure for international flights.

You will need to inform Spirit Airlines of your TSA Precheck enrolment before travelling. If you’re making a new reservation, you can add your TSA Precheck Known Traveller Number (KTN) while booking as explained below. 

If you have an existing reservation, you add your KTN via My Trips and your redress number when you’re checking in online. 

After you add the required information, the TSA Precheck indicator will appear on your Spirit Airlines boarding pass (see the screenshot below). After reaching the airport, proceed to the TSA Precheck security area.      

Image: TSA Precheck indicated on boarding pass

You can check in at Domestic Terminal – North in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) for your Spirit Airlines flight. The check-in counters close 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights and 60 minutes before departure for international flights.

Spirit Airlines’ check-in bag weight can be up to 40lb/18.1kg and must be purchased on a Bare Fare. Bags exceeding the weight limit will be considered overweight and incur an additional charge. Spirit will not accept any bag exceeding 100lb/45kg.

Spirit Airlines will not charge any fee if you check in online for your flight and print your boarding pass at home and bring it along. However, you will be charged USD 2 for printing your boarding pass at an airport kiosk, and USD 10 to have your boarding pass printed at an airport counter by an agent. 

Spirit may waive the check-in fee if you’re travelling with a lap infant, using a military ID instead of a passport, or travelling as an unaccompanied minor.

You can check in at Terminal B (3 Level) for your Spirit Airlines flight departing from Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Spirit Airlines Colombia check-in details are as follows:

  • Aeropuerto Internacional El Eden Airport (AXM), Colombia, Armenia – Main Terminal 
  • Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ), Colombia, Barranquilla – Main Hall 
  • Aeropuerto Internacional El Nuevo Dorado (BOG), Colombia, Bogota — Terminal 1
  • Palonegro International Airport (BGA), Colombia, Bucaramanga – Main Terminal Hall
  • Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport (CLO), Colombia, Cali – International Terminal T2
  • Rafael Nunez International Airport (CTG), Colombia, Cartagena – International Terminal

Spirit Airlines allows active-duty military personnel to travel with: 

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

Military members must reach the airport early to check in their bags at the counter, and present their military ID. To save time at the airport, they can validate their active-duty status online while booking via a third-party validation service, ID.ME, by clicking on the Verify button at checkout.

If web check-in is unavailable, you will need to check in at an airport kiosk or counter.

Yes, most passengers can check in online at Spirit Airlines. However, you will need to check in at the airport counter if: 

  • You’re not a U.S. citizen and you’re departing from an international location. 
  • You were unable to check in online due to a system glitch. 
  • You purchased an extra seat. 
  • You’re travelling as an unaccompanied minor.
  • You’re travelling with a military ID instead of a passport.
  • You’re traveling to/from specific international destinations.
  • You’re travelling with a lap infant, special items, a pet/service animal, 10 or more passengers.

Spirit Airlines allows you to check in the following items per child at the check-in counter or gate for no additional charge: 1 stroller and 1 car seat. You can check in a double stroller if you’re flying with two children. After you get off the aircraft, your stroller(s) will be waiting for you. 

If you’ve purchased a separate seat for your child, you’re allowed to bring a child restraint system (car seat) or a CARES (child harness device) as long as it’s FAA-approved. If the car seat is too large to fit into a regular seat, Spirit will try to arrange an open seat for you, except a Big Front Seat which is only available for an additional charge.

Remember, some aircraft seats may not be able to accommodate certain types of car seats even if they’re FAA-approved. Plus, car seats are not allowed on seats with inflatable seat belts, exit seats, and on seats in rows before or after exit seats.

If you’re checking in online or with the mobile app, the earliest you can check in for your Spirit Airlines flight is 24 hours before departure.

If you’ve downloaded the boarding pass to your mobile device, you don’t need to print it. Otherwise, you must carry a printed copy of your boarding pass. 

If you check in online and print your boarding pass at home (or download it to your mobile device), you won’t be charged for it. However, if you print your boarding pass at the airport, you will be charged USD 2 for printing it at a kiosk and USD 10 for having it printed at the ticket counter by an agent.

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 by Melissa toth
Bag drop

Spirit refused to take my bag 4 hours before flight time as per policy. They refused to take the bag until 2 hours before the flight and left me stranded in the front of the airport with no seating and got told to wait

 by Nelson Azocar
Check-in

I have been unable to check in. Me and my wife are traveling on April 11, 2022 from Miami to Boston in Spirit airline flight # 3162 at 6:59 PM. Confirmation # WYY4YB. Nelson Azocar and Arzinoe Quintero-Azocar. Need advice. Thanks!!