Spirit Airlines Check-in

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 Spirit Airlines check-in options available to you—along with the check-in starting and closing times.

Spirit Airlines Check-in Methods

Spirit Airlines allows you to check in: 

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

Check-in Times at Spirit Airlines  

You should reach the airport at least 2 hours before departure for a domestic flight and 3 hours before departure for an international flight. 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 domestic flights (within the United States). 
  • At least 60 minutes prior to departure for international flights (and U.S.V.I flights). 
  1. Spirit Airlines Mobile App Check-in Time

You can check in with the mobile app from 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure.

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 Airport Counter Check-in Time

Spirit Airlines’ airport 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)

How can I check in online for my Spirit Airlines flight?

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.

You can check in online via 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
      (an 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 mobile 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 before departure 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

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

Spirit Airlines Airport Check-in

You can check in physically at Spirit Airlines’ airport 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. 

Spirit Airlines 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. 
  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 need 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 minimum 45 minutes prior to departure.
24 hours to 1 hour before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags minimum 60 minutes prior to departure.
Mobile AppFrom 24 hours to 1 hour before departure.Note. You must have already obtained your boarding pass and checked in your bags minimum 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 minimum 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 minimum 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 minimum 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 will cost USD 2 per pass. 

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 prior to 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 prior to departure for an international flight. 
  • You must be at the boarding gate minimum 15 minutes before departure for domestic flights and minimum 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. 


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