Customers need to be careful about how charges like baggage fees add up on budget airlines like Spirit.
Spirit Airlines does not include any bags in their base allowance (Bare Fare), not even carry-ons. Additionally, baggage prices increase the closer you get to take-off. This means your best bet is to buy your allowance during your initial booking.
Another consideration: Spirit’s baggage policy states the max checked bag weight allowed is 40 pounds (18 kg). This is 10 pounds (5 kg) less than the standard average and you’d better believe you’ll be paying extra for that difference.
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Spirit Airlines Carry-On Allowance
1 personal item: FREE with Bare Fare
Standard carry-on bag
Fees depend on the route and when you purchase your bags, and Spirit advises passengers to use its baggage calculator. After running a few searches, we found the consistent fees below, but be sure to check your specific route.
- $9 fare club – $26-$31
- Standard – $35-$40
Before & During Online Check-In:
- $9 fare club – $36-$41
- Standard – $45-$50
Airport Reservation Desk: $52-$70
At Gate: $65-$76
- Personal: 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm)
- Standard: 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm)
Lap Infant Carry-On Policy
- Breast pumps and baby formula are allowed to be carried onto an aircraft and don’t count towards your carry-on allowance.
Stroller Check Policy
- Spirit Airlines will check a stroller or double stroller and car seat at the ticket counter or gate. The stroller will be waiting for you when you exit the aircraft.
Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance
All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 40 pounds (18.1 kg) and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).
Spirit Airlines considers a number of items in their fee calculations, including the route, dates of travel, and $9 fare club or standard fare. We ran some searches and found consistent fees below.
For the most personal/ accurate baggage fee calculations, please use Spirit’s online baggage calculator tool here.
|Checked Bag (fees are route dependent)||During Spirit.com |
|Before Online |
|During Online |
|$9 Fare |
|Std||$9 Fare |
|Std||$9 Fare |
*Some routes may limit the number of checked bags allowed (please refer to online baggage calculator tool).
Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:
41 – 50 pounds (18 – 23 kg): $30
51 – 70 pounds (23 – 32 kg): $55
71 – 100 pounds (32 – 45 kg): $100
63 – 80 linear inches (158-203 cm): $100
Special items over 80 linear inches (203 cm): $150
For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Spirit Airlines’ policy here.
Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?
Spirit Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online, via the mobile app or by contacting their call center.
Here are the ways you can pre-pay:
- Log in to your reservation via the ‘My Trips’ tab on the Spirit website and click ‘Add bags’. This can be done more than 24 hours before departure. For less than 24 hours before departure, use the ‘Online check-in’ tab.
- Download and log in to the Spirit Airlines app.
- Contact the Spirit Airlines call center on 801-401-2222
Avoid Paying Baggage Fees by Using These Credit Cards
Spirit is notorious for fees, but you can use points & miles to pay for your checked bag and carry-on fees (instead of cash!)
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500), when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months.|
Exclusions & Waivers
For active duty military, Spirit will provide two free checked bags and a free carry-on, in addition to the free personal item. This does not extend to family members.