Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees & How To Avoid Paying Them!

Spirit baggage fees

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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 40lbs.  This is 10lbs less than the standard average and you’d better believe you’ll be paying extra for that difference.

Spirit Airlines Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE with Bare Fare
Standard carry-on bag: 
During Booking:

  • $9 fare club – $28
  • Standard – $37

Before & During Online Check-In:

  • $9 fare club – $36
  • Standard – $45

Airport Reservation Desk: $55

At Gate: $65

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 18″ x 14″ x 8″
  • Standard: 22″ x 18″ x10″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Breast pumps and baby formula are allowed to be carried onto an aircraft and don’t count against your carry-on allowance.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Spirit airlines will check a stroller or double stroller 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 40lbs and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches.

Spirit Airlines considers a number of items in their fee calculations, including: route, dates of travel, and $9 fare club or Standard fare.  The following table displays general fees for MOST* routes.

For the most personal/ accurate baggage fee calculations, please use Spirit’s online baggage calculator tool here.

Checked BagDuring Spirit.com
Booking
Before Online
Check-In
During Online
Check-In
Airport,
Group Desk,
Res Center
At Gate
1st Bag$23$32$33$42$33$42$52$65
2nd Bag$33$42$43$52$43$52$62n/a
3rd-5th Bags$78$87$88$97$88$97$102n/a
$9 Fare
Club
Std$9 Fare
Club
Std$9 Fare
Club
Std

*Some routes may limit the number of checked bags allowed (please refer to online baggage calculator tool).

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag and Carry-On Fees

Spirit is notorious for fees, but you can use a few different credit cards to reimburse your checked bag and carry-on fees.

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite MasterCard®

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®
  • Use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees.
  • Earn 2X miles on every purchase made with the card.
  • Plus, EACH YEAR earn up to 25,000 loyalty bonus miles
  • Annual Fee: $150 (waived first year)
  • Rates & Fees
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases). Annual Fee: $450
Citi Prestige Card$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases). Annual Fee: $450

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

Overweight Fee
41 – 50lb: $30
51 – 70lb: $55
71 – 100lb: $100

Oversized Fee
63 – 80cm: $100
Special items over 80cm: $150

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Spirit Airlines’ policy here. 

Exclusions & Waivers:

For active duty military, Spirit will provide two free checked bags and a free carry-on, in addition to the already free personal item.


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

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6 comments

  1. Amanda wallace · April 10, 2018 · Reply

    I’m confused about the credit card reimbersment ? If I use my card are they going to charge extra on it when I go online to check my bag?

    • Nope, what happens is you pay for the bags and then your credit card company will reimburse the fee. The “how” depends on your specific credit card, e.g. it might be a statement credit or you might be able to use points to offset that cost when your statement is ready to be paid.

  2. Felisa Kershaw · May 27, 2018 · Reply

    What do I have to do to check my luggage online? How much is it check in luggage? This will be my first time flying with spirit in July. I don’t want to be embarrassed at check in. What is the total cost for my luggage the whole trip? I will not have a carry on bag just my purse. This flight is so stressful!!! For example delta cost is $25 leaving out and $25 coming back. I hope that you can answer my question. Hopefully you can make this a joyful weekend for me and my 3 sister’s. Thanks in advance

    • Hi Felisa – First of all, let me be clear that we are not Spirit Airlines. We are Upgraded Points, an online website that provides articles on a variety of topics related to earning points and miles. I understand you are having some issues figuring out your baggage costs for a Spirit flight. We completely understand baggage fees can be confusing which is why we attempt to outline things in our articles here. However, airlines don’t have the clearest policies to begin with so that can make summarizing them really tough. To figure out your fees, what I would recommend is to use Spirit Airlines Baggage Fee Calculator on Spirit Airlines official website. Since we are not Spirit Airlines, we cannot give you the specific answer you are looking for. This official calculator should provide the most accurate information. You can find it here: https://www.spirit.com/OptionalServices. You will need your flight dates as well as your airport locations. This will give you a range of prices that will depend on when you actually purchase your luggage allowance. Yes, it’s confusing and yes, it’s one of the reasons Spirit Airlines customers complain a lot! Hope this helps…

  3. Alexia Renee · July 14, 2018 · Reply

    Can I pay for the luggage at the airport ? If so how much is it ?

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