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Spirit Luggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Spirit luggage allowances and charges before travelling.

spirit carry-on allowance

Each Spirit passenger is allowed to carry on to the plane one small personal item with maximum dimensions of 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) free of charge. This will change to 17 x 13 x 8 (43 x 33 x 20cm) for flights after 31st March 2016.

An additional, larger carry-on item must be paid for. This additional bag cannot exceed 22 x 18 x10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm). The cost for this additional carry-on item varies according to when the allowance is purchased  - at initial booking, before/during check-in, at the airport, or at the gate. For most flights it costs $35, one way, as standard, if purchased during online booking, or before online check in. If a passenger is a member of the $9 fare club*, they can purchase their carry-on allowance for $26. If, however, the allowance is purchased during online check-in, the cost is $45 as standard, or $36 for fare club members. The price increases to $50 at the airport, or $100 at the gate.    

Certain items do not count towards a customer’s carry-on allowance. These include an infant bag and pushchair.   

if your bag is overweight/ oversized                                                      

If an item of hand luggage exceeds the allowable dimensions, it will be checked into the hold, and charges will apply (see below).


Certain pets can be carried on board on domestic flights. These are restricted to small dogs, cats, or birds kept as pets (except to Puerto Rico or ST Thomas, U.S.V.I). The pet must be in a carrier no larger than 18 x 14 x 9 inches (45.72 x 35.56 x 22.86 cm) and must be able to fit under the seat in front. The combined weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 40 lbs (18.14 kg). One pet container per customer is allowed with up to two similar animals in the same container, as long as each pet is free to stand in an upright position and freely move about the container. The charge for this is $110 per container. 

spirit checked-in baggage

Passengers can check up to five bags into the hold. Each bag must not exceed 62 inches (158 cm) in total dimensions, or 40 lbs (18.1 kg).

Allowance for this must be purchased, with costs as follows (prices are one way only):


During online booking (with $9 fare club)

During online booking, standard

During online check-in (with $9 fare club)

During online check-in, standard

At airport

At gate

1st checked bag







2nd checked bag







3rd, 4th and 5th checked bag







*It costs $59.95 to become a member of the $9 fare club. This membership means that a passenger and everyone on their travel itinerary can receive discounts on their flights and baggage allowance purchases. Membership renews automatically every year at $69.95, if it is not cancelled.

children's luggage

Pushchairs and child car seats are accepted as checked baggage free of charge.

spirit excess baggage fees

If a bag exceeds the purchased allowance, excess baggage fees apply:

If a bag weighs between 41 and 50 lbs (18 and 23 kg), the cost is $25 per bag.

If a bag weighs between 51 and 70 lbs (23 and 32 kg), the cost is $50 per bag.

If a bag weighs between 71 and 99 lbs (32 and 45 kg), the cost is $100 per bag.

If a bag’s dimensions are between 68 and 80 inches (158 - 203cm), the cost is $100.

If a bag’s dimensions are over 80 linear inches (203cm), the cost is $150.

The airline cannot accept items that exceed 99 lbs (45 kg) or 80 inches (203 cm) in overall dimensions. 

exceptional items

Sporting equipment, such as bikes or surf boards, can be checked into the hold. The cost for a bike is $75, one way, and it costs $100 to bring surfboards (max 2 in one bag). Golf bags and skis/snowboards are treated in the same way as other items of checked luggage.

Musical instruments can be checked into the hold, as long as they are correctly packaged and do not exceed the maximum allowable weight and dimensions. A limited liability release form must be signed by the customer for the carriage of musical instruments.

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