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Spirit 2017 Luggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Spirit luggage allowances and charges before travelling.

spirit carry-on allowance

Spirit’s carry-on allowance includes one small personal item with maximum dimensions of 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm).

Passengers must pay a fee to bring an additional, larger item on board. This additional bag cannot exceed 22 x 18 x10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm). The fee for bringing an additional item on board varies according to when the allowance is purchase - at initial booking, before/during check-in, at the airport, or at the gate. For most flights the fee is $37, 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 $28. If, however, the allowance is purchased during online check-in, the cost is $47 as standard, or $38 for fare club members. The price increases to $57 at the airport, or $100 at the gate

A number of items do not count towards a customer’s carry-on allowance, such as a diaper bag and a pushchair.  

if your bag is overweight/ oversized                          

If an item of hand luggage exceeds the dimensions permitted by Spirit’s baggage allowance, it will be checked into the hold, and fees will be charged (see below).


Certain pets can be carried in the cabin on domestic Spirit flights. The pet must be placed in a carrier with dimensions no larger than 18 x 14 x 9 inches (45.72 x 35.56 x 22.86 cm). The combined weight of the pet and carrier must not be greater than 40 lbs (18.14 kg). One pet container per customer is allowed with up to two similar animals in the same container, providing each pet is free to stand in an upright position and freely move about the container. The fee for this is $110 per container. 

spirit checked-in baggage

There is no free Spirit checked baggage allowance. Passengers can check up to five bags into the hold but must pay a fee. Each bag must not exceed 62 inches (158 cm) in total dimensions, or 40 lbs (18.1 kg).

Prices for checked baggage are as follows:


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







*Customers can pay $59.95 to become a member of the $9 fare club. This means that they, and everyone on their travel itinerary, can receive discounts on their flights and baggage allowance purchases. Membership renews automatically every year at $69.95, unless cancelled by the customer.

children's luggage

Pushchairs and child car seats are accepted in the hold free of charge.

spirit excess baggage fees

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

If a bag weighs between 41 and 50 lbs (18 and 23 kg), the fee is $30 per bag.

If a bag weighs between 51 and 70 lbs (23 and 32 kg), the fee is $55 per bag.

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

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

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

exceptional items

Sporting equipment, like surf boards or bikes, may be checked into the hold. The fee for checking a bike is $75, one way, and $100 for surf boards (max 2 in one bag). Golf bags and skis/snowboards are viewed as standard items of checked luggage.

Musical instruments can be checked into the hold, as long as they are correctly packaged and they adhere to Spirit’s checked baggage allowance rules. 

Disclaimer - Information gathered from these webpages on 14/04/2017:


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