2023 Spirit Airlines Baggage Allowance For Carry On and Checked Baggage

What are Spirit Airlines' baggage allowance and baggage charges? Read on to find out

Spirit Baggage Allowance
Spirit Baggage Allowance

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Spirit Airlines Carry-On Baggage Allowance:

The Spirit Airlines carry-on baggage allowance is one small personal item; 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm). A fee applies to bring an additional, larger item, with dimensions of 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm).

The fee for bringing an additional item on board 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 the fee is $65, one way, as standard, if purchased during online booking. If a passenger is a member of the Saver$ club*, they can purchase their carry-on allowance for $64. If, however, the allowance is purchased during online check-in, the cost is $75 as standard, or $74 for club members. The price increases to $89 at the airport, or $99 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.  

What If My Spirit Airlines Carry On Is Overweight/ Oversized?                         

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

Spirit Airlines Carry-On Allowance for Pets 

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 $125 per container. 

Spirit Airlines Carry On and Musical Instruments

Passengers may bring musical instruments on board as part of their standard carry on. If the instrument exceeds the standard carry-on allowance, an extra seat must be purchased for it. The instrument must be secured in or against a window seat.

Spirit Airlines Carry On and Prohibited Items

Certain items are considered too dangerous to bring on board an aircraft. These include, but are not limited to:





Nail guns.

Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance:

There is no free Spirit Airlines 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).

Spirit uses a dynamic pricing structure for baggage cost depending on dates of travel, destination and channel of purcahse. Spirit offers a "Bag-O-Tron" service to display the cost of baggage depending on various factors. Prices for checked baggage on flights between New York and Los Angeles are as follows:

During online booking (with Saver$ club)

During online booking, standard

Before/ during online check-in (with Saver$ club)

Before/ during online check-in, standard

At airport

At gate

1st checked bag







2nd checked bag







3rd, 4th and 5th checked bag







*Customers can pay $69.95 to become a member of the Saver$ 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.

Spirit Checked Baggage Allowance for Children 

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

Spirit Checked Baggage and 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 $79 per bag.

If a bag weighs between 51 and 100 lbs (23 and 45 kg), the fee is $99 per bag.

If a bag’s dimensions are between 63 and 80 inches (158 - 203 cm), the fee is $100.

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

Spirit Checked Baggage and 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. 

Information correct as of 03/03/2023.

Other Airline Baggage Allowances:

Delta Airlines baggage allowance

American Airlines baggage allowance

Jet Blue baggage allowance

United baggage allowance

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Baggage at a glance
Spirit Airlines Carry On

1 small personal item, free

18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm)

1 larger cabin bag, charged

22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm)

Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage

Up to 5 bags, charged

$35 - $150 per bag if overweight/ oversized