How to Fly Spirit Airlines and Win

Spirit Airlines bills itself as an “ultra low fare carrier” and they do indeed have some of the lowest fares in the business.  But they also have some high add-on fees which, in some cases, can eat away at a chunk of that savings.  Here are some tips to help you book with Spirit:

1. Have a Baggage Strategy

These days, most airlines charge you for checking baggage so you might be inclined to try and avoid those fees by carrying your luggage on board.  That’s not a good idea with Spirit because they charge for carry-on bags, too — in fact, more than they do for checked bags.

There are a few exceptions. They do NOT charge for umbrellas, cameras, diaper bags, coats, strollers, reading material, food for the flight, wheelchairs, car seats, or anything that can fit under the seat in front of you (16 x 14 x 12 inches). If you can pack very lightly you might be able to avoid a charge. But, if not, you will actually find it less expensive to check your first bag, rather than bringing it on board.

If you need to bring more than one bag, that does change things. Each bag you check gets more expensive so if you are bringing two or more, it works out less expensive to bring one on board and check the rest.

2. Pay Your Bag Fees Early

Once you decide what you’re bringing with you and whether you’re checking or carrying-on, you should pre-pay those bag fees by going directly to the Spirit web site. It is really important that you do this more than 24 hours in advance. If you wait until the day before, or — even worse, wait until you get to the airport — you will pay higher fees.

For instance, your first checked bag is $30 if you do it online, more than 24 hours in advance. That’s comparable to the other normally-higher-fare airlines. (American, United, and Delta all charge $25.) But if you wait until you are checking in to pay, the fee goes up to $35 if you do it over the internet, or $45 if you do it from an airport kiosk. Carry on bags go all the way up to $100 if you wait until you get to the gate to pay for them — so that’s something you should avoid at all costs!

How to Fly Spirit Airlines and Win

To pay your bag fees in advance, just go to Spirit’s web site and click the “Manage Travel” link that you will see on their home page.  From there, enter your last name and confirmation code.  Keep in mind, your Spirit confirmation code is different than your CheapAir booking number.  It is listed on the e-mail confirmation you received from us or on your My Trips page under the section “Airline Confirmation Numbers.” Once you enter your name and confirmation number, Spirit will ask you to log on with your email and password. They are asking for your Spirit account, which is different from your CheapAir account. If this is your first time visiting the Spirit site, you likely don’t have an account with them so you should sign up by clicking “Register for Free”. (Unfortunately, they require you to register with them at some point prior to your flight.)

3. Print Your Boarding Passes Before You Get to the Airport

Starting April 16, 2013, Spirit will charge $10 per person for printing your boarding pass at the airport.  This fee is a little obnoxious but it’s easily avoided by checking in for your flight from home, before you leave for the airport.  Online check-in is free. You can do this as early as 24 hours before your flight by going to Spirit’s web site and clicking the “Check In” tab that you will see on the home page.  Remember to do this on the way home, too. Most hotels will allow you to print boarding passes or will print them for you so, if you’re staying at one, check with the front desk. Airport kiosk check-in is also free.

4. If Where You Sit is Important to You…

More and more, airlines are charging extra for the better seats on each flight.  Spirit is more cut and dry — they charge you for any advanced seat assignments.  This leaves you two choices when flying them: either wait until you check in and accept a randomly assigned seat, or choose your specific seat in advance for a fee.  The fee is usually around $10 but it varies depending on the length of the flight and the type of seat you are choosing.  If you are flying with friends or family, paying for a reserved seat is, unfortunately, the only way to guarantee that you will sit together.

To buy a reserved seat on Spirit, follow the instructions above for paying your bag fees (using the “Manage Travel” link).  If you’re going to do so, you should do it as soon as possible after booking.  Since seats are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, that’s when you’ll have the best options.

We hope you find this information useful but if you have any further questions about traveling with Spirit, feel free to check with one of our travel consultants.

Note: These tips apply for flights to U.S.destinations.  Fees vary slightly for traveling outside the country.  Fees are valid as of 03/16/13 but are subject to change at Spirit’s discretion.  Click here for a full list of Spirit’s fees.

230 Comments

  1. I’m simply trying to print my boarding pass, why are you making it so hard for me to do so. Can you please help me.
    Thank you

  2. I have a concealed carry permit, from origination to destination locations.
    Does Spirit Airlines have a special policy for firearms check in?
    Ammunition and magazine storage within checked baggage o.k.?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Lyle,

      Spirit Airlines does allow you to transport firearms if you are legally permitted to, however there are rules that you must follow in order to do so. The policy for firearms are:

      -Firearms are accepted as checked baggage only and must be declared to an agent at check-in.
      -You must be over 18, the weapon cannot be loaded, and you will be required to sign a Firearm Declaration tag.
      -Firearms must be packed in a hard-sided container specifically designed for firearms.
      -Firearms may not be checked curbside.
      -Baggage containing firearm must be locked at all times.
      -Ammunition must be packed in the original manufacturing package or metal/wood box. Max 11 pounds.
      -Loose ammunition or clips will not be accepted.

      We recommend to arrive at the airport early to give yourself enough time prior to your flight.

      • I read the Firearm policy but I still have a question. If traveling with a handgun and if your handgun in a hard case will fit in a paid checked bag is there any other fees that apply?

        • Hi Roy,

          The law is that travelers may only transport UNLOADED firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage. All firearms, ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames, receivers, clips and magazines are prohibited in carry-on baggage. So unfortunately, you would have to pay Spirit Airline’s baggage fee to check your unloaded firearm.

  3. My husband and I will be traveling on your airline soon. I need to know if we can fly with my dogs?
    And if so what do we need to have and if they will count as a carry on.
    Planning on prepaying one piece. Thak you Ms Pitts

    • Hi Teresa,

      Spirit Airlines accepts small pets (domestic dogs, cats and small household birds ONLY) for transportation in the customer cabin for a service fee. Pet fees must be paid at the time the reservation is made in order to reserve the needed transportation space for the airline’s inventory. These fees are not refundable. The number of pets allowed in the cabin is subject to space availability.

      The Pet Fee is $100 USD per container, each way. To add a pet to a reservation contact the Spirit Airlines Reservations Center at 800-772-7117.

      -The CheapAir Team

  4. Spirit is not cheap. I don’t know why they say they are, but when I went to book a flight from New York to Los Angeles, the base fares were several hundred dollars more expensive than flights on Expedia and other airline websites. The cheaper fares on other websites were nonstop; the more expensive fares on Spirit had 3 stops! That’s not counting their carry on fees (I don’t know why this article says the maximum charge is $45, I’ve heard they charge $100) and other fees they surprise you with. I don’t know why anyone would choose budget service at premium prices.

    • Worse airlines ever. Flew from myrtle Beach to Los Angeles and received terrible customer service. Plane was late, causing us to miss our connecting flight. Agent collected our tickets, and was supposed to return and explain how we were going to get back to lax. Agent never returned and the plane took off. Other passengers were more helpful than spirit airlines’ agents. Our 1hr 30min flight turned into a 6 hr flight, they didn’t even have the decency to offer free water or snacks. We had to pay for it. The luggage cost is horrible. It cost more to take bags than one of our plane tickets or our rental car. Ticket = 289 rental car= 260 bags=345. 8hr flight turned into a 24 hr flight and they wouldn’t even pay for a hotel when we had to stay overnight. Some agents were very nice but most were not and could answer questions. I have a lot more to say but my fingers would go numb. Simply put ” NEVER FLY SPIRIT AIRLINES”

  5. Hi,

    I paid a fee for a carry-on baggage online on the spirit website (before check-in). The confimation of this payment is on my receipt. But today I just checked-in online, and my baggage doesn’t appear on the Boarding Pass: it’s clearly written: bags 0…
    Is it normal? Will I have to pay again for my baggage tomorrow??

    Other question: my reservation is a round trip. Do I have to pay a baggage fee 2 times?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Hi Remy,

      If you pre-purchased a carry on bag with Spirit Airlines website and have the receipt, we recommend bringing that receipt with you to the airport in case Spirit Airlines gives you a hard time about the boarding pass showing 0 bags. This should prove that you paid for your carry on bag, and you should not have to pay again for it, if the original purchase for the bag went through. Baggage fees are based on per direction, so if you purchased a round trip ticket, baggage fees will apply each way.

      Let us know if you have any other questions or need any assistance.

      -The CheapAir Team

    • Hi! I am having the same issue. I paid for a carry on and my boarding pass says bags 0. I am going to bring my receipt but I am still worried. What ended up happening?

      • Hi MP,

        Definitely bring your receipt. Make sure to show up at the airport with enough time to talk with a Spirit Airlines gate agent. They should be able to clear it up for you.

  6. Hi,
    I traveled on Dec 07, 2012 from san diego to dallas and I had one check-in bag. Do you know how I can get its check-in bag receipt of 45$now?

    • Hi Abdullah,

      You would have to contact Spirit Airlines directly to inquire about the receipt for your check-in bag. We have no control over the baggage fees charged, nor do we have access to the receipts for any baggage charges.

      -The CheapAir Team

  7. I am flying Spirit Air with my elderly mother who will be transported in a wheelchair by the airline from the gate to the seat. Does Spirit set aside some front seats for wheelchair passengers so we can avoid paying the extra seat assignment costs?

    Also, do they allow wheelchair passengers to board first as most airlines do?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Nancy,

      Spirit Airlines, like all other airlines does allow pre-boarding for passengers who are disabled, children, or need special assistance. Spirit Airlines will do their best to offer specific request in seating for customers with disabilities. Although they offer assigned seating, it is on a first come first serve basis, and we suggest you check in at least one hour prior to departure to better serve your request. Some seats may be restricted in order to comply with FAA safety regulations.

      Let us know if you need any assistance!

      -The CheapAir Team

  8. I’m trying my best to get on spirit with two bags- without paying for carry-on fees.

    Do you know what would happen if I brought a shopping bag (something nice made of paper, like the kind you get at a nice clothing store) plus my backpack?(the backpack is small, it’ll fit under my seat) but the shopping bag of course would have some clothes in it- enough to get me buy on my trip!

    I wonder what they would do if I bought a few shirts and souvenirs at a shop inside the terminal?

    Thanks!

    • Gabo, either one of those items would be OK to carry on for free but the problem is trying to bring both on. Any chance the shopping bag can fit inside the backpack (or vice versa)? If you can make everything fit in one bag, and that bag fits under the seat, you will be OK.

  9. Me and my fiance plan on taking a flight from Dallas to Miami on Feb. 8th and I read on Spirits website that their “assigned seating at check in” is free. Does this mean that me & my fiance might not be able to sit next to each other during the flight? Or will I have to pay the fee for “Customer-Requested Seat Assignments”?

    • I will also be using a small backpack as my free personal item to stow away under the seat. I would also like to bring a small lunch bag for snacks. Would this be allowed?

      • Hi Mariah,

        Spirit Airlines allows free seating at the time of check-in, however they do offer options to pay for a specific seat. While I don’t think you’ll have a problem with sitting together, there is that possibility depending on when you board the plane. To avoid that, you can make sure to board earlier than others to get seats together or you can pay ahead of time with Spirit Airlines for a specific seat. With regards to carry-on bags, you are allowed 1 carry-on bag (which Spirit Airlines charges $35 – $50 depending on when you pay for your carry-on bag…. which I would recommend to pay now to avoid the higher fee.) As far as a small bag for snacks, that is not counted as a carry-on bag so there’s no fee for that.

  10. why are carry-ons stow under the seats? are over head bins not use for stowing carry-on bags?

    • Hi Ramon,

      On board an airplane, passengers have 2 options to store bags, either under the seat or in the over head bins. Spirit Airlines tends to let smaller items, that are carried on (umbrellas, cameras, diaper bags, coats, strollers, reading material, food for the flight, etc..) to be placed under the seat for no fee. However, they do charge if you’re planning to carry on your luggage. (Which would be stored in the over head bins.)

  11. Is the e-ticket the email confirmation I received? I guess I’m asking is the confirmation number all I will need to check in online for my flight?

    • Hi Denise,

      Yes, the e-mail confirmation you receive is your “e-ticket” however you will still need to check-in with the airline either online or at the airport. Checking in online is recommended. At the time of check-in, you should be able to print out your boarding pass as well. Let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

  12. I have purchased a round trip ticket from San Diego, CA to Portland, OR for this coming week. I have already pre-paid for a bag to be checked on my outgoing flight. Do I need to pre-pay for my baggage to be checked for the return trip before I check in for my outgoing flight? Or can I wait and pay for it online before I leave Portland? Reason being, I may need to bring back a second checked bag and wanted to know if I can still get the pre-paid discount if I wait, or if I should just bite the bullet and pay for the bags before I find out if I actually need to bring back more than one.

    • Hi Alyssa,

      Spirit Airlines charges for baggage each direction, so I would recommend to purchase your baggage now, since you’ll save a little. If you don’t end up needing the second bag, then you can always get a refund for it if you do not need it.

  13. I pre-paid for one checked bag for an upcoming flight. I guess I am not clear on how this works? Am I supposed to print my boarding pass at home, and bypass check in at the Spirit counter? Or must I still visit the counter in order to check my bag, and just bring the print out to show I have pre-paid for the bag? A little confused about how this works…

    • Hi Jessie,

      Since you’ve pre-paid your checked bag, you can print out your boarding pass online prior to arriving at the airport. You will still need to check in your bags, but you will not need to print a boarding pass. Just drop off your checked bags and head through security to your gate.

  14. I have bought a ticket and received the confirmation already. I didn´t pay ahead for my luggage so my question is: can I do it? or I will need to wait until Im at the airport? THANKS IN ADVANCE

    • Hi Tatiana,

      You should definitely purchase your bags now, before arriving at the airport. Spirit Airlines will charge more for this service at the airport than they do on their website.

  15. I’m doing a tour in South America, and my tour agency has asked for a 13-digit International Ticket Number that supposedly all international flights have. My email confirmation from Spirit doesn’t include one, and when I emailed them they said there was no international ticket number. Any ideas?

    • Hi Richard,

      Unfortunately Spirit Airlines does not provide a 13 digit ticket number for passengers, they only provide their airline confirmation which is a 6 letter number combination. You could call Spirit Airlines and ask them if they can provide a ticket number for your reservation otherwise, you’ll have to inform your tour agency that Spirit Airlines only provided you with a confirmation number and does not provide ticket numbers.

  16. Hi I am planing to fly in Spirit next week for a domestic travel. I have a luggage <68'' linear size and weight <23 kg. How much I have to pay if i pay for my luggage online. Is it overweight charge i.e 25$?

    • Hi Krishnendu,

      For Spirit Airlines, checked bags must not exceed 62 linear inches (length + width + height; 158 cm) in overall size including handles and wheels and 40 pounds in weight (18.1 kg). If your luggage is more than 62 linear inches, the cost would be $100.00 per bag. If your luggage does not exceed 62 linear inches, then the cost would only be $35.00 if you paid at the time of check-in online with Spirit Airlines. If you luggage weighs more than 40 pounds, the over weight baggage fee would be $25.00 in addition to the $35.00 charged to check your bag. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  17. Hi ,

    I am going to Chicago to Lasvegas tomorrow. My flight is at 9:20AM .I was checked in online and pay for my single checked in bag at 10:00AM this morning through spirit website. I found Spirit airlines charge me 35$ for my bag. It is written in the website if we purchase bag charge online it would cost 30$. Then why they took 35$?

    Thanks in advance,
    krishnendu

    • Hi Krishnendu,

      Spirit Airlines has different fees depending on when you purchase your bags. If you purchased online at the time of check-in, they charge $35. If you were to purchase bags right after you purchased your flights, they would have charged $30. I know this can be confusing since Spirit Airlines is one of the only airlines that charges customers this way. Please let us know if you need any assistance. Have a great trip!

  18. Thanks for your helpful feedback.

  19. What is the best time to purchase ticket for India?I am planning for a vacation with my family for India on October 2nd -Nov 2nd ,13. I am looking for cheap price tickets , I am ok to purchase in an advance if I get a real deal. I don’t have clear idea how many days before I can purchase ticket for India . Which time is ideal to get a good price of my forthcoming trip ticket?

    • Hi Krishnendu,

      For international travel to India in October, I would recommend searching for flights about 10 – 11 weeks out from your departure. As always, feel free to contact us if you need any help finding flights.

  20. We will be flying out on March 10 from Detroit to Myrtle Beach and returning on March 13. We are not planning on prepaying for our seats, but having them assigned at check in. We are two adults flying with two minor children under the age of 10. While I know that the policy states that they do not guarantee a party to sit together, is there special consideration taken for those travelling with children? Also, how does the seating happen for flights at check in– is it pretty much if you get there before anyone else, do you get assigned the best seat(s) available of what has not been pre-purchased? (i.e. – is it possible to actually get seats that would normally cost $40 if pre-purchased or do they first give away the crowded small ones at the back of the plane first?)

    • Hi Joanna,

      Spirit Airlines begins boarding with unaccompanied minors and people who need assistance. Then they will allow those passengers who purchased the big front seats to board. After those, they will systematically board the plane based on assigned seating starting with the front of the plane and working towards the back. It is normally policed on the seating, but occasionally you will get the half filled flight where the flight attendants really dont care if you switch seats. Since you will be traveling with your children, you will have to wait and board based on the seat your assigned at check-in. Those will comprise of what ever is left over from the seats already paid for. We always recommend to print out your boarding pass and check in online prior to heading to the airport to avoid extra fees Spirit Airlines charges. Usually the flight attendants are pretty good about allowing people to sit together when possible. Keep in mind that whether your flight is full or not may also impact the seating selection available.

      • I have not purchased my seats for myself and wife on flight to Vegas. I understand that when I check in from home, seats will be randomly assigned. The seat selections will be indicated on the boarding pass. In the likely event that we are not seated together, or by the toilet at the back, will I have the option before printing my boarding passes to purchase the seats instead. Thank you in advance.

        • Hi Ross,

          If you are accessing your reservation within 24 hours prior to departure (up to 1.5 hours prior to departure) you must purchase seats through online check-in process. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to purchase a seat before the flight departs.

  21. Please help me! I am planning on paying in advance for checking my luggage but I will also have a carry on. Will there be an additional fee for my carry on?

    • Hi Jennie,

      Yes, Spirit Airlines does charge for carry-on luggage as well. Spirit Airlines allows for 1 free personal item (like a purse, laptop, etc.) and charges $35.00 for a carry on bag if paid at the time of booking or before check-in.

  22. I originally bought a carry on bag for each of my flights. Is there a way to change it to check bags instead? I can only find a way to purchase additional bags.

    • Hi Lauren,

      The only way to change your baggage from carry on to checked would be to call or email Spirit Airlines and advise them. Definitely let us know if you need any help with it.

  23. I plan to have a separate camera bag (in addn to my personal item) when I fly Spirit. Is there a limit on camera bag size for it to not count as a personal bag or carry-on? My bag is the size of a medium purse and holds 3 lenses plus the usual camera accessories.

    • Hi Ann,

      Spirit Airlines allows for 1 free personal item (like a purse, laptop, etc.) and charges $35.00 for a carry on bag if paid at the time of booking or before check-in. For a personal item (e.g. purse, small backpack, briefcase, etc.) the dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. For carry-on bags, they must fit in the overhead bin, so the dimensions must not exceed 22 x 18 x10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm) including handles and wheels. Just be sure to prepay for your baggage (checked and carry-on) prior to arriving at the airport since Spirit Airlines charges more at the airport.

      • I’m flying from Vegas next month. I saw on the spirit website that “umbrella, camera, infant diaper bag, assistive devices, outer garments (e.g. coats, hats, and wraps), reading material, and food for the flight”. Does that mean that i can take a camera bag, some food and an umbrella along with my personal item (a tote) for free or i have to put those things in my tote in order to avoid the 35$ carry-on fee? Thank you!

        • Hi Melody,

          Spirit Airlines allows customers to bring 1 + 1, one personal item (free) and one carry-on item (for a fee). An example of a personal are: Laptop & Purse.
          A personal item may not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm). If it does you will be charged the appropriate carry-on fee. Since it’s not absolutely clear, you can always call Spirit Airlines to confirm prior to arriving at the airport. Otherwise, there is a chance they could say no. Hope that helps!

  24. I also will be traveling with my husband and two small children. My 3 year old has Down syndrome. Is there any chance that we won’t be seated together without prepaying for specific seats? I so, I guess she’ll make some new friends on the flight.

    • Hi Ann,

      Spirit Airlines begins boarding with unaccompanied minors and people who need assistance. Then they will allow those passengers who purchased the big front seats to board. After those, they will systematically board the plane based on assigned seating starting with the front of the plane and working towards the back. It is normally policed on the seating, but occasionally you will get the half filled flight where the flight attendants really dont care if you switch seats. Since you will be traveling with your husband and children, you will have to wait and board based on the seat your assigned at check-in. (We recommend to check-in online 24 hours prior to your scheduled flight.) Those seats will comprise of what ever is left over from the seats already paid for. We always recommend to print out your boarding pass and check in online prior to heading to the airport to avoid extra fees Spirit Airlines charges. Usually the flight attendants are pretty good about allowing people to sit together when possible. Keep in mind that whether your flight is full or not may also impact the seating selection available.

  25. Will spirit allow us to board early if we’re taking a carseat and installing it onboard?

    • Hi Ann,

      Unfortunately Spirit Airlines does not allow pre-boarding when traveling with an infant. You will have to wait and board based on your seating assignment.

  26. Yes, what is the email address to contact them? I can only find a phone number to call for a fee.

  27. I booked through Kayak for a trip on the 25th to vegas. I am trying to find my “confirmation code” that spirit requires on the website to manage my reservation. Where can I acquire this info??

    • Hi Ryan,

      Unfortunately we are not Kayak, so I am unable to assist you with your reservation. I would recommend to contact them or Spirit Airlines for assistance. (Next time, give us a try. We’d love for you to experience CheapAir.com.) All the best!

  28. Hi,

    If I just have a standard laptop sized backpack is that considered carry on or one of their free bags?

    • Hi Scott, Spirit Airlines defines a personal item as a purse, small backpack, etc. The dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. So as long as your laptop backpack is within those dimensions, you should be fine. Otherwise, you will need to pay for a carry-on item. Please let us know if you need any assistance.

  29. The personal item that I have is a packpack that is close to the 16″ x 14″ x 12″ dimension…. it’s more like 18″ x 13″ x 10″ and I know that it does fit underneath the seat of many airlines. I’ve read that, if I don’t pack it full to the top, and can just fold the top so that it fits that this will be okay, because it fits underneath the seat.

    Is there any truth to this, or does Spirit actually measure the outside dimensions of the bag, even if it’s not packed fully and can be compressed?

    • Hi Loocas,

      According to Spirit Airlines, a personal item (e.g. purse, small backpack, etc.) dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. If you’re able to fold your bag to fit within the dimensions, I don’t see why they wouldn’t allow it. Just be prepared to pay for a carry-on item if they don’t allow it. Keep in mind that Spirit Airlines charges a lot more for a carry-on bag at the airport than they do if you pre-purchase it online ahead of arriving at the airport. Ultimately, Spirit Airlines will make the decision on whether your bag qualifies as a personal item or if you must pay for a carry-on bag.

  30. Hi,

    So I’m traveling to Las Vegas on Wednesday and my flight leaves at 9 am. I keep reading that Spirit Airlines charges a fee for a carry on bag. I’m confused with their personal items allowance. So I have this small luggage and it’s 16x13x10. Would that be considered a personal item? Or will I have to pay extra for it. I don’t have the 100 dollars nor the 50 dollars to pay for it. I booked on Spirit Airlines thinking I got a great deal but it turns out, the deal wasn’t that great. When is the latest I should check online in order to pay only 30 or 35 for my checked in luggage? In case, I decide to just check in before my flight. I feel a little nervous waiting to see if my little suitcase will qualify as a personal item.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Sally,

      According to Spirit Airlines, a personal item (e.g. purse, small backpack, etc.) dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. So if your bag fits within the dimensions, I don’t see why they wouldn’t allow it. In any event, you should be prepared to pay for a carry-on item if they don’t allow it. Keep in mind that Spirit Airlines charges a lot more for a carry-on bag at the airport than they do if you pre-purchase it online ahead of arriving at the airport. If you don’t want to chance it, then I would recommend to pre-pay for the carry on bag online with Spirit Airlines now. Ultimately, Spirit Airlines will make the decision on whether your bag qualifies as a personal item or if you must pay for a carry-on bag.

  31. So, we are planning a family trip and have reservations for 8 (7 adults and a 4 year old child). I have 2 questions:

    1) I know you have stated the boarding policy numerous times–but, specifically, how are the unassigned seats assigned after assigned seat passengers are boarded? Is it 1st ticketed, 1st served? 1st to arrive at the airport? Something else?

    2) Because of the large number of tickets, if the price falls significantly (I am a $9 fare member and our flight is currently at a very low price, but not with our dates yet), are cancellation fees per booking or per passenger? I booked all our tickets in a single booking transaction.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Donna,

      1) Spirit Airlines begins boarding with unaccompanied minors and people who need assistance. Then they will allow those passengers who purchased the big front seats to board. After those, they will systematically board the plane based on assigned seating starting with the front of the plane and working towards the back. After everyone who has a paid assigned seat is boarded, Spirit Airlines will begin boarding passengers based on when they checked-in. We recommend to print out your boarding pass and check in online prior to heading to the airport to avoid extra fees Spirit Airlines charges.

      2) Cancellation fees are always per person.

  32. We are traveling for the first time with our 15 month old son, and I’ve been reading up on the website but wanted to clarify. Would we check his carseat and stroller with baggage, and would that be no charge, or should we check it at the gate before we get on the plane? Both items are kinda bulky.

    • Hi Jamie,

      Strollers are not allowed onboard the plane; however, one car seat and one stroller may be checked at the ticket counter per child, free of charge. You can either check it when you check or bags, or at the gate. I’d recommend taking care of it at the time of checking bags. Spirit Airlines will also check your items at the gate free of charge and have them waiting in the jetway at your arrival city.

  33. If i wanted to purchase the ticket but not assign me a seat to avoid that cost, will i still have a guaranteed spot on the plane? And if I wait to get my seat when i check in at the airport, will i have to pay the $10 fee for printing my boarding pass there?

    • Hi Ashley,

      Yes, if you do not purchase an assigned seat you will still be guaranteed a seat at boarding. I would advise to check-in online 24 hours prior to your departure to avoid paying the $10 boarding pass fee at the airport. You can still print out your boarding pass using the airport kiosks, but if you have a Spirit Airlines agent print it for you, the cost will be $10.

  34. Going along with Ashley’s question, if I don’t want to buy seats, when I check in the night (online) before will it give me a seat then, or do I need to still go to the check-in counter at the airport to get a seat?

    • Hi Jim,

      As long as you check-in online 24 hours prior to your departure, you will be assigned a seat. Otherwise, if you don’t check-in online you will have the option to check-in at the airport kiosks, but I would avoid checking in at the counter with a Spirit Airlines agent, since they will charge you $10 to print your boarding pass. You’re best bet is to do it prior to arriving at the airport.

  35. Would a regular jansport backpack work as a personal item that is free to carry on?

    • Hi Nick,

      Spirit Airlines allows passengers to bring 1 + 1, one personal item (free) and one carry-on item (for an fee). An example of a personal item is a laptop or purse. A personal item may not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm). If it does you will be charged the appropriate carry-on fee. So I’d say that as long as it does not exceed those dimensions, you’ll be fine.

  36. when i printed out my boarding pass it showed that I didnt have any carry on bags even though i paid for them. if i bring my receipt, can i show the people at the gate that i paid for it or do i have to do it with an agent at the check-in counter?

    • Hi Ashley,

      That seems to be happening to a lot of people. If you pre-purchased bags and they are not showing on your boarding pass, don’t worry. I would bring the receipt with you to show them at the gate. You should have no problems.

  37. While I have read the other comments about boarding…we are flying for our kids’ first airplane trip to Chicago later this summer. We want to avoid the cost of buying seats, but does this mean if we check in 24 hrs prior to departure and get to the airport at least 1-2 hrs before the flight boards, will I get seats with my kids? They are 7 and 3 on their first flights, We are absolutely not willing to sit separately from them.

    • Hi Katie,

      Spirit Airlines recommends passengers who want to sit together to pre-purchase seating prior to your scheduled flight. Only passengers with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, or those need special assistance are allowed to pre-board. If you don’t pre-purchase seating then you will have to wait and board based on the seat your assigned at check-in. Those seats will comprise of what ever is left over from the seats already pre-purchased. We always recommend to print out your boarding pass and check in online prior to heading to the airport to avoid extra fees Spirit Airlines charges. Usually the flight attendants are pretty good about allowing people to sit together when possible. Keep in mind that whether your flight is full or not may also impact the seating selection available. If you’re adamant about sitting together and don’t want to chance it, you might want to pre-purchase the assigned seats.

  38. I noticed I have been assigned a different departure time than requested in my confirmation. I need to make correction of departure.

    • Hi James,

      I see you just booked your reservation today and already spoke with a travel advisor about changing the flights. We can cancel the ticket if the airline allows. I see you called Spirit Airlines to see if they would change it for you. Did they?

  39. I am a little confused about the seat assignment process. My husband and I are flying the red- eye to LAX with 2 infants with car-seats (a 2 year old and a 6 month old). We do not want to pay another $80 to assign seats when virtually all of the seats are open right now (we fly out in less than 2 weeks); we think the plane may be pretty empty and don’t want to waste money! We plan to check in online when we are first able to, 24 hours before take off. It sounds like you are saying we are randomly assigned a specific seat at that time. The babies both need window seats, per the car-seat policy, and obviously one parent needs to sit next to a baby. How is this taken care of online if it is random? If the seats are randomly assigned at online checking, how does arriving very early at the airport rectify this situation? Will they change randomly assigned seats to keep up near our babies if we get there early enough? Are we guaranteed a window seat for each car seat since we bought each baby a ticket? If so, are they going to charge us $10 to reprint our tickets if they have to change our assigned seats to accommodate the car seats? Thanks for the clarification.

    • Hi Kim,

      Passengers who fly Spirit Airlines have the option to pre-purchase assigned seats or wait till 24 hours prior to your departure to check-in online (without paying a fee) from which you will be assigned seats randomly based on whats available at that time. Since you’ll be traveling with 2 infants, both with seats, arriving at the airport early to request to pre-board would be a good idea. The airline staff are usually pretty good about trying to accommodate passengers who want to sit together provided the flight isn’t full and the seating is available. However, since you’re not pre-paying for assigned seating there are no guarantees where you’ll be seated. I don’t think you’ll have any problems, but it is up to the airline’s discretion. Unfortunately we don’t have any control over this. If they do agree to seat you together and pre-board, I don’t believe you’ll need to have them reprint your boarding pass as long as you print them out prior to arriving at the airport. In any event, being calm and polite is the best way to handle airport staff.

  40. I’m travelling on the 8.45 flight tomorrow from Orlando to Ft Lauderdale then on to San Jose, I can’t check in on line though, it’s saying my only option is to check in at the desk, why is that?

    • Hi Debbie,

      Not sure why you’re experiencing trouble checking in online. You should be able to use the link we sent you in an e-mail. Please try this link: http://bit.ly/1297MbJ (Let us know if you’re still having trouble.)

      -The CheapAir Team

  41. I’m at the airport now with spirit. I don’t have the 100 to pay the baggage fee at the gate. Is there any way that I could pay it later?

    • Hi Dinice,

      Unfortunately, that would be up to Spirit Airlines to decide how they handle it. Since it’s the airline’s policy to charge $100 for a bag at the gate, we have no control over the matter. I would suggest speaking with a Spirit Airlines gate agent to inquire how they handle this. Good luck!

  42. are tickets for children any cheaper?

    • Hi Christy,

      Unfortunately Spirit Airlines does not offer child discounts.

    • Children under 2 years are free, if they don’t require their own seat and you hold them in your lap. Pretty much standard policy on all other domestic airlines as well.

  43. Hi,

    I’m confused about Spirit’s passenger usage fee and booking fee. Do you have any idea about those? Also, what is the dimension requirement for 1st check-in bag? And why is the fee for carry-on higher than for 1st check-in bag? I mean, it wouldn’t make sense if you have to pay $10 more for carry-on when you can pay less for check-in bag, right?

    Thank you so much in advance for your clarification!

    • Hi Nhi,

      The Passenger Usage Fee of $16.99 per one way travel per traveling customer applies to most reservations on Spirit Airlines. This is a standard fee charged to most of the passengers who fly Spirit Airlines. A lower fee of $8.99 may apply to certain discount fares. The booking fee refers to a $10 fee that Spirit Airlines charges when you book by calling their reservation center. (If you booked with CheapAir.com, we don’t charge their “booking fee”.)

      Checked bags must not exceed 62 linear inches (length + width + height; 158 cm) in overall size including handles and wheels and 40 pounds in weight (18.1 kg). Spirit Airlines charges different fees for when you purchase bags. They do this for a reason. They try to limit passengers from carrying on too much, so they charge less to check your bag depending on when you purchase it.

  44. Hi,

    I just booked a trip with Spirit Airlines. However, as the transaction was going through, a message flashed ‘Session timed out: Error’. But, when I checked my Spirit account, there is a confirmation code as well as itinerary receipt; the amount has also been posted to my bank account. So am I right to assume that the transaction actually processed smoothly? However, I have not got a confirmation email from Spirit. Why is that?

    • Hi San,

      If you booked directly with Spirit Airlines, you will need to contact them to get clarification. If you booked with CheapAir.com, please provide us with your 10 digit booking number and I’d be happy to investigate this for you.

  45. My girlfriend and I are flying from Chicago to Myrtle Beach. We plan on taking 1 big bag. The luggage bag was advertised at 62 linear inches. However, this does not count the wheels or handle (adds about 1 extra inch to the height). Are we close enough? should we risk it or go with two smaller bags?

    • Hi Murphy,

      Spirit Airlines baggage policy says that checked bags must not exceed 62 linear inches (length + width + height; 158 cm) in overall size including handles and wheels and 40 pounds in weight (18.1 kg). Spirit Airlines will not accept bags that weigh more than 99 pounds (45 kg), measures more than 80 linear inches (203 cm) in a single dimension, or has a combined size of 160 linear inches (406 cm). So if you’re luggage exceeds the 62 linear inches with wheels, then you may end up paying an over-sized bag fee of $100 unless you choose to go with the two smaller bags. (Personally, I wouldn’t chance it.)

  46. I am having a difficult time accessing my confirmation code. I cannot find my email as I booked this travel over 6 months ago and cannot figure out which option on the phone to choose. Any help is greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Becky,

      If you’re unable to access your confirmation, you will need to call Spirit Airlines directly to advise them. When calling Spirit Airlines, you’ll need to press option 2 and then option 4 to get to speak with a representative with Spirit Airlines. Hope that helps!

  47. I book a flight for three to Orlando, and gave my credit card info., so I checked my bank that day, and the money came out of my account, but then today, 2 days later checked my account again and I don’t see the debit made from my account. My balance is what is was before the transaction.
    I went on Spirit airlines, logged in, and checked my booking info. all looks fine.
    Do you have any ideas of what it could be
    thank you,
    Angel

    • Hi Angel,

      That sounds like a question for your credit card company or bank. I’d be happy to look into this for you. What is your 10 digit booking number?

  48. I paid my carry on fee but forgot to print my receipt will they have it on file

    • Hi Marshon,

      If you paid for a carry-on bag but do not have a receipt, you’ll probably need to talk with a Spirit Airlines representative at the airport. They should be able to see that you’ve purchased the carry-on bag.

  49. Hi…I booked a flight with Spirit Airlines more then 24 hours ago, but I still did not receive my e-ticket on my e-mail account. Is it normal that it can take them a few days to send the e-ticket? Should I just wait or is there anything I can do?

    • Hi Martin,

      What is your 10 digit booking number with CheapAir? I’d be happy to check your reservation. If you did not book your flight with CheapAir, then I would advise you contact Spirit Airlines directly to inquire about your reservation. All the best!

  50. Hi,

    I’m traveling with my husband and 2 small children. I didn’t pay to have our seating assigned in advance. If we are all under one reservation and are sure to check in 24 hours prior to our flight, will it improve our chances on ensuring that we sit together?

    • Hi Erin,

      That would be your best option, if you did not pre-purchase assigned seats. Unfortunately it’s up to Spirit Airlines discretion as to where they seat you. I don’t foresee you’ll have any problems, but its never guaranteed you’ll be seated together. If you check in early, you should be in an earlier boarding group, so that may improve your odds. Good luck and have a safe trip!

  51. I am traveling with this airline very soon and I am nervous about everything that I am hearing. Is it true that the flights are always delayed? If so will I be compensated for this. Also as far as baggage fees…..is it 62 linear inches INCLUDING THE HANDLE BEING PULLED UP OR DOWN? this is major to me because if they calculate the handle being down i’m good! In addition how soon can I print me boarding pass because I did book my travel through priceline and I went on there today and it said it was not my boarding pass…..so how soon can I print my boarding pass? Please let me know if there are any other fees or things I should be aware of.

    • Hi Loveeta,

      Spirit Airlines gets a lot of bad press, but their airfares are cheap. Unfortunately we’re not able to predict if the flight will be delayed, but if it is delayed the airline should work with you to resolve the matter. As for baggage, they calculate the size with the handle down. Boarding passes can be printed out online 24 hours prior to your departure. You can do that on Spirit Airlines website. You’ll also be able to pre-purchase baggage, which I would recommend if you have not already. Fees are higher at the airport versus doing it online with Spirit Airlines.

  52. Hello once again my boarding passes were accidentally printed but one of my friends was NOT able to check her bags online is there anyway to go back and allow her to check her bags online

    • Hi Loveeta,

      Spirit Airlines allows you enter your airline confirmation and pre-purchase baggage online prior to your flight. This is your best option to save money on the fees that Spirit Airlines charges for baggage. You should be able to log-on to their website and purchase baggage at anytime prior to your flight. If you’re unable to do so, I would recommend calling Spirit Airlines for assistance.

  53. Hello for the LAST time I am leaving to go back home tomorrow and I am trying to print my boarding passes but it says my reservation requires more attention I have called spirit all day and cannot get any answers or speak to anyone what does this mean? and how can avoid the $10 fee at the airport

    • Hi Loveeta,

      What is your 10 digit CheapAir booking number? We’d be happy to look into this for you. Otherwise, if you purchased with Spirit Airlines directly, you will have to get a hold of them. I am not sure why Spirit Airlines would say your reservation requires more attention, you would have to get that information from Spirit Airlines. If you are unable to get a hold of Spirit Airlines in time, you’ll have to talk with a representative at the airport and possibly be prepared to pay the $10 fee.

  54. We fly to Vegas on Saturday so tomorrow (Friday) will be 24 hours prior. If I check-in online do I get to pick our seats or do they just assign us seats.
    Thanks

    • Hi Terry,

      For Spirit Airlines seat assignments you can either pre-purchase an assigned seat or wait till boarding at which you’ll be assigned a random seat based on what’s available. There is a nominal fee to pre-reserve your seat assignments. We recommend it if you would like to guarantee a preferred location onboard the aircraft, and to ensure that traveling companions are seated together. Prices differ based on location in the aircraft.

      To pre-assign seating you go to the Manage Travel tab and follow the instructions to access your reservation on Spirit Airline’s website. If you are accessing your reservation more than 24 hours prior to departure you can click the Add or Modify Seats link and complete the form. If you are accessing your reservation within 24 hours prior to departure (up to 1.5 hours prior to departure) you must purchase seats through online check-in process.

      Have a great trip!

  55. I am flying with my husband, 2 yr old and 4 yr old. I have not decided if I am going to bring car seats on the plane, but I purchased our seats so that the children and I are sitting together and my husband is across the aisle on the way to denver and behind us on the way home. Is it policy that a car seat be in the window seat? Do you know if anyone has had any issues with their car seats fitting on the plane chairs? What is there are 2 car seats in one aisle?
    Also, can the children bring a small purse free of charge since they each have their own seat purchased? Thank you!

    • Hi Shea,

      According to Spirit Airlines, a car seat that is an FAA approved child restraint system may be carried on-board the plane if a seat has been purchased for the child. Customers traveling with car seats are unable to sit in our Big Front Seats. If the car seat cannot be accommodated in the assigned seat (e.g., car seat is too large), Spirit Airlines will do their best to re-seat the car seat and family to open seats where the car seat can be accommodated.

      Strollers are not allowed on-board the plane; however, one car seat and one stroller may be checked at the ticket counter per child, free of charge.

      Spirit Airlines will also check your items at the gate free of charge and have them waiting in the jetway at your arrival city. As far as a carry on for the children, Spirit Airlines doesn’t specify but we would assume that since you bought seats for your children they would be entitled to the same carry on policies all passengers are held to.

    • Hi Shea,

      I had a really similar question then saw your post. Were your kids able to bring a backpack in addition to their car seats? Do you know if spirit would really randomly sit all members of a family or would they at least have one adult with one kid?

      thanks!

      • Hi Arthur,

        As far as a carry on for the children, Spirit Airlines doesn’t specify but we would assume that if you bought seats for your children they would be entitled to the same carry on policies all passengers are held to. As far as seating goes, Spirit Airlines recommends passengers who want to sit together to pre-purchase seating prior to your scheduled flight. Only passengers with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, or those need special assistance are allowed to pre-board. If you don’t pre-purchase seating then you will have to wait and board based on the seat your assigned at check-in. Those seats will comprise of what ever is left over from the seats already pre-purchased. We always recommend to print out your boarding pass and check in online prior to heading to the airport to avoid extra fees Spirit Airlines charges. Usually the flight attendants are pretty good about allowing people to sit together when possible.

  56. I am trying to purchase a ticket online and I know that a “passenger usage fee” and “unintended consequences of DOT regulations fee” will apply. However, it is not showing in my total. How do I determine how much these fees will be?

    • Hi Jill,

      If you are purchasing a Spirit Airlines flight on CheapAir.com, then our website will show you a total of the taxes/fees that are added on the final purchase page. Please let us know if you need any assistance with completing your flight purchase.

  57. My Mom and Son will be going to Las Vegas from Dallas Texas on the 8/14 My Mom Needs a WheelChair when she Arrives In Las Vegas I did not see it when I booked there Tickets. whats should I do So When she gets off the flight To Las Vegas Next Month,She don’t need one in Dallas Texas just for Las Vegas Only.

    • Hi Kim,

      When you book an airline ticket, you can inform the airline that a passenger needs wheel chair assistance. That information is added to the reservation so the attendants at the airport see this and know to assist. If you have already booked your airline ticket with Spirit Airlines and your mother needs wheel chair assistance, you will need to call Spirit Airlines to inform them of this. If you booked with CheapAir.com, you can provide me with your 10 digit booking number and we’ll add the wheel chair assistance to the reservation for you.

  58. I am flying on Spirit Airlines this week out of Las Vegas and I know the policy regarding carry-ons. I only have my purse which is slightly bigger than the required size for the carry-on – but is not full and can be compacted down to required size – to make it fit under the seat. I am concerned that they will make me pay for the carry on charge at the airport – just wondering if you think this will be an issue? I don’t want to get stuck paying more at the airport.

    • Hi Erin,

      As long as your purse can fit the required size, I don’t see why you should have a problem. According to Spirit Airlines, personal item (e.g. purse, small backpack, etc.) dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. So if you’re confident your purse meets these guild lines, then I wouldn’t worry about it.

  59. I have a couple of quick questions.

    My mother in law was just issued a tourist visa to visit my wife and I from Mexico. She has never traveled internationally or by plane, so I am going down to get her. All of our flights will be on Spirit Airlines.

    1. We have not determined whether she will return to Mexico City to visit her other daughter first, or if she will fly back down to her hometown directly, so we haven’t bought return tickets yet. Will Spirit Airlines give us a problem about her not having a return ticket?

    2. I am flying down on August 13th, and my flight arrives in Toluca on the 14th and 9:30. The first leg of our return flight is around 2 PM and the second leg from Ft. Lauderdale leaves at 8:30 PM. I plan on checking in for my flights online and printing my boarding passes, however, will I be able to print off the the boarding passes for all legs of the return flight at 2PM on the 13th, or do I have to wait until 8:30 PM to print off the boarding pass for the second leg from Ft. Lauderdale? I ask because I will not have access to a printer at 8:30 because I will already be on my trip heading down to Toluca, and I will not be staying in a hotel where I could probably print it off.

    Thanks

    • Hi Daniel,

      To answer your questions, its advised that your mother in law should have a return ticket. The US will require proof of when she will be returning prior to her being admitted entry to the U.S. So I would recommend to figure out when she will be returning and purchase the flights accordingly. This will enable her to show proof of when she will be exiting. Otherwise, with no proof of return they may not grant her entry.

      As for your boarding passes, when you print them out they are issued per direction so if you have a connection your boarding pass will include both flights. In any event you will be able to receive your boarding passes at the airport from the airline directly if you are unable to print them out prior to arriving at the airport.

  60. I’m trying to check in online, to avoid the cost of the airport check in, but Spirit Airlines gives me this message:
    Your reservation requires additional attention by a Spirit Airlines representative. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-772-7117 to change, cancel, or check-in your Reservation.

    • Hi Yalem,

      Not sure what the problem may be. Sounds like you’ll need to call Spirit Airlines directly at the number they provided you with to find out. I would mention to them that you are trying to check-in online and see what they tell you.

  61. I’ve been trying to check in and print my boarding pass at home, as I have a flight this afternoon, but when I try I get this message:
    Your reservation requires additional attention by a Spirit Airlines representative. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-772-7117 to change, cancel, or check-in your Reservation.
    I don’t want to pay 10 per person at the airport, and this number is nonexistant, and there is no way to reach a live person at their new phone tree. What can I do?

    • Hi Yalem,

      It looks like you’ll need to call Spirit Airlines. According to their website, you can call: 801-401-2222. Good luck!

  62. We had to cancel a reservation that we had made. I wanted to check if the fees that we paid for the checked baggage was refundable or do they just pocket that money?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Anand,

      Any bag fees that you pre-paid should be refunded back to you. If you can provide me with your 10 digit CheapAir booking number, we’d be happy to contact Spirit Airlines on your behalf. Otherwise, if you did not purchase with CheapAir, then I would recommend you contact Spirit Airlines directly for assistance with the baggage fees.

  63. There are four people total in our flight reservations. For the baggage fees, is it $35 per person to check bags? Or is my bag $35, my husbands $45, and so forth? I guess are the fees per person or per party?

    • Hi Brandi,

      Baggage fees are always listed as per piece per person. Definitely make sure to pre-purchase your baggage when flying Spirit Airlines, since that will save you some money versus having to do it at the airport. Please let us know if you need any assistance.

  64. I have a few questions, with their personal item that is free can u pack a outfit in it as long as the bag is able to fit under the seat, and my driver license has my last name before I was married but I do have a name change card that will work for my I’d right?

    • Hi Nicolr,

      As long as your personal item is able to fit, you will be okay. A personal item (e.g. purse, small backpack, etc.) dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. According to Spirit Airlines legal name changes may be eligible to be changed for free. If your name has legally changed since you purchased your itinerary, you will need to fax a signed written request detailing the reason for the change to Spirit Airlines Customer Relations Department Fax: (954) 447-8010. (If you can provide us with your 10 digit CheapAir booking number, we can do this for you.) In order for Spirit Airlines to process the name change, you must include the supporting legal documentation for your name change, such as: a copy of a marriage license, court order, divorce decree, or legal name change document. Please remember it’s important to use your name as it appears on your government issued ID or international travel document.

  65. We got married a few years ago and I just have the name change card that goes with my ID because my id wasnt up to renew yet, my booking with spirit has my married name on it, so it will be ok if I show my name change card with my id that has my married name on it?

    • Hi Nicole,

      Since it’s unclear what Spirit Airlines would do, I would recommend contacting Spirit Airlines about whether that is acceptable or if you’ll need to have your ticket reissued to the same name as your driver’s license. (If you have your 10 digit CheapAir booking number, we can do that for you.)

  66. I will also have a copy of my marriage license and my ss card that has my married last name on it to take to the airport

    • Hi Nicole,

      I’d suggest contacting Spirit Airlines since they ultimately will make the decision of whether that is valid or if your ticket will have to be reissued.

  67. Hello,

    I just booked a Spirit Airlines flight to las vegas from the city I live in. This is my first time flying and first time to las vegas. With the boarding pass, when would I be able to print it out? Is it a day before the flight? I only got an email with the confirmation code. My other questions is I did not purchase a seat assignment, is this fine? Would I still have a seat on the flight? I do not really care where I sit. And about travel insurance – Do people buy it? Is it necessary?

    • Hi Pooh,

      That’s exciting! You may check-in online 24 hours in advance, but no less than 60 minutes prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time. That is when you can print out your boarding pass. If you did not pre-purchase a seat with Spirit Airlines, you will automatically be assigned a seat at check-in. Seating is randomly assigned by Spirit Airlines, unless you purchase a specific seat ahead of time. As far as travel insurance goes, I’d recommend reading our blog post on “Should I Purchase Travel Insurance?” That should help you understand the pros and cons to purchasing travel insurance.

  68. does a regular sized pillow count as a personal item?

    • Hi Mackenna,

      According to Spirit Airlines, they allow customers to bring 1 + 1, one personal item (free) and one carry-on item (for a fee). An example of a personal item are: Laptop, Purse, etc.. A personal item may not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm). If it does you will be charged the appropriate carry-on fee. I’d assume that if the pillow fits the mentioned size above then yes, but ultimately it is up to Spirit Airlines to decide that.

  69. I checked in online for my flight but I don’t have a printer. I see that Spirit charges $5 to print a boarding pass after checking in online, but I am unclear if the boarding pass must be printed. Can I just show the boarding pass on a mobile device?

    • Hi Helena,

      Unfortunately no. All travelers must have printed boarding pass in order to pass through security and board the airplane. Spirit Airlines does charge it’s customers to print out the pass at the airport if you do it at the counter, but you can avoid the costs if you print it out at the kiosk. Otherwise, you’re forced to pay the fee.

  70. I will be traveling Spirit airlines soon and I am traveling with 3 of my children, all minors, ages 15,13,and 12. Do I need to make sure I pay for a seat together or will Spirit put us together since they are minors?

    • Hi Crystal,

      When flying Spirit Airlines, they recommend that if you want to be seated together that you pre-purchase assigned seats, however it is possible to not pre-purchase assigned seats and still be able to sit together. It depends on who’s pre-purchased seating and when you board. Usually airlines can be accommodating to get people seated together, but don’t count on it unless you pay for it.

  71. Hello!

    I purchased 3 round trip tickets to Myrtle Beach from DC for myself, my wife and a friend, and while the three of us are flying, some other friends are driving. We have made arrangements for all of our luggage to go by car, freeing us up completely for flight. The only things we plan on taking with us on the plane are 3 tablet e-readers w/headphones, our cell phones, wallets, and my wife’s purse. We are trying to avoid baggage fees, carry on fees, and since we each have our own tablet, we don’t really care if we sit together on the 80 minute flight.
    Are any of our items subject to fees, or are we in the clear? Also, apart from liquids, what food items are my wife allowed to bring in her purse?

    • Hi Gates,

      Sounds like you’ve got a great plan to avoid those extra fees the airlines impose. All of the items you’ve mentioned are allowed on-board at no charge when flying Spirit Airlines. As far as food goes Spirit Airlines provides a variety of food and drinks that can be purchased using a debit or credit card (no cash is accepted). Otherwise, you can bring any items purchased after the security checkpoint or any food items that you can pass through security and are sealed.

  72. I am on a Spirit flight tomorrow and have already chosen and paid for my reserved seats. There was not an option to print my reciept. How can I retrieve my reciept for the reserved seats?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Laurie,

      I’d suggest contacting Spirit Airline about that. They should offer an option to print your receipt online and they may also offer an option to print it at the airport, but you’d have to confirm that with them.

  73. So i have trying to pre pay for my bags for a few days now and I always get a message that either you can not open this page or I am sorry we are having a high volum of visitors. How am I supposed to pay ahead of time if you wont let me? I paid 100 dollars for my bags for the departure and do not want that nasty suprise to pay returning. I urgently need to pay for my bags and I leave in 3 days. any help? all the links you have posted show me those errors i am stressing!

  74. Does the personal item Size includemy purse straps that fold down?

    will I be charged if I carry a small laptop inside my purse?

    • Hi Tiffany,

      According to Spirit Airlines, as long as your personal item fits their requirements, you should be fine. Personal item: (e.g. purse, small backpack, etc.) dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. If you are able to fit your laptop in your purse and it still is within those dimensions, then you should be good.

  75. For the bag fees, is that per flight or per destination? For instance, I have a connecting flight to my destination and back all in continental US (4 separate flights for roundtrip total). For checked bags, do they charge that per flight (charged 4 times) or each way (charged 2 times)? Thank you!

    • Hi Shannen,

      Great question. Baggage fees for all airlines are charged per direction, but it also can depend on how your tickets were issued. For example, if you purchased separate flights on different airlines for each flight, then you would have to pay separate fees for each. For your reservation it sounds like you only have to pay for bags each direction, so once for your outbound flights and then again for your return flights. Please keep in mind that when flying Spirit Airlines it is best to pre-purchase your baggage with Spirit Airlines prior to arriving at the airport.

  76. We purchased 4 tickets on spirit my husband and 2 kids, please tell me that spirit will allow children to seat with a parent and not by a random stranger??

    • Hi Lisa,

      Spirit Airlines policy advises that if you want a specific seat you’ll have to pay for it. It is recommend that if you want to be seated together that you pre-purchase assigned seats, however it is possible to not pre-purchase assigned seats and still be able to sit together. It depends on who’s pre-purchased seating and when you board. Usually airlines can be accommodating to get people seated together, but don’t count on it unless you pay for it. Since we cannot control their seating policy it is completely up to them. I’d recommend checking in early so that you can board earlier than other travelers who have also not pre-purchased seating. You may be able to get seats together, but ultimately if you want to guarantee you will all sit together you’ll have to pay for it.

  77. Hi… We are flying with 3 small children, and each of us are bringing a backpack as our free personal item. Will my kids also be able to bring their pillow pets on the plane, if they do not fit in their backpacks?? We have a super early flight, and they may want to sleep on the plane. Thanks!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Spirit Airlines allows customers to bring 1 + 1, one personal item (free) and one carry-on item (for a fee). An example of a personal item is a laptop, purse, etc. A personal item may not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm). If it does you will be charged the appropriate carry-on fee. So I’d interpret that to mean yes, so long as their pillow pets do not exceed the size specifications listed. Have a great trip!

  78. I am flying to Myrtle beach and just want to bring my putter in my hand with me on the flight. It is longer than 16″ but obviously just a single club. Will I be able to bring that on the flight with me without an extra charge?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Al,

      According the Spirit Airlines, golf equipment is charged as a standard checked bag. Golf equipment is considered one golf bag with up to 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls, and one pair of golf shoes. You can also bring a pull cart if it is attached to the golf bag. We recommend a hard sided carrier to protect your clubs from shifting during the flight. Spirit Airlines waives oversize charges on golf equipment. However, please be mindful that golf equipment over 40 pounds (18.1 kg) is considered overweight and costs more, so save by keeping your bag light. A limited liability release will need to be signed when travelling with golf clubs.

      With that said, I don’t think you’ll be allowed to bring it as a carry on, but you can check it for $25 – $35 if you pre-purchase a checked bag during online check-in. (If you want to be absolutely certain, I would call Spirit Airlines directly.)

  79. So, am I understanding this right? I can take a “personal” item that meets size requirements PLUS I can still carry my purse??

    • Hi Heidi,

      Unfortunately no. Spirit Airlines allows customers to bring 1 + 1, one personal item (free) and one carry-on item (for a fee). Your purse would be considered your personal item. Any additional bags/items would be cost.

  80. For the one free personal item, can I bring a zippered tote instead of a backpack, as long as the dimensions are under 12x14x16?

    • Hi Stacy,

      As long as your personal item meets the specified dimensions, then you should be fine. Have a great trip!

  81. Does Spirit allow an infant in your lap to have their own personal item, too?

    • Hi Steph,

      Spirit Airlines does allow a complimentary diaper bag for lap children (in addition to your normal carry-ons) as well as allowing you to check stroller and car seat without any additional fees.

  82. I followed my confirmation number to the site, signed up, paid for baggage, and it had me at some Bellevue, WA address. I changed that on my billing info. But then I’m done and it STILL says my contact info is a Bellevue, WA address and some phone I don’t recognize. Nowhere on the terrible website can I seem to CHANGE that, and as anyone here knows it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get a human on the line. Any pointers??

    • Hi Chris,

      Not sure why your contact info would have a Bellevue, WA address… but I’d be happy to look into this for you. What is your 10 digit CheapAir booking number? If you did not book with through CheapAir, then I would contact Spirit Airlines directly.

  83. I have booked a flight from jamaica to cancun with a night stoppver in ft lauderdale. I have paid for baggage fee, will my luggage bebchecked through to cancun or do i have to pay the fee again from florida to mexico?

    • Hi Stjama,

      Baggage fees are always per direction, so if you purchased a one-way flight that connects in Ft. Lauderdale, the bags should transfer for no fee. However, if you purchased 2 separate one-way flights then you will have to pay 2 baggage fees for each flight. If you can provide me with your 10 digit CheapAir booking number, I’d be happy to check this for you.

  84. When I check-in online without pre-purchased seating, will the seat number randomly signed to the ticket and showing the seat number on the boarding pass? or I have to wait until on board?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Lance,

      Spirit Airlines will randomly assign you a seat at check-in for free. Online check-in can be done within 24 hours of departure.

  85. I reserved a roundtrip using Spirit’s website, yet they have yet to charge me for it (it’s been 3 days since I booked the trip). Is this normal or is it an issue I should be concerned about?

    • Hi Sarah,

      I’m not sure why it would take so long for the charges to post to your account. I’d suggest contacting your financial institution that issued the card to confirm the charges were made. If they are not seeing the charges, I’d contact Spirit Airlines to inquire what happened. Good luck!

  86. Hi
    I have in the Spirit Airlines website that the personal baggage size should not exceed 16X14X12. But I have a backpack with dimensions 19X15X9. Will my backpack qualify for personal baggage? I don’t want to end up paying $100 at the check-in. Please help

    • Hi Divya,

      It is completely up to Spirit Airlines whether or not they’ll permit your backpack as a personal bag. As you stated, Spirit Airlines personal baggage size should not exceed 16X14X12 inches. That’s Length X Width X Height. If your backpack does not meet their size regulations, it is possible they will charge you. To be safe, I’d advise using a bag that meets their requirements. Otherwise, you can also contact Spirit Airlines to see what they say, but ultimately the person at the gate will be assessing the situation and have the final say.

  87. Do the arm rest in Spirit flights go up?

  88. I cannot locate my confirmation code.

    • Hi Debbie,

      What is your 10 digit CheapAir booking number? Alternatively, you can call Spirit Airlines directly at: 801-401-2222.

  89. Are the seating for spirit airlines free?

    • Hi Eric,

      Unassigned seating for Spirit Airlines is free. If you would prefer to select your seat or make sure you’re seated together with the people in your party, then Spirit Airlines does charge to pre-assign seating. To purchase pre-assigned seating, you will have to do so on Spirit Airlines website directly. Please let us know if you need any assistance.

  90. I am flying from CUN (Cancun) to LGa (Lagrardia) with an hour layover in Fort Lauderdale – my question is, if I check in 1 bag (cheaper than 2 people with carryons) will I need to claim my bag to clear customs from Mexico and re-check it? With only an hour in between flighst and Spirits norotoious unreliability, I am concerned.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Sylvia,

      As long as you purchased flights that are on the same ticket (no other airlines involved) then your bags will transfer all the way through and you will not need to re-check them.

  91. Hi,

    I will be flying with my wife from an airport not served by Spirit (with United) and have a layover in Houston. From there we take Spirit to LAS. I will be checkin 2 bags at origination and was wondering how I can check them through all the way to LAS since the trip starts with United?

    Can I avoid taking them off the belt in IAH? If not, what is the earliest for the 10pm flight I can drop the bags with Spirit?

    • Hi Kai,

      Since you’re flying United to Houston and then departing Houston on Spirit Airlines to Las Vegas, you’ll have to re-check your bags with Spirit Airlines in Houston and pay the baggage fees for Spirit Airlines. Upon arriving at the Houston airport, you’ll need to collect your bags and recheck them Spirit Airlines. I’d suggest pre-purchasing your baggage with Spirit Airlines ahead of time since the costs at the airport are more expensive.

  92. There will be 4 of us traveling – 2 adults, 2 children. I plan for each of us to bring 1 backpack only as our personal item to avoid the carry on charge (short weekend trip). Will they give us a hard time about this? Each of the backpacks will fit under the seat. Also, I think it is ludicrous to pay extra to have my children sit next to me on the flight. I am hoping I do not run into any issues with this. Surely they won’t have my 2 year old sitting by himself next to some rando. There are basic accomodations that any airline should up hold…thoughts?

    • Hi Cynthia,

      As long as your backpacks meet Spirit Airlines guild lines which state the dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels, then you should be fine. As far as seating goes, I don’t suspect you’ll have any problems, but their policy does state that if you’d like to be seated together, then it would be best to pre-purchase your seats ahead of time since there is no guarantee that you’ll all be seated together. I must add that airlines generally try to accommodate passengers trying to sit together.

  93. Hi!
    I will be flying with Spirit Airlines from Houston to Chicago with just my husband and I know this may be a stupid question but I will be bring my Handbag(Purse) and its a nice size purse that I will be keeping some of my special amenities like toothbrushes and snacks.. will they charge me a baggage fee for my Purse full of goodies?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Monica,

      As long as your purse meets Spirit Airlines guild lines which state the dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels, then you should be fine.

  94. Hi!!
    I just booked a flight with Spirit from Houston to Los Angeles leaving in June. We are a family of 5 and was wondering if booking so far in advance gives us a better chance of all sitting together, without paying for seating. It’s my husband and I and our 3 kids (ages 11-7).

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Unfortunately that is not the case. The way seating works is Spirit Airlines will allow travelers to pre-purchase their seating ahead of time. At the time of boarding, anyone who has not pre-purchased a seat will have to find seating that is available based on the seating that remains open. Spirit Airlines cannot guarantee everyone will be seated together, which is why they advise to pre-purchase seats… but generally airlines try to accommodate everyone and will often ask travelers to switch seats. It just depends on the flight attendants.

  95. I don’t fly often. I am flying round trip Minneapolis-Phoenix. I printed my boarding pass for leaving but how do i get my return boarding pass?

    • Hi Rick,

      To print your return boarding pass, you will have to log onto Spirit Airline’s website within 24 hours of your return flight in order to print it out. (Its just like how you did it for your outbound flight. Every flight you take, check-in and print the boarding pass within 24 hours prior to the scheduled flight. You do it both ways.

  96. do the seats recline? i am 5’11, 250lb, can the seats accommodate me? can i walk to the bathroom frequent to stretch my legs?
    i will be going on a non stop flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale 4 hour ride

    • Hi Will,

      Unfortunately, I am unable to distinguish whether or not the seating will accommodate you. Spirit Airlines economy seats measure: Seat Pitch (Seat Pitch is the distance from any point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind it.) = 28″ / Seat Width = 17.75″ and for Big Front Seating, the Seat Pitch = 36″ and the Seat Width is 20″. As for getting up to stretch your legs, that shouldn’t be a problem, but you’ll have to abide by the rules advised from the flight attendants.

  97. is spirit going to charge me extra to bring my backpack on board? It can fit underneath the seat. I’ve been reading reviews that as long admit fits under the seat they won’t charge me extra. If so what are the dimensions that the backpack has to be under

    • Hi Frank,

      The dimensions may not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm). So as long as your backpack fits those dimensions, then you should not have any issues.

  98. When I tried to print my boarding passes at home I was only able to print one. The other said “We’re sorry, but the following do not qualify for online check-in and must check-in with an agent at the counter.” That’s fine but will they hit me up for the $10 even though the system wont let me do it online?

    • When I checked in, I did get seat numbers for both tickets. Thanks for any help!

      • Hi Mike,

        If you did not get any ticket numbers assigned at check-in, you should still have seats on the plane. Spirit Airlines does not assign seating unless you pre-pay, so I wouldn’t be too concerned so long as you have a confirmed ticket.

    • Hi Mike,

      If Spirit Airline’s website won’t allow you to print the other boarding pass, and you see a message stating to do so at the check-in counter with an agent, then I would recommend taking a screen shot of that message on their website just in case they try to charge you. While I don’t believe they will, I’d do that just to be safe.

  99. I pre-purchased a “big seat” on my Spirit flight and they say that there is no storage in front of that seat. Will I have to pay for my personal item since there is no storage for my stuff?

    • Hi Amanda,

      No, you are allowed 1 free personal item, so you should not have to pay for it. You will probably need to store the personal item in an overhead bin. The flight attendants will advise you of the rules.

  100. Hi,

    I am travelling with 1.5 yr old in April.The little one would be travelling with me on my lap. I wanted to know if i have to pay extra for checking in his stroller because in the spirit website i saw that we need to purchase ticket for infant if we need to checkin his stroller and carseat. In my case i wouldnt be checking in the carseat, it would be only the stroller.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Diya,

      Spirit Airlines will check one stroller and one car seat per child at no extra cost to you at the ticket counter.

  101. I have a purse and a backpack sized within the guidelines of a personal item. Would this be considered two personal items? I am also traveling with my infant in my lap and it says I have to check in with an agent. Does this mean I cannot check in online for no charge or are they just stating I need to see an agent to notify them I am traveling with a lap child? Also is it true that I have to by a set for my infant if I would like to check in a stroller and a carseat for them?

    • Hi Jam,

      Spirit Airlines will allow customers to bring 1 + 1, one personal item (free) and one carry-on item (for a fee). An example of a personal item is a Laptop or Purse. A personal item may not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm). If it does you will be charged the appropriate carry-on. (So you should be fine.) I believe you will just need to notify them that you are traveling with an infant in lap. According to Spirit Airlines when traveling with an infant, you are welcome to bring an FAA-approved child safety seat onboard as long as a separate seat has been purchased for the child. Spirit Airlines will do their best to reseat you to an open seat, not including our Big Front Seats, if the car seat is too large for a regular seat. Spirit Airlines will check one stroller and one car seat per child at no extra cost to you at the ticket counter. You may also check these items at the gate, and they’ll have them waiting for you in your arrival city when you get off the aircraft.

      When traveling with an infant in lap, here are the guidelines Spirit Airlines provides:

      Only one lap child is allowed per customer 15 years of age or older.

      An infant, age 7 days or less or an infant requiring an incubator or other life-support system, cannot be accepted for travel and will be denied boarding.

      Anyone traveling with children are not allowed to sit in emergency exit rows.

      Lap children or children in car seats are not allowed to be in the emergency exit rows or the row in front or behind the emergency exit row.

      Taxes and fees may apply for the infant, depending on destination.

      You can add a lap child while booking online or through our other reservation channels.

  102. Frequent flyer but first time flying Spirit. I checked in and was assigned a seat. Is it possible to change, upgrade the seat assignment after I have checked in? I have been all over web page and cant find a phone number that anyone will answer to get this question answered.

    • Hi Dan,

      I believe it should be possible to change your seat or upgrade if available. You would have to do it directly with Spirit Airlines. You can call Spirit Airlines at this number to see: 801-401-2200 Another option would be arrive at the airport a little early to see if the agent at the gate or check-in counter can change/upgrade your seat. Charges may apply, since Spirit does charge for seating assignments… so keep that in mind.

  103. I have read the comments, but just want to make sure I understand. I purchased one ticket for myself & my son who is under 2 will be sitting on my lap. I am going to try & avoid paying luggage fees by bringing my things in a small backpack that fits the size requirements (16*14*12), I am also allowed to bring a diaper bag for my son? If so, are there size requirements for it. & I will be bringing a small, umbrella stroller as well. Do I need to bring anything showing my sons age?

    • Hi Jessica,

      Spirit Airlines will check one stroller and one car seat per child at no extra cost to you at the ticket counter. You may also check these items at the gate, and Spirit Airlines will have them waiting for you in your arrival city when you get off the aircraft. Spirit reserves the right to request documented proof of age for any traveler 2 years of age or younger. Please be prepared to provide documentation (birth certificate, passport, etc) upon request. You can bring a personal item plus carry on items like an umbrella, camera, infant diaper bag, assistive devices, outer garments (e.g. coats, hats, and wraps), reading material, and food for the flight for free.

  104. SPIRIT AIRLINES IS NOT CHEAP! The ticket is “cheap” but that doesn’t include baggages. They will overcharge bags to get their money which is smart actually because I was so happy I found a ticket for less than $150 (not including tax and fees) a month before christmas last year and then BOOM, $50 check in and $30 carry on. WTF! With all those charges, I could have flown with other, better airlines that have the exact same price and free carry ons. PLEASE, DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY PAYING FOR A CARRY ON. That is just ridiculous!

  105. If I have prepaid for bags to be checked and I don’t end up going on the trip, can the baggage fees be refunded?

    • Hi Stefanie,

      Yes, you should be able to contact Spirit Airlines and request a refund. Ultimately it is up to Spirit Airlines.

  106. I have prepaid for my bags for my upcoming trip on May 15th. 1 bag each way for my husband and 1 each way for myself. My mother is an employee flying Delta and decided she would take a bag and a carry-on for us so now we don’t need to take any bags, besides a book bag and my purse (personal items). I tried to manage my travel to cancel the bags but there is no option to do so. Do I need to call to get this refunded (do they offer a refund on bags?) or do I need to wait until we check in for them to offer refund (or after travel is completed)? I would hate to give away the $120. Your expertise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hi Mandi,

      You should call Spirit Airlines directly and inquire with them about a refund. Ultimately it is up to the airline, but I’d hope that you shouldn’t have any issues trying to get a refund. I would suggest to do it prior to your flight if possible, but either way you should be able to get them to refund those charges if not used.

  107. Hi. I have booked flights for 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 8. What happens if we do not pre-purchase our seats? Will Spirit seat the children with an adult or randomly allocate seats so all 4 of us could be separated?
    Thanks

    • Hi Michelle,

      Spirit Airlines recommends passengers who want to sit together to pre-purchase seating prior to your scheduled flight. Only passengers with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, or those need special assistance are allowed to pre-board. If you don’t pre-purchase seating then you will have to wait and board based on the seat your assigned at check-in. Those seats will comprise of what ever is left over from the seats already pre-purchased. We always recommend to print out your boarding pass and check in online prior to heading to the airport to avoid extra fees Spirit Airlines charges. Usually the flight attendants are pretty good about allowing people to sit together when possible. Keep in mind that whether your flight is full or not may also impact the seating selection available. If you’re adamant about sitting together and don’t want to chance it, you might want to pre-purchase the assigned seats.

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