The Number One Thing You Need to Know When Flying Spirit

Spirit Airlines baggage fees

Baggage fees, baggage fees, baggage fees.

It pays to know about Spirit Airlines baggage fees so you can avoid having to pay a lot extra just to take your luggage with you.

Spirit Airlines baggage fees include a charge for carry-on bags that are larger than a “personal item”. A “personal item” can be no larger than 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches (40 cm by 35 cm by 30 cm).

It’s cheaper to check a bag than to pay for a carry-on.

It’s cheapest to pay for your bags online BEFORE you check-in for your flight.

Prices increase by $10 per bag if you purchase them when you’re checking in online.  They increase an additional $5 per bag if you wait until you’re at the ticket counter, and all bags are $100 each if you pay at the gate.

There is a 40-lb weight limit for your checked bag which is 10 lbs less than the majority of airlines in the U.S. If your bag weight between 41 and 50 lbs it will cost you an additional $25. If you bag is between 51 and 70 lbs it will cost you an additional $50. If you cannot get your bag under 50 lbs, it is cheaper to check two bags than to pay the overweight baggage fee.

There is no weight limit for your carry-on bag (if you purchase one) or your personal bag.

Any additional checked bags cost more than the first checked bag. If you need to check more than one bag and have more than one person flying, it’s cheaper to check each bag under a different person.

If you’re flying round-trip, you will have to pay for your bags each way.

When flying on Spirit, you need to have a good idea of how much luggage you plan to take. That will allow you to calculate the final cost of your flight more accurately. I have seen more people get burned for having to pay for carry-on bags at the gate than anything else.

But hopefully this guide will help you navigate Spirit Airlines’ baggage fees moving forward.

For an update on baggage fees, check out this newer post on Spirit Airlines.

Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees

About Tiff

Tiff's first big vacation was a Caribbean cruise when she was six. She first started getting interested in deals when her husband showed her the tricks to getting bought off your flights back in the late 90s. She started flying nonrev when they got married; the first unusual nonrev she did was in '05 when her family flew through San Juan to get to Dallas from Philly. They have two boys, ages 10 and 6, who she usually drags along on their travels and hopes they will grow up to love traveling as much as she does.

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