Last Updated:
18 Oct 2017

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, Inc. is an American low-cost carrier. It is notorious for its additional fees, including charging for both checked baggage AND carry-on baggage. Like with most low-cost airlines, Spirit Airlines prefers you to book your baggage ahead of time, so you will save money by planning ahead.

Important: Spirit Airlines considers a regular checked bag to weigh less than 18kg/40lbs, as opposed to the standard 23kg/50lbs limit. Be careful when packing your bags, otherwise you will also be charged additional overweight fees.

Looking for Spirit Airlines Checked Baggage Policies?

View the 2017 Spirit Airlines Baggage Policies page for information about carry-on, checked, and excess baggage fees.

Spirit Airlines Pet Policy 2017

TRAVELING WITH PETS
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 in our inventory. These fees are not refundable. The number of pets allowed in the cabin is subject to space availability.

Pet Fee
100 USD per container, each way
To add a pet to a reservation contact our Reservations Center at 800-772-7117.

Check-In
Customers traveling with pets can check-in at the ticket counter. At this time, curbside or self-service check-in is not allowed. Please allow extra time beyond normal check-in guidelines.

Carry-On Pets
A maximum of 4 pet containers is permitted in the cabin on all domestic flights including Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
EXCEPTION: Spirit Airlines will not transport any birds to/from Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Note the following guidelines:
Spirit Airlines does not require a health certificate for pets traveling with customer in the aircraft cabin.
Exotic pets such as snakes, spiders, rodents, etc. will not be accepted.
A maximum of 2 pets per container is permitted, but only one container per customer is allowed.
Animals must be able to stand upright and move about comfortably in the container.
The pet should be at least eight (8) weeks old and fully weaned.
The animal must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and requires no attention during transit.
In the event the animal becomes offensive or causes a disturbance during transit; the pet will be removed at the first enroute stop.
The pet cannot be ill, violent, or in physical distress.
Advance notice is recommended but not required.

Pets in Cargo Compartment
Spirit Airlines does not transport pets in Cargo at any time.

International Travel
Spirit Airlines does not accept pets for travel in the cabin or in the cargo compartment on international flights, except in the case of service animals.

Depending on the international destination, specific documentation regarding the service animal may be required. Please contact Spirit Customer Service at 800-772-7117 and one of our agents will be happy to check destination regulations for you.

Security Screening
Customers need to present the animal to the security checkpoint screeners for screening. The customer walks through the metal detector with the animal. If the customer can not do this the animal must undergo a secondary screening, including visual and physical inspection. The animal is never placed through the X-ray machine, only its carrier.

Pet Carrier Guidelines
The animal must be in a container subject to inspection and approval by Spirit. The customer is responsible for assuring that the container meets all government requirements for safe and humane transport.

One or more similar animals may be in the same container so long as each pet is free to stand in an upright position and freely move about the container. Animals must remain in the container at all times while on board the aircraft.

Note the following guidelines:
One pet container per fare-paying customer is permitted. The container itself may hold a maximum of two pets.
A maximum of 2 similar pets per container as long as pets can stand upright and move about.
Pets must be free to stand in an upright position and move about the container.
The dimensions of the container must not exceed 18" length + 14" width + 9" height (45.72 cm + 35.56 cm + 22.86 cm)
A maximum of four (4) pet containers are allowed per aircraft.
The Containers must be able to fit under the seat.
Soft sided containers are permitted in the cabin, but not the type which permit the pet's head to remain outside the container.
Pets must remain in the container at all times on board the aircraft, and must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and require no attention during transit. Pets must be completely contained within the pet carrier.
Container is subject to inspection and approval by Spirit Airlines.
The customer is responsible for assuring that the container meets all government requirements for safe and humane transport.
*We maintain the right to refuse acceptance of any animal that is exhibiting aggressive behavior.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I bring my pet with me?

You can bring small pets (domestic dogs, cats and small household birds only) with you on a domestic flight including Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. (please note that birds are not allowed to/from Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) for a fee of 100 USD per container, each way (no additional bag fees are required for a pet container). Other than service or comfort animals, pets are not allowed on international flights. Additionally, we do not carry pets in the cargo compartment. Please reserve space for your pet at the time of booking or contact us immediately after as only 4 pet containers are permitted per flight.

The following are some guidelines that you will be required to follow when flying with a pet:
The animal must be in a container which is subject to inspection and approval by Spirit. The customer is responsible for assuring that the container meets all government requirements for safe and humane transport.
The dimensions of the container must not exceed 18" x 14" x 9" (45.72 cm x 35.56 cm x 22.86 cm) and must be able to fit under the seat.
Soft sided containers are permitted in the cabin, but not the type which permit the pet's head to remain outside the container.
Pets must remain in the container at all times on board the aircraft, and must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and require no attention during transit. Pets must be completely contained within the pet carrier.
We do not require a health certificate for pets traveling with customer in the aircraft cabin.
Exotic pets such as snakes, spiders, rodents, etc. will not be accepted.
A maximum of 2 pets per container is permitted as long as the pets can stand upright and move about, but only one container per customer is allowed.
Animals must be able to stand upright and move about comfortably in the container.
The pet should be at least eight (8) weeks old and fully weaned.
The animal must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and requires no attention during transit. We maintain the right to refuse acceptance of any animal that is exhibiting aggressive behavior.
In the event the animal becomes offensive or causes a disturbance during transit; the pet will be removed at the first enroute stop.
The pet cannot be ill, violent, or in physical distress.

Can I bring my service, emotional support, or psychiatric service animal on my flight?
Yes, we welcome service animals, emotional support , or psychiatric service animals on our flights, but require the following guidelines be met.

Service Animals Only
We accept service animals, or those trained to lead the hearing or visually impaired or trained in special assistance for the disabled, as long as any of the following are provided as evidence that the animal is a service animal:
Identification cards;
Written documentation regarding the medical need for the presence of the animal in the cabin;
The reasonable credible verbal assurance from the individual with the disability using or accompanying the animal;

Please view additional guidelines below that are required when bringing a service animal with you.

Emotional Support and Psychiatric Service Animals
We accept emotional support and psychiatric service animals as long as you have current documentation (no older than one year preceding the date of your scheduled initial flight) which must meet the following criteria:

On letterhead of a licensed mental health professional including a medical doctor specifically treating the passenger's mental or emotional disability (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker) stating the following:

You have a mental health related disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM IV);
You need the emotional support or psychiatric service animal as an accommodation for air travel and/or for activity at your destination;
The individual providing the assessment is a licensed mental health professional and the passenger is under his or her professional care; and
The date and type of the mental health professional's license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued.
Please view additional guidelines that are required when bringing an emotional support or psychiatric service animal with you.

Additional Guidelines
Please plan to check in one hour before the check-in time for the general public for document verification.

Please contact us via phone at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure if you're traveling with an emotional support or psychiatric service animals.

As part of the DOT's regulations under 14 CFR, Part 382, we do not require a health certificate as a condition of transporting service animals, but please read the additional health documentations here.

The animal must remain with you at all times, generally in the bulkhead row of the aircraft, if available.

The animal is seated on the floor at your feet and cannot block an aisle or other area that must remain clear for emergency evacuation.

You may choose to sit anywhere you wish with the exception of emergency exit rows.

The animal is not required to remain in a carrying case and placed under a seat if needed by you. The animal is allowed to sit on your lap if needed.

We will accept one service animal per qualified individual with a disability; we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate you in the event that you require the assistance of two or more service animals. You may purchase a second seat so that the animal can be accommodated in accordance with FAA safety regulations or wait until a later flight (if the animals cannot be accommodated together at a single passenger seat).

The animal is not permitted to occupy its own seat at any time.

Animals in training being delivered to the owner's domicile are permitted to travel with an accompanying adult under the same guidelines.

Animals trained for law enforcement or search and rescue on official status may be transported under the same guidelines, with the proper documentation.

Traveling with Special Needs, how may we assist you?
Spirit Airlines is committed to assisting our traveling public who requires special help. We want your flying experience to be more comfortable and enjoyable. Let us know how we can better assist you. We will do our best to meet your individual needs.

Although we do not require information concerning the extent of your disability the more facts you can share with us about your travel needs, the better we are able to assist you. Please contact us so we may notate your reservation.

Useful Links

  1. Spirit Airlines Carry-on Allowance 2017
  2. Spirit Airlines Baggage Allowance 2017
  3. Spirit Airlines Excess Baggage Fees 2017


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