Spirit Airlines Adds New Fees For Luggage


Last-minute planners beware: Spirit Airlines has added fees for travelers who wait to pay for carry-on or checked luggage within 24 hours of departure.

Calling its previous bag fees an “Early Bird Discount,” the airline will now charge travelers who pay for checked or carry-on bags within 24 hours of departure online an extra $5 and an extra $10 for travelers who pay over the phone.

“With this updated policy, fees remain the same for customers who pre-purchase their bags at least 24 hours in advance via spirit.com or through reservations,” said spokeswoman Misty Pinson via e-mail.

“We are continuing to pass savings along to our customers who choose self-service options vs. waiting until they get to the aiport to conduct their transactions.”

Fliers who pay for carry-ons early — and aren’t members of the airline’s fare club — pay $30 for a carry-on that won’t fit under the seat. Spirit became the only U.S. carrier to charge for carry-on bags when it instituted new fees in April 2010.

Paying for carry-on bags at the airport now will cost $40 at the airport check-in counter or kiosk and $45 at the gate.

The changes are in effect for travelers who booked on or after March 24.

Spirit Airlines also has dropped its threshold for overweight checked bags from 50 pounds to 40 pounds.

So if your bag weighs between 41 and 50 pounds, you’ll pay an additional $25 on top of whatever you paid to check the bag. Checked bag fees start at $28 for the first bag checked online or by phone — 24 hours in advance — for travelers who aren’t part of the airline’s fare club. The new weight limits went into effect for travel after February 1, Pinson said.

Other U.S. airlines start charging fees for overweight luggage at 50 pounds.

Bags weighing more than 50 pounds on Spirit incur $50 to $100 overweight baggage fees, depending on weight.

The new luggage weight limits are more in line with international carriers in Europe and Asia, Pinson said.

(Source: CNN)


  1. I can’t stand Spirit for that reason and will do whatever I can not to fly with them. They think they’re so cheap, but they nickel and dime you to death. Also, their personnel are not very nice.

  2. #2 After all is said and done they are by far the cheapest airline. If you pack smartly you can fly for a steal. Their checked baggage fees are actualy lower than the checked baggage fees of American Airlines and many other legacy carriers. For large frum families living in Miami, Detroit and other out of town communities Spirit is the way to go.