Spirit Airlines is perhaps the best-known of the U.S. budget carriers. Although Spirit finished ninth out of 10 on TPG’s 2019 List of Best and Worst US Airlines, some travellers love to fly Spirit. Spirit’s low prices can be very attractive — especially for large groups and families.
If you’ve booked — or are considering booking — a trip on Spirit Airlines, you may be wondering what’s included on Spirit and how flying with them might be different from trips you’ve taken with other airlines. This guide aims to answer all of your questions about flying Spirit so you can have the best trip possible.
What fares does Spirit Airlines offer?
Spirit offers Standard fares and $9 Fare Club fares, but you have to belong to or join the $9 Fare Club to get the latter.
You can join the $9 Fare Club for a year for $59.95, or purchase a two-month trial membership for $19.95. In either case, you’ll be automatically renewed as an annual membership for $69.95 each year unless you cancel your membership.
Despite the name, joining the $9 Fare Club doesn’t get you $9 fares. Instead, it gets you and up to eight other passengers on your booking:
- The lowest fares available when you purchase your tickets online
- Discounted prices on bags when you pay for them online
- Special deals
Can I check a bag?
Yes, for a fee. Each checked bag can be no larger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and weigh no more than 40 pounds — although the checked bag that comes with the Thrills Combo can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Checked bag fees vary based on the route and the time at which the bag is purchased. You can use a tool on Spirit’s website to calculate baggage fees; paying for bags during booking on Spirit’s website is cheapest, while paying at the gate is the most expensive. Although a checked bag will cost you less than a carry-on bag at most points, once you get to the gate the checked bag fee is the same as the carry-on bag fee. $9 Fare Club members pay slightly lower prices when they purchase checked bags online.
Can I bring a carry-on bag?
One personal item, like a purse or laptop bag, no larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches can be carried free of charge.
An allowance for one carry-on bag no larger than 22 inches by 18 inches by 10 inches can be purchased, but it will usually cost more than a checked bag. Like checked bags, the price for a carry-on bag depends on the point at which you pay for the bag. Paying for a carry-on bag on Spirit’s website when you purchase your ticket will be cheapest, while purchasing a carry-on bag at the gate will be the most expensive. $9 Fare Club members pay slightly lower prices when they purchase carry-on bags online.