Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is a low-cost airline based in Florida. They welcome small pets to travel in the cabin on most of their flights. Visit Website

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Pet Reservations

Spirit Airlines limits the number of pet carriers in the cabin to 4 on routes within the United States, including San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, so you should reserve your spot on the airplane as soon as your travel plans are confirmed. Although Spirit Airlines does not require a health certificate for carry-on pets, it is the passenger's responsibility to ensure proper documentation is available. You can call the Spirit Airlines Customer Service Team on 801-401-2222 to guarantee Fido a spot on board.

Pets in the Cabin

Spirit Airlines accepts small pets (dogs, cats, and household birds) in the cabin on flights within the United States if the combined weight of pet and carrier is under 40 lbs (18 kg). Dogs and cats, but not birds, are also permitted in the cabin on flights to/from Puerto Rico or St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted in the cabin on international flights. Passengers are limited to 1 pet carrier each with up to 2 pets inside. Since the fee is per carrier, passengers traveling with 2 puppies or kittens will only have to pay 1 pet fee. The fee for traveling with your pet is $110 each way.

Pets in Checked Baggage

Due to the extreme temperatures that may be experienced in cargo areas, Spirit Airways does not transport pets as checked baggage or as cargo.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the cabin, carriers must not exceed 18" L x 14" W x 9" H (45 cm x 35 cm x 23 cm). They must be large enough to allow pets to stand in an upright position and comfortably move about the carrier, but remain fully contained inside. Pets must remain in a pet carrier at all times while on the aircraft.


BringFido Guest Rating

Spirit Airlines has received a rating of 1.3 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Tasha
    Apr. 9, 2022
    No hassel

    I flew to Houston Texas from California to get my puppy. My first flight was canceled about 6 hours before departure so I had to cancel the whole trip. I waited a few days and decided to give Spirit another try so I booked again. My first flight there was uneventful. My return flight with the puppy was not so great. I was told to check in at the desk even though I had already been given a electronic boarding pass just for them to print another of the same exact boarding pass. Upon check in I was asked of I was aware of my flight delay and I said no. I was told that my flight was delayed 2 hours. I wasn't happy but proceeded through security to wait at my gate. There was no mention of the puppy on my boarding pass so I asked a Spirit gate if they could confirm my carry on pet which they did. My flight home had delay after delay after 3 different gate changes I was very relieved to get on the plane to head home. I had a very small carrier for my less than 1 pound puppy and placed it under the seat with my small personal backpack and I was very uncomfortable with no space at all. Im only 5'4" and I had no space to put my feet at all. With the TSA limits of liquids I was only allowed to bring very little wet food for my puppy which didn't last long after several hours of delays for what was supposed to be a 3 hour trip home so I had a cranky puppy. The flight was freezing both there and back not comfortable at all. I was very disappointed in my experience with Spirit and I do not recommend people with pets to choose this airline. There is no space at all. On a positive note the staff was friendly but a friendly staff isn't enough for me to ever fly Spirit again. They are known for their cancelations and delays (I wasn't aware until I was upset and started researching) so consider that as well

  • Alexis
    Sep. 25, 2021
    Don’t do it (9/2021)

    I’ve been traveling with my 6 year old doodle since she was 6 months old (for 5 years as an ESA and now as a pet in cabin). She is 15lbs and we use the Sherpa carrier. When I tell you I’ve never, ever had an issue flying with her, I mean it. She’s been on at least 40 flights with me on every airline under the sun. Come today, I was checking in at Spirit for a one way flight and they asked to see her in the carrier, fair. I put her in and zipped it up. The lady then proceeds to tell me because her head touches the top of the carrier when she stands, she cannot fly with me. She suggested I buy a bigger carrier and come back, which doesn’t even makes sense bc a taller carrier wouldn’t fit under the seat. That was it, nothing I could do. They refunded me and I booked a flight a few hours later on delta. No problem. Flew jet blue on the first leg of my trip, also no problem. I don’t understand how her head touching the top of the carrier has any impact on her ability to fly with me. She has plenty of space and can move around freely. Don’t fly spirit with your pet.

  • Sean
    Oct. 23, 2020
    Denied at check-In

    My 15 week, 15 pound puppy was denied at check-in today, as I was told his carrier was too small for him. His carrier is approved for dogs twice his size. He was sprawled out fully and asleep and they wanted me to wake him up and make him around. They were completely unwilling to work with me and told me even if I got a bigger carrier he couldn’t fly because the carrier would be too big. I had two dogs with me and one is an ESA. I had to go through complete hell to get Spirit to approve her papers even though I submitted 10 days before the flight. DO NOT CHOOSE SPIRIT FOR PETS AND ESA! The first check-in agent told us the carrier was fine and then another one came along and said it was not. This was a case of someone having a bad day and having a power trip to ruin ours. We’ll never fly with Spirit again. We have reported the employees that was dealt with at check-in and I demanded a full refund and got it. If they tell you you cannot get a refund, keep asking for a supervisor and demand it and you will get it. They have the ability to give you your money back if they screw you over so get your money back and choose another airline.

  • Katrina
    More than a year ago
    Poor service

    Very disappointed with Spirit. Booked my flight online (which didn't ask for pets) so when I called to add him to my ticket they said they could not accommodate my dog due to the 4 pet limit per flight they have. While I 100% understand this rule, I was not aware that they had reached the limit at the time of my booking. They said I can still fly WITHOUT my dog or change my flight and pay for the difference ($150+) in addition to the pet in cabin fee ($110) in addition to my original flight cost ($139). I had also originally paid extra to select my seat and lost that payment with the flight change- couldn't even get a refund! Very unfortunate being as I would have gone with another airline had I known I would have to pay this!! Outrageous.

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