Spirit Airlines

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Pet Reservations

Spirit Airlines limits the number of pet containers inside the cabin to four per flight on routes within the U.S., including San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Therefore, it is essential that you reserve a ticket for yourself and your pet as soon as possible after your travel plans are confirmed.

Pets in the cabin

Spirit Airlines accepts small pets (domestic dogs, cats and small household birds ONLY) for transportation in the passenger cabin on flights within the continental United States. 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. Pets are not permitted in the cabin on international flights.

The fee for bringing your pet in the cabin will be $100 each way. Pet fees must be paid at the time of making your reservation. Each passenger is limited to bringing one pet carrier containing up to two pets. Since the fee is per container, passengers traveling with two puppies or kittens in the same compartment will only have to pay one pet fee.

Many states and foreign countries require that pets be accompanied by a health certificate. However, Spirit Airlines does not require a health certificate for carry-on pets. Nevertheless, it is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that proper documentation is available in the event that it is requested.

Passengers traveling with pets must check-in at the ticket counter. Curbside or self-service check-in is not available. Please allow extra time beyond normal check-in guidelines when traveling with your pet.

Pets in Cargo

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

Other Restrictions

Pets traveling in the cabin must remain in a pet carrier at all times while on the aircraft. Pets must be free to stand in an upright position and comfortably move about the carrier. A maximum of two similar pets may share the same container, provided that they can meet these requirements when inside the container.

The dimensions of the pet carrier must not exceed 18" long x 14" wide x 9" high. The pet carrier must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Soft-sided containers are permitted in the cabin, but not the type which permit the pet’s head to remain outside the container.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Spirit Airlines has received a rating of 3.3 out of 5 bones by 21 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Kathy Jun. 04, 2016
    Dr. Kathy Jun. 04, 2016
    Dr.

    I thought snub nose pets pugs persians boxers could not fly on international flights. I want to take my cat to Central America. Can they ride in cabin to Panama 3hr flight from Miami

  • Pet Size Carrier More than one year ago.
    Pet Size Carrier Pet Size Carrier More than one year ago.
    Pet Size Carrier

    The pet size carrier dimensions are as follows: "The dimensions of the container must not exceed 18" x 14" x 9" (45.72 cm x 35.56 cm x 22.86 cm)" This was found on Spirit Airlines website:https://customersupport.spirit.com/hc/en-us/articles/202096926-Does-Spirit-Airlines-allow-pets-on-board-

  • kerry More than one year ago.
    9' PET CARRIER kerry More than one year ago.
    9' PET CARRIER

    I HAVE LOOKED ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THIS SIZE PET CARRIER. THERE IS NONE. MY FLIGHT LEAVES IN A FEW DAYS

  • Bob More than one year ago.
    Flyer Bob More than one year ago.
    Flyer

    My wife travels with service pet frequently never been a problem with the exception of having to tell Staff that it's a service pet and allowed to be on lap again and again. Most saff are very courteous and accommodating every once in a while you will get one that is not.

  • Sharon More than one year ago.
    Very accomodating Sharon More than one year ago.
    Very accomodating

    I take my 15 lb poodle on flights to Phila frequently in a soft sided carrier. He snuggles in and sleeps the entire trip. All the attendants and most of the passengers don't even realize he is there. At check-in the Spirit staff is very nice.

  • noel More than one year ago.
    charkie my dog noel More than one year ago.
    charkie my dog

    if I knew that I would have so much trouble getting my dog added to my reservations I would never have purchased a ticket !!!!!

  • Roberta More than one year ago.
    Dog Carrier Roberta More than one year ago.
    Dog Carrier

    I have seen several questions regarding size of carrier. I have not been able to find one 9" high. Has anyone traveled on Spirit with a Sherpa which is 10.5 inches high equivalent? Has Spirit given you a problem??? Please answer soon as I have already booked the flight and I am getting really nervous that I won't be able to board.

  • Maria More than one year ago.
    Question Maria More than one year ago.
    Question

    Can my two small dogs fly from North America to South America ??if is a yes I guess this is the best airline I ever took.

  • Elena More than one year ago.
    Sherpa Bag for Dog Elena More than one year ago.
    Sherpa Bag for Dog

    I went from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Orlando on Spirit. I paid for the Big Front Chair, but I had to finally switch chairs with the guy behind me because there is a barrirer under the BFC. In relation to the dimensions of the bag, I didn´t have any problem.

  • Rebecca More than one year ago.
    Medical Rebecca More than one year ago.
    Medical

    Does a dog have to have a Vet checkup before the trip?

  • Bailey More than one year ago.
    DONT Bailey More than one year ago.
    DONT

    On 12/12/12 I traveled with my pug. Pugs have breathing problems and She was under the seat,they wont allow me on the seat. She DIED the CROW DID NOT HELP. DO NOT TRAVEL on SPIRT with an animal or at least know the danger

  • ROSA More than one year ago.
    TRAVELING TO COLOMBIA ROSA More than one year ago.
    TRAVELING TO COLOMBIA

    iWANT TO TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA WITH MY LITTLE DOG, BUT SPIRIT SAID IT IS NOT PERMIT. SOMOBODAY KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT?. THANKS.

  • Linda More than one year ago.
    dog carrier Linda More than one year ago.
    dog carrier

    I recently flew on Spirit with my 4 month old Shih Tzu who weighted about 5 pounds. I got the Delta Airline soft carrier. My carrier is 10 inches high inside, 10.5 total outside height. My dog seem comfortable. The sides and top can be pushed in a little to fit under the seat. Since Spirit does not give you much leg room I did have to squeeze it in a little. I would fly again with my pet on Spirit Airlines

  • Amanda More than one year ago.
    Carrier Restrictions Amanda More than one year ago.
    Carrier Restrictions

    I haven't flown on Spirit with a puppy - but have on several other airlines with similar size restrictions. I use the LARGE Original Deluxe Sherpa bag. Up to 18" long x 11" high & 22 lbs. This bag, although larger than most airlines restrictions is collapsible, meaning that you can squish it down and mold it to the shape and size of the space under the seat. Some other carriers have reinforced walls that will not do this. This carrier in particular will fit in smaller places but still accomodate a taller puppy/larger small breed dog adequately. You should choose an aisle seat if possible for the most space and room to maneuver ifyou need to attend to the puppy in some way.

  • Lisa More than one year ago.
    soft container size Lisa More than one year ago.
    soft container size

    I have a Sherpa traveler the height is 10 in Spirits only excepts 9. Has anyone had problems??

  • maritsa More than one year ago.
    how bad is it to fly maritsa More than one year ago.
    how bad is it to fly

    i need to fly with my 10lbs dog i dont want to leave him behide how is spirit airlines with there crrier type

  • carmen More than one year ago.
    Dimensions carmen More than one year ago.
    Dimensions

    Hi Maryellensaturday 3/12/11 and I could not find a kennel or soft container with 9" height either. Did you travel without problems with your pet or not?

  • Ann More than one year ago.
    What is Spirits policy for traveling with service dogs? Ann More than one year ago.
    What is Spirits policy for traveling with service dogs?

    I've read Spirit's policy relating to traveling with pets, but can't find anything in writing regarding service dogs. Can anyone who has traveled with a service dog on Spirit comment?

  • Julie More than one year ago.
    Mrs Julie More than one year ago.
    Mrs

    I have a Service animal that Soirit is not very happy to have. The new planes do not have a wall seperating "the big front seats" from the economy cabin. Therefore there is no first row for your dog to sit confortably. They wanted me to put the dog in the aisle a few times and I refused. On several occassions I have had to threaten to call the ADA. Its never pleasant on Spirit.

  • Rita More than one year ago.
    Deciding which airlines to fly with. Rita More than one year ago.
    Deciding which airlines to fly with.

    I want to travel with my two cats i haven't booked it yet. I have been hearing that southwest airlines is very pet friendly but i wanted to try spirit airlines has anyone flown with their pet on Spirit airlines? They allow 2 animals in one bag with no weight requirement. I flew american from orlando to JFK american was very nice but they have a weight maximum of 20 pounds and my boys are about 22 pounds with the case. So i need another airlines. I bought a large sherpa bag and it was fine.

  • Maryellen More than one year ago.
    dog owner Maryellen More than one year ago.
    dog owner

    Has anyone been denied boarding with their pet because of the carrier type/dimensions? I'm having a hard time finding one that doesnt exceed Spirits 9" height restriction. Any suggestions on brands to use?

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