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.
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.
- SeanOct. 23, 2020Denied 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.
- KatrinaMore than a year agoPoor 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.
- BobMore than a year agoFlyer
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.
- SharonMore than a year agoVery 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.
- NoelMore than a year agocharkie 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 !!!!!
- MariaMore than a year agoQuestion
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.
- ElenaMore than a year agoSherpa 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.
- RebeccaMore than a year agoMedical
Does a dog have to have a Vet checkup before the trip?
- BaileyMore than a year agoDONT
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
- ROSAMore than a year agoTRAVELING TO COLOMBIA
iWANT TO TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA WITH MY LITTLE DOG, BUT SPIRIT SAID IT IS NOT PERMIT. SOMOBODAY KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT?. THANKS.
- LindaMore than a year agodog 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
- AmandaMore than a year agoCarrier 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.
- LisaMore than a year agosoft container size
I have a Sherpa traveler the height is 10 in Spirits only excepts 9. Has anyone had problems??
- MaritsaMore than a year agohow 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
- CarmenMore than a year agoDimensions
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?
- AnnMore than a year agoWhat 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?
- JulieMore than a year agoMrs
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.
- RitaMore than a year agoDeciding 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.
- MaryellenMore than a year agodog 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?