Small Dog on Airplane in Carrier

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.

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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 3.1 out of 5 bones by 18 canine critics on BringFido.

  • More than a 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 !!!!!

  • More than a 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.

  • More than a year ago

    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.

  • 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.

  • More than a year ago

    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.

  • More than a 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.

  • More than a year ago

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

  • More than a year ago

    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

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  • More than a 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

  • More than a 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.

  • More than a year ago
    soft container size

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

  • More than a 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

  • More than a year ago

    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?

  • More than a 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?

  • More than a year ago

    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.

  • More than a 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.

  • More than a 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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