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.
- AlexisSep. 25, 2021Don’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.
- 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.