Spirit Airline bags

 

Spirit Plane

Having two beautiful toddlers and a stay at home wife, I have no choice but to be frugal with how I spend my money. Then there comes into play the low cost airline Spirit  Air which offers budget conscious travel options. However, I am not one to  jump into the low cost options, sometimes you get what you pay for. I have heard horror stories about rate hikes at the gate due to being 1/2 an inch over the baggage bin box on a personal item and its not technically a “carry on”. Therefore, being on a budget it was important for me to stay on track and not get hit with a rate hike while flying Spirit Air for an all guys trip to Las Vegas. No way! was I getting up-charged by hidden fees.

 

For Travel April 4, 2017 & Beyond:

Personal item (e.g., purse, small backpack, etc.): Dimensions must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm) including handles and wheels.

IF I CAN DO THIS  THIS  SO CAN YOU.
PS – SPIRIT WAS NOT ALL THAT BAD!  VEGAS !!! FOR 75$ RT ]

I thought the price tag for $75 Round Trip  was a scam, this included all taxes and other fees. I  searched the web and found out how spirit makes their real money, its done by Hidden Fees and other charges that people do not realize when they book on Orbitz, kayak, or some other online venue. Those that don’t pay attention to the fine print via https://www.spirit.com/ will be burned BIG.

My deal – RT flight  @ 75$ is cheap enough to try and gamble my time, the cost was $400 less than any other airlines. I was aware of the trouble that everyone claimed I might encounter and the fact that Spirit was supposedly the worst airline in the world. I was up for the challenge !

THE FACTS WHEN FLYING Spirit Air

  • Seats are SMALL – if you’re over 6ft beware!
    (compare it to riding in the back of a Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic hatchback, Honda Fit )
  • The Seats do not recline
  • Leg room is minimal at best
    At 5ft 11in I was a half inch from touching seat in front of me. However, for a 3 hr 20 min flight I could deal with it.
  • Free Personal item = equal VERY small pack
    SMALL backpacks, tote bags, Small Laptop bags – ONLY.  – if does not fit in the baggage sizer it will cost  100$ extra 
  • Drinks & food COST money, no free peanuts  – $3 per drink (They only take credit cards no cash)
  • Do not expect anything extra at all 

HOW I BEAT THEM AT THEIR GAME :

Tip 1 – SAVE MONEY AND BUY YOUR TICKET AT THE AIRPORT –

 For the real penny pinch’ers you can save $30 /15$ each way by going to airport and booking your flight the old school at the counter way of doing it. Spirit charges a “Passenger Usage Fee” roughly 15$ each way. That is how they can get away with some of their other tactics to up charge the price. If you drive to the airport and book your flight, you can save almost 30$  on each ticket.

My buddies did a dive around method, switching up driving every 15min, one guy gets out other drives, switched with driver, then once ticket was in hand, they called and got picked back up. We did several rounds around the airport loop while one of use was booking at the counter to pay… drive,  switch driver, book flight, pay, drive,  switch driver, book flight, pay.

 

 Challenge 2: Beat the Spirit Web Site  – by not being tricked into buying extra add on’s

I did not join the 9$ dollar club or $59 dollar club, they temp you with a yearly club fee.

Ensure you clicked standard fare for each leg of the trip. ( $9 Dollar club is recurring fee each year, and you gain minimal savings from what I could tell.

When booking on spirit – you must scroll to the bottom of each page and click NO to  the many pop-ups, or hitting the X  saying no thanks to their add on’s.   Make sure you are only purchasing the standard ticket, because spirit attempts to incorporate comedy shows, rental cars and hotel rooms as ad on’s.

DO NOT reserve seats in advance unless you want to PAY more. Let spirit airlines website auto pick a seat at random to save money.

Core items:

  • Standard Fare only
  • Do not Reserve Seats in Advance
  • NO carry on
  • No check in bags Ensure you have checked the box  that is just air fare alone, no checked in luggage, and no carry on bag with the standard fare.

Challenge 3: Finding the correct bag size that meets the FREE personal item

It was hard to find a bag, this was the most difficult part of the trip.

16x14x12

 

(UPDATE 2016 Sizes)

(https://customersupport.spirit.com/hc/en-us/articles/202096476-What-are-the-size-and-weight-limits-for-bags-)


Personal item (e.g., purse, small backpack, etc.): Dimensions must not exceed 16 x 14 x 12 inches (40 x 35 x 30 cm) including handles and wheels. For travel after 3/31/2016, dimensions must not exceed 17 x 13 x 8 inches (43 x 33 x 20 cm) including handles and wheels.

For Travel April 4, 2017 & Beyond:

Personal item (e.g., purse, small backpack, etc.): Dimensions must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm) including handles and wheels.

spirit Air Free Bag Size

Spirit Air must have known that finding the correct bag would be a somewhat mythical search. I could not find anything with \ product dimensions in my regular retail local brick and mortar stores, even 15 inch laptop bags are generally 20 inches in length.

Thanks to the local Good-Will thrift Store I found the perfect tote bag in the bulk baggage bin. I ended taking a small tape measure with me, checking measurements while in the Goodwill store.

I ended up buying 3 bags since my buddies needed them as well and bags were only $2.99 each. The bag I bought was a cool vintage American airlines fly away tote which was the perfect size dimension for spirit airlines. I then grabbed two other similar sized bags for some buddies that were flying with me, meeting the criteria for the free Personal bag. *On the flight I saw a group of 10 guys heading to Vegas each with a bowling ball bag. The bowling ball idea was unique. They were the perfect size, large but still small enough to fit under the regulation Spirit Air fly free “personal” item  ( PIC ). The guys said they found them used at a local flea market shop for cheap .

spirit air bowling bag

spirit air bowling bag

Bags of all kinds :

At the actual Spirit airport terminal there were several people who flew free with small back backs, a lot of Jans Port brand bags, and similar small sized kids back packs that were able to fit in the box without issue.  The Spirit staff did not care as long as could fit in the box sizer.

One guy used two belts similar to how people carried school books in olden times to ensure his bag was small enough to fit. (He noted that he had  2 extra belts for his trip when not being used on a bag. There was another lady who  used a bungee cord to ensure the backpack was able to fit the box without issue. I saw two other younger guys whom had target range bags for a shooting sports, and another guy had a deep soft sided tool bag that was made by dewalt. The styles and types of bags for us thrifty folk was kind of humorous to watch. Almost as good as the people watching at the airport. (Update: On a recent flight I saw a group of students with soft sided beer coolers bags that fit perftcly and they told me they made the purchase at Target. I give an A+ for being creative .

The winner of the small bag campaign was a guy whose wife created a handmade canvas bag to the exact dimensions for the free personal carry on, the handle was made from belt buckle with it as an integrated latch.

 

What does not fly free — MOST EVERYTHING ELSE DOES NOT FLY FREE!

Wheeled totes – be warned – I  DON’T EVENT TRY IT IF IT HAS WHEELS – if the wheel sticks out a half of an inch – you are toast. I have seen people  pry and hammer off the wheels on their bags with their shoes..

Even if your tote fits within the small free bag sizer, you may get an extra shake down due to the wheels. The Spirit terminal near me seems to be more stingy on what is allowed on for free. I saw a guy pay $100 extra at the gate for having his wheels stick out just a smidgen, and he could not get them off! 

Story – The bag and the busted! A group of girls on the return leg of my trip had mid size gym bags. They were stopped  by a spirit gate agent attendant when boarding the plane asked to put it in the bag sizer, each girl had a similar size bag, and each was told they were going to be charged $100 per bag. The girls argued, being obviously  upset. Their words turned into something you would get your mouth washed out with soap for,  and they loudly vocalizing that Spirit airline was a criminal airline…. etc… These girls were nearly in tears 🙁 from the extra $100 charges that each had to pay.  

  For the most part the only mad people were the ones that did not know what they were getting into beforehand, having bought their tickets online via Orbitz or other retailer unknowingly .  They did not know to do research personal bags and how Spirit works before buying their tickets.

 

Another group was a family that had bought their tickets online. They also got a double “whammy” for the mom and daughter having purses. The purses counted as personal items. The moral of the story is to cram your purse into your bag, making sure it fits in the sizer.

If you read the fine print and do not assume any bag will work, you’re good !

The BAG SIZER is your friend — go before hand to the airport and test your bag.

 

Babies, Children, Kids  Spirit airlines flying with kids /babies – 

I was watching the other families, trying to see what tips I could gain  since I may fly spirit airlines with may own family in the future.

Kids over 2 years old have to have their own seat, no exceptions.  A mom seated next to me with her little one’s noted that her family always paid to have one check in that went under the plane. In the “big” suitcase they put the whole families clothing and other items. They then stuffed the rest in their personal carry on bags.

FOOD – The Mom seated next to me had all  kinds of goodies and snacks for her 5yr old. This lady was a Spirit airlines veteran and knew all the ins and outs. When we started to down she was taking off two layers of outerwear, a thick coat and then a thin jacket, same as the kid. She then moved over and unzipped a inner pocket pulling out some small toys and more snacks. She had granola bars and a tablet tucked away in her jacket for movies. For a kid they would never know how cramped Spirit seating actually is.

 

Pockets.  A lot of people on the flight wore coats, having their pockets stuffed with phone chargers, ipods, and other random items, tooth brush, hair bush…..etc … all to save that coveted FREE bag space.

 

Guidelines Per the Spirit website about kids

  • Only one lap child is allowed per customer
  • An infant, age 7 days or less or an infant requiring an incubator or other life-support system, cannot be accepted for travel and will be denied boarding.
  • Lap children and children in car seats are not allowed to be in the emergency exit rows or in the row in front or behind the emergency exit row.
  • Lap children are not be permitted to occupy a seat equipped with an inflatable seat belt.
  • On some aircraft, lap children may not be seated in the first or second row.
  • Taxes and fees may apply for the infant, depending on destination.
  • You can add a lap child while booking online or through our other reservation channels.

PER A MOM on Urban Traveler –

I love flying sprit! I’ve flow them 6 times this year with DS (BWI to Dallas nonstop) , he flys as a lap baby so I can’t answer all your questions. Buy your bags when you buy your tickets – they will check your car seat for free so you don’t need to pay for it like your bags. I ordered a bag on amazon to protect / keep ours clean.Families with small children are invited to board with zone 2. Pack your own snacks & plan to purchase drinks at the airport once you get through security. I fly with a stroller that I gate check (also for free) If you arrive early to check in they will seat one of you with your toddler no problem if you all want to sit together you will need to buy the seats.

The rows are narrower and the seats don’t recline so I imagine a carseat install with a large seat could be tricky – I’ve seen lots of people using the cares harness.

Like I said I’ve done 6 round trips in 2013 and the planes have been new and the staff seem kind. I’ll take spirit over American for the money I save which is considerable (my other no stop option) any day!

 

My own bag looked something like the one below: it was perfect and had enough room for two pairs of shorts, two pants, three shirts..etc. The extra pockets were useful as well.

TWO TONE SHOULDER BAG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have flown and used a bag please post the bag and  brand / model in the comments.

 

 Check IN – PRO TIP  – To get around Spirit’s website and print out your boarding pass, you can click this link: https://www.spirit.com/OnlineCheckin24LoginOrContinue.aspx  — > Go to reservation and log in. Next change web address to https://www.spirit.com/ReservationSummary.aspx –> print your boarding pass. Please call us at 1-800-243-2724 if you need any assistance.

Site for some good funnies about how bad spirit is: http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/09/spirit-airlines-worst.html

 

 

Side story:   My First issu!! My NAME IS WRONG ON THE ONLINE TICKET!!

  • My boarding date was coming close. I wen to the website and then notice it showed my last NAME as my first, and the names were in the the wrong spot. My purchase confirmation was weeks ago.   My first thought was that Spirit Airlines was going to charge me the standard 100$ or worse a whole new flight fee. Scared of what is to come due to my typo,  I was forced to call spirit,  expecting a large fee. However, to my surprise after a few auto voice customer service entries I talked to a live person. The spirit airlines service rep was nice, and had my Last Name issue mix up resolved  in 10 Min. all completed for FREE !  Now when I open the manage my travel at spirit airlines it reflects the correct info.
  •  Spirit Airlines Support –  1-801-401-222

Its a no thrills greyhound bus with wings. Small cramped, but works for getting from point A to point B,  as long as you PACK SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT. If you can deal with packing light, bringing your own cereal bars, and expecting a 2 to 4 hour delay,  you can fly for really CHEAP! I would fly it again without issue, round trip from KC to Vegas for only $74.18 ////yes//// that was the price Round Trip: $74.18.

I flew with 3 friends whom also flew as well without issue, and we all said we would do it again..

 

My opinion of Spirit airlines: It works for point A to point B travel

  •  WOULD DO IT AGAIN?
  • YES 100%

Tips:

  • PACK LIGHT, TAKE THE FLIGHT!
  • Go into the flight mindset that you should be expecting delays.

Flight note: Our flight was delayed for the first leg 2 hours, and the  flight on the way back was delayed 2 hours However, I was expecting these delays and it was a none issue. I knew it was part of the deal when flying spirit and getting the super cheap rates.  On another flight the delay was long enough on the tarmac that we were giving FREE waters and FREE pretzels , which I guess never happens with Spirit. The spirit employees thought it was going to take 4 to 5 hours to get off the ground due to a weather issue and a number of other flight delays. To our benefit a lot of traffic got diverted and everything straitened out in under 2 hours, and everyone was happy drinking free waters and snacking.  FREE is the most rare event when flying spirit.

 

Update : 5 more flights with Spirit Air  — Zero issues.

 Spirit Air is not so bad once you understand the rules. 

 

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53 Responses to Spirit Airline bags

  1. Lisa February 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    If you publishing a blog and want to seem believable try and use proper English. Learn the difference between your and you’re.

    • Laughable at best March 12, 2017 at 12:24 am #

      Watch out! We have the grammar police here! Everyone watch your spelling and punctuation!

  2. Patti August 20, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    I am a frequent Spirit traveler and have learned a few things. Before my first Spirit flight, I found the most valuable tip: the dimension of the bag is secondary to how full you pack it. The writer of the blog uses a backpack that is 20 inches long, and just doesn’t pack it full. If your bag that is a little larger has give it will fit as long as you don’t overstuff it. Also in my dozen Spirit flights, I have never seen anyone be required to check personal item size. The people who are being charged the $100 are those who are so obviously in violation, never anyone who is off an inch or two(and, to my irritation, many people who are in gross violation get away with it!). Finally I would not purchase something 16x14x12, because changes are coming, they were supposed to take effect this year, but have been postponed until 4/17. The exact new dimensions have changed twice, and may again change or be postponed, but I still would not invest in luggage at this time.

    I think i am ordering this for my husband for our upcoming trip in September.

    http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_AUG1825.html

    Also, I found this interesting and helpful.

    http://shareably.net/pack-two-weeks-of-clothing-into-a-carry-on/

  3. Sam June 30, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Flew yesterday with a 18 inch book bag. I was nervous about the extra 2 inches so i packed a belt to squish it down if anyone said anything. But I put my book bag in the box during checkin and it fit just fine without the belt. I’d say if you’re a couple of inches over, just pack a belt and leave some air in your bag so you can use it.
    No one stopped me while boarding to measure, though honestly my book bag LOOKS big.

  4. Veronica June 9, 2016 at 12:40 am #

    Do infants (on lap) get their own bag? Or does it count against my personal bag?

  5. Lois May 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    HSN sells this: Samantha Brown Nylon and Croco-Embossed Dowel Bag: 16″L x 7-1/2″W x 13″ H

  6. Zee May 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    Ok, here’s my situation…..I’m going to Vegas for a Thursday night thru Monday morning trip. My personal bag is the perfect size for the current requirements. During booking, I did pre-pay for a carry-on bag RT. However, after measuring, I realized it is 23″ tall with the wheels……BUT it is only 14″ wide, and 10″ deep. If it was calculated by the linear total of 50″ (22x18x10) I’m under at 47″. Will this fly? (all pun intended)
    If not, will I be charged $100 even though I’ve already paid $35 for the carry on? Or can it be converted to a checked bag for the price difference?
    Or should I just swallow an extra $70 charge and add a checked bag each way (effectively paying for a bag I won’t use)

    Thanks!

  7. Jo April 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    Try boardingblue.org Flying Spirit soon. Took this bag stuffs W/beach towels to check size & it fit in free space with room to spare. The American tourister atmosphera did not. Didn’t want to bother cutting off edging so back to store it goes

  8. Kate April 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    ***IMPORTANT UPDATE as of February 4, 2016!!!!

    Please note that Spirit Airlines has reversed its decision to put new carry on size requirements in effect after March 31, 2016 and has removed the new carry on size requirements previously scheduled to go into effect from its website. Spirit will be sticking with the current carry on size requirements.

  9. Jasmin March 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Why did you keep buying tickets 1 at a time?? 1 friend could have driven around while everyone else got their tickets and then one more round for the person driving the first time and BOOM! you are done in two trips..

  10. Tamara Je March 23, 2016 at 3:55 am #

    This will be my third time flying Spirit btw Feb. and March. I love it. I read the rules the first time and had no problems. My family, 6 of us, flew to NY for the special price of $29 each way!!!! We all carried a backpack, even my four year old and I (mommy) put some of my clothes in his backpack too “Sweet!” When our son traveled we were abel to bring juice boxes and a lot of other snacks. Food rules are only for the lil ones…

  11. Allison Roberts March 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    I have a bag that’s 18 long 8 wide and 10 tall. It’s soft cloth and I’m flying for the first time on spirit. Do you think that should be ok or should I do a different bag? I’m flying from dfw to Chicago ohare

  12. Genifer March 6, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    I have been on this quest and have found a solution!!! A pet carrier (the soft sided nylon and mesh; even has cool pockets) …you even have side entry to get to your stuff! The material is thin and light weight so you aren’t wasting precious space with bulky fabric. 17 X 8 X 11.5 !!! Groupon is having a $21.99 deal with the pet totes in tons of colors right now.

    • Tamara March 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      THANK YOU

    • Amy March 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

      Great idea!! Will this meet the new size requirements after April 1.
      Amy

  13. Nikki T February 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    this is the best story I have seen on this subject yet, thank you so much for all the details, we fly out Wednesday and I now have some great ideas for the personal item and am hoping we can get away with not having to bring/pay for a carry on which I realize I will have to buy online very soon if we do.

  14. Garnet February 25, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    Spirit Airlines Rolling Personal Item Underseat Bag A1 16″x14″x12″ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0161MIZ3O/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_WeXZwbDK639AX

  15. jee February 23, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    If I purchase my ticket at the airport and escape the online fees, how will I pay for a checked bag I unfortunately must travel with one ?

  16. Nova February 15, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Thank you! I love the Bowling bag option!!

  17. D_Cal February 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    We are flying Spirit after the new size restrictions are implemented. Look for a child’s luggage, they meet the new size requirements.

  18. Peyton January 15, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

    Is there a weight limit on the free bag?

    • Danielle February 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      They don’t weigh your personal item or carry on bags so if it fits in the box, it’s good to go!

  19. Lynn B January 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Has anyone actually found “personal” items with wheels that fit the new 8x13x17 size and that do not cost much over $125? We are “senior citizens” with physical limitations and cannot carry it on our shoulders or backs. (Maybe someone will invent tiny add-on wheels that you can put inside when measuring!)

    • Danielle February 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      We have a soft sided bag that came with our luggage set …it’s technically taller than 13″ but we never pack it full and it can be molded to fit into the box, so we’ve always been able to take it as our personal item. Honestly, we’ve flown Spirit about once a year for 5 years and we’ve never been asked to fit our bags into the boxes by Spirit employees…we do it ourelves to make sure but even if it stuck out a little, they wouldn’t have known. We usually fly out of O’Hare or Detroit and into Vegas, LAX or San Diego.

    • Renee Taylor February 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

      I recently found the American Tourister Wheeled Mobile Office bag that is 16x13x6.5. It’s perfect. Last time I flew Spirit I had an overstuffed smaller handle bag and I suffered because it didn’t have wheels. This bag does! It’s also $59-$79 depending on the site you use. Right now you can get it for $26.56 at deals2buy.com using coupon code clear30. Good luck!

    • D_Cal February 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

      Lynn, get a suitcase designed for a child. They have wheels. Hopefully that will work.

    • Milady May 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

      American Tourister iLite XTREME Wheeled Boarding Bag –

    • Teri May 22, 2016 at 3:21 am #

      A few comments above yours show a roller bag in the right feminists ions on amazon

    • Dan August 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      I found one through Ebags it kinda looks like a bowling bag but it has handle and wheels for $79.00

  20. Nishant December 29, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    Hi !
    Is it okay if my personal item (laptop bag) exceeds by 2 inches ? The exact dimensions are 18*12*8 (against 16*14*12). Also, the bag can be squeezed a bit so that the height is 16 but it stands tall at 18 when stretched to normal height. Will they allow this or are they super rigid with dimensions ?
    Expecting a prompt reply !! thanks in advance

  21. Eric December 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Great posting! I was looking at the rules to see how to navigate this and was checking to see if anyone had the idea of just using a plain plastic bag, the kind you get at the grocers etc… seems like that would solve everything easy… not the most “sightly” but what do you expect when you are flying this airline…

    • admin December 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

      That would work. That being said… I would suggest using a canvas bag or heavier cloth type bag. The only reason being is that plastic bags have a tendency to rip at the worst times, breaking right at the handles. Something like the bag in the image below would work really well for a short trip. Cloth bag

  22. jennifer September 28, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    i have a small suitcase about 15inch like a kids size. would that work as a free personal who if paid in advance cheaper carryon.

  23. Julie September 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    Heads up that the dimensions will be changing after 3/31/2015 so you’re not surprised by showing up with something that fit the current size.
    https://customersupport.spirit.com/hc/en-us/articles/202096476-What-are-the-size-and-weight-limits-for-bags-

    This is going to be rather tough to hold much. I’m looking for a new bag. Let me know if you know of something that’ll work.

    • admin December 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

      Thanks for the update! Much appreciated

    • ka January 26, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      look on ebay they sell small backpacks that with fit those dimensions easy,

  24. Tasha August 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Did you buy your ticket he same day or in advance?

  25. Courtney July 8, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Great post! My friend booked us on Orbitz. I usually fly Southwest to avoid all this baggage crap, but she was so excited about the deal, I figured I’d just suck it up. My question is what dimensions are what? I’m not great with dimensions, so sorry if this is a silly question. 16 x 14 x 12. Does this mean 16 inches width, 14 height, and 12 depth? Thanks!

    • admin July 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      From my understanding and what worked for me was –> 16 inch high (top to bottom) x 14 in (side to side / across) and 12 inches ( deep –>front to back)

      this vid may help – also some people have said they were able to get on with wheeled carry on bags… but I feel this is dependent on airport. I think it is safer to go with a non wheeled bag

      2015 bag Spirit Airlines personal item carry-on bag – guy says to remove plastic side — using – Americian Touristr Atmosphera

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amq93qPLPPY

      check size — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv6fbH8w36A

  26. Tammy July 7, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    I found that some diaper bags fit the size requirement 🙂
    I like the baby boom backpack! It will work.

  27. Frequent Traveler June 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    I travel on Spirit quite often. Always used my wheeled laptop case as free personal item. Never once had to pay the $100 fee (as you indicated). Is your assertion of “no wheels” a factual statement (published by Spirit) or is it just your assumption?

  28. john June 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    Spirit now permits wheeled personal items as long as they meet the contract dimensions, 16x14x12.

    • admin December 28, 2015 at 1:13 am #

      Spirit has updated their policy to allow wheels, they must fit in given size. For travel after 3/31/2016, dimensions must not exceed 17 x 13 x 8 inches (43 x 33 x 20 cm) including handles and wheels. The issue is that if the wheel or handle sticks out then complications occur.

      rhttps://customersupport.spirit.com/hc/en-us/articles/202096476-What-are-the-size-and-weight-limits-for-bags-

      • Lynn B January 9, 2016 at 10:21 am #

        Has anyone found such a size? Anything I see online matches some of these dimensions but they are either interior dimensions or not including wheels and handles. Our health issues require wheels – you can always use a belt for a handle. Even JetBlue has the 8 or 9″ dimension as the smallest side. We considered switching to them but would still need all new carry-ons and personal items. It does appear they allow 1 of each for free unlike Spirit.

        So if anyone has found the new size with wheels please post.

        • Jill February 3, 2016 at 2:40 am #

          I use a backpack that is slightly bigger and then I don’t pack it full. Then, I can squish it into the measuring bin. I’ve flown spirit round trip at least 4 times. Never an issue.

      • Steve February 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

        The new 2016 dimensions were on the Spirit website a few weeks ago, and now they have disappeared (I clicked on the same links as before). I wonder if this was someone’s idea of an April Fools joke. And I just bought my daughter a new bag that complies with the “new” requirements. 🙁

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