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Spirit Airlines is an American ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida. The airline has two major operating hubs: Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and Detroit Airport (DTW).

Spirit Airlines operates scheduled flights to over 60 destinations throughout the United States as well as international destinations including Latin and South America. Some of the most popular domestic destinations include Florida, Chicago-O'Hare, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando and Tampa.

Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier

Spirit Airlines began a transition in 2007 to re-brand themselves as an ultra low-cost carrier, with the new slogan 'Less Money, More Go'. The 'ultra low-cost' is reflected in the low cost of the tickets. Passengers are given the ability to choose what extras and additional options they require, such as baggage allowance, on-board refreshments, and seat selection, to add on to the base fare.

Did you know? Spirit Airlines has been featured on our blog for being one of the cheapest and best-value airlines in the world! Read more about this, and find out which other airlines were featured on this list.

Baggage Policy

Checked and carry-on baggage are added extras that need to be bought as excess baggage. Only small personal items such as laptops, handbags and backpacks are included with the bare fare Spirit Airlines ticket.

Carry-on Baggage

To keep ticket prices low, the airline charges for carry-on baggage. It is recommended to pre-book any baggage allowance that you will need when you purchase your airline ticket. All carry-on bags must fit within the dimensions of 56 x 46 x 25 cm (22" x 18" x 10").

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage allowance must be purchased; fees are route dependant. Checked baggage on Spirit Airlines flights must fit within the dimensions of the overall dimensions of 158cm (62") and must not weigh more than 18kg (40lbs) unless purchased as oversized baggage.

Personal Item

One personal item is included within your ticket fare. Personal items on Spirit Airlines flights must fit within the dimensions of 45 x 35 x 20 cm (18" x14" x 8"). Examples of personal items include small handbags and laptop bags.

Pre-Book your Baggage

When you buy your Spirit Airlines tickets through Alternative Airlines, it is easy to book your luggage at the time of booking. Please visit our page on how to book baggage on to your Alternative Airlines flight for more information.

Cabin Classes

Spirit Airlines' has a single cabin available, providing a single class: Economy. There is also the option to upgrade to 'The Big Seat', which is the airline's Premium Economy product.

Economy Class

Economy Class is Spirit's most basic cabin class.

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers in Economy Class on Spirit are given access to the airline's inflight menu, where they can order a variety of hot and cold snacks, as well as a selection of beverages. Refreshments have a fee and can be purchased using a debit or credit card (cash not accepted).

What Are Economy Class Seats Like?

Seats on Economy class have 15 and a half inches of width and 28 inches of pitch.

Premium Economy Class

Spirit Airlines does not offer Premium Economy as a separate cabin. However, the airline offers passengers the chance to upgrade to the 'Big Front Seat', which is the equivalent of what you might expect from a Premium Economy Class.

Premium Economy Facilities

In terms of service, Premium Economy (The Big Front Seats) is identical to Economy Class. The only difference is in the size of the seat and the addition of a tray table.

What are Premium Economy Seats Like?

The Big Front Seat is 22 inches wide with 36 inches of width. There is no middle seat, so passengers have plenty of room. The seats are none-reclinable, but some Big Front Seat's do have adjustable headrests. Each seat has a tray table, which is an added extra from Economy Class.

Business Class

Spirit Airlines doesn't offer Business Class. It's most upscale cabin class is the 'Big Front Seat', which is similar to other airline's Premium Economy Class.

First Class

Spirit Airlines does not offer a First Class cabin. The 'Big Front Seats' are the most premium seat available.

Seat Selection

Choose your preferred seat on the plane with Alternative Airlines. We display seat availability for Spirit Airlines flights and let you choose where you want to sit from the seat map. We want you to have the best possible in-flight experience, that's why we offer our customers the chance to select the seat of their choice while making their Spirit Airlines booking! Find out how to book your Spirit Airlines seats by visiting our seat selection page.


Spirit Airlines offers both Online check-in and Airport check-in. Online check-in is available to everyone other than those who require special assistance.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is available through Spirit Airlines website. Just enter your flight details to check-in online. Web check-in opens 24 hours before your scheduled flight departure time and closes just one hour before.

Airport Check-in

Passengers unable to check-in online or need special assistance can check-in at the airport and one of the Spirit Airlines check-in desks. Arrive at least two hours before your departure time for domestic flights and at least three hours before your departure for international flights to allow time for check-in, baggage drop and baggage drop.

Airline Alliance

Spirit Airlines is not part of an airline alliance.

Special Services

Please be aware that Spirit Airlines' policies are subject to change and should be confirmed with the airline before booking. If you book through Alternative Airlines, our customer service team can help if you have any questions.

Flying with babies

A paying adult passenger is permitted to carry one infant over seven days and under two years of age on their lap. However, the airline does encourage all adults travelling with children under the age of two to purchase a seat for their child and secure them in an FAA approved car seat.

One car seat and one stroller will be accepted per infant as checked baggage at no charge (not considered baggage allowance).

Flying with children

Spirit Airlines does not offer children fares. All infants above the age of two are not permitted to travel as a lap child and must have their own seats. FFA approved Car seats may be carried onboard the plane if a seat has been purchased for a child (one child per one car seat).

One car seat and one stroller will be accepted per child as checked baggage at no charge (not considered baggage allowance).

Flying with Pets

On domestic flights Spirit will accept dogs, cats and, on some routes, rabbits and small household birds within the cabin. Fees apply (except for service/emotional support animals) and pets containers count as carry-on allowance.

Spirit Airlines will not accept pets in the cabin for travel on international flights, except for service animals/emotional support animals.

In-Flight Entertainment

Spirit Airlines does not offer in-flight entertainment on its flights. However, they do offer the option to buy Wi-Fi whilst flying.

Spirit Airlines TV

To keep costs low for its passengers, Spirit Airlines does not offer TV shows on its flights.

Spirit Airlines Movies

Spirit Airlines does not offer movies on its flights.


Enjoy high-speed WIFI on all Spirit Airlines flights. Spirit Airlines has also installed WIFI on all of its aircraft so that passengers can access everything they need online on any and every Spirit Airlines flight. Spirit Airlines WIFI is available from the moment you board up until the moment you land and step off the plane.

Wi-Fi Price

Spirit Airlines WIFI is available for around $6.50 USD for the entire flight but varies depending on which route you're flying.

Food & Drink

Food and Drink is available for purchase once you are onboard your Spirit Airlines flight.

easyJet Meal Options

Spirit Airlines offer a wide variety of food that can be purchased on board using a debit or credit card. Items available are snacks such as chips, nuts, cakes and confectionery.

Special Dietary Requirements

Spirit Airlines do not currently offer and specific special meals, however, passengers can purchase items from the on-board menu that match their specific dietary requirements.

Drinks & Alcohol

Passengers can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from the onboard menu. Drinks available to purchase include cocktails, soft drinks, hot drinks, beers, wines and liquors.

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Destinations that Spirit Airlines flies to

Spirit Airlines flies to multiple Domestic destinations within the USA, as well as International destinations which are all within the Americas - This information is accurate as of August 2021.

Alternatives to Spirit Airlines

Airlines that fly similar routes to Spirit Airlines include Delta Airlines, Westjet, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines. Please click on the logos below to find out more:

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Hub Airport

Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) is an airport located in Florida, in the United States, and close to the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach. The airport is Spirit Airline’s largest base. Other airlines that fly to FLL include Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Delta Connection, Silver Airways, WestJet, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

Detroit Airport

Detroit Airport (DTW) is a busy international airport located in Michigan, in the United States. Airlines that also fly to the airport include American Eagle, United Express, Delta Connection, and Frontier Airlines.

Other Operating Bases

Spirit Airlines also has operating bases at the following airports: Atlantic City; Chicago–O'Hare; Dallas/Fort Worth; Las Vegas; and Orlando.

Pay with a Payment Plan

If you are a US resident, you can pay off your Spirit airline tickets in monthly instalments with Affirm. Applying for an Affirm loan is a flexible way to pay for your Spirit flights. Just select Affirm at the Alternative Airlines' checkout page. To find out more check out our Spirit Airlines - Fly Now Pay Later page.

You can also buy Spirit flights using PayPal and PayPal Credit or buy Spirit flights with Apple Pay!


As of August 2021, the Spirit Airlines fleet consists entirely of aircraft from the Airbus A320ceo and A320neo family. The airline's fleet plan outlines the ambition of to have 293 aircraft by 2027.

Unaccompanied Minors

You can book flights with Spirt for Unaccompanied Minors (UM's) easily with Alternative Airlines. Visit ourSpirit Airlines Unaccompanied Minorspage to find out more.


18th August 2021

Spirit Airlines adapts to the challenges of COVID-19 by reducing its flight network

Spirit Airlines has cut its schedule, following the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. As the airline continues to face lowered demand, Spirit Airlines has made the decision to cut many routes from its network. These changes are expected to be temporary as travel recovers.

October 23rd, 2019

Spirit Airlines close to massive Airbus order for 100 Jets

Spirit Airlines has unveiled a provisional deal to order 100 Airbus, from the A320neo-family of jets, which - once finalised - is to be delivered through to 2027. The order would hand the European planemaker a potential order in the $11 billion range.

The order would include a mix of all three of Airbus’s single-aisle models, from the A319neo to the A321neo, Spirit has said in a statement. The additional aircraft would be used to support the airline’s growth plans, as Spirit aims to add new destinations and expand its network across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean in the near future.

October 09, 2019

Spirit Airlines Announces New Routes for 2020

Spirit Airlines has announced that it will offer a new non-stop service from Austin to Cancun, Mexico and add additional flights to Orlando from February 2020. It will also offer a non-stop service to Nashville and Newark from Austin in March 2020.

These new routes follow a previous announcement that new routes from Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport to San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport will begin in December 2019.