Our Top Spirit Airlines Tips & Tricks

Flying with Spirit Airlines can be stressful. However, we’ve put together a list of Spirit Airlines Tips so you can try to keep your sanity.


Spirit is revolutionizing American air travel by offering flights for as low as $23 one-way to many destination across the country. According to the in flight announcement, they are America’s fastest growing airline.
  • Get to the gate early to ask if they need volunteers for the exit row. If they do, they’ll move your seat there for free.
  • Sign up for their email list. The marketing emails that Spirit sends out are full with discounts and vary from week to week it seems. Sometimes there will be discount codes in the emails for $25 Off a flight, which can save you a good bit of money if you snag a $64 round-trip flight.
  • If you are assigned a middle seat, you can upgrade to the Big Comfy Seat at the gate for the same price as online. I’ve done this once and the seat is amazing and way better than being crammed between two strangers.
  • If you are going on an extended vacation, call your hotel or relatives to see if you can mail more clothing to them. You can flat rate mail boxes for ~$7.95 to anywhere in the USA. This is a much better rate than the $35 each way for an overhead bag (chart below)
Spirit Baggage Fees

Spirit Baggage Fees

  • Bring a debit/credit card for inflight food & drink purchases.
    • Talk to your neighbors onboard to see if they are getting any food. Usually there are food & drink combos that save you a few bucks. Unlimited coffee and a muffin costs only $3.50!
  • I’ve never had an issue with a heavy/large backpack as my carry on. If you do, just remember that you can put on your heavier clothing & jackets before boarding to save space your bag if it is checked for the proper size.
  • Print your boarding passes at home. There is a $10 charge if you check in at the airport and have to have your boarding passes printed for you.
  • Don’t book on Spirit if you have to be somewhere in a hurry. If you’re traveling for work, a wedding, a funeral, etc I would recommend you book on a major carrier. This way, if there is a delay, you can be rebooked on another carrier under their alliance. You can read my review of Spirit Airlines here.
    • To date, I’ve had two out of my eight flights with Spirit delayed.
  • Sometimes delays are out of your control. Just be courteous to the Spirit Airline workers and your fellow travelers. You’re all in this together.

Have you flown Spirit Airlines before? Feel free to leave any other Spirit Airlines tips in the comments below.


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