Spirit: Pet Policy

What methods of transport does Spirit Airlines provide for my pet?

Pets can travel in the passenger cabin.

Does my pet qualify for travel in the passenger cabin?

Pets that meet the following qualifications can travel in the passenger cabin:

  • Only domesticated dogs, cats and birds are allowed.
  • You are traveling on a domestic flight or to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Your pet can comfortably remain in its kennel, under the seat for the entire flight.
  • The kennel is specifically made for animal carriage and its dimensions do not exceed 18in x 14in x 9in.
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents required by your destination (see below for more information).

What are the fees associated with pet transport?

  • Fee for animal in the passenger cabin: $100 per container, each way
  • Fee for kennel rental: $50 one way

What are the kennel requirements?

In addition to the size and weight maximums, the USDA and Spirit Airlines require that kennels meet the following requirements:

  • Be leak-proof and escape-proof.
  • Be properly ventilated, but not allow any part of the animal from protruding outside of the container.
  • Provide enough room for the animal to stand and turn around.
  • Be made of metal, wood, or a hard plastic/composite.
  • Contain absorbent material or litter.
  • Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
  • Be closed securely, but not locked.
  • Have labels with the words "Live Animal" in letters at least 1-inch tall on the crate's top and on at least one side.
  • Have upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct position.

What health documentation is required?

While Spirit Airlines does not require a health certificate for your animal, some States and Countries do require health documents. As it is the passenger's responsibility to be aware of all regulations, you should consult your veterinarian and the Department of Agriculture to ensure that your animal will comply with all requirements.

Are there any other restrictions?

Spirit Airlines can refuse to transport an animal due to illness, aggressive behavior, poor kenneling, or extreme temperatures at origin, transfer, or destination airports.



Please contact the airline directly for information about traveling with a service animal.

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