Spirit Airlines pet policy allows for in-cabin transport of cats, dogs, and small household birds. The airline is popular among budget travelers and provides an excellent option for small pet owners looking to get away for the weekend. However, Spirit Airlines does not accept animals on international flights. The airline also does not allow animals to fly as checked baggage or cargo. If your pet is too large to fly in the cabin, you’ll need to seek alternative transportation.  

Spirit Airlines pet policy and travel options may be limited, but they take their passengers’ comfort and safety seriously. The airline’s policies are designed to accommodate safe travel for both you and your pet. Here’s what else you need to know about the different kinds of animal and pet travel permitted with this airline.

  • Flying with Pets in the Cabin: In-cabin transportation includes several size and breed restrictions. To ensure you can fly successfully with your animal, read about the Spirit Airlines pet policies for pets within the cabin.  
  • Service Animal Policies: Service and emotional support animals are welcome to travel with passengers who require assistance. The airline provides several exemptions for these animals, but certain rules and restrictions still apply. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such on Spirit Airlines, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service. 


Other Spirit Airlines Pet Policies  

Spirit Airlines is similar to other airlines that only allow pets to travel in the cabin. The owner is wholly responsible for the pet’s well-being during the flight. This eliminates the need for additional, animal-related staff training. Though this option provides you, the pet parent, more control over the situation, it is not a perfect option for everybody. If your dog is too large to fit within the maximum carrier size or too anxious to fly amongst airline passengers, we recommend using another airline.  

When traveling with a pet, Spirit Airlines requires passengers to check in at the ticket counter—curbside and self-service check-in is not allowed. The airline also recommends allotting extra time beyond normal check-in guidelines.  

We recommend utilizing our Airport Travel Guide to find airport-specific pet policies. This is also a helpful tool for locating nearby pet relief stations for use directly before or after your flight. Keep in mind: the animal is your responsibility. If he has an accident on the flight, it is up to you to address the situation appropriately. Flight attendants will not be able to provide additional service, and the airline is not obligated to help you access animal relief areas within the airport.