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Last week I was researching some options for my parents on their ski trip flying Spirit Airlines so they could spend as little as possible on checked or carry-on bags since we weren’t sure if they would be able to pack solely in their free personal carry-ons. While doing that I saw on Spirit Airline’s website that they would be changing the allowed size of their free carry-on personal items effective April 1, 2016.
The changes were going to take the personal items from 16 x 14 x 12 down to 17 x 13 x 8 inches including handles and wheels. Overall that would be a reduction in size, so certainly not good news for those who like to maximize what they bring on Spirit Airlines for free.
However, in the last couple of days I have started to get some questions from readers about where the changes are posted online. When I went to look today I couldn’t find the changes either, and then I received an email from a Spirit representative stating the following:
We had been preparing for a potential change in personal item sizes, however we decided a few weeks ago not to implement that change. While we always like to encourage passengers to carry less, we will continue to offer the largest personal size item of any ultra-low cost carrier. You can find all the latest info here: https://customersupport.spirit.com/hc/en-us/articles/202096476-What-are-the-size-and-weight-limits-for-bags-
So, there you have it. Spirit Airlines will continue to offer the “largest free personal size item of the ultra-low-cost-carriers”. For reference, Frontier Airlines free personal item is allowed to be 8 x 14 x 18, which is indeed smaller overall than Spirit’s allowance.
Oh, and my parents were ultimately able to pack for their ski trip (complete with $25 dollar per day lift tickets) in their free personal items on their 2,500 mile Spirit Airlines award flights. Now that is budget travel!