They recently changed their personal item size.
For Travel April 4, 2017 & Beyond:
Personal item (e.g., purse, small backpack, etc.): Dimensions must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm) including handles and wheels.
So a good portion of those underseat wheelies touted as Spirit friendly seem to be out of the running. Though it looks like Boarding Blue is on top of it! their updated BoardingBlue Spirit Airlines Personal Item Under Seat bag meets the specs (don’t expand it though, it will exceed the measuring box).
Features (from Amazon’s website)
- size-Zipped-In : 16″x12″x8″ ideal for Spirit, Frontier, Jetblue, America Airlines
- Multiple pockets for travel accessories, including charger, Ipad, water bottle, ticket, etc
- Friendly Reminder: Please Do NOT Pack Too Much. Or It may cause the bag oversized.
It’s rare that I actually need a wheelie these days. I tend toward a backpack unless I’m carrying a laptop or changing terminals (flying through DFW or ORD etc. Oh and there was that RIDICULOUS trek through IAH coming back from Uruguay and walked several miles to the customs line and back to my connecting flight. Normally walking isn’t a problem, but after a long sleepless overnight flight I was pre-caffeine and crabby.)
I still use an American Tourister Atmosphera Tote I got years ago that does fit under the seat and is pretty good for regional jets, but it wouldn’t work if I needed to fly Spirit. Here’s a later version sold at The Mart of Wal…
Of course you could go with a messenger bag or a backpack:
5 Cities | 16 Inch Carry On Hand Luggage Flight Duffle Bag, 2nd Bag or Underseat, 19L $ – this one specifies it works on Spirit.
Mochi Things | Travelus Multipurpose Bag $$$ – I have a similar bag called an “overnight” backpack but I use it for week long jaunts. I also keep it loaded as I have elderly grandmothers and never know when I need to jump on a plane to get back home. Mine was about $30 on NewChic.com.
I always think ultralight packing is always the way to go, but changing bag dimensions was a pretty irritating move on Spirit’s part :/
Anyone flown on Spirit lately? How did you pack?