Last updated on December 30th, 2022 at 10:17 am

It is arguably the most prominent ultra-low-cost carrier in the United States. In addition to offering flights to more than 80 locations across the United States and Caribbean, Spirit Airlines also operates in Latin America. In spite of Spirit Airlines’ low price, the airline does not promise luxury travel. However, if you have booked a flight with Spirit Airlines, you can choose the perfect seat for your comfort. Read on for more information.

How To Pick A Seat On Spirit Airlines?

Seat selection for a Spirit flight can be done both online and offline. If you choose to do seat selection online, you can go through the process by retrieving your booking through the Manage Booking portal. Seat Selection cannot be requested directly at the airport. If you wish to get your seat selected offline, you must contact the airline via phone call.

Both offline and online methods for Seat Selection are discussed in detail below:

Online Method

  • Open the Spirit Airlines official site.
  • Click on the My Trips tab.
  • Under the Find My Trip section, enter the passenger’s last name and booking confirmation code to retrieve your booking.
  • You can also retrieve your booking by signing in to your Spirit account.
  • Once you have entered the Manage Booking portal, you will see various Manage Booking options such as flight change, booking cancellation, etc.
  • In order to do seat selection, choose the ‘Add or Modify Seats’ option.
  • If you have been already assigned a seat, you can modify the selection and choose a new seat. Otherwise, you can simply choose to select the preferred seat from the seat map.
  • Make the payment (if any) and confirm the seat selection.

Spirit’s seat map is extremely user-friendly. It clearly shows you which seats are available for selection and at what cost. Once the airline has confirmed your seat selection, you shall be sent an email with your updated booking.

Call Method

Facing any problems getting your seat selected online? If you are experiencing any technical issues with Spirit’s website, you are recommended to request Seat Selection by calling the airline. Once you have been connected to Spirit Airlines’ Live Person, simply provide your booking details and get your preferred flight seat reserved.

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Spirit Airlines Seat Selection Guidelines

Seat selection for a Spirit Airlines flight can be done by visiting the My Trips portal 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure. Before you choose your ideal seat for your next Spirit flight, be sure to go through the following Seat Selection guidelines:

  • If the passenger doesn’t opt for a paid seat assignment, Spirit Airlines shall assign a random flight seat during the Check-In process.
  • When the passenger is assigned a random seat, Spirit Airlines takes no guarantee that they shall be seated with their friends and family.
  • You can do seat selection for a Spirit Airlines flight either during the booking process or once the booking has been already made.
  • When selecting your flight seat more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure, you must do so by visiting the My Trips portal and choosing the ‘Add or Modify Seats’ option.
  • If you are doing Seat Selection within 24 hours of the scheduled departure, you must do so through the online check-in process.
  • Seat Selection can be done up to 1.5 hours prior to the scheduled departure.
  • In the case, you made your Spirit flight booking via a third-party travel agency, it is recommended you request Seat Selection through the third-party service itself.

Passengers can choose Spirit’s Big Front Seat and enjoy extra legroom in exchange for a few additional bucks. More on Seat Selection costs are below.

How Much Does Spirit Charge To Select A Seat

According to the information provided on the various official channels of Spirit Airlines, Seat Selection cost starts at $5. The Seat Selection cost can vary depending on your flight route and the location of your seat. For example, Spirit’s Big Front Seat shall cost you more than a standard flight seat. The cost for Big Front Seats falls between $25 to $175 when reserved as an onboard upgrade and between $12 to $150 in advance when selected in advance. Also, window seats and aisle seats have a higher cost than the middle seats.

Paying for Seat Selection with Spirit Airlines is definitely worth it, especially if you wish to make sure that you are seated with your friends and family.

Spirit Airlines Seat Specs

The flight seat specifications can vary depending on the aircraft you shall be flying on. Spirit Airlines offers two different types of flight seats: 1) Big Front Seats, and 2) Standard Economy Seats. As the name itself suggests, Big Front Seats are more spacious and offer additional legroom. On the other hand, Standard Economy Seats are regular seats that are assigned to the passenger even if you don’t pay for a seat assignment.

Refer to the table below for details on the dimensions of seats offered on a Spirit aircraft:

Seat TypeSeat Pitch Seat Width
Standard Economy Seats28 inches17.75 inches
Big Front Seats36 inches18.5 inches

Seat count also varies from aircraft to aircraft. The airline offers a maximum of 10 Big Front Seats on its aircraft. When it comes to Standard Economy Seats, the seat count can vary between 145 to 228 seats.

Note: Big Front Seats are not offered on Airbus A320-200 (Layout 2).

How do I pick my seat on Spirit Airlines?

During check-in, Spirit will randomly assign you a seat for free, but we cannot guarantee that you’ll sit with your friends and family. If you would rather sit where you want, you can purchase a seat assignment. Seat assignments start at $5 and vary depending on your itinerary and aircraft location.

Is it worth paying for seat selection?

In most cases, it costs between $10 and $30 per seat per flight segment, so if you pay, it can quickly add up. No matter what airline you’re flying on, do not pay for seat selection. By the way, you shouldn’t pay for baggage fees as well.

What happens if you don’t pay for seat selection?

Although you can skip seat selection and save balance, there are a few things to remember. Skipping seat selection doesn’t mean you will not get a seat. when you skip seat selection, you might be stuck in the middle seat.

What does it mean when your seat will be assigned at the gate?

Prior to boarding, your seat will be assigned if your seat number does not appear on your boarding pass.

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