MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines announced today it will change its baggage policy for active military members. Effective immediately, all passengers with an active military ID will receive two free checked bags and one free carry-on. Spirit will also offer refunds at its ticket counters for any active duty military member who has already purchased bags for an upcoming trip.

"We are very pleased to take this step to honor the men and women who protect us every day," said Robert Fornaro, Spirit Airlines' President and Chief Executive Officer. "This is the right thing to do and the right time to implement this change."

Spirit is committed to programs that support America's veterans and active service members. Each year Spirit Airlines provides hundreds of free flights to wounded warriors and their families during the service member's hospitalization and rehabilitation, in partnership with Luke's Wings. Spirit is also proud to partner with Honor Flight of South Florida, flying more than 80 World War II Veterans to Washington DC to honor their service to our country.

"The best thing we can do for military members and their families is still to provide the lowest possible prices for air travel," said Fornaro. "After eight years of impressive growth as an ultra-low cost carrier, this is the first of many steps Spirit is taking to improve the overall customer experience. We're thrilled to make this move to honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom."

About Spirit Airlines: Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, much lower than other airlines, on average nearly 40% less.* Our customers start with an unbundled, stripped-down Bare Fare™ and get Frill Control™ which allows them to pay only for the options they choose - like bags, seat assignments and refreshments - the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. With our modern and fuel-efficient all-Airbus fleet, we operate more than 375 daily flights to 56 destinations in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. Come save with us at www.spirit.com.

*U.S. Department of Transportation statistics

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Contact: Stephen Schuler 954-364-0231 Stephen.Schuler@Spirit.com

En Español: Brittany O'Dell954-364-0243 Brittany.ODell@Spirit.com 

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