Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy


Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy has the most clear-cut features. It doesn’t allow passengers to pre-pay for the baggage. It means that you have to pay for the luggage at the ticketing counter at the airport. The luggage of all the passengers is screened and is subject to physical inspection. It is recommended to place identification inside as well as outside of the bags, and they must be clearly labelled to avoid any confusion.

Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy For Checked Baggage


Firstly, Southwest allows two checked bags for free. The third checked bag costs $75. All the checked bags must be 50 pounds(23 kgs) and 62 inches(L+W+H). Excess baggage which is oversized or overweight, will be charged with the excess baggage fee, which is $75 per item. Any bag weighing more than 100 pounds will be shipped as Air Cargo. Also, military passengers are an exception as they do not have two bags limit, and they are not levied with any excess baggage fee.

You must check-in your luggage so that the airline has enough time to place it on your flight. In case you are late, your baggage will be tagged as ‘late check-in’. Also, you cannot check your bag at the curbside in case of an International flight. You will be required to check-in at the counter itself.

In case of any loss, damage or delayed baggage during domestic flights as well as international flights, you become entitled to compensation. Any damage or loss must be reported in person by the passengers within four hours of their arrival at the destination airport. In such a case, Southwest’s liability is limited to $3,300 per person.

Sports equipment like golf bags, hockey, skis will be accepted as per Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy size and weight limits and will count as one checked bag.

Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy For Carry On Baggage


Southwest Airlines allows you to carry one personal item and one carry-on bag per passenger for free. Personal items may include a laptop, a briefcase or a handbag. Carry on must not exceed 50 linear inches (24 x 16 x 10 in) or 127 cm (61 x 41 x 28 cm) including handles and wheels. It must fit under the seat in front of you or the overhead bin.

As per Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy, certain items do not count in one bag plus one personal item: outer garments like jackets, umbrellas, food items, assistive devices for disabled passengers and a child restraint device. Although, a pet carrier will either be considered as a carry-on or a personal item.