Southwest Baggage

What is Southwest Airlines' (WN) baggage policy?

The Southwest Airlines (WN) baggage policy for regular basic fares include the following:

  • Carry-on baggage.
  • 1 personal item - Fee free
  • 1 carry-on item - Fee free
  • Checked baggage / Hold luggage - Applicable fees per bag increase with number checked beyond 2 bags
  • Overweight and Oversize bags - Applicable fees per bag depending on weight and size categories
  • Sports equipment - Certain items might have applicable fees

What is Southwest Airlines' (WN) carry-on baggage policy?

Southwest Airlines (WN) allows 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop bag) per passenger fee free.

Carry-on should not exceed the following size and weight restrictions:

  • 50 linear inches (24 x 16 x 10 in) or 127 centimeters (61 x 41 x 28 cm) including handles and wheels
  • Fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.
  • Personal item should of proper size to fit under the seat in front of you
The following items do not count against the "one-bag plus one personal-type item" limit:
  • A child restraint device for a ticketed child with a reserved seat or when complimentary, available space exists.
  • Assistive/mobility devices for individuals with a disability. There is no limit to the number of assistive/mobility devices a Customer can bring onboard the aircraft.
  • Outer garments or other wearable articles of clothing.
  • Food for consumption during flight contained in disposable packaging.
  • Walking canes or umbrellas.

NOTE: Bulkhead seats do not have under seat storage, therefore, all carry-on baggage must be stowed in the overhead bin during take-off and landing.

What is Southwest Airlines' (WN) checked baggage / hold luggage policy?

Southwest Airlines' (WN) standard checked baggage / hold luggage policy details follow:

  • 2 bags standard, up to 10 bags maximum
  • Maximum dimensions: 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height)
  • Maximum weight: 50 pounds or 23 kilograms

Are there fees for baggage on Southwest Airlines (WN)?

Yes, fees might apply if you want to check more than two bags. The first two bags checked are fee free. If you are an active U S military personnel and/or dependent then additional bags may be checked fee free.

Southwest Airlines' (WN) standard checked baggage / hold luggage fees follow:p>

  • First bag: Fee free
  • Second bag: Fee free


What is Southwest Airlines' (WN) fee for excess baggage?

Southwest Airlines (WN) will charge $75.00 USD per bag for the third bag and any additional bags.

Note: Passengers traveling to/from Belize, Mexico City, Montego Bay, and San Jose, Costa Rica from November 16 through January 16 are limited to 2 checked bags.

What is Southwest Airlines' (WN) fee for overweight baggage?

Southwest Airlines (WN) will charge the following for bags that are greater than the standard 50 pounds or 23 kilograms:

  • 51 to 100 pounds or 24 to 46 kilograms: $75.00 USD extra per bag
  • Bags exceeding 100 pounds or 46 kilograms will not be accepted as checked baggage / hold luggage.

What is Southwest Airlines' (WN) fee for oversize baggage?

Southwest Airlines (WN) will charge $75.00 USD extra for bags that are from 63 to 115 linear inches or from 160 to 292 centimeters. Bags greater than 115 linear inches or 292 centimeters will not be accepted as checked baggage / hold luggage.

Are there fees for sports equipment on Southwest Airlines (WN)?

Sports equipment such as skis, golf bags, fishing equipment, hockey, and lacrosse equipment will be accepted up to Southwest Airlines' (WN) size and weight limits and will count as one checked bag/hold bag. Associated fees might be applied.

CPAP Devices:

CPAP are allowed. They do not count as a carry on. No advanced notifications are required.