Southwest: Children Flying Alone

What is Unaccompanied Minor Service?

Young children traveling without a parent or legal guardian are considered to be Unaccompanied Minors. Most airlines provide a service to assist these children from their point of departure to their final destination.

What age does my child have to be to qualify as an Unaccompanied Minor?

The service is mandatory for children ages 5-11 traveling without an adult.

Children under 5 years of age are not allowed to travel unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 12 years old.

What are the fees associated with this service?

Effective for reservations purchased or changed on or after June 1, 2009, for travel on or after June 17, 2009, Southwest Airlines charges $25 each way for each Unaccompanied Minor.

Are there any flight restrictions?

Unaccompanied Minors are only allowed on non-stop or direct flights that do not require a change of aircraft.

How do I book this service?

Call Southwest Airlines Reservations.

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