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Baggage Rules, Limits, & Fees for Southwest Airlines

Welcome to Southwest Airlines! As you prepare for your upcoming flight, it's important to familiarize yourself with our baggage rules, limits, and fees to ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience. In this article, we will provide you with all the necessary information regarding carry-on bags, checked baggage, and extra, oversized, and special items.

Carry-On Bags

At Southwest Airlines, we allow each passenger to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item on board. The carry-on bag should not exceed the dimensions of 10 x 16 x 24 inches (24 x 40 x 60 cm) and must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. Additionally, your personal item, such as a purse, laptop bag, or small backpack, should fit comfortably under the seat.

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Checked Baggage

For checked baggage, Southwest Airlines offers a generous policy. Each passenger is allowed to check up to two bags, with a maximum weight of 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and maximum dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm) in overall length, width, and height. Please note that any bags exceeding these limits may be subject to additional fees or restrictions.

Extra, Oversized, and Special Items

If you're planning to travel with extra, oversized, or special items, such as sporting equipment, musical instruments, or fragile items, Southwest Airlines has specific guidelines and fees in place. It's recommended to contact our customer service or visit our website for detailed information regarding these items, as they may require special handling or incur additional charges.

Note that air carriers often change the details of these rules and requirements, so be sure to check directly with the airline on the day you are flying for the most accurate information.

We understand that frequent fliers are an integral part of our airline, and we value their loyalty. As a member of Southwest Airlines' frequent flier program, you may be entitled to additional baggage allowances or benefits. We encourage you to review the specific terms and conditions of your membership to take advantage of any special considerations or exemptions.

When traveling internationally, it's important to consider that different baggage limits and fees may apply. Southwest Airlines strives to provide consistent policies across both domestic and international flights, but it's always recommended to check with our airline or consult the specific country's customs and immigration regulations for any additional restrictions or requirements.

By familiarizing yourself with Southwest Airlines' baggage rules, limits, and fees, you can ensure a stress-free journey and avoid any surprises or inconveniences at the airport. Pack smart, travel light, and enjoy your flight with Southwest Airlines!

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