Checked Baggage Information
Checked baggage will be screened and is subject to physical inspection as mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. Customers may be required to present identification. Regulations require name identification on the outside. We recommend placing identification on the inside of baggage, too. Name labels are available at Southwest Airlines ticket counters. Once you've checked your luggage, make sure you receive a separate claim check for each piece of baggage you've checked. Check to make sure that the city shown on the claim check(s) matches your final destination. Please see the TSA's web site for a list of prohibited items.
For each ticketed Customer, Southwest allows two (2) checked pieces of baggage per ticketed Customer. Size and weight limitations apply.
For travel February 13, 2013 and beyond, the 3rd checked bag and any bag or item thereafer will be charged at a rate of $75.
For travel February 13, 2013 and beyond, overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds will be accepted for a charge of $75 per item. Any item weighing more than 100 pounds must be shipped as Air Cargo. However, Customers cannot use SWA Cargo unless classified as a Known Shipper as defined by the TSA or TSA approved Indirect Air Carriers (IAC). For all Cargo inquires please call the Cargo Sales and Service Center at 1-800-533-1222 or visit swacargo.com
When checking luggage, allow sufficient time for it to be placed on your flight. Luggage checked less than 30 minutes before scheduled departure at curbside or at the ticket counter will be tagged with a Late Check-In Tag. The following airports now require a 45-minute baggage checkin or the baggage will be considered Late Checked:
- Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)
- Chicago Midway (MDW)
- Denver (DEN)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
- Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
Curbside checkin is offered in all airport locations with the exception of Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Houston Intercontinental, Lubbock, and Midland/Odessa. Although every effort will be made to get late checked baggage on your flight, in the event your baggage does not arrive with you at your destination, Southwest will not assume delivery charges to get your baggage to you.