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You are free to check in online.

No matter where you are, it's easy to check in online. Curious about how it works? Take a look at commonly asked questions below for more details.

How early can I check in for my flight?

Beginning 24 hours prior to scheduled departure. All you need is your confirmation number and first and last name.

Where can I check in for my flight?

Customers with eligible reservations may check in online at or using the Southwest® app available here. Once you have checked in for your flight, you can print your boarding pass online, download via the Southwest app, or choose to receive a text.

EarlyBird Check-In®

Don’t want to worry about check-in? We can do it for you, when EarlyBird Check-In is available! 

If you purchase EarlyBird Check-In, we'll automatically check you in and reserve your boarding position 36 hours before you flight’s departure. This is before our general 24-hour check-in begins.

What do you get?

Automatic check-in

Whether you choose to print your boarding pass the day before or just hours before the flight, your confirmed boarding position will be ready and waiting for you. You can print your boarding pass or download it on your mobile device within 24 hours of check-in.

Better boarding position

We'll automatically check you in and assign your boarding position 36 hours before your flight's scheduled departure – that's 12 hours before general boarding positions become available. While EarlyBird Check-In doesn't guarantee an A boarding position, it improves your seat selection options to help you get your favorite seat. Please remember, EarlyBird Check-In is subject to availability. 

Earlier access to overhead bins

Got bags? We've got room. By boarding earlier you'll get a better pick of overhead bin space.

How do I purchase?

When it is available, you can select EarlyBird Check-In during the checkout process on Or, if you’ve already booked your vacation package and EarlyBird Check-In is available, you can purchase EarlyBird Check-In on up to 36 hours prior to your scheduled local departure flight time starting from $15.00 per person each way (fee is subject to change at any time). You will need your airline confirmation number located on your itinerary and e-travel documents in the flight details section. Please remember, EarlyBird Check-In is subject to availability. 

Checked in, what's next?

If you thought check-in was simple, just wait until you hear about the boarding. It’s as easy as A, B, C.

  • check in line


    When your group is called, stand by the column with your number on it until it's your turn to board.
  • check in pick seat

    Pick a seat, any seat

    At Southwest®, we let you sit where you like. We don’t assign seats on our flights, so feel free to sit in any available seat once you board the plane.
  • check in boarding pass

    Quick and easy

    Look at your boarding pass to find your assigned boarding group (A, B, or C) and boarding position (1 - 60).