Southwest Baggage Fees, Policies, & FAQs

Southwest Airlines has a unique baggage policy. Simple service is one reason Southwest Airlines has a cult following of passionate fans.

Southwest luggage costs are straightforward and affordable. Southwest Airlines' luggage cost is the lowest of all airlines. First two checked baggage

Many travelers wonder how Southwest tickets are so inexpensive and include free checked bags. Let's examine Southwest's checked and carry-on baggage fees.

Insider tip: Active duty and permanent change of station military do not pay extra checked luggage costs. Oversized and overweight bags are free.

Tip: Flying Southwest with a stroller? Southwest checks strollers for free at the curb, ticket counter, or gate.

Southwest contains many exclusions and waivers. Oversize or overweight media camera equipment is free.

Equipment for Archery, Baseball/Softball Gear, Knee / Boogie Board Bowling Bag, Limits for hard-sided bicycle boxes are 62″/50lb. Fishing Rod & Tackle Box

Hard-sided golf bag (free size, weight charges may apply) Hockey/lacrosse sticks (two bags count as one item, even if shipped separately)

Kiteboard - Knives, Dress Sabers, Swords (checked luggage only) Parachutes must be checked or carried on and not worn in flight. Scuba gear (empty tanks)

Snow ski equipment (up to 2 bags count as one item, even if packed individually; excess size waiver; weight charges may apply)

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