Southwest Airlines has the single most clear-cut (and cheapest!) baggage policy of any airline. Thank You, Southwest!
Your first two checked bags are FREE with any fare, and the extra/excess fees are a simple $75 each.
Southwest is one budget airline where you definitely won’t get stuck with hidden baggage fees.
Southwest Carry-On Allowance:
1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE
- Personal: undisclosed
- Standard: 24″ x 16″ x 10″
Lap Infant Carry-On Policy
Southwest Checked Baggage Allowance:
All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50lbs and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches.
Southwest is the only Airline that provides TWO FREE CHECKED BAGS for all fares.
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd+ Bags: $75
Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:
Overweight Fee: $75
Oversized Fee: $75
Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees
Unlike Spirit Airlines, Southwest has a generous checked bag policy that allows two bags per person. If you are taking a big trip and need additional checked bags, you can use one of the cards below to offset the cost.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card||Fee Reimbursement Details|
|Chase Ultimate Rewards Program Review||Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card||$300 travel credit per calendar year|
|Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||$300 airline fee credit per calendar year|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi Prestige Card||$250 air travel credit per calendar year|
|American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty Program||The Platinum Card® from American Express||$200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN||$200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express||$100 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
|Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)||$200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
Exclusions & Waivers:
Military traveling on active duty or permanent change of station orders – 3rd+ bags FREE; no charge for overweight/ oversized bags
No charge for overweight/ oversized large media camera equipment