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Southwest Airlines Baggage Fees (And How to Avoid Paying Them)

Southwest baggage fees

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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

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 24″ x 16″ x 10″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • undisclosed

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 ProgramCredit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Chase Ultimate Rewards Program ReviewChase 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 ProgramCiti Prestige Card$250 air travel credit per calendar year
American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty ProgramThe 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


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

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