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Southwest Baggage Report Card

Carry-on Allowance9/10
Checked Baggage Allowance10/10
Excess Baggage Fees9/10
Overall Grade9.3/10

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Southwest Pet Policies

Southwest Carry-On Allowance 2017 ↑ Back to Top

Carry-On Summary

Southwest allows one piece of carry-on baggage, with maximum size 10 x 16 x 24 inches, but does not specify a weight limit. As long as you're able to fit your carry-on into the measurement bins by the check-in desk, you should be fine, as it'll fit under the seat in front of you.

You are also entitled to bring one "Personal Item", such as a purse, briefcase, or camera bag. Again, it must be able to fit into the overhead compartment or below the seat in front of you.

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Carry-On Security Rules

TSA - (USA): TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions

CATSA - (Canada): CATSA Carry-On Prohibited Items and CATSA Carry-On Liquids and Gel Restrictions

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Checked Baggage Summary

Southwest Airlines is one of the few airlines to allow free checked bags for all of its passengers. Every customer can check up to 2 bags, with a maximum weight of 50lbs (23 kg) each.

The maximum size for these bags is 62 linear inches. That is, the sum of length + width + height must not exceed 62 inches.

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Useful Links

Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?

Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept

Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist

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Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

Any additional bags you take on a Southwest flight will cost $75 for each bag. If you really have a lot of baggage, 10 or more bags, each of those will cost $110 to take on board.

These additional bags are also limited to a maximum of 50lbs/23kg each. If any bag exceeds the 50 lbs limit, there is an additional overweight fee of $75 per item.

Keep in mind that no bag is allowed to weigh more than 100lbs, and will not be accepted. Southwest will probably ask you to repack into 2 separate bags, or you would have to send the bag as Cargo, which could be expensive.

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