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Southwest Airlines Luggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Southwest Airlines luggage allowances and charges before travelling.

southwest carry-on allowance

Each Southwest passenger is permitted to carry one cabin bag, plus one personal item.

The cabin bag must not exceed 10 x 16 x 24 inches (25.4 x 40.64 x 60.96 cm).

children's luggage

Extra items that are permitted in addition to your one carry-on bag include a child restraint device for a ticketed child.

In addition, one pushchair and car seat/ Child Restraint System may be checked into the hold free of charge.


Small domesticated cats or dogs can travel in the cabin as long as they are transported in a suitable carrier.  A carrier counts towards one personal item or one cabin bag. A carrier must measure no more than 8.5 inches high x 18.5 inches long x 13.5 inches wide (21.59 x 46.99 x 34.29 cm). A fee of $95, one way, applies to each carrier.

Pets are not permitted as checked baggage.

southwest checked-in baggage

Southwest passengers are permitted to check two pieces of luggage, with a maximum weight of 50 lbs (22.7 kg) per bag and maximum total dimensions of 62 inches (157.5 cm) per bag, free of charge.

A third, and any additional, checked bag costs $75.

southwest excess baggage fees

Overweight items between 51 and 100 lbs (23 and 45 kg), and oversized items over 62 inches, but not more than 80 inches (203 cm), incur a charge of $75 per item.

Military personnel on active duty or permanent change of station orders are exempt from the two-piece baggage limit and will not be subject to excess, oversize, or overweight baggage charges, providing no piece exceeds 100 lbs in weight or 80 inches in total dimensions.

exceptional items

Exceptional items, such as sports equipment and musical instruments may be checked as one free item of hold luggage.

Some items will incur a charge of $75, one way. These include bicycles larger than 62 inches in total dimensions, as well as surfboards.

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