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2017 Southwest Baggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Southwest baggage allowances and charges before travelling

southwest baggage allowance

Southwest Baggage Allowancesend your luggage

Sending your luggage is a much easier way to get your things from A to B. It saves you having to drag everything behind you, and on and off conveyor belts and public transport. Plus, it allows you to have many more of your belongings at your destination than you could check onto a Southwest flight. Click here for your free quote.


southwest carry on

Southwest’s carry on allowance is one cabin bag, which must not exceed 10 x 16 x 24 inches (25.4 x 40.64 x 60.96 cm), plus one smaller personal item with dimensions no greater than 18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 in (46 x 21 x 34 cm). Certain extra items can be carried in addition to this allowance, including a child restraint device for a child travelling on their own ticket.


Southwest allows small domesticated cats or dogs to be carried into the cabin, provided they are transported in a suitable carrier that measures 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, is levied for each pet carrier. One pet carrier counts as one of the permitted carry-on items.

Pets cannot be checked into the hold with Southwest. 

southwest checked baggage

The Southwest checked baggage allowance is two items of luggage, free of charge, with each weighing no more than 50 lbs (22.7 kg) and measuring no more than 62 inches (157.5 cm). Passengers travelling with children may also check one pushchair and car seat/ Child Restraint System free of charge.

If you wish to check a third bag you must pay a charge of $75.

southwest excess baggage fees

Overweight items weighing between 51 and 100 lbs (23 and 45 kg), and oversized items measuring over 62 inches, but not more than 80 inches (203 cm), are charged at $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

Most exceptional items, such as sports equipment and musical instruments, may be checked in to the hold as one free item of hold luggage.

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

Disclaimer - Information gathered from these webpages on 31.07.2017:


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