Does Southwest Charge for Luggage?

Like all airlines, Southwest does charge for certain types of luggage. But of course, they have their own allowances and restrictions. If you are going to be flying Southwest in the near future, you will want to know what you can check free of charge and what you will have to pay for. This will allow you to better plan the way that you pack for your trip.

Southwest allows each passenger to check two bags free of charge. Most airlines only allow one bag for free, so as you can see, Southwest is definitely going above and beyond.

If you need to check a third bag you will be charged a fee of $25. For bags four through nine, a fee of $50 will be charged. Anything over this limit is assessed a fee of $110 per piece.

Additionally, there are both weight and size allowances that you need to be aware of. For instance, a bag that weighs less than 50 pounds and is smaller than 62 inches will not be charged a fee. But a bag between 51 and 70 pounds will only be accepted for a charge of $25.

The more you know about Southwest’s luggage policies and fees the better off you will be when flying this airline.

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