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Southwest Airlines

4.5 of 5 stars
5,204 Reviews
Headquarters: PO Box 36647-1CR, Dallas, TX 75235 +1-800-435-9792 Website

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4 of 5 starsReviewed today
Cary, North Carolina
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  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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  • 4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
    Check-in and Boarding
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
    Food and Beverage
    3.5 of 5 stars
    In-flight entertainment (WiFi, TV, movies)
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Clearwater, Florida
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302 reviews
149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I wanted to correct what I said in a review of the first half of a recent round-trip visit to the Finger Lakes of New York State. You only pay $15 for early bird check-in to your final destination, regardless of the number of stops in between. I had previously said it cost $15 per leg of that trip. I...

Domestic Economy Rochester - Tampa

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Cary, North Carolina
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20 reviews
6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I've been using Southwest airlines off and on since they first came into business. They have made improvements over the years, however, I'm still only willing to use this airline for short trips – under three hours. The longest trip I've taken is to the Caribbean – which was a total of six hours. It did not suit the needs...

Domestic Economy Raleigh - Jacksonville

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Amman Governorate, Jordan
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10 reviews
2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Southwest Airlines is always in high demand and seating is free. One can book online 24 hours before the departure time. The service is simple and one can order drinks and snacks, food. The crew are always available, smiling and respond with clear and precise information. The airline has interesting offers regularly and one can save on tickets cost, if...

Domestic Economy Baltimore - Chicago

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26 reviews
11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The staff were so wonderful for this longish trip and Hana, an outstanding flight attendant was especially warm and helpful on the flight. When she found out that I was visiting my grandchildren who have been through quite a bit lately, she found a bag of goodies for me to give to them and even gave me a hug at...

Domestic Economy Ontario - Orlando

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Schererville, Indiana
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I knew that having a scooter would not be a problem, but with southwest it was easy. of course I got on board first along with the wheel chair people. this all happened without a hitch. for some reason I got free drinks I hope it was my veteran status, I doubt that but this is what I want it...

Domestic Economy Chicago - Las Vegas

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Bangkok, Thailand
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60 reviews
14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The online check-in was simple; and the kerbside check baggage was efficient. Impressed by the boarding procedure, which is managed by Category (A,B,..) and then number. The only slightly disconcerting feature is "free seating" which, on a full flight as this was, means lots of middle seats for the late boarders. Seating is comfortable. Importantly, the flight departed and arrived...

Domestic Economy Las Vegas - San Diego

Thank John P
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7 reviews
1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a very pleasant experience on Southwest, both to and from California. The fare was inexpensive but the flight wasn't as "Cut-rate" as some of the budget airlines. The free two checked, one carry-on baggage policy is a life-saver in the budget department. The staff were friendly and the seating was comfortable. Good experience!

Domestic Economy Oklahoma City - Los Angeles
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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family trip from Hobby airport to Liberia Costa Rica went off smoothly and on time. They do need to work on putting Global Entry into their system

International Economy Houston - Liberia
Thank Barbara S
Nashville, Tennessee
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291 reviews
109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I fly this route every three months and I have never, ever had a late flight, a rude flight, or a flight that was not as fun as you can be in the air. I've flown all over the world and in every way possible. And this is my favorite -- get checked in early, get there early, and just...

Domestic Economy Nashville - Chicago

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Fort Valley, Georgia
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13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recently flew Southwest based on a friends recommendation of the less expensive nature of the flight (compared to Delta) and the fact that they always used the airlines. I was impressed. Not only are the seats slightly bigger, the boarding routine is absolutely out of this world. You simply by your ticket, then 24 hours before the flight, you...

Domestic Economy Atlanta - San Antonio

Thank Oreta S
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“Pay $15 for early bird check-in for each of your round-trip parts of your trip!”
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“Be on time, benefit from the 2 free pieces of luggage. The handling agentsare always accommodating, polite and efficient”
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Southwest Airlines Baggage Fees
  • Domestic United States
    • 1st Bag: Free
    • 2nd Bag: Free
    • 3rd Bag: $75
    • Each bag maximum 50 lb/23 kg
  • United States to Mexico
    • 1st Bag: Free
    • 2nd Bag: Free
    • 3rd Bag: $75
    • Each bag maximum 50 lb/23 kg
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About Southwest Airlines
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (WN) is the world's largest low-cost carrier. Southwest operates non-stop flights to more than 90 destinations in 41 states, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico. Unlike many major airlines, Southwest does not use hubs, but rather a point-to-point system. About 15 airports with a significant amount of WN flights have been designated as focus cities. The airline's fleet is configured with just an Economy Class cabin. In contrast to many low-cost carriers, Southwest does not charge a fee for up to two checked bags; non-alcoholic drinks and pretzels or peanuts are also free on board. Early boarding access, automatic online check-in and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

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