No matter where you are, it's easy to check in online. Curious about how it works? Take a look at commonly asked questions below for more details.
How early can I check in for my flight?
Beginning 24 hours prior to scheduled departure. All you need is your confirmation number and first and last name.
Where can I check in for my flight?
Customers with eligible reservations may check in online at www.southwest.com or using the Southwest® app available here. Once you have checked in for your flight, you can print your boarding pass online, download via the Southwest app, or choose to receive a text.
If you purchase EarlyBird Check-In, we'll automatically check you in and reserve your boarding position 36 hours before you flight’s departure. This is before our general 24-hour check-in begins.
Whether you choose to print your boarding pass the day before or just hours before the flight, your confirmed boarding position will be ready and waiting for you. You can print your boarding pass or download it on your mobile device within 24 hours of check-in.
We'll automatically check you in and assign your boarding position 36 hours before your flight's scheduled departure – that's 12 hours before general boarding positions become available. While EarlyBird Check-In doesn't guarantee an A boarding position, it improves your seat selection options to help you get a better seat.
Got bags? We've got room. By boarding earlier you'll get a better pick of overhead bin space.
You can select EarlyBird Check-In during the checkout process on www.southwestvacations.com. Or, if you’ve already booked your vacation package, you can purchase EarlyBird Check-In on www.southwest.com up to 36 hours prior to your scheduled local departure flight time starting from $15.00 per person each way (fee is subject to change at any time). You will need your airline confirmation number located on your itinerary and e-travel documents in the flight details section.
If you thought check-in was simple, just wait until you hear about the boarding. It’s as easy as A, B, C.
Pick a seat, any seat
At Southwest®, we let you sit where you like. We don’t assign seats on our flights, so feel free to sit in any available seat once you board the plane.
We have a quick, easy, and efficient boarding process. Look at your boarding pass to find your assigned boarding group (A, B, or C) and boarding position (1 - 60). When your group is called, stand by the column with your number on it until it’s your turn to board.