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About Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is a major low-cost US airline and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Southwest Airlines flies to many destinations including Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, Midway, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Phoneix, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Arizona, Oranjestad, Nassau, Belize City, Liberia, San Jose, Punta Cana, Mexico City and many others. Southwest Airlines carries the most domestic passengers of any US airline. Altogether, Southwest Airlines flies to over 100 destinations with a fleet size of 746 aircraft.

Southwest Airlines' extensive fleet consists of Boeing 737-300s, Boeing 737s, Boeing 737s and Boeing 737-800s. In total, Southwest Airlines has a fleet of over 750 aircraft.

On May 2, 2011, Southwest Airlines completed the acquisition of AirTran Airways by purchasing all of the outstanding common stock, corporate identity and operating assets of AirTran Holdings, Inc., the former parent company of AirTran Airways. Southwest Airlines first announced the acquisition on September 27, 2010, and received final approval from the United States Department of Justice on April 27, 2011. After acquiring AirTran Airways, Southwest began a codeshare agreement with AirTran on February 14, 2013. The agreement ended after AirTran became fully integrated into Southwest on December 28, 2014. Southwest Airlines currently flies to around 100 destinations in 45 states and over 10 different countries.


Southwest Airlines Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers on Southwest Airlines flights are entitled to one item of carry-on baggage per person. This carry-on bag must not exceed 25 x 40 x 60 cm. In addition to this, passengers are allowed to bring one personal item with them on the flight, for example, a small rucksack, a handbag, a briefcase or a laptop. This small personal item must not exceed the overall dimensions of 46 x 22 x 34 cm.

Checked Baggage

Southwest Airlines flights allow each passenger two items of checked baggage free of charge. This baggage must not weigh more than 22kg per piece and must fit within the overall dimensions of 157 cm (L x W x H).


Southwest Airlines Check-in

Online Check-in

For passengers with a Southwest Airlines reservation, web check-in is available on all Southwest Airlines flights. You can check-in online by visiting the Southwest Airlines online check-in page and entering your confirmation number, first and last name. Online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled flight departure time.

Airport Check-in

Southwest Airlines airport check-in can be completed by visiting the dedicated Southwest Airlines check-in counters at the airport of departure. Southwest Airlines airport check-in opens three hours before scheduled flight departure time and generally closes 30 minutes—one hour before.


Southwest Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

Southwest Airlines operates a frequent flyer program called Rapid Rewards to reward its regular passengers with the airline. The original Rapid Rewards program offered one credit per one-way flight from an origin to a destination including any stops or connections on Southwest Airlines. 

When 16 credits were accumulated in a 24-month period, Southwest awarded one free round-trip ticket that was valid for 12 months. On March 1, 2011, Rapid Rewards changed to a points system based on ticket cost. Members earn and redeem points based on a three-tier fare scale multiplier and the cost of the ticket. Changes also included no blackout dates, seat restrictions or expiring credits. It also adds more options to use points.

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Southwest Airlines Fleet

The Southwest Airlines fleet includes 513 Boeing 737-700, 207 Boeing 737-800, 30 Boeing 737 MAX 7 and 26 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has one of the biggest fleets in the world. As of 2018, the airline is the fourth largest carrier by fleet size.



Southwest Hub Airport

Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines' main base is at Dallas Love Field, which is a city-owned airport based 6 miles outside of the city of Dallas. The airport was Dallas' main airport until Dallas Fort Worth International Airport opened in 1974. Other airlines that operate out of the airport include Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines

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Southwest Airlines Destinations

Domestic Destinations

Albany Albuquerque Amarillo Atlanta
Austin Baltimore Birmingham Boise
Boston Buffalo Burbank Cancùn
Charleston Charlotte Chicago Cleveland
Columbus Corpus Christi Cincinnati Dallas
Denver Des Moines Detroit Dulles
El Paso Fort Lauderdale Fort Myers Grand Rapids
South Pade Island
Hartford Havana
Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Jacksonville
Kahului Kailua-Kona Kansas City Las Vegas
Liberia Lihue Little Rock Long Beach
Long Island/Islip Los Angeles Louisville Lubbock
Manchester Memphis Mexico City Midland/Odessa
Milwaukee Minneapolis/
Montego Bay Nashville
New Orleans New York City Newark Norfolk
Oakland Oklahoma City Omaha Ontario
Orange County Orlando Palm Beach Panama City
Pensacola Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh
Portland Providence Raleigh-Durham Reno/Tahoe
Richmond Rochester Sacramento Salt Lake City
San Antonio San Diego San Francisco San José
San Juan Seattle/Tacoma Spokane St.Louis
Tampa Tuscon Tulsa Washington D.C/



International Destinations

Belize City Cancún Dublin George Town
Havana Liberia Los Cabos Mexico City
Montego Bay Munich Nassau Oranjestad
Providenciales Puerto Vallarta Punta Can San José
Saé Jose      


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Southwest Airlines News

18th February 2019

Southwest Airlines update schedule for Spring

Southwest Airlines is bringing back and adding a number of new seasonal routes for Spring 2019. The airline will fly from various destinations across the US to popular Spring tourist destinations in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Florida. Many of these routes have been added to accommodate spring break travellers that will be flying over the months of March and April.

Southwest Airlines will fly between the following destinations, with each new route starting from 9th and 10th March 2019:

  • St.Louis and Montego Bay, Jamaica (subject to approval) — 9th March
  • St.Louis and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — 9th March
  • Dallas and West Palm Beach — 10th March
  • Dallas and Harlingen — 10th March
  • Houston and Lubbock — 10th March
  • Milwaukee and Cancun — 9th March
  • Pittsburgh and Cancun — 9th March
  • Raleigh-Durham and Cancun — 9th March
  • San Antonio and Cancun — 9th March
  • Baltimore/Washington and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos — 9th March
  • Cleveland and Tampa — 9th March
  • Cincinnati and Orlando — 9th March

1st November 2018

Southwest Airlines will offer free movies on flights

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will make in-flight entertainment free on its flights, including all movies. Currently, Southwest Airlines charges $5 USD per movie, however, the airline has decided to cut the charge and offer passengers the chance to watch films for free. The decision has come after a study which resulted that passengers are much more likely to return to Southwest Airlines for flights if in-flight movies are free.

Passengers can access Southwest Airlines' entertainment system by connecting their electronic device to the Southwest Airlines WIFI network where they will have access to some of the latest cinema releases. 


26th October 2018

Southwest Airlines want to fly to Hawaii by early 2019

Earlier this week, Southwest Airlines stated its plans to put airline tickets to Hawaii on sale by the end of 2018 for Southwest flights in flying in early 2019. Hawaii would mark the 46th US state that Southwest flies to. Back in Spring, Southwest Airlines cited Oakland, San Diego, Mineta, San Jose and Sacramento as potential cities that it will fly to Hawaii from. Although at this point, nothing is set in stone.


23rd August 2018

Southwest Airlines are tightening rules on emotional service animals on planes

The American airline, Southwest Airlines have enforced stronger rules on bringing pets on planes and flying with emotional service animals. Now on cats and dogs are allowed on the planes. Therefore, pigs, spiders, hedgehogs and ferrets are no longer allowed due to airline staff complaining abot biting, soiled cabins and allergies.

3rd July 2018

Southwest Airlines named America's favourite "value brand"

According to a survey carried out by Harris Poll, in which over 77,000 consumers were questioned, Southwest Airlines have come out on top. The survey shows that the popular carrier for domestic flight reservations comes out on top for vlue. Well done southwest airlines for continued excellence!


2nd May 2018

Southwest Airlines gets applause from President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has come forward to praise the crew members and passengers of a Southwest Airlines flight for their handling of an emergency landing two weeks ago after an engine exploded. 5 crew members and 5 passengers were invited to the Oval Office where they met Trump, who said that they were “some incredible people.” The visit, arranged after the White House contacted the airline, was the crew’s first public appearance since the April 17 incident, Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said. Pilot Tammie Jo Shults, who joined Southwest in 1994, was in the first cohort of women Navy pilots to transition to tactical aircraft and served as an instructor pilot flying the EA-6B Prowler and F/A-18 Hornet. Trump said Shults and the rest of the crew “displayed exemplary leadership” during the episode. “You were calm and strong and cool.”

Shults, with the help of her crew were able to land the plane safely in Philadelphia, but shrapnel broke a window while it was still in flight, partially sucking out Jennifer Riordan, 43, who was fatally injured. She was the only one of the 149 people aboard the plane who experienced harmful injuries.


9th April 2018

Southwest Airlines named on Tripadvisor's Top 10 airlines

Southwest Airlines has reached an impressive number 6 on Tripadvisor's newly released list of Top 10 airlines. As reported by one Tripadvisor user; "We choose to fly Southwest whenever we can. Their flights are on time and the service is friendly and efficient. We don't mind not having assigned seats. Bags fly free, and we always check ours. Frequent Flier miles are easy to accumulate with their membership program." Southwest airline's reputation continues to grow this way, as the list was compiled by taking into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted over the last twelve months to TripAdvisor.


8th March 2018

Southwest adds another destination from Nashville International Airport

Nashville International Airport has been announcing a slew of new flights recently, and here comes another one. The airport announced today that Southwest Airlines, already the biggest carrier at BNA, will offer nonstop service to Oklahoma City starting Oct. 7. The once-a-week flight will leave Nashville at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Return flights will arrive at 3:30 p.m.

“Nashville International Airport’s roster of nonstop flights continues to grow, and with the addition of Oklahoma City, we’re pleased to add yet another destination previously not served at BNA,” Doug Kreulen, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said in a news release. “We appreciate Southwest Airlines’ continued commitment to our airport and the Nashville community.”


8th March 2018

Southwest adds 5 non-stop routes; also expands in Phoenix

Southwest Airlines will add five daily non-stop routes to its schedule. Of those, three will be daily service while two feature weekend-only service. The low-cost carrier also said it will beef up its presence in Phoenix by adding more flights to existing destinations. Two of Southwest’s new flight routes will come from its base at Houston Hobby, where daily non-stop service to Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky., will begin Oct. 3. Additionally, Southwest will add daily non-stop service between Denver and Memphis. That route also begins Oct. 3. Southwest will offer one round-trip flight each weekday on all three routes.  

Two other routes – Oklahoma City-Nashville and Denver-El Paso – will get Sunday-only non-stop service. Southwest also is turning to Phoenix for growth. The carrier did not announce new non-stop routes, but said it will add one additional weekday flight to its existing schedules on five of its “most-popular” routes there. Once the additions begin on Oct. 3, Southwest’s Phoenix schedule will change on the following routes:

- Austin: Increases to 5 weekday round-trips, up from 4

- Denver: Increases to 11 weekday round-trips, up from 10

- New Orleans: Increases to 2 weekday round-trips, up from 1

- San Antonio: Increases to 4 weekday round-trips, up from 3

- San Jose, Calif.: Increases to 7-weekday round-trips, up from 6

In addition to the new routes and expanded service in Phoenix, Southwest also revealed the return of several seasonal routes to its fall and winter schedule. Among those are:

- Albany-Las Vegas: Resumes Oct. 3; flights operates Sunday through Friday.

- Cleveland-Orlando: Resumes Oct. 6; Saturdays only.

- Milwaukee-Fort Myers, Fla.: Resumes Oct. 6; Saturdays only.

- Oakland-Tucson: Resumes Oct. 7; Sundays only.


6th February 2018

Southwest Airlines makes a big impact with its January on-time arrivals statistics

Southwest airlines has managed to score a punctuality rating of 80.9% of flights arriving on time, beating its competitor, Delta Airlines to the top spot. Delta Airline was appointed a rating of 80.4% by global aviation number cruncher OAG. As one of the four largest carriers in the USA, this is a great result, and Southwest did so after lagging in on-time performance for much of 2017 — an issue the carrier attributed to more crowded planes and bad weather, among other things.

Southwest's January numbers certainly suggest the carrier may (emphasis on "may") have found a way to handle these issues. Interestingly, the carrier's on-time results in January come as Southwest announced the appointment of a new vice-president of operations, a position that had been vacant for a while, according to a Southwest spokeswoman. Southwest's January on-time results also come in the wake of something I saw on a Southwest flight departing from Chicago's Midway Airport last week that I had never before witnessed in many years of traveling on Southwest flights.

When all overhead bin space was filled to capacity before all passengers had boarded a flight to Nashville, two customer service agents and the pilot quickly materialised on the jetway to proactively start checking bags of those customers still waiting to board the plane. It was some quick thinking (and action) that probably helped the plane be able to push back closer to its scheduled departure time. United brought up the rear in third place, with 78.7% of their flights arriving on time. 


20th November 2017

Southwest Airlines is adding a new nonstop flight service between Houston and Grand Cayman

Southwest Airlines is adding a new nonstop flight service between Houston and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands next summer, a flight that will operate weekly on Saturdays. The carrier is also adding new service from both Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham to Cancun on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

Those flights will operate on Saturdays beginning June 9, 2018; next summer will be Southwest’s largest-ever flight schedule to Cancun, with nonstop service from 16 gateway airports in the United States. Additionally, Southwest is increasing its summer flight service to Puerto Rico in 2018 with daily flights between Chicago-Midway and San Juan, Puerto Rico. That’s along with augmented daily seasonal service between Houston Hobby and San Juan, with a second flight on Saturdays and Sundays, also beginning June 9, 2018.


13th September 2017

Southwest Airlines’ free bag policy has become part of its core identity

CAPA - Centre for Aviation senior analyst (the Americas) Lori Ranson, speaking at CAPA's 2017 Latin America Aviation Summit, stated (12-Sep-2017) that US low cost carrier Southwest Airlines is cleverly using ancillaries to differentiate itself, but without unbundling. While other US airlines are charging for checked bags, Southwest continues to include them within the price of tickets, She highlighted that while the airline may not be gaining revenue directly, the policy has become a major marketing tool promoting its brand. "The fact that Southwest does not charge for bags is now part of their core identity. To go against that now would create so much bad publicity. It's their philosophy now", she said.


13th September 2017

Southwest donates plane to fly homeless animals from hurricane-ravaged Houston

Many victims of Hurricane Harvey sadly lost their homes — including quite a few who walk on four legs. When Texas shelters found themselves overrun with homeless pets after last month's storm, Southwest Airlines stepped in to help move dozens of animals across the country. Southwest first partnered with Helen Woodward Animal Center of San Diego, California, in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. Upon seeing the damage caused by Harvey, the shelter and airline quickly hooked up again. After operating several relief flights for customers and employees, Southwest donated a flight to transport about 60 cats and dogs from Houston to San Diego.

"The idea was to move animals who were already in the shelters when the hurricane hit and were now facing euthanization ... to make room for families' pets that become homeless after Harvey," explained Michelle Agnew, a spokesperson for Southwest. On Aug. 31, the Helen Woodward staff flew to Houston's Operation Pets Alive (OPA!), where the homeless cats and dogs were being housed temporarily. The shelter staff determined how many animals were fit to fly and could be accommodated in California. Southwest then provided the aircraft to transport the pets on Sept. 5th.

Once in California, the animals received lots of love to help them recover from their ordeal. "They're doing as well as they can considering the circumstances," said Mindy Wright, a representative of Helen Woodward Animal Center. "They were already in a tough situation, packed in close quarters without their normal routines or medications, and then had to go through the plane ride." She continued, "By the time they got to us ... some aren't feeling well, some are recovering from trauma, and some are in line to get microchips, vaccinations, and other things we require before we can adopt them out."

Wright is pleased to report that the first round of animals — including a trio of dogs named Larry, Curly and Moe, and a couple of "hound puppies with squishy faces"— went up for adoption on Saturday. Both Agnew and Wright expressed interest in making a similar effort after Hurricane Irma, though they'll need to assess the situation before knowing more details. As for the rest of the Harvey survivors, they're in good hands until they're ready to find their fur-ever homes. Find out the ways that hurricanes affect air travel by visiting our page on flying through bad weather.

May 2017

Southwest Airlines new reservations was successfully launched

After a three-year project to overhaul a reservation system the airline used for 30 years, Southwest and its project partner, Amadeus IT Group, took their new product live on Tuesday across the airline's operational system. The project to create Southwest and Amadeus' new Amadeus Altea Passenger Service System involved a team of more than 1,500 people from both Southwest and Amadeus.


May 2017

Southwest Airlines announced it was getting closer to Hawaii flights

Southwest Airlines announced it was getting closer to Hawaii flights, a vacation destination travellers have been begging the nation's largest domestic airline to add for years. Flights to Hawaii are a high priority for Southwest Airlines and could begin as early as 2018. Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) sees the launch of flights to Hawaii as a priority. At present, aside from Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA), the only other LCC to connect Hawaii and the US mainland is Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) which uses its dwindling fleet of B757-200s to run 2x weekly Las Vegas McCarran-Honolulu flights.

It's assumed that Southwest would fly to Honolulu International Airport, which is currently a hub for Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, Makania Kai Air and Island Air.


7th April 2017

Southwest Airlines, Sacramento's largest airline carrier, has announced the airline's biggest boost in flights

Southwest Airlines, Sacramento's largest airline carrier, has announced the airline's biggest boost in flights at Sacramento International Airport since the recession over 12 years ago.6 daily flights this year, including new routes to Long Beach and Spokane. South West Airlines have also added flights on existing routes to Seattle and San Diego. That brings Southwest’s total to 80 flights a day in Sacramento, making the capital city the 16th busiest airport in Southwest’s 100-city service base.