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Southwest Airlines is a major airline located in the US, providing low-cost passenger flights. Southwest's hub is at Dallas Love Field airport where they operate an extensive network across the US and internationally. As of 2022, the airline flies to over 100 destinations.

Southwest is known for its cheap basic fares, these are sold as seat-only tickets for very affordable prices. If you are wanting an extra for your flight, or to upgrade your fare, you can add this on to give you what you require.

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What are Southwest First Class tickets?

Southwest Airlines doesn't actually have a dedicated first-class fare, instead, it's known as Business Select. Generally, first-class tickets are the most expensive fare that you can purchase. First-class tickets often mean that there is spacious seating that has higher comfort levels than that of standard seating onboard the aircraft. Passengers in first class will also receive impeccable service throughout the flight where most requests are fulfilled if possible. 

First-class fares are likely to be refundable and passengers will be entitled to priority boarding. Complimentary food and drink are served throughout the flight and an onboard care package often including a pillow and blanket is provided.

Business Select tickets with Southwest consist of a few extra amenities that the other fares don't provide. If you're more concerned with being comfortable and having everything taken care of for you, then Southwest's Business Select is a great fare to choose. 

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What's included in a Southwest First Class ticket?


Free in-flight entertainment is available when you book a Business Select flight with Southwest. You'll have access to a wide selection of movies, live TV, and in-flight messaging service. Wi-Fi is available at an extra cost.


Luckily, just like traditional first-class tickets, Southwest's Business Select fare allows you to choose where you want to sit on the plane. Once you have been automatically checked in you'll have the opportunity to select your seat before any other passenger in the lower fares. Your boarding position is guaranteed and you'll be the first passenger to store away your cabin bags.

Food and Beverages

Unlike other airlines' first-class service, Southwest doesn't offer any hot food during their flights. They provide a complimentary snack service to those who are flying 176 miles or more, this is likely to include a bag of nuts or some pretzels. Just like in traditional first-class, Southwest supplies a complimentary premium drink for Business Select passengers, alongside the choice of soft drinks and coffee. 

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Southwest First Class FAQs

What does First-Class look like on Southwest?

Southwest's equivalent of a first-class ticket is Business Select, this includes a dedicated check-in lane to ensure that you reach your gate faster, and priority seat selection and boarding. The ticket also ensures you receive a complimentary premium drink and snacks are included if you're flying over 176 miles. Fully refundable flights available if you're plans have changed.

What does Southwest call first class?

Southwest Airlines call their first class (premium fare) Business Select. It offers passengers a lot of similar benefits and amenities to what a standard first-class ticket would.

What are the seats like on Southwest first class?

Southwest have 3 types of aircraft in operation, all with different seat capacity. The Boeing 737-700 has a seating capacity of 143. The Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 have a capacity of 175. The seats in Southwest's first class aren't any different in comfort or size than those in the rest of the aircraft. It's the complimentary offerings and extra security that puts Southwest first class above the rest of the fares.