how to check in at southwest airlines

Learn the different ways to check in for your Southwest Airlines flight. Online check-in, mobile app, EarlyBird Check-In, A-List status, and more!

To check in for a Southwest Airlines flight, you have a few options:

  1. Online check-in: Starting 24 hours before your flight’s departure, you can check in online by visiting Southwest’s website[1]. Enter your confirmation number and first and last name to check in and receive your boarding pass.
  2. Southwest mobile app: You can also check in using the Southwest mobile app, available for both iOS[2] and Android devices[3]. After downloading the app, log in with your Rapid Rewards account or enter your confirmation number and name to check in and access your mobile boarding pass.
  3. EarlyBird Check-In: For a fee of $25 per person one-way, you can purchase EarlyBird Check-In, which automatically checks you in 36 hours before your flight, giving you a better boarding position[4]. You can add EarlyBird Check-In during the booking process or later by visiting Southwest’s website[5].
  4. A-List or A-List Preferred status: If you have A-List or A-List Preferred status with Southwest, the airline will automatically reserve your boarding position 36 hours before departure[4]. However, you still need to check in to receive your boarding pass.

Remember to check in as close to the 24-hour mark as possible to secure a better boarding position. After checking in, you can print your boarding pass, download it to your mobile device, or receive it via text message[6]. If you don’t need to check bags, you can proceed directly to the security checkpoint and gate with your boarding pass[7].


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