Fare Information

Fare options

Southwest® offers three fares–Business Select®, Anytime, and Wanna Get Away®–as well as a few unique fares (i.e. Child fares) and optional services. You can book most of these fares and services online, but a few services require you to call our Customer Service Representatives, and/or purchase in-airport.

Fares may vary based on destination, flight, day and time of travel, demand, fare type selected, and other factors. If you change any of these factors, lower fares may be available. Fares may be available for a limited time or limited number of seats. Fares are subject to change until tickets are purchased. Reservations must be made at least one hour prior to departure for domestic flights and two hours for international flights. When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply.

Important information about reservation changes and cancellations

We know sometimes plans change. If you aren’t planning to travel on any portion of your itinerary, you have a few options:

  • Change your reservation as far in advance as possible. There’s no fee to change your flight, but a difference in fares may apply.
  • Cancel your reservation at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. If you don’t cancel your reservation, you’ll be marked as a no-show and any Wanna Get Away funds will be lost. Anytime or Business Select fares will be converted to reusable travel funds for the originally ticketed Passenger.
  • Keep your confirmation number. In the event you cancel your reservation, please make note of your confirmation number. Customers calling to request a refund or inquiring about funds for a specific ticket must provide their confirmation number, ticket number, or flight information (date, origin, and destination).
  • Rapid Rewards® reservations. When you don’t show up for a reservation booked with Rapid Rewards points, the points will be redeposited to the original purchaser’s account and any taxes and fees associated with the travel will be held for future use in the form of reusable travel funds under the name of the Passenger(s).

All Southwest fares come with:

  • Two bags fly free®. When you fly with us, your first and second checked bags fly free.1
  • No change fees. We never charge a fee to change your flight.2
  • 100% free inflight entertainment. The Inflight Entertainment Portal features a flight tracker, arrival and connecting gate information, and access to Southwest.com® at no charge, as well as free live TV3, free movies4, free messaging5, free games, and free destination guides. For more information, visit southwest.com/wifi.

Our three main fares are Business Select, Anytime, and Wanna Get Away.

Business Select fares

  • A better boarding position so you’ll be one of the first Customers to board the plane. In an irregular operation situation, the boarding position is not guaranteed.
  • Refundable flights, as long as your reservation is canceled at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled departure. If you cancel, you’re eligible to receive 100% of your ticket value as a refund to your original form of payment. If you used Southwest travel funds from a previous reservation toward a Business Select fare, those funds will be refunded as reusable travel funds.
  • One complimentary premium drink on the day of travel.
  • Fly By® security and priority lanes: Breeze through ticket counter and security checkpoint lines faster with Fly By lane access (Rapid Rewards A-List and A-List Preferred Members also enjoy Fly By priority lanes). Check the airport information pages to see where the lanes are available. When you check in online, you can also see if Fly By lanes are available at your airport.
  • Earn 12X the Rapid Rewards points on your base fare (here’s how points are earned).
  • Same-day change/Same-day standby: If there’s an open seat on a different flight on the same day as your original flight and it’s between the same cities, you can get a seat on the new flight free of airline charges. If there isn’t an open seat, you can ask an Agent to add you to the same-day standby list. If there are any government taxes and fees associated with these itinerary changes, you will be required to pay those. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
    • For tickets purchased prior to March 12, 2020 for travel on or before August 10, 2020, you can add this benefit by calling us, visiting us at the airport, using our Southwest Airlines mobile app or going to Southwest.com or SWABIZ.com.
    • For tickets purchased after March 12, 2020 for travel after August 10, 2020, please see a Southwest Customer Service Agent at the airport to make a same-day change free of airline charges. You will be required to pay any additional government taxes and fees associated with these changes. This benefit is not available in any other channels, including, without limitation, Southwest websites at Southwest.com or swabiz.com; through the Southwest Airlines mobile app; at Southwest kiosks; from Southwest Airlines by telephone; or through an authorized travel agent.

Anytime fares

  • Earn 10X the Rapid Rewards points on your base fare (here’s how points are earned).
  • Refundable flights, as long as your reservation is canceled at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled departure. If you cancel, you’re eligible to receive 100% of your ticket value as a refund to your original form of payment. If you used Southwest travel funds from a previous reservation toward a Business Select fare, those funds will be refunded as reusable travel funds.
  • Same-day change/Same-day standby: If there’s an open seat on a different flight on the same day as your original flight and it’s between the same cities, you can get a seat on the new flight free of airline charges. If there isn’t an open seat, you can ask an agent to add you to the same-day standby list. If there are any government taxes and fees associated with these itinerary changes, you will be required to pay those. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
    • For tickets purchased prior to March 12, 2020 for travel on or before August 10, 2020, you can add this benefit by calling us, visiting us at the airport, using our Southwest Airlines mobile app or going to Southwest.com or SWABIZ.com.
    • For tickets purchased after March 12, 2020 for travel after August 10, 2020, please see a Southwest Customer Service agent at the airport to make a same-day change free of airline charges. You will be required to pay any additional government taxes and fees associated with these changes. This benefit is not available in any other channels, including, without limitation, Southwest websites at Southwest.com or swabiz.com; through the Southwest Airlines mobile app; at Southwest kiosks; from Southwest Airlines by telephone; or through an authorized travel agent.

Wanna Get Away fares

  • Fares are reusable, but not fully refundable. If you cancel your flight, the value of your ticket can be applied to future travel for up to 12 months. Fares may carry some usage, advance purchase, or other conditions.
  • Earn 6X the Rapid Rewards points on your base fare (here’s how points are earned).
  • Our lowest fare that still includes all your favorite benefits: Two bags fly free1, two carry-ons, no change fees2, free inflight entertainment, and your choice of seats.

Additional fares and services

Rapid Rewards Companion Pass fares

  • Fares do not include taxes, fees, and other government or airport-imposed charges from $5.60 per one-way trip.
  • The Companion Pass can be used only when the Companion is traveling with a Companion Pass holder.
  • Both the Companion Pass holder and the Companion must be booked on the same flights and dates. If the Companion Pass holder’s ticket is canceled, then the Companion’s ticket will also be canceled.
  • All Companion Pass travel must be completed by the expiration date printed on the Companion Pass.
  • The Companion cannot earn Rapid Rewards points or Companion Pass qualifying points when using the Companion Pass.
  • All Companion Pass Rules and Regulations apply.

Military fares and benefits

  • To thank our U.S. military members and their families for their service, Southwest offers a military fare. You can call us at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA to learn more about these fares.
  • Active-duty members of the U.S. military in uniform will receive priority boarding between our A and B groups.
  • Military Passengers traveling on active duty are exempt from the two-piece baggage limit and are not subject to excess, oversize, or overweight charges provided that each piece of baggage does not exceed 100 pounds in weight and 80 inches in size length plus height plus width. They can be shipped as cargo if the Customer is a known shipper. Active duty members must present ID and non-active members must present orders.

Children’s fares and services

  • These fares are only available by calling Customer Service or purchasing at the airport.

Unaccompanied Minor service

Customers can get a refund for an Unaccompanied Minor charge ($50 each way) if:

  • The Customer cancels their reservation and the Unaccompanied Minor does not travel.
  • The Customer’s flight is canceled, and they elect not to rebook.
  • The child is joined by an accompanying Passenger age 12 or older and is no longer an Unaccompanied Minor.
  • To get a refund, call us at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792) or visit the airport ticket counter.

Pet fares

  • Pet reservations must be made in advance by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792).
  • On the day of travel, Customers must bring the pet to the airport in an approved pet carrier. Head to the airport ticket counter to check the pet in and pay the Pet fare before going to your gate. https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/traveling-with-animals/pets/index-pol.html?CLK=SWAEXP-SPCLNEEDS
  • Customers can get a refund for their Pet fare ($95 each way) if
    • The Customer cancels their reservation and the pet does not travel.
    • The Customer’s flight is canceled, and they elect not to rebook.
    • To get a refund, call us at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792) or visit the airport ticket counter.
  • Please note, Pet fare pricing is subject to change at any time.

1First and second checked bags. Weight and size limits apply.

2Fare difference may apply.

3Due to licensing restrictions, on WiFi-enabled international flights, free live TV and iHeartRadio may not be available for the full duration of flight. Available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft. Limited-time offer. Where available.

4To view movies and select on-demand TV content, download the Southwest app from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store before your flight. Available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft. Limited-time offer. Where available.

5Messaging service only allows access to iMessage and WhatsApp (must be downloaded before the flight). Available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft. Limited-time offer. Where available.