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EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
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EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
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*Points don't expire as long as you have flight-earning or partner-earning activity at least once every 24 months. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
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Earn points for play. Use the Rapid Rewards points you earn from business travel for your next getaway.
Start earning Rapid Rewards®
  •  Earn unlimited points
  •  No blackout dates
  •  Your points don't expire*

*Points don't expire as long as you have flight-earning or partner-earning activity at least once every 24 months. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
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Earn points for play. Use the Rapid Rewards points you earn from business travel for your next getaway.
Start earning Rapid Rewards®
  •  Earn unlimited points
  •  No blackout dates
  •  Your points don't expire*

*Points don't expire as long as you have flight-earning or partner-earning activity at least once every 24 months. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
Umbrella icon
Earn points for play. Use the Rapid Rewards points you earn from business travel for your next getaway.
Start earning Rapid Rewards®
  •  Earn unlimited points
  •  No blackout dates
  •  Your points don't expire*

*Points don't expire as long as you have flight-earning or partner-earning activity at least once every 24 months. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
Umbrella icon
Earn points for play. Use the Rapid Rewards points you earn from business travel for your next getaway.
Start earning Rapid Rewards®
  •  Earn unlimited points
  •  No blackout dates
  •  Your points don't expire*

*Points don't expire as long as you have flight-earning or partner-earning activity at least once every 24 months. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
EarlyBird Check-In® Never tried it? It's automatic check-in 36 hours before your flight for a better boarding position. Get it now
suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
Umbrella icon
Earn points for play. Use the Rapid Rewards points you earn from business travel for your next getaway.
Start earning Rapid Rewards®
  •  Earn unlimited points
  •  No blackout dates
  •  Your points don't expire*

*Points don't expire as long as you have flight-earning or partner-earning activity at least once every 24 months. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.

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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Stay in control of stored payment methods. Keep company payment information secure with the SWABIZ® Ghost Card.
Change icon Be the boss of your budget. View unused and unexpired travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account with the Travel Funds Report for efficient budget management.
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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Stay in control of stored payment methods. Keep company payment information secure with the SWABIZ® Ghost Card.
Change icon Be the boss of your budget. View unused and unexpired travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account with the Travel Funds Report for efficient budget management.
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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Stay in control of stored payment methods. Keep company payment information secure with the SWABIZ® Ghost Card.
Change icon Be the boss of your budget. View unused and unexpired travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account with the Travel Funds Report for efficient budget management.
people icon
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Reporting icon Stay in touch with travelers during their trip. The Traveler Tracking report organizes day-of-travel contact information to help manage your duty of care responsibilities.
people icon Keeping you informed is our business. Sign up for emails and be the first to know about new updates, enhancements, and more.
Change icon Change is inevitable. Fees are not. Your travelers shouldn't have to pay a fee for a rescheduled meeting. At Southwest®, they don't.* * Fare difference may apply.

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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Stay in control of stored payment methods. Keep company payment information secure with the SWABIZ® Ghost Card.
Change icon Be the boss of your budget. View unused and unexpired travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account with the Travel Funds Report for efficient budget management.
people icon
Make your budget a breeze. View available travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account for easier travel budget management.
Reporting icon Stay in touch with travelers during their trip. The Traveler Tracking report organizes day-of-travel contact information to help manage your duty of care responsibilities.
people icon Keeping you informed is our business. Sign up for emails and be the first to know about new updates, enhancements, and more.
Change icon Change is inevitable. Fees are not. Your travelers shouldn't have to pay a fee for a rescheduled meeting. At Southwest®, they don't.* * Fare difference may apply.

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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Stay in control of stored payment methods. Keep company payment information secure with the SWABIZ® Ghost Card.
Change icon Be the boss of your budget. View unused and unexpired travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account with the Travel Funds Report for efficient budget management.
people icon
Make your budget a breeze. View available travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account for easier travel budget management.
Reporting icon Stay in touch with travelers during their trip. The Traveler Tracking report organizes day-of-travel contact information to help manage your duty of care responsibilities.
people icon Keeping you informed is our business. Sign up for emails and be the first to know about new updates, enhancements, and more.
Change icon Change is inevitable. Fees are not. Your travelers shouldn't have to pay a fee for a rescheduled meeting. At Southwest®, they don't.* * Fare difference may apply.

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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Stay in control of stored payment methods. Keep company payment information secure with the SWABIZ® Ghost Card.
Change icon Be the boss of your budget. View unused and unexpired travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account with the Travel Funds Report for efficient budget management.
people icon
Make your budget a breeze. View available travel funds connected to your SWABIZ® account for easier travel budget management.
Reporting icon Stay in touch with travelers during their trip. The Traveler Tracking report organizes day-of-travel contact information to help manage your duty of care responsibilities.
people icon Keeping you informed is our business. Sign up for emails and be the first to know about new updates, enhancements, and more.
Change icon Change is inevitable. Fees are not. Your travelers shouldn't have to pay a fee for a rescheduled meeting. At Southwest®, they don't.* * Fare difference may apply.

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people icon Stay up to speed with your travelers. Opt in to receive a copy of your travelers' confirmation receipts for initial bookings, modifications, and cancellations of reservations.
Group A icon Go abroad with SWABIZ®. Keep it simple by booking your international travel and managing your reservations all in one place.
people icon Keeping you informed is our business. Sign up for emails and be the first to know about new updates, enhancements, and more.
Change icon Change is inevitable. Fees are not. Your travelers shouldn't have to pay a fee for a rescheduled meeting. At Southwest®, they don't.* * Fare difference may apply.

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suitcase icon Rescheduled meetings shouldn't cost you. Change your flight for free. Any day, any time.
Group A icon Schedule changes? Meet same-day standby.* Be first in line for the next flight out when your plans change with Business Select® or Anytime fares. * Same-day standby travel between the same city pairs and on the same calendar day as the original scheduled flight are permitted when seats are not available to make same-day confirmed changes. Applicable taxes and fees apply when choosing to standby from a nonstop flight to a direct or connecting flight. Your original boarding position is not guaranteed.
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Children ages 12-17 traveling without an accompanying Passenger age 18 or older

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Eligible flights

Only on domestic flights, does not apply to international flights

Important information

  • A Young Traveler (YT) must be of sufficient maturity and capability to travel alone—this includes, but is not limited to, checking in, passing through the security checkpoint, boarding, deplaning, and claiming luggage.
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring a YT arrives for check-in and boarding in accordance with each airport’s suggested arrival time.
  • Purchaser represents that they are either the parent or guardian of the minor child or has authority to act on behalf of the parent or guardian regarding travel for the minor child.
  • Southwest Airlines® reserves the right not to allow travel on flights that may be delayed, diverted, or cancelled due to weather or other operational disruptions.
  • Southwest Airlines® does not provide Young Traveler service to/from international destinations.
  • You will need the following information when making your YT reservation:
    • The child's full name
    • Your relationship to the child
    • The child’s address
    • Telephone number(s), including area code
    • The child's date of birth
  • Review Young Traveler terms and conditions.

How to prepare

  • Make copies of the YT's itinerary for both the YT and the parent/guardian picking up the Young Traveler in the destination city.
  • Check-in online 24 hours before scheduled departure to receive a boarding pass or sign up for Early Bird Check-In® automated service.
  • Download the Southwest app so you can monitor the child’s flight status.
  • For additional information about what to expect when a child travels alone, please review "When Kids Fly Alone" published by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Dropping off

  • Arrive at the airport early. Review our suggested airport arrival times. Be sure to allow enough time to park the car, go through security, and check in at the gate.
  • Stop at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter if you wish to obtain an escort pass, which is required to accompany the child through the security checkpoint. Be sure to have the following documents to complete the check-in process:
    • A copy of the child’s itinerary
    • Proof of the child’s age (birth certificate, etc.)
    • Your valid, government-issued ID (required to get an escort pass)
  • It is recommended that you stay in the gate area until the YT’s flight is in the air.
  • Call the parent/guardian picking up the YT to let them know that the flight has departed.

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In the air

  • Please note, our Flight Attendants will not monitor the YT throughout the flight.
  • The YT must follow instructions given by Southwest Airlines Employees, including wearing a seatbelt.
  • Make sure that you and the parent/guardian picking up the YT are available to answer phone calls during the flight time in the event of a flight irregularity.
  • Please note, the YT will not be escorted off the plane nor taken to meet the parent/guardian at the destination.

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Picking up

  • Arrive to the airport early. Review our suggested airport arrival times.
  • Stop at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter to obtain an escort pass that will allow you to go through the security checkpoint. The greeting parent/guardian must show a valid, government-issued ID to obtain the pass and meet the YT at the gate. Note: Each airport may impose restrictions on NPEs being issued based on guidance from the local Transportation Security Administration directives.
  • Arrive at the gate no less than 45 minutes prior to the flight's scheduled arrival time. Check in with a Southwest Airlines Employee at the gate and advise them that you are picking up a YT.
  • If the YT’s flight is scheduled to arrive after the ticket counter and/or security checkpoint is closed, proceed to the Baggage Service Office to let the Agent know you are picking up a YT.
  • Call the parent/guardian at the originating city to let them know you have picked up the YT.

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