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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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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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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.

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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 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 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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Southwest Pet Policy

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  • Get an approved pet carrier
  • On the day of travel, bring Fluffy in the pet carrier to the airport
  • Pay the Pet Fare at the ticket counter
  • Enjoy your flight with your furry friend!

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Traveling With Pets

General Information

Southwest Airlines allows small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs to travel with you in-cabin under the seat in front of you. All pets must be carried in an appropriate carrier, as indicated below. Southwest Airlines will not accept pet remains as carryon or checked baggage.

Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.

Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Six (6) pets are allowed per flight with a limit of one pet carrier per paying Customer traveling on the same flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight.

Pets must be checked in at the airport ticket counter, however Customers can still secure their boarding pass online, at curbside checkin, the airport kiosk, or the ticket counter.

A pet that engages in disruptive behavior may be denied boarding. Examples of disruptive behavior include (but are not limited to):

  • Scratching, excessive whining or barking
  • Growling, biting, lunging
  • Urinating or defecating in the cabin or gate area

For Customers traveling to Puerto Rico, specific requirements may apply.

Flying to Hawaii? Visit our FAQ to learn about rules and regulations pertaining to Hawaii travel.

Pet Reservation & Payment Information

  • Pets traveling are subject to a $95 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier.

    Pet Fares are refundable. If you cancel your reservation and your pet does not travel or if your flight is canceled and you choose not to rebook, contact Southwest at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792) or visit the airport ticket counter to process your refund. Please note, Pet Fare pricing is subject to change at any time.
  • U.S. Domestic Flights: 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. Proceed to the airport ticket counter to check the pet in and pay the Pet Fare before going to the departure gate.
  • International Flights: Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.

In-cabin Pet Carriers

Get your official Southwest Airlines branded pet carrier for $58 (tax included) at any Southwest Airport Ticket Counter or online (tax not included) at Southwest: The Store (not an affiliate of Southwest Airlines Co.). Pet carriers are nonrefundable.

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Acceptable Pet Carriers:

  • The Southwest Airlines Pet Carrier (17” long x 9.5” high x 10” wide).
  • Other pet carriers with maximum dimensions of 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide.
  • Soft-sided and hard-sided carriers specifically designed as pet carriers are acceptable.
  • The carriers must be leak-proof and well ventilated.
  • The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

Pet Carrier Requirements:

  • Southwest Airlines allows only one pet carrier per ticketed Passenger.
  • The carrier may contain two (2) cats or dogs and must be of the same species per carrier.
  • The cat or dog must be completely inside the pet carrier and be able to stand up and move around the carrier with ease.
  • Pets must be secured in the pet carrier at all times while in the gate area, during boarding/deplaning, and they must remain in the carrier for the entire duration of the flight. Failure to follow this requirement may result in denial of transportation of the pet onboard Southwest Airlines.

Note: Pet carriers are considered either a personal item or a carryon item. A Customer may board the aircraft with either a pet carrier and a personal item or a pet carrier and a regular size carryon bag. A Customer may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, a regular size carryon bag, and a personal item. The pet carrier must conform to all carryon baggage regulations.

Pet Travel Restrictions

  • Southwest Airlines does not accept pets (cats or dogs) traveling without a Customer.
  • Pets are not permitted to travel with Unaccompanied Minors.
  • Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.
  • Customers traveling with a pet may not occupy an exit row or a seat with no forward under-seat stowage.
  • Southwest Airlines will only carry pets in the cabin; pets are not permitted as checked baggage.
  • There will be no more than six (6) scheduled pet carriers per scheduled flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight.
  • Cats and dogs must be at least eight (8) weeks old for travel.
  • The animals must be harmless, not disruptive, odorless, and require no attention during flight.
  • Cats and dogs must remain in the carrier (including head and tail) and the carrier must be stowed under the seat in front of the Customer (owner) for the entire duration of the flight.
  • A pet may not share a carrier with a trained service animal or an emotional support animal.
  • The purchase of an additional seat may be required to accommodate the pet when traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator, trained service animal, or emotional support animal.
  • Southwest Airlines will not be responsible if a Customer misses a flight due to the need to take the cat or dog to an outside relief area. Flight departures will not be delayed or held in order for connecting Customers to take a pet to an animal relief area.
  • If the pet becomes ill during the flight, oxygen or other first aid procedures will not be administered.
  • In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask may not be available for the cat or dog.
  • Southwest Airlines assumes no liability for the health or wellbeing of carryon pets.
  • Southwest Airlines will not accept pet remains in the cabin of the aircraft.

Traveling with Pets: Security

When passing through security, Customers will be asked to hold the pet and walk through the screening device while the carrier is x-rayed.

All pet carriers are subject to being searched by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), other airport security authorities, as well as searches by airline personnel.

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