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When can I check baggage?

When checking bags, allow sufficient time for them to be placed on your flight. Customers can check luggage as early as four hours prior to departure or as soon as the airport ticket counter opens for early morning flights. To find out what time the ticket counter opens in your departure city, tweet @Southwestair, contact us on Facebook, or call 1-800-I-FLY-SWA.


It’s also important to note that you should not check luggage within 45 minutes of departure. Baggage checked at curbside or at the ticket counter less than 45 minutes before scheduled departure will be tagged with a Late Check-In Tag. Although every effort will be made to get late checked baggage on your flight, in the event your baggage does not arrive with you at your destination, Southwest will not assume delivery charges to get your baggage to you. In most cases, bags that don’t arrive with you due to Late Check-In will arrive on the next flight.