I am planning to schedule flights for my family of 4 (children ages 6 and 2) from MSP (Minneapolis) with some layover on our way to a connection in HOU and finally on to SJO (Costa Rica). Is there a way I can create my reservation so that I don't have to recheck bags during my connection in HOU and they will arrive in SJO? My best hope is to schedule a multi-city one-way MSP->HOU->SJO itinerary and SW will take care of the baggage transfer. If not, would the Southwest gate agent let me gate check my non-carry on bags so I don't have to leave the secure area, find baggage claim, recheck my bags, and re-enter security while in HOU? Seems like that could take a couple hours. This is my first time traveling internationally with kids. Is there anything special I need to know, especially with the connection? Finally, does check-in work the same as domestic travel where I can check-in 24 hours prior to each leg? In this case, I'd need to check-in for MSP->HOU and also check-in for HOU->SJO. Thanks for any advice!
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