Southwest Airlines

Based in Dallas,Texas, Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest low-cost airline. The airline flies to over 100 destinations, primarily within the United States, and is known for carrying the largest number of domestic passengers in the United States each year. The origins of Southwest Airlines stretch back to 1966, although it did not make its first commercial flight until 1971. The airline has its own frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards, offering loyal passengers great rewards, including free tickets with no blackout dates or seat restrictions.

This information is correct as of January 2017

Why Fly with Southwest Airlines

How to Check In

Southwest Airlines allows passengers to check-in in a number of different ways including online, by mobile or at the airport. Online check-in is available from 24 hours before flight departure times, while it is also possible to use self-service check-in kiosks at the airport to skip the queues. Alternatively, you can check-in by mobile or do things the conventional way by checking in at a Southwest Airlines counter at the airport. The airline also offers an Early Bird check-in service which enables passengers to check-in 36 hours before flights for an additional fee of around 45AED* each way.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Passengers flying with Southwest Airlines are entitled to check in baggage in addition to bringing an item of hand baggage on board. Passengers are allowed one item of checked baggage no heavier than 50lbs (around 22.5kg) as well as hand baggage no larger than 10 x 16 x 24 inches and a small personal item. Any passenger bringing baggage that exceed the weight limit will be charged a fee of around 275AED* per item.


Southwest Airlines seats offer ample legroom with a seat pitch of 32 inches which are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis once you have made it onto the plane. However, passengers do have the chance to be one of the first to board the plane to get the best pick of the seats for a fee of around 145AED*. In addition to this, members of the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program will be granted early boarding for no additional fee. On board flights, passengers can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks, while there is also an in-flight menu with food and alcohol available to purchase.

Booking Fees

Southwest Airlines do not charge any hidden fees during the booking process.

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