At The Airport
General Boarding.

At Southwest, we have a quick, easy, and efficient boarding process. First, check in to get assigned a boarding group (A, B, or C) and a boarding position (1 - 60). The earlier you check in, up to 24 hours prior to your flight, the earlier your assigned spot in line will be. When your group is called, stand by the column with your number on it until it’s your turn to board.

Family Boarding

An adult traveling with a child four years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the “A” group has boarded and before the “B” group begins boarding. Those holding an “A” boarding pass and traveling with small children should still board with the “A” boarding group. If a child four years old or younger is holding a “B” boarding pass, the child and accompanying adult traveler may board during Family Boarding (between groups “A” and “B”).

Line Leaders.

If you want to guarantee that you’ll be one of the first to board, buy a Business Select® fare to get an A1 - A15 boarding position. Rapid Rewards® Members with A-List and A-List Preferred status and Customers who buy EarlyBird Check-In® are also automatically assigned boarding positions ahead of general boarding.

Pick a seat, any seat.

Aisle? Window? Front? Back? At Southwest, we let you sit where you like. We don’t assign seats on our flights, so feel free to sit in any available seat once you board the plane.

Upgrade Your Boarding Position.

Now you can improve your boarding position at the gate or ticket counter on the day of travel with Upgraded Boarding. When available, Upgraded Boarding allows you to secure an earlier boarding position in the A1 - A15 boarding group for just $40 per flight. If you’re interested, just ask the friendly Southwest Airlines Customer Service Agent at your gate before the boarding process begins.

Rapid Rewards Last Activity Date

Rapid Rewards accounts will remain active and points won’t expire as long as you earn Rapid Rewards Points from flights or Partners every 24 months.

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