All airlines require passengers to check in for flights, and you can do so as early as 24 hours before your scheduled departure time. This is also when we assign boarding positions (your designated place in line to board the plane). You may check in at southwest.com, on our mobile site or app, or in-person at the airport on your day of travel.
EarlyBird Check-In® is a low-cost option that gives you the benefit of automatic checkin 12 hours before our general boarding positions become available. You’ll enjoy the convenience of an early assigned boarding position, allowing you to board sooner, choose your favorite seat, and access overhead bin storage for your carryon luggage.
Whether you’re planning your next trip or checking in for your flight, the Southwest Airlines app makes traveling even more convenient. On your smartphone, you can check your flight status, change reservations, add EarlyBird Check-In® to an existing reservation, access your Rapid Rewards® account, and much more.