During Your Trip

Flying solo with the kids.

If both parents are not accompanying their child(ren) on an international trip, please note that certain documentation may be required depending on policies in place at the non-U.S. destination. Enter your origin and destination to see what documentation will be required for your specific itinerary.

Pets not permitted on international flights.

Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. Trained service animals will be allowed to travel on flights to/from all international destinations, but many destinations have country specific regulations.

Stay informed with flight status messaging.

At this time, automated outbound messaging (i.e. the text/call/e-mail you typically receive if your domestic flight is delayed or cancelled) is not available for itineraries that include international flights. However, you can sign up to receive flight status notifications for international itineraries, and we encourage you to do so before you travel.

Boarding the Southwest way.

The boarding process for international flights will work the same way as it does for Southwest-operated U.S. domestic flights. You will be assigned a boarding group (A, B, or C) and position (1-60+) upon check-in. Your unique group and position combination (for example: A35) will be displayed on your boarding pass and represents a reserved spot in the boarding group at the gate. A visual indicator, as well as announcements by Southwest Employees in the gate area, will indicate where and when to line up. When your boarding group is called, find your designated place in line and board the aircraft in numerical order with your boarding group. For more information, view our video on how to board the Southwest way in English or Spanish.

Pick your favorite seat.

All Southwest-operated flights, domestic and international, have open seating. Once onboard, simply choose any available seat and stow your carryon items in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.