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Southwest Airlines Check In

Recommended Check In Times (within US)

Arrival at Airport 90 minutes before departure (exceptions below)
Finish Check In 30 minutes before departure (no check-in baggage) 60 minutes before departure (with check-in baggage)
Be at the boarding gate 30 minutes before departure Boarding pass shall be retrieved and be present in the gate area ten minutes prior to departure.

 

Recommended Check In Times (non-US cities)

Arrival at Airport 120 minutes before departure (exceptions below)
Finish Check In 60 minutes before departure (with or without check-in baggage)
Be at the boarding gate 30 minutes before departure Boarding pass shall be retrieved and be present in the gate area ten minutes prior to departure.

Exceptions to general check-in times:

Depart City/Airport Suggested Time of Arrival  
Terminal & Gate
Albany, NY – ALB Domestic Terminal C
90 Minutes Gates C:2,3
International
90 Minutes
Albuquerque, NM – ABQ Domestic Concourse A
90 Minutes Gates 5,7-11
International
90 Minutes
Amarillo, TX – AMA Domestic Main Terminal
60 Minutes Gates 6,7
International
90 Minutes
Aruba, AW – AUA 180 Minutes US Departures
Gates change daily
Atlanta, GA – ATL Domestic Concourse C
Station Alert 120 Minutes Gates C: 1-7,9,10,12-17,20-22
International
120 Minutes
Austin, TX – AUS Domestic Main Terminal
120 Minutes Gates 7-12
International
120 Minutes
Baltimore/Washington, MD – BWI Domestic Terminals A,B,&C
Station Alert 120 Minutes Gates A:1-11 B:2-15 C:9-14
International
180 Minutes
Belize City, Belize – BZE 180 Minutes Terminal 1
Gate 2
Birmingham, AL – BHM Domestic Terminal C
90 Minutes Gates C:1,3,5
International
90 Minutes
Boise, ID – BOI Domestic Concourse B
90 Minutes Gates 15,17
International
90 Minutes
Boston Logan, MA – BOS Domestic Terminal A
120 Minutes Gates 18-22
International
120 Minutes
Buffalo/Niagara, NY – BUF Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates 15,16,18
International
90 Minutes
Burbank, CA – BUR Domestic Concourse A
60 Minutes Gates
A:1-4,6
International
90 Minutes
Cabo/Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – SJD 120 Minutes Terminal 2
Gates change daily
Cancun, Quintana Roo – CUN 120 Minutes Terminal 2
Gates change daily
Charleston, SC – CHS Domestic Main Concourse:
90 Minutes Gate B4
International
90 Minutes
Charlotte, NC – CLT Domestic Terminal A
90 Minutes Gate A: 6,8
International
90 Minutes
Chicago (Midway), IL – MDW Domestic Terminals A&B
90 Minutes Gates A:4a,4b, 9,11,12,14-19 B:1-3,5,7-12,14-26
International
120 Minutes
Cincinnati, OH – CVG Domestic Concourse A
90 Minutes Gates 3, 5
International
90 Minutes
Cleveland, OH – CLE Domestic Concourse B
90 Minutes Gates 7-11
International
90 Minutes
Columbus, OH – CMH Domestic Concourse A
60 Minutes Gates A:2-6
International
90 Minutes
Corpus Christi, TX – CRP Domestic Main Terminal
60 Minutes Gate 2
International
90 Minutes
Dallas (Love Field), TX – DAL Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates A: 1-10,12,14-20
International
90 Minutes
Denver, CO – DEN Domestic Concourse C
120 Minutes Gates C: 23-37,40-47,49,51
International
180 Minutes
Des Moines, IA – DSM Domestic Terminal A
90 Minutes Gate A3
International
90 Minutes
Detroit, MI – DTW Domestic North Terminal
120 Minutes Gates D:19-21,23
International
120 Minutes
El Paso, TX – ELP Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates B:3-6
International
90 Minutes
Flint, MI – FNT Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates 8,9
International
90 Minutes
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FLL Domestic Terminal 1
60 Minutes Gates A: 2-7,
Gates B: 2,4-9
International
120 Minutes
Ft. Myers, FL – RSW Domestic Terminal B
120 Minutes Gates B:2,4,6,8
International
120 Minutes
Grand Cayman Islands, KY – GCM 180 minutes Main Terminal
Gate 8
Grand Rapids, MI – GRR Domestic Concourse B
60 Minutes Gates B4
International
90 Minutes
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC – GSP Domestic Main Terminal:
60 Minutes Gates A: 4
International
90 Minutes
Harlingen, TX – HRL Domestic Main Terminal
60 Minutes Gates 5, 6
International
90 Minutes
Hartford, CT – BDL Domestic Terminal A
120 Minutes Gates A:2,4,6
International
120 Minutes
Havana, Cuba – HAV 180 Minutes Terminal 2
Station Alert
Houston (Hobby), TX – HOU Domestic Central Concourse
120 Minutes Gates 20-25,27,40-51
International
180 Minutes
Indianapolis, IN – IND Domestic Terminal B
90 Minutes Gates B:17,20-24
International
90 Minutes
Jacksonville, FL – JAX Domestic Concourse C
90 Minutes Gates C: 1,2,4
International
90 Minutes
Kansas City, MO – MCI Domestic Terminal B
90 Minutes Gates B:32,33,37-41,43, 45
International
90 Minutes
Las Vegas, NV – LAS Domestic Concourse B&C
90 Minutes Gates B: 9-12,14,15
C:1-5,7-9,11,12,
International 14,16,19,21-25
90 Minutes
Liberia, Costa Rica – LIR 120 Minutes Main Terminal
Gates change daily
Little Rock, AR – LIT Domestic Main Terminal
120 Minutes Gates 9,10
International
120 Minutes
Long Beach, CA – LGB Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gate 1
International
90 Minutes
Long Island, NY – ISP Domestic East Terminal
90 Minutes Gates A:1-8
International
90 Minutes
Los Angeles, CA – LAX Domestic Terminal 1
Station Alert Tues-Thur Gates 9,10,11A,
90 Minutes 11B,12A,12B,13,14,15,16A,16B,17A,
Fri-Mon 17B,18A,18B
120 Minutes
International
120 Minutes
Louisville, KY – SDF Domestic Terminal 1
90 Minutes Gates B:11,15,17
International
90 Minutes
Lubbock, TX – LBB Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates 6-8
International
90 Minutes
Manchester, NH – MHT Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates 11,12,14, 15,15a
International
90 Minutes
Memphis, TN – MEM Domestic Terminal A
90 Minutes Gate A: 25,27
International
90 Minutes
Mexico City/D.F., MX – MEX 120 Minutes Terminal 1
Gates change daily
Midland/Odessa, TX – MAF Domestic Main Terminal
60 Minutes Gates 3,4
International
90 Minutes
Milwaukee, WI – MKE Domestic Terminal C
90 Minutes Gates C:14,15,18-25
International
90 Minutes
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – MSP Domestic Terminal 2-Humphrey
120 Minutes Gate H: 7-10
International
120 Minutes
Montego Bay, JM – MBJ 120 Minutes Main Terminal
Gates assigned daily
Nashville, TN – BNA Domestic South Concourse C
120 Minutes Gates C:4,7,9,15-21,23,25
International
120 Minutes
Nassau/Paradise Island, BS – NAS 180 Minutes US Terminal
C41-C45
Newark, NJ – EWR Domestic Terminal A
90 Minutes Gates A:10,14,15
International
90 Minutes
New Orleans, LA – MSY Domestic Concourse B
90 Minutes Gates B: 2,4,5, 7-9
International
90 Minutes
New York (LaGuardia), NY – LGA Domestic Central Terminal Building
Station Alert 120 Minutes Gate B: 1,3,4,5,7,8
International
120 Minutes
Norfolk, VA – ORF Domestic Concourse A
90 Minutes Gates 3, 5
International
90 Minutes
Oakland, CA – OAK Domestic Terminal 1 & 2
90 Minutes Terminal 1 Gates: 4,6 Terminal 2 Gates: 20-32
International
120 Minutes
Oklahoma City, OK – OKC Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates 14,16,18
International
90 Minutes
Omaha, NE – OMA Domestic North Satellite
90 Minutes Gates 16-18
International
90 Minutes
Ontario/LA, CA – ONT Domestic Terminal 4
90 Minutes Gates 401-407
International
90 Minutes
Orange County, CA – SNA Domestic Terminal C
90 Minutes Gates 14-21
International
90 Minutes
Orlando, FL – MCO Domestic Terminal A
120 Minutes Gates 101,103,105,107, 109,110,120-129
International
120 Minutes
Panama City Beach, FL – ECP Domestic Main Terminal
60 Minutes Gate 3
International
90 Minutes
Pensacola, FL – PNS Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates 8,10
International
90 Minutes
Philadelphia, PA – PHL Domestic Terminal E
90 Minutes Gates E:9,11-17
International
90 Minutes
Phoenix, AZ – PHX Domestic Terminal 4
120 Minutes Gates C:1-4, 6-9,11-14,16-19, D:1-8
International
120 Minutes
Pittsburgh, PA – PIT Domestic Terminal A
120 Minutes Gates A:1,3,5,7,9
International
120 Minutes
Portland, ME – PWM Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gate 3
International
90 Minutes
Portland, OR – PDX Domestic Concourse C
90 Minutes Gates C:12-16
International
90 Minutes
Providence, RI – PVD Domestic North Concourse
90 Minutes Gates 15,17,19,21
International
90 Minutes
Puerto Vallarta, MX – PVR 180 Minutes Terminal B
Gates change daily
Punta Cana, DO – PUJ 120 Minutes International Terminal
Gates change daily
Raleigh/Durham, NC – RDU Domestic Terminal 1
90 Minutes Gates A:5-8
International
90 Minutes
Reno/Tahoe, NV – RNO Domestic Concourse B
90 Minutes Gates 1,3,5,7
International
90 Minutes
Richmond, VA – RIC Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates B:7,9
International
90 Minutes
Rochester, NY – ROC Domestic Terminal A
90 Minutes Gates A: 2,4
International
90 Minutes
Sacramento, CA – SMF Domestic Terminal B
90 Minutes Gates B:14-20
International
90 Minutes
Salt Lake City, UT – SLC Domestic Concourse B
90 Minutes Gates B:15,17, 19-22
International
90 Minutes
San Antonio, TX – SAT Domestic Terminal A
Station Alert 90 Minutes Gates A:9-14
International
120 Minutes
San Diego, CA – SAN Domestic Terminal 1
90 Minutes Gates 1,1a, 2-10
International
120 Minutes
San Francisco, CA – SFO Domestic Terminal 1
90 Minutes Gates 23-28
International
90 Minutes
San Jose, CA – SJC Domestic Concourse B
90 Minutes Gates 19-25
International
90 Minutes
San Jose, Costa Rica – SJO International Main terminal
Station Alert 120 Minutes Gates change daily
San Juan, PR – SJU 180 Minutes Concourse C
Station Alert Gates B: 3,5,7
Seattle/Tacoma, WA – SEA Domestic Main Terminal
120 Minutes Gates B:6,8, 10,12,14,15
International
120 Minutes
Spokane, WA – GEG Domestic Concourse A
105 Minutes Gates A:11,13
International
105 Minutes
St. Louis, MO – STL Domestic Terminal 2
90 Minutes Gates 4,6,8,10,12
14,16,18,20,22
International 24,29,31,33,34,38
90 Minutes
Tampa Bay, FL – TPA Domestic Airside C
90 Minutes Gates 30-40,42-44
International
90 Minutes
Tucson, AZ – TUS Domestic Concourse A
90 Minutes Gates 2-4,6
International
120 Minutes
Tulsa, OK – TUL Domestic Concourse B
60 Minutes Gates B:3,5
International
90 Minutes
Turks and Caicos, Turks and Caicos – PLS 180 Minutes Main Terminal
Gates 1-9
Washington (Dulles), DC – IAD Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gates B:50,62,64
International
120 Minutes
Washington (Reagan), DC – DCA Domestic Terminal A
90 Minutes Gates A:2,4,5,6,8,9
International
90 Minutes
West Palm Beach, FL – PBI Domestic Terminal B
60 Minutes Gates B: 1, 3, 5
International
120 Minutes
Wichita, KS – ICT Domestic Main Terminal
90 Minutes Gate 4
International
90 Minutes

Ways to Check In on Southwest Airlines

Online Check In (Web check in) Opens 24 hrs and upto 60 minutes before departure of flight.
Early Bird Check In Automatic check in on payment of fee. Avail reserved boarding position at least 36 hrs before flight departure.
Mobile Check In Opens 24 hrs and upto 60 minutes before departure of flight.
Curbside Check In Only for Domestic flights. Time varies from airport to airport- 60 minutes to 3 hours.
Self-service kiosk Check In Time varies from airport to airport- 60 minutes to 3 hours.

FAQs on boarding procedure and eboarding pass

  • Southwest follows an Open Seat policy and does not assign seats. So, check-in procedure does not involve selection of seats.
  • You are assigned a boarding group (A,B or C) and a position (1 to 60 and more) while checking in. These are also mentioned on your boarding pass.
  • Boarding positions are distributed on first-come first-serve basis.
  • To get “A” boarding pass (A1-A15), you need to buy a Business Select fare. Please note that Rapid Rewards A- List Preferred or A-List members or Earlybird check in buyers are not guaranteed A boarding pass. However, they do get the facility of early check in and automatic assigning of boarding positions at the earliest possible positions.
  • Southwest provides the facility of Family Boarding. Family Boarding permits boarding after A group and before B group boards. This is available for adults travelling with a child of up to 6 years of age.
  • Preboarding is allowed for people with special needs, disabled and those travelling with pets.

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