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Car seats fly free!  In addition to your first two checked bags under 50 pounds flying free, families can check a car seat and a stroller free of charge.

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  • Children ages five through 11 traveling without an accompanying Passenger age 12 or older must travel as Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) on Southwest Airlines.
  • Southwest Airlines will charge $50 each way ($100 roundtrip) in addition to the air fare per child for Unaccompanied Minors to travel.
  • UMs may only travel on nonstop or direct flights (makes one or more stops, but does not require a change of planes or flight numbers).
  • Purchaser represents that he/she is either the parent or guardian of the minor child or has authority to act on behalf of the parent or guardian regarding travel for the minor child.
  • Southwest will not transport UMs on flights that may be diverted or cancelled due to inclement weather or other operational abnormalities.

    Learn more about our Unaccompanied Minors policy.
  • If you're traveling with an infant or small child, you should know that proper use of a Child Restraint System (CRS) enhances child safety onboard the aircraft.
  • Southwest Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly recommend that infants and small children weighing less than 40 pounds be secured in an appropriate CRS when traveling by air. Learn more about Southwest's baby on board policy
  • If you choose to travel with your infant on your lap, you must obtain a Boarding Verification Document (BVD) for the infant so that they can board the aircraft. Lap Children can be added, verified, and edited at the self-service kiosk (or full-service ticket counter). Southwest Employees may ask for age verification at any point within the Customer journey, so Customers should travel with a copy or original of any government-issued ID, such as a birth certificate or passport, for their Lap Child.  Learn more about age verification.
  • If your child is traveling on an Infant or Child fare and is age verified, you may request his/her boarding pass on
  • If your child is traveling on an Infant or Child fare and is not age verified, you must provide valid proof of age at the airport when exchanging the confirmation number for a boarding pass.
  • Your child will not be able to check in online. Learn more about Southwest's policy on traveling with children.
  • Beginning June 1, 2021, Infant fares and Child fares are no longer available for purchase.

Make traveling with your kids a little less stressful with these helpful tips:

  • A travel bag for everyone in the family will help keep the entire crew better organized and give kids their own personal space.
  • Be sure to pack an extra duffle bag for souvenirs.
  • Pack baby items separately so you can find them quickly and easily.
  • You may even want to take a favorite blanket so your little one will feel more at home.

Learn helpful hints when taking the kids

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