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Old 07-05-2017, 01:52 PM
 
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Hi, so wife and I are flying Southwest for the first time. Bit confused with their baggage policies. Can we have 4 checked luggage bags? Do the 2 bags have to equal 50 pounds together? With carry on can we bring a 21 inch upright suitcase, 1 backpack, and 1 laptop?

Appreciate the feedback.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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You each get to check 2 bags. Each bag must weigh no more than 50 lbs, or you'll be hit with an overweight fee on each overweight bag. (Do yourself a favor, though, and check less luggage if you can - too many big bags are a pain when you're on a trip. Remember, you have to move them each time you change location!)

Between the two of you, one 21" case, one small backpack (book bag or day-pack size, not a big hiking-style backpack), and one laptop as your carry-on allowance will be fine.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:18 PM
 
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Oh cool. I think we only will need one checked bag each. Then if overweight shouldn't have much can put some clothes in the carry on bag.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Oh cool. I think we only will need one checked bag each. Then if overweight shouldn't have much can put some clothes in the carry on bag.
Weigh each bag on your bathroom scale before you head to the airport. That way you can head off problems before you reach the checkout counter.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I've got what I think of as a large soft-sided wheeled suitcase, and it's hard for me to get near 50 pounds of weight, even when it's crammed full. 50 really is a lot.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Also if you think you might be bring back more then your took, Bring a collapsible parachute bag in bring the Extra Stuff You can check that as your 3rd bag.

Also On way home if you just have the two "Big" bags, you can check your carry on roller bags also, and have a less stuff you need to drag thru the terminal/plane
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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I've got what I think of as a large soft-sided wheeled suitcase, and it's hard for me to get near 50 pounds of weight, even when it's crammed full. 50 really is a lot.
It depends on what you are taking. Last week I had to check two 50 lbs bags plus I had a carry on and a personal item, I was taking down some items for family members so it added up quickly.

In general, I would recommend getting getting a luggage scale, they usually cost about $10. While the bathroom scale can work in a pinch sometimes it can be off a pound or two and if you have a stickler of a gate agent it could cost you a few minutes of rearranging to meet the limit.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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Not wanting to make another thread. So I was a sucker and did the Early Bird thing with SW. It says 36 hours in advance should have access to what your boarding preference is A, B, C, and so on. How do I find it can't find it.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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If you paid for it early bird, They will assign you to a "A" group Somewhere in the A16-A60 range (In very rare cases you might be in the "B" group, but its rare).

They will do it automatically for you. You can print your boarding pass(es) starting at 24hr (In the timezone where the flight takes off from) in advance.

But SW computer will have already assigned you a boarding "slot" based on the time you bought the early check-in option for your fare class.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Not wanting to make another thread. So I was a sucker and did the Early Bird thing with SW. It says 36 hours in advance should have access to what your boarding preference is A, B, C, and so on. How do I find it can't find it.
When you check into your flight 24 hours in advance you will get your boarding number. Paying for early bird means that you don't need to check in exactly 24 hours in advance to try to get the best possible position. You are likely to get a boarding number between A30 and A60 depending on how full your flight is. Generally A1-A15 is reserved for the business select people and most of the time I see those spots empty. The next group will be the A-List members and then you are with the the other early bird purchasers.
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