Anyone know what Southwest requires in order to give a media rate for baggage? First time flying them with gear.
Flying on Southwest
Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:12 PM
I use Southwest all the time. You need a badge, card or any ID that confirms you are media related.
Then you basically are off the hook on overweight. You still have to pay $75 for any bag after the 2 free ones, but they are all cleared from the 50lb and size limit.
When I go, I usually have a large carry on with either lenses, or Epic bodies and always my Lithium batteries. If you have a crummy boarding group and not sure your bag will make it to the overhead, ask the people at the gate nicely if you can get to pre-board. Usually they are nice about it and 4 out of 5 times they will give you a pre-board sliver of paper. But don't abuse it. I only ask if I have a large carry on, and I'm at the tail end of B, or C boarding group, and considering that the Lithium batteries I'm caring cannot be gate checked.
Posted 13 March 2014 - 06:01 PM
Posted 13 March 2014 - 06:58 PM
In the past I've been shut down with a business card or a letter. The sticklers want to see official ID. The badge I made from the site in that link has been completely foolproof, and has helped avoid wasted time, asking for supervisors etc. I just wished I had done it a few years earlier when I was flying a lot more.
It's still amazing to me that easily half of the agents I've come up against draw a complete blank when you say "media rate".
Posted 14 March 2014 - 06:39 AM
In the end, $20 and curbside checkin was all I needed. I gave the guy a letter that production had sent but he said he didn't need it. Thanks for all the tips though.