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#1 Dave Chameides

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:46 AM

Anyone know what Southwest requires in order to give a media rate for baggage? First time flying them with gear.

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#2 John Stout

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:59 AM

Southwest is easy.  A smile, please and thank you.  


I believe they have raised their rates though to $75.00.





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#3 Daniel Stilling DFF

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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.

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#4 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 06:01 PM

I just use my business card. Some agents dont know about it so I carry a printout of their policy from their website. If you have any trouble just ask to speak with a supervisor.
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#5 Charles Papert

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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".

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#6 Dave Chameides

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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.

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