Is Wi-Fi free on Southwest Airlines?

Southwest Airlines is the world’s most profitable airline. It has unveiled a new in-flight entertainment system in 2011.

The system includes an embedded touchscreen and wireless connectivity to provide passengers with a state-of-the-art, personalized entertainment experience.

Wi-Fi on Southwest flights costs $8 to get online, but it is free for A-List Preferred Members. Passengers receive access to the Internet via their own personal electronic devices such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. The airline carries Gogo Inflight WiFi internet service on its fleet of 737 aircraft and ATG 4Ku/Ku satellites for use when flying above 10,000 feet.

Southwest has the largest number of passengers in domestic and global markets combined. They created a new technology subsidiary, SWA Global, to bring this technology to the market.

The Southwest/SWA Global partnership consists of two companies: SITL (Southwest Airlines International Training Center), and SWAG (Southwest Airlines Giant-Screen Entertainment).

SWAG is developing the hardware and software to turn an in-flight entertainment system into a touch-enabled full-blown entertainment experience.

Southwest Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity:

Inflight entertainment:

Entertainments are free on Southwest flights. While Southwest is the largest domestic carrier, they don’t have overhead screens or seatback screens, so You must watch movies and entertainment on your own devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

  • Movies
  • On-demand TV series
  • Texting (iMessage & WhatsApp)
  • Free Music from iHeartRadio

Inflight charging outlets:

Southwest aircraft does not have any charging outlets. You should fully charge your devices before the flight, or bring a power bank with you in case you run out of battery during the flight. You can also charge at the power stations near Southwest gate areas.

Inflight Wi-Fi:

Southwest inflight Wi-Fi access cost $8.00 per day per device for regular passengers. For A-List preferred members, inflight Wi-Fi is free.

How to get connected to inflight Wi-Fi:

  1. Turn on airplane mode
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi
  3. In your Wi-Fi, choose “SouthwestWIFI”
  4. Southwest website should pop up automatically
  5. If it doesn’t pop up, copy/paste this URL in your browser
  6. If you want to purchase the Wi-Fi access for $8, tap on “Get Connected”
  7. Fill out your credit card information on the request form

Southwest Planes Wifi FAQ Answered

Southwest planes have a variety of movies you can view directly in your browser, without having to download any app or sign up for anything. Some of these movies include new releases and long-time customer favorites like Wendy, Tenet, The Personal History of David, etc.

To use WiFi on Southwest Airlines, once you change your device mode to Airplane Mode, turn on your WiFi, and then choose SouthwestWiFi from your WiFi network list. Next, copy to your browser or click on the link with the URL and you’re good to go.

You can text free of charge on Southwest WiFi and access iMessage and WhatsApp chats. And with their full WiFi access package, you get automatic access.

Southwest doesn’t offer power outlets to their passengers as of this present time. But they have a power station where you can charge your device(s) before your flight takeoff.