Last updated on October 14th, 2022 at 11:17 am

Flight bookings made in a hurry can often result in minor errors. At times, you might select the wrong flight date and other times the passenger’s details can be filled incorrectly. Did you make a mistake entering your name while booking a Southwest flight ticket? Or has your name been legally changed and needs to be updated on the reservation? Name changes can be requested conveniently for Southwest flight tickets. For details on Southwest change name on a ticket, read further.

Get your name changed on a Southwest ticket by calling the Ticket Name Change Helpline Number: +1-888-503-5072 (available 24/7).

Guidelines For Southwest Change Name On Ticket

Similar to any other major airline, Southwest has issued specific guidelines under its Change Name policy. Here’s what you need to know before you change your name on your Southwest ticket.

  • If you have booked a flight within the previous 24 hours, Southwest recommends canceling the booking and using the full refund value to make a fresh reservation with the correct name.
  • Changing a passenger’s name on a Southwest ticket shall be only allowed once.
  • Southwest Airlines allows both minor (typo correction) and major (last name) changes to the passenger’s name on the ticket.
  • The entire passenger name cannot be changed on a Southwest flight ticket.
  • Name change on Southwest tickets is permitted only up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure.
  • If your name has been changed legally, you must provide supporting legal documents (more on legal name change below).
  • Any name changes on Southwest tickets must be done only to match the passenger’s name on their passport and other government-issued IDs.
  • Passengers are also eligible for the addition of the Last Name and correcting inverted names.

Note: If your Southwest booking was not directly made through the airline’s official channels, you must request the name change on the ticket via the third-party service only.

Types of Southwest Name Change On Ticket

As mentioned in the Southwest Change Name Policy section, name changes are categorized into two different sections – Spelling Correction and a Legal Name Change. Both these name change types are discussed in detail below:

Spelling Correction

Spelling correction or ‘Minor Name Changes’ in First, Middle, and Last names can be done on Southwest’s tickets. Even though Southwest hasn’t provided detailed guidelines on such changes, most major airlines allow passengers to correct a maximum of 3 characters in their name on tickets. Spelling corrections can be done easily and do not require the submission of any legal documents.

Legal Name Change

A Legal Name Change is considered to be a ‘Major Name Change’. If your name has been changed legally, for example, due to marriage or divorce, you can opt for a legal name change. Legal name change requests may take slightly longer than mere spelling corrections as you will be required to submit the supporting documents such as a marriage license, court order, or any other relevant legal document.

Southwest Name Change Fee

Southwest Airlines promotes a zero change fee policy. This means that passengers are eligible to make changes to their booking without any additional fee up to 10 minutes prior to the flight’s scheduled departure. This policy is also applicable to passenger’s name change on ticket. In the case of a name change, you must make your request at least 24 hours prior to the departure.

Related: Southwest Flight Change Fee

How To Change Name On Southwest Ticket?

In order to get your name changed/corrected on a Southwest ticket, you must visit the official website of Southwest Airlines or get in touch with a live representative of the airline via phone call. Both the online and offline methods of Southwest change name on ticket are discussed in detail below:

Online Change Name On Ticket

Southwest doesn’t exactly offer the option of getting your name changed online. You can only send an email to the airline to request a name change. Simply visit the Southwest Connect With Us webpage and send your name change request to the airline in the form of text. Southwest shall get back to you as soon as possible.

If your booking was made less than 24 hours earlier, you can simply cancel the booking and use the full refund value to make another reservation in order to get a name change. To cancel your booking, simply visit the Southwest Airlines official site and choose the Change/Cancel option. Follow the on-screen prompts and your booking shall be canceled in no time.

Offline Change Name On Ticket (via Phone Call)

For an instant name change, it is strongly recommended that you request the change via a phone call. Upon calling Southwest Airlines, you shall be connected with an official representative of the airline. You will then be required to provide your booking details so that the live person can get the name change done.

If you are having trouble contacting the airline, speak to our booking modification specialist for a name change. Talk to us at our Ticket Name Change Helpline Number: +1-888-503-5072 (available 24/7).

Are Southwest tickets transferable?

Name change on a ticket doesn’t refer to the eligibility to Southwest transfer the ticket to another passenger. Southwest’s tickets are not permitted to be transferred to another passenger. The changes to the name requested for a Southwest ticket must match the actual name of the passenger (as mentioned on government-issued IDs).