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Southwest will fill an airplane up with jumpseaters. They have a great attitude about jumpseaters. Many stations will pre-board you if the flight isn't full. The only catch is you have to call ahead to a special reservation number and list yourself. It does give you a chance to see what the loads are like as well. I use them exclusively for my commute and have yet to get bumped since this new system has been in place.
We will take only 2 offline jumpseaters, unless you work for AWA, ATA and I think one other (anybody remember who?). They are the only ones with unlimited freedom to JS. All aircraft have 2 Jumpseats. We will bend over backwards to help you, but the official policy is 2 offline in the back.
SWA will ONLY take two "jumpers" unless you work for Horizon, America West, ATA, UPS, Fedex and I think two others that they just voted on. Horizon and AMwest have had unlimited jumpers for sometime and the others have just recently been put on the unlimited list. As V1CUTT said ONLY TWO, and that is all I have ever seen after jumping for more then 10 years on them.
It would be nice if people who don't know what they are talking about would NOT post answers to questions that they don't know the correct answer too!
The number to call to list for the jumpseat is 1-866-FLYSWNR (359-7967). This is the SW non-rev line. I dont know how far in advance you can list and of course it does not guarantee a seat. As I understand it, SWA requests that you call and list in advance but does not require it. I caught a few SWA flights just last week without listing in advance. Just be polite to the agent. Hope it helps.
They did let 3 of us (my company) on too the other day, but just about every other time I have never seen them bend on the two seat rule. It's nice to see them a little flexible sometimes. They have always been very nice to me and I'm glad when we can offer them a ride too.