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Historically, Southwest Airlines' flights would never show up on aggregate flight search engines like Skyscanner, Hipmunk, Expedia, etc. So when flying from city A to city B within the US, my process has always been:

  1. Search on Skyscanner, Momondo, Hipmunk, etc.
  2. Search on Southwest Airlines' website.

Today I was in the process of doing just that, and I searched Skyscanner for flights from BWI to Detroit on 10 January 2017. To my surprise, I found search results for Southwest!

Is this a Skyscanner-only perk, a quirk of timing, or can I now rely on being able to find Southwest fares on sites other than Southwest's? (And, eg, remove step 2 from my travel planning process above.)

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At the very least Kayak is able to show Southwest flights, but isn't able to show their price:

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I therefore presume they're not fully integrated into flight search systems and therefore you should always double check Southwest's website in case their flights don't show up.

  • In particular, this means that if you sort by price (which is the default on Kayak), you won't see Southwest flights at all. – Nate Eldredge May 22 '17 at 15:17
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Yes, Skyscanner will allow you to view if there is a Southwest flight available. However, sometimes the price may not be shown and you would need to click through to the Southwest site itself.

Skyscanner Southwest Search Result

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