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NFT: Southwest’s EarlyBird Check-In

davek3698 : 1/8/2018 1:15 pm
Worth it in your opinion? A group of about a half dozen couples are headed to Jamaica next month, sans kids. Wives are intent on sitting close/together on the 3-4 hour flight from BWI. Some couples are fine with dropping the $15 per for the earlybird check-in. Others are not. Crazy to think there is bickering over such an amount considering the overall cost of the trip, but alas… I have no experience using it. For those who have, is it worth it?
Have some people  
SHO'NUFF : 1/8/2018 1:23 pm : link
save seats for the rest of them cheapskates. $15, come on!
I almost always do it and find it worth it  
Ben in Tampa : 1/8/2018 1:25 pm : link
Just to avoid having to scramble to check in and get the number.

It does not guarantee you an A boarding group. You will probably get an A number though. It also doesn’t guarantee you’ll all be sequential in boarding number.

For this situation, I’d definitely do it but you’ll still probably have to “protect seats” until the whole crew is seated.



Good luck on that  
Metnut : 1/8/2018 1:25 pm : link
trip if people are already bitching about coughing up $15 each. Can't wait until you guys have dinner and someone either insists on a half dozen separate checks or wants to itemize the bill and throw in some (certainly too small) amount.
If you check in right at the 24h mark  
regulator : 1/8/2018 1:32 pm : link
you'll usually end up with a low B number (sometimes even A) and should find plenty of seats together. On most vacation flights, people aren't checking in until the day of or at the airport, and those are the ones who end up with high C numbers and bitching about not getting seats together once on board.
Yes, its worth it  
Ron from Ninerland : 1/8/2018 1:36 pm : link
If you don't pay for this option you can check in 24 hours in advance. Everybody and their mother is trying to check in online exactly 24 hours in advance. If you're quick on the keyboard or app and you have a good internet connection you should get in the low B's, which is pretty good. If you're slow on the keyboard or if , god forbid you lose track of the time as check in approaches you could wind up in scattered middle seats.
I travel Southwest almost exclusively and get the Early bird check-in  
Giants61 : 1/8/2018 1:40 pm : link
each time for both me and my wife. To me it is well worth it. And those that save a seat for a person that will not pay for the feature is bullshit. It defeats the purpose
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Jim in Fairfax : 1/8/2018 1:42 pm : link
By the way, Southwest is horrible.  
GiantsUA : 1/8/2018 1:47 pm : link
Air travel overall is pretty bad.

Hate Southwest  
larryflower37 : 1/8/2018 1:55 pm : link
Spend the extra 50 bucks and move to business select.
We use to and then decided it was a waste of money.  
ZogZerg : 1/8/2018 2:11 pm : link
For 2 people, you are talking $60 round trip. For 4 people it is $120. Just call at the right time and take your chances.
If you have a bunch of people  
allstarjim : 1/8/2018 2:19 pm : link
Trying to save seats for non-payers, be prepared to have arguments with other travellers. And the other passengers will be in the right. There's no saving seats on Southwest. You should have your entire party of non-payers really try to check in at the exact earliest moment possible and then they will have a chance. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to say something to the people that use an overhead bin at the front of the plane and then go sit in a totally different part of the plane...Fuck you, you soulless, self-centered fuck-faces. You deserved to be punched in the face repeatedly. Thanks, just needed to get that off my chest.
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davek3698 : 1/8/2018 2:34 pm : link
100% wives' driven BS. It is an all-inclusive, so no further baloney. Nobody is saving seats for no-one.
RE: If you have a bunch of people  
DennyInDenville : 1/8/2018 2:51 pm : link
In comment 13778429 allstarjim said:
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Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to say something to the people that use an overhead bin at the front of the plane and then go sit in a totally different part of the plane...Fuck you, you soulless, self-centered fuck-faces. You deserved to be punched in the face repeatedly. Thanks, just needed to get that off my chest.


Very well said ! +1 !
RE: Good luck on that  
RobCarpenter : 1/8/2018 5:12 pm : link
In comment 13778333 Metnut said:
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trip if people are already bitching about coughing up $15 each. Can't wait until you guys have dinner and someone either insists on a half dozen separate checks or wants to itemize the bill and throw in some (certainly too small) amount.


I hope you are going to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica, otherwise look forward to itemization.

And early bird check in is totally worth it.

Also, fuck everyone who brings a giant bag that barely fits in the overhead compartment. Just check the damn bag.
RE: If you have a bunch of people  
Ron from Ninerland : 1/8/2018 5:24 pm : link
In comment 13778429 allstarjim said:
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Trying to save seats for non-payers, be prepared to have arguments with other travellers. And the other passengers will be in the right. There's no saving seats on Southwest. You should have your entire party of non-payers really try to check in at the exact earliest moment possible and then they will have a chance. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to say something to the people that use an overhead bin at the front of the plane and then go sit in a totally different part of the plane...Fuck you, you soulless, self-centered fuck-faces. You deserved to be punched in the face repeatedly. Thanks, just needed to get that off my chest.
Bullshit ! If you want guaranteed overhead storage pay for early boarding on Southwest or whoever else your flying on. Overhead storage is first come first serve. Very often its the flight attendants who tell you to use storage in the front before going back to your seat. If you don't like that you have three alternatives. 1) Fly First/Business class 2 ) Pay for early boarding. 3) Do a gate side check in. This is usually free even on airlines that charge for checked baggage.
Sometimes  
jpennyva : 1/8/2018 9:21 pm : link
If I have a carry on that needs to go in the overhead bin, I'll get early bird check in. If it's a long flight and I specifically want a window (to sleep) or aisle (to be able to use the bathroom unencumbered) I will pay for it. If it's a short flight, no carryon other than what cn go under my seat, I don't worry about it (this does not happen often).

If the flight is full, you can pretty much bank on NOT being able to save seats. I have heard of major rows happening over the saving of seats and the flight attendants will side with those who want to sit.

I'd encourage you to spring for it.
Can't believe this is even bring debated  
B in ALB : 1/8/2018 9:25 pm : link
by the wives. Pay the $15 for piece of mind. Just completely silly to even discuss it.
RE: RE: If you have a bunch of people  
allstarjim : 1/9/2018 4:29 pm : link
In comment 13778734 Ron from Ninerland said:
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In comment 13778429 allstarjim said:


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Trying to save seats for non-payers, be prepared to have arguments with other travellers. And the other passengers will be in the right. There's no saving seats on Southwest. You should have your entire party of non-payers really try to check in at the exact earliest moment possible and then they will have a chance. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to say something to the people that use an overhead bin at the front of the plane and then go sit in a totally different part of the plane...Fuck you, you soulless, self-centered fuck-faces. You deserved to be punched in the face repeatedly. Thanks, just needed to get that off my chest.

Bullshit ! If you want guaranteed overhead storage pay for early boarding on Southwest or whoever else your flying on. Overhead storage is first come first serve. Very often its the flight attendants who tell you to use storage in the front before going back to your seat. If you don't like that you have three alternatives. 1) Fly First/Business class 2 ) Pay for early boarding. 3) Do a gate side check in. This is usually free even on airlines that charge for checked baggage.


There's a social contract at work and I've never had a flight attendant tell me which bin to use unless there were no others available.
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