Southwest Airlines' New Early Boarding Program

September 3, 2009 | By | Reply More
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Southwest Airlines has a new pre-boarding opportunity for travelers who are willing to pay a $10 fee to board the aircraft ahead of other passengers. While most airlines try to collect extra dollars from passengers for checking baggage, Southwest Airlines is taking a different approach.  Checked bags will still be free on Southwest flights, but for passengers who value having an aisle or window seat and selection of overhead bins, a few dollars will assure you of early boarding and the ability to choose your perfect seat ahead of other passengers.  Called ‘Early Bird Check-in’, this service charges passengers a $10 fee (each way) to board the aircraft just after premier level fliers and before families traveling with children and remaining passengers.  Passengers who choose to pay the extra early boarding fee will enjoy the opportunity to select a seat and overhead bin in advance of general boarding passengers.  The earliest (and best) boarding assignments tor the $10 fee are available online 36 to 25 hours prior to flight time.  Read about all the rules and conditions at

It’s interesting to see Southwest offer a positive incentive to raise extra funds rather than the punitive fees of many other airlines!

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