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Southwest Airlines Adds an Early Check In Program to Reserve Your Seat

By September 2, 2009

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Southwest, my favorite airline, has come up with an incentive for you to join their Business Select or A-List program - or to pay a fee and practically†reserve your seat (well, your boarding position). Now, in true Southwest style, this doesn't affect most of us who are not†going to pay $10 more so our costs are still kept low, but I thought you'd be interested in their recently released news:

Don't race. We'll save your place! Southwest is proud to announce its newest product, EarlyBird Check-in, which gives Customers the option to score an early boarding position by adding an additional $10 to the price of a one-way fare. The low-cost service automatically reserves a boarding position for Customers prior to general check-in, allowing EarlyBird Customers to begin boarding the plane after Southwest's Business Select and Rapid Rewards A-List Customers. EarlyBird Check-in is available for purchase beginning today, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, for travel beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. For additional information on EarlyBird Check-in, visit http://www.southwest.com/flight/early-bird-retrieve-reservation.html or the Company Blog at www.nutsaboutsouthwest.com.

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October 28, 2009 at 9:48 am
(1) Wally says:

I just purchased the ďso calledĒ Early-Bird-Checkin for a recent flight. I kicked back like they said and didnít worry about checking in. OOPS! My bad. There was a screw up in their system and it didnít check me in and I got stuck in the last boarding group. Have no worry, just call customer service right? NOT! Customer service was rude and told me it didnít work because they made a change in their system and it was a mistake but they will give me my 10 bucks back. What the?! Isnít this about boarding early for business, not the 10 bucks and a middle seat??? Seriously folks, check yourselves in and donít get caught in this 50/50 gamble on a middle seat, it doesnít always work!

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