✈️ I’ll be headed to #ACES2019 tomorrow, and it so happens that this is the first time that I’ll be flying Southwest.
Is there anything that I should know about the way that Southwest does things? (I already have EarlyBird Check-In¹, if that helps?)
They don't charge extra for a checked bag, which is nice. And they tend to be a little more forgiving about mishaps (missed flight, need to cancel, etc.), although the later is just my personal experience.
If you have a ticket, you'll get on, that's most important., Set an alarm for exactly 24 hours ahead of the flight to check in. If you have delicate luggage. want a specific seat (window) or like being closer to the front, it's nice to be early, I got B58 yesterday. it was fine.
Seeing as though I had C-3PO levels of antsiness about all this newness, I signed up for Southwest’s EarlyBird Check-In, which I think automagically checked me in?
For instance, their app says that I’m in boarding group A-46 for my first flight, which seems good?
V good! Before you (A group) board, there are platinum people/military/babies. At the gate there are places to stand 1-30 and 31-60 for each letter. Sometimes people futz about being PERFECTLY in order 46-47-48. Other times, lax. Bon voyage!
Right on—that all helps a bunch?
Oh, and just out of curiosity, since I already have my assigned boarding group from having EarlyBird, is there much upside to checking in before I get to the airport? (I’ll also have a checked bag, if that might makes any difference?)
I think EarlyBird... is the check in? The whole reason to check in is to get the A-B-C group number. Checking a bag means you'll need to talk to a human and hand it over at the counter, but you've already checked in to the flight.
I can’t make it this year. I’m so sad!😞 My boss’ sister is getting married out of town the same weekend, and we can’t both take off at the same time.
Post a ton to Twitter so I can play along from work. I will miss you all.
On other airlines, I usually get my boarding pass when I check in at the airport. I don’t tend to print my boarding pass at home since I typically check a bag, and gotta stand in line at the airport for that anyway, eh?
So that’s kinda how I was going to roll with Southwest (?).
You jest—and deservedly so—but you may have inspired me to try out a smartphone boarding pass!
I have some questions in case I try that—
• To check a bag, do I just go through the kiosk steps to print a bag tag?
• What does the TSA agent scribble on if not my boarding pass?
Neat! I think Imma give that a shot, then.
Oh, and I have one more question—I might also be tempted to try curbside check-in for the first time too. Does one tip those folks? And if so, what might be an appropriate amount?
I jest because I think of you as *particularly* tech savvy and up to date! It is *I* who prints out boarding passes when I get to the airport. I've only had a smartphone for about six months and have never had a boarding pass on it. 🙃
Oh, that’s kind of you to say!
And ordinarily I’m quite open to trying new gadgets and gizmos—but I guess that I just had a thing that worked and didn’t feel much need to mess with it this time around. 🤷🏼♀️
Southwest’s EarlyBird FAQ implies that I’d automatically be checked in (southwest.com/html/generated…).
And while the Southwest app sent a push notification with my boarding-group assignment (A-46), I didn’t get any check-in emails, and I don’t seem to be checked in yet. 🤷🏼♀️
I love Southwest! Find your number in the row (you might have to talk to a person or two to get accurately lined up, but also in A group it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re in your correct section of 5). Pick a seat when you board!
I think I almost follow what you’re saying?
For instance, it looks like my boarding group is A-46. So when you refer to there being “two rows, 1–30 on one side, 31–60 on the other,” are you referring to the two sides of the gate or the two sides of the plane?
there’s a cool little row of pillars that are numbered at the gate. The tvs will show A 1-30 on one side, and A 31-60 on the other, and the pillars will show the more specific numbers. I think it’ll make sense once you’re there. And then on the plane, you can sit anywhere.
Early Bird will help. G8 crews r Gr8 🙂!
STRONG ALL-CAPS advice: put your overhead stuff directly above or ahead of your row, bc/ having to go back for it will put you among the last de-planers.
In-flight mag recently cut back on sudokus 🙁.
Your cash is no good for 🍺 or 🍸.
Can’t answer that bc I’ve never checked in b4 showing up @ the airport. (Same with hotels. I’ve got a bad, possibly genetic case of the don’t-count-on-it-you’ll-just-jinx-its.)
Happy happy #ACES travel. Please tweet early & often!
What Brianna said. You want to check in as close to 24 hours ahead as possible for a chance at a good seat. They board in numbered groups, and if you're in a later group, you're looking at middle seat, back of the plane, all overhead bin space gone.
That’s the routine outcome the last few years: tee yerself up for the 24-h boarding pass rush (I set my alarm), get a B.
Last fall I got an A, was 😃. It was an ultra-rare underbooked flight. I put up *both* arm rests & stretched out on my SWA sofa.
Wishing you all the same!