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“A” List

Jojeff
New Arrival

Now that I am automatic “A” list through the end of 2019, do I still have check-in for my boarding pass as close to 24 hours in advance of my flight?

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Re: “A” List

dfwskier
Rising Star

@Jojeff wrote:

Now that I am automatic “A” list through the end of 2019, do I still have check-in for my boarding pass as close to 24 hours in advance of my flight?


Congrats on attaining A List!

 

No you don't. Southwest will assign you a boarding position 36 hours prior to departure. You just need to obtain your boarding pass at any time, go thru security, and get to your gate before A1-30 starts to board.

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Re: “A” List

elijahbrantley
Active Member

The exception to this rule SEEMS to be when you are flying Business Select.  I have experienced that the time you check in does matter with BS fares, so when I am on BS, I always check in as close to 24 hours as possible.  I always assumed that AList is prioritized within A1-15 with BS, but checking in alongside coworkers seems to prove that is not true.

 

Enjoy your benefits!

-A List Preferred, Companion Pass holder, Community Champion.

Re: “A” List

DancingDavidE
Rising Star

@elijahbrantley wrote:

The exception to this rule SEEMS to be when you are flying Business Select.  I have experienced that the time you check in does matter with BS fares, so when I am on BS, I always check in as close to 24 hours as possible.  I always assumed that AList is prioritized within A1-15 with BS, but checking in alongside coworkers seems to prove that is not true.

 

Enjoy your benefits!


I was under the impression it was actually order of purchase for BS - so I think the A-list priority was a red-herring, as you noted it wasn't a variable but I think it is order of purchase rather than check-in?

 

Since you have some co-workers on the same flights it may be possible for you to reverse engineer it?

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: “A” List

chgoflyer
Rising Star

FYI: Business Select positions (A1-15) are assigned based on check-in time, and A-List status has no bearing on that position.

Re: “A” List

DancingDavidE
Rising Star

@chgoflyer wrote:

FYI: Business Select positions (A1-15) are assigned based on check-in time, and A-List status has no bearing on that position.


Good to know. I haven't usually purchased these very far in advance so I hadn't made a study of it myself. 

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: “A” List

chgoflyer
Rising Star

@DancingDavidE wrote:

@chgoflyer wrote:

FYI: Business Select positions (A1-15) are assigned based on check-in time, and A-List status has no bearing on that position.


Good to know. I haven't usually purchased these very far in advance so I hadn't made a study of it myself. 

 


I'm not sure I understand your comment -- so, just in case it's still unclear: Purchase date has nothing to do with BS boarding position, only check-in time does.

Re: “A” List

DancingDavidE
Rising Star

@chgoflyer wrote:

@DancingDavidE wrote:

@chgoflyer wrote:

FYI: Business Select positions (A1-15) are assigned based on check-in time, and A-List status has no bearing on that position.


Good to know. I haven't usually purchased these very far in advance so I hadn't made a study of it myself. 

 


I'm not sure I understand your comment -- so, just in case it's still unclear: Purchase date has nothing to do with BS boarding position, only check-in time does.


it's clear - I should have been more specific that many of my BS fares were same-day purchases, so less than 24 hours. On the ones I did purchase further in advance I don't recall what my position was, or if I tried to check in right at T-24 or not.

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.