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Re: Early Bird didn't work?

zonie
New Arrival

Never again. We never use early bird, but now that I am no longer A-list due to lack of travel, I thought I'd pay for a decent number. Waste of $60. It's just a B.S. scam from SWA. I wish EarlyBird would just go away. I do better without it.

 

I think it actually made our bording number WORSE.

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

TheMiddleSeat
Rising Star

@zone How so? Can you please provide more specifics? When did you check in? What position did you get?

 

I think people overlook one of the main benefits of EBCI, that you don't have to worry about checking in. If you are able to check in 24 hours prior it certainly isn't as attractive as it is in situations where check-in at T-24 is not possible or desired (while on vacation, early morning, while on another flight, etc). 

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

Fgriffin1
New Arrival

I get how early bird works but I’ve used it maybe 10 times this year and I’ve yet to get anything other than B. Your never getting another $40 at the AirPort fir something I already paid fir and did not get it. Ever!  

Definetly scammed. 

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

StAugustine
Active Member

To me, early bird is worth it, not so much for the boarding position but for the automatic check in, which means that I don'st have to remember to do it myself. Especially since I like to get early-morning flights. 

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

TheMiddleSeat
Rising Star

@StAugustine wrote:

To me, early bird is worth it, not so much for the boarding position but for the automatic check in, which means that I don'st have to remember to do it myself. Especially since I like to get early-morning flights. 


100% agree. While on vacation or even just when there's a super early flight, EBCI eliminates having to worry about checking in right at 24 hours prior. Instead of promoting an improved boarding position Southwest should promote the ease of mind EBCI provides.

 

--TheMiddleSeat

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

rtbarron
Active Member

I think Early Bird Check In is worth the money. I pay for it and then don't worry about checking in until I'm ready to. I know that EBCI doesn't guarantee me a great boarding position and was expecting a B position for my next flight since I'm flying on a Friday afternoon. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to get A43.

Maybe Early Bird isn't for everyone, but it totally works for me.

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

mjweber
New Arrival

I've used Early Bird for years and never had anything but an A position. Purchased it this time and the dreaded B48/B49. Glad it's a short flight and we aren't on a tightt deadline. No thanks, you won't get my extra $$ anymore for no benefit. I don't need to be checked in early, I can remember that myself. I'd rather have a choice of seat.

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@mjweber wrote:

I've used Early Bird for years and never had anything but an A position. Purchased it this time and the dreaded B48/B49. Glad it's a short flight and we aren't on a tightt deadline. 


That's pretty dismal!

 

If you've been getting A positions I wouldn't abandon the program necessarily after one time, but it doesn't seem to have provided much benefit on this flight. Did you have any late changes or other flight hiccups? Did it show "EBCI" on your boarding pass?

 

 

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

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

dfwskier
Rising Star

@mjweber wrote:

I've used Early Bird for years and never had anything but an A position. Purchased it this time and the dreaded B48/B49. Glad it's a short flight and we aren't on a tightt deadline. No thanks, you won't get my extra $$ anymore for no benefit. I don't need to be checked in early, I can remember that myself. I'd rather have a choice of seat.


By some chance did you buy your early bird less than 36 hours before flight time? If so that could explain that high boarding position. Other than that , you may have just been unlucky enough to be on a flight with a lot of A-list passengers and people that bought EBCI before you bought yours.

 

I'm A-list now so SW checks me in automatically, but I know lots of people that check in exactly 24 hours before flight time, and normally they get pretty good boarding positions.

 

Remember  the way SW assigns boarding positions though: first to A-list followed by EBCI followed by people that check in themselves. By definition, that means you'll never get a better boarding position yourself than you would get with EBCI

 

.unless you get lucky.

 

if a person holding a good boarding position happens to cancel his/her flight at the moment you check in, then you get the best available boarding position, which in this case would be the one held by the person who just cancelled a reservation.

Re: Early Bird didn't work?

nekotakacho
New Arrival

I will never pay for Early Bird Check In boarding. You have people that attempt to cut in line. Then you have people that dont understand numbering or how that works. All the while, you are rushing to get onto a plane, and Southwest only has ONE PERSON handling tickets.

 

So if someone has a problem with their boarding pass, it holds up the line, people move/shift out of their numbered spots.

 

It doesn't matter to pay for any of this because you still have to get off the plane and wait 20 minutes for your bags to arrive.