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Old 01-20-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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I've never flown Southwest Airlines before. And my co-worker told me that on Southwest, there are no assigned seats. This is unlike American, Continental, Delta, US Airways, etc.

I always like to have a window seat whenever I'm flying.

What can I do to obtain a window seat on a Southwest flight? How does it work?
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:16 PM
 
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I've never flown Southwest Airlines before. And my co-worker told me that on Southwest, there are no assigned seats. This is unlike American, Continental, Delta, US Airways, etc.

I always like to have a window seat whenever I'm flying.

What can I do to obtain a window seat on a Southwest flight? How does it work?
24 hours PRIOR to departure, you log into Southwest Airlines and hit the "CHECK-IN" button. Enter your confirmation number and your name. In general, if you log in within the first four hours, you will be in the "A" Boarding Group and you'll be one of the first ones on the plane. Then, you select the seat you want.

Southwest is a little bit different - friendly staff, free bags, few fees, lower fares, and QUICKER boarding as there are no assigned seats ... unlike the other airlines.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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You can also fly business select. This allows you to have priority boarding, meaning you have the first pick of seats.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: N. CA
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Be sure to check-in online 24 hours in advance. The sooner you do it, the better your chance of getting in "A" group. There are 3 groups: A,B,C. Let's say that you check-in online at 24 hours before, you will print your boarding pass at home. Your number would be something like A20. When you are at the gate and it is time to board they will announce "A" group to line up first. You will line up in order of your number. Then when you get on the plane you pick your seat!
As a previous poster said, you can get business select which costs more. It is something like the first 10 spots are business select (A 1-10). Sometimes it costs a lot more, but I have done it when it was only $20.00 more.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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I did the early-bird checkin about a MONTH in advance just to be sure, and always got in the A group. It's worth the $10 extra. Southwest are great, I'd fly with 'em again in a flash. (No I dont work for them/own stock, etc etc)
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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I did the early-bird checkin about a MONTH in advance just to be sure, and always got in the A group. It's worth the $10 extra. Southwest are great, I'd fly with 'em again in a flash. (No I dont work for them/own stock, etc etc)
Can you really do that now? That explains why I checked in 23 hours and 23 minutes before my flight and got a B B16 as a matter of fact.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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I'm pretty sure it was about a month prior. Could have even been earlier than that. The early-bird check-in offer was there on the screen once my booking was confirmed, and I know I booked a long time in advance.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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I booked my flight to Phoenix way back in November. My flight is on March 28.

How do I get Business Select? Is it too late for me?

Should I go for the Early Bird Check-In now, even if my flight isn't until the end of March?
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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I booked my flight to Phoenix way back in November. My flight is on March 28.

How do I get Business Select? Is it too late for me?

Should I go for the Early Bird Check-In now, even if my flight isn't until the end of March?
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:57 PM
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You can still upgrade to Business Select. But it's really expensive. You just have to re-book your fare. No fee, just the price difference.

As somebody who only flies Southwest and no other airline, I'd say you don't really need the early bird check-in.

I always get a window seat by checking in 24 hours prior for free online.
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