What is Southwest Early Bird Check In and Is It Worth It?

Southwest offers optional Early Bird Check In. Southwest checks you in and gives your boarding position within 36 hours of your flight

departure time if you purchase Early Bird Check In. Early Bird Check In gives customers a better boarding position since check in opens 24 hours before airline departure.

Southwest Early Bird Check In costs $15–25 one-way per person. Route length determines price. Pricing also depends on Early Bird Check In demand on each route.

Family Boarding allows adults with children under six to board. Family Boarding on Southwest follows the “A” group but precedes the “B”

Business Select prices get boarding priority over Early Bird Check In. Southwest Business Select fares are the only way to secure group A,

Southwest Rapid Rewards A-List members get priority boarding. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards A-List and A-List Preferred members get priority boarding.

Southwest allows free flight cancellations. If you might cancel your flight, don't buy Early Bird Check In when you book.

Southwest Early Bird Check In is nonrefundable. Flyers can add Early Bird Check In later. This add-on can be added 36 hours before a flight.

Do you mind a center seat? If your flight is short, Southwest Early Bird Check In isn't worth $15–25.

Similar to not minding Southwest gate-checking your bag. If you're the last to board a full aircraft, your carry-on may not fit in the overhead bin. It must be examined.

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