My editor recently flew roundtrip from Los Angeles to Indianapolis on Southwest and used the EarlyBird Check-in system for the first time. Here’s her account:
Southwest is a fine airline, but normally it just doesn’t do it for me – in the same way that “going out to brunch” doesn’t do it for me. With the latter, I don’t like buffets – I want to order my food, not hunt for it. Same with airlines – let me order my seat, not hunt for one.
Clearly I am not a “do-it-yourselfer”.
But I found myself on Southwest recently – it had the schedule I wanted – and I thought, I’ll give this EarlyBird check-in a whirl. And am I glad I did.
It’s pretty cheap – $10 each way. Not a budget-buster.
Here’s how it worked for me on the four flights of my trip: I got an “A” boarding card in the 20′s (the lowest was 20, the highest was 24), and I could have sat in the front row bulk-head seats every time if I wanted to (I did in one instance, but usually I like having my “kitchen sink” purse by my feet, in case I need a pen or an emery board or my printout of the “Best of Rick” ABC columns – you know, useful stuff).
Anyway, it was great and I highly recommend it, and no, Southwest isn’t paying me a dime for this testimonial, more’s the pity.
Oh, wait. Now that I have shot off my mouth, what if everyone takes advantage of this from now on? Could that mean there will be so many of us EarlyBirder’s that we’ll be relegated to the dreaded C-list for boarding? Hmm. What I said above? Never mind.