Southwest Airlines

Five Southwest Airline Tips

Open seating for Southwest Airlines

Seat assignments are not part of Southwest Airlines’ procedure; instead, passengers select their own seats based on their boarding position. Southwest uses A-C and 1-60+ to determine the commuter pecking order. The person with A 1 boards first and C 60+ enters last. Group A passengers select the best seats and have access to empty overhead bins. Often, Southwest bases this A status on cost.

“Wanna Get Away,” “Anytime,” and “Business Select” fare comparison

This chart compares the three fares for a random booking from Philadelphia to Atlanta. The lowest, “Wanna Get Away,” is nonrefundable, but per eligibility, credit may be issued toward a future reservation.  However, Wanna Get Away may cost hundreds less that the “Anytime,” fare. “Business Select” is the priciest but guarantees priority emplaning with the A 1 – A 15 group.

 Five Southwest money-saving tips and travel tricks

  • Within 24 hours before departure, Southwest passengers can conveniently check in online with the Southwest mobile app or on their computer; or they can pay $15 for EarlyBird Check-In, and the airline assigns boarding groups 36 hours before departure. With Earlybird, if the traveler pays a higher fare, Southwest gives that passenger a higher boarding status.
  •  EarlyBird Check-In does not guarantee an “A” boarding zone. I purchased EarlyBird and received group B. Unknowingly, my husband’s administrator checked me in 24 hours before departure, and I received an A. Therefore, you may get a better seat if you check yourself in.
  • To maximize boarding priority while saving money, purchase the ticket at the lowest price, and pay $30-$40 to upgrade to an “A” position at the gate. I was flying on a packed flight, and I had group B boarding assignment. I upgraded at the gate to A 6. They apparently save A positions hoping to sell them at the last minute. Unfortunately,  if the flight is filled, you may not be able to change your standing.
  • Southwest doesn’t charge fees to change your flight, like their competition.
  • Sign up for Click ‘N Save to receive emails for the latest Southwest travel deals for flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages.

I hope that these money-saving tips improve your travel experience.

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Gasoline Spill on Southwest Tarmac in Jackson, Mississippi

We boarded our Southtwest Flight 1979 on June 21, 2012 from Jackson, Mississippi which was already 20 minutes late. As we sat at the gate, a gasoline odor permeated the cabin. We deplaned because of a fuel spill on the tarmac. Southwest would not allow photos of the fire engines and the spill. Three Jackson Airport Authority officers blocked the airport window from the passengers view. The original departure time was 10 a.m. It is now 11:15 and we are reboarding. I took a few photos from inside the airplane. They will follow!