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babygirlamg
02-27-2012, 07:48 AM
so im confused...i got the ealry bird check in with southwest....now i thought there going to e mail me the boarding passes 36 hour before trip....but i havent got any e mail....the 24 hour mark is at 1:30pm......how does the early bird work..

diesel
02-27-2012, 08:17 AM
they won't be emailing the boarding passes. Just go on line at the 24 hour mark and print them out. They'll check you in at 36 hours but for some reason you can't print them out until the 24 hr mark.

goofy4tink
02-27-2012, 08:18 AM
SW doesn't email you anything. You have to do online checkin to get the boarding passes printed out. OR, just wait until you get to the airport.
Basically, when you buy EBCI, SW checks you in at the 36 hr mark, rather than you doing it for yourself at the 24 hr mark. Then, when you go get to the 24 hr mark, in your case 1:30, you can go to the SW site and print out your boarding passes. There are no emails involved.
Hope that helps a bit.

babygirlamg
02-27-2012, 08:46 AM
thank you

2binak
02-27-2012, 11:08 AM
Sorry to hi-jack this thread, but I had a question about early check-in: SW's site says that early check-in doesn't gaurantee you A boarding. Can someone please tell me what is the advantage of early check-in is if it doesn't get in the A boarding group? Thanks!

rwdavis2
02-27-2012, 11:12 AM
Sorry to hi-jack this thread, but I had a question about early check-in: SW's site says that early check-in doesn't gaurantee you A boarding. Can someone please tell me what is the advantage of early check-in is if it doesn't get in the A boarding group? Thanks!

The advantage is that it checks you in 12 hours before anyone who did not buy EBCI. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone that did not get an A pass using EBCI. For us, the real advantage is having the checking done while you do something else. Mainly the return flight home. I don't have to mess with my cell phone while in the parks.

If you got a B with EBCI just think how screwed the people are that did not buy it.

LisaS
02-27-2012, 01:23 PM
Sorry to hi-jack this thread, but I had a question about early check-in: SW's site says that early check-in doesn't gaurantee you A boarding. Can someone please tell me what is the advantage of early check-in is if it doesn't get in the A boarding group? Thanks!With EBCI, passengers are checked in in the order in which they purchased EBCI. Also, those who bought full-fare tickets and those with A-list status will be checked in ahead of everyone else. So depending on the number of full-fare passengers, the number of A-listers and the number of people who purchased EBCI before you did, you could end up in the B group. EBCI works best for those who purchase tickets early and add EBCI at that time. It also works for those who would rather enjoy the parks on their last day rather than have to remember to check themselves in 24 hours out.

Tara
02-27-2012, 01:36 PM
With EBCI, passengers are checked in in the order in which they purchased EBCI. Also, those who bought full-fare tickets and those with A-list status will be checked in ahead of everyone else. So depending on the number of full-fare passengers, the number of A-listers and the number of people who purchased EBCI before you did, you could end up in the B group. EBCI works best for those who purchase tickets early and add EBCI at that time. It also works for those who would rather enjoy the parks on their last day rather than have to remember to check themselves in 24 hours out.

This has not been my experience at all. My experience checking in different family members with different confirmation numbers is that the ones checked in first got better numbers, despite when EBCI was added to each or when each fare was purchased.

Also, I often fly business select and despite booking after my boss, who until just recently was A-list and I wasn't, I was sometimes able to get A1 while he got A2. His assistant was always chagrined when I beat her in the check in process. ;)

The other thing to remember for ECBI is where your flight originates. If you fly out of BWI, for instance, there will likely be people connecting in BWI from other cities. By virtue of the fact that they will have left their first departure city earlier in the day, they'll be able to check in earlier the day before...and therefore they'll get "better" numbers for the connection out of BWI because they're able to check in before people who begin their journey at BWI. (that was a convoluted explanation - sorry)

jacthree
02-27-2012, 01:52 PM
[QUOTE=rwdavis2;44152225] I don't think I've ever heard of anyone that did not get an A pass using EBCI.

You have now. I got a B3 in November, leaving San Diego.

jfugina
02-27-2012, 01:58 PM
[QUOTE=rwdavis2;44152225] I don't think I've ever heard of anyone that did not get an A pass using EBCI.

You have now. I got a B3 in November, leaving San Diego.

Add me to that list. We got a B5 out of Orlando with EBCI just this month. But... considering we were coming off a cruise, where we had no ability to check ourselves in or print passes before getting to the airport, it was still worth it.

LisaS
02-27-2012, 02:15 PM
This has not been my experience at all. My experience checking in different family members with different confirmation numbers is that the ones checked in first got better numbers, despite when EBCI was added to each or when each fare was purchased.I have read that before here on the boards so I tried an experiment of my own recently. I purchased my ticket and added EBCI first, then purchased DH's ticket and added EBCI. When I checked in 24 hours out, I checked DH in first, then me. I had the lower boarding number. So while this has happened to some people, it's not something that can be duplicated at will.

Someone offered a plausible explanation for why these aberrations occur. Perhaps if there have been cancellations, the system fills in the holes in the boarding positions as people check in at 24 hours out. So a few people get lucky and get a lower position despite when they purchased EBCI.

For the most part it seems to work as expected, given how few reports there are here of out-of-order boarding assignments.

Also, I often fly business select and despite booking after my boss, who until just recently was A-list and I wasn't, I was sometimes able to get A1 while he got A2. His assistant was always chagrined when I beat her in the check in process. ;)I believe Business Select fliers get assigned before A-listers so that sounds correct that you got a lower boarding position with a Business Select fare than he got as an A-lister. Also customers who purchased Anytime Fare tickets have priority over those who purchased Wanna Get Away, Senior or DING fares.

Tissa
02-27-2012, 02:23 PM
I used EBCI for a flight out of Mco today and I received A-60. I mentioned that I was surprised when I was checking my bag and was told that was because everyone is using EBCI. Sounds like if you do not use it you may have no hope of getting an A on your own. I did better before EBCI.

LisaS
02-27-2012, 02:28 PM
I used EBCI for a flight out of Mco today and I received A-60. I mentioned that I was surprised when I was checking my bag and was told that was because everyone is using EBCI. Sounds like if you do not use it you may have no hope of getting an A on your own. I did better before EBCI.I agree. If you purchase your ticket as soon as SWA announces its schedule and add EBCI immediately you will get a low boarding assignment. If wait to purchase your ticket or add EBCI some time after you purchase your ticket, you have no idea what you're going to get, other than that it will be better than not purchasing EBCI at all.

It's still worth it to us for the convenience. It's one less thing to remember to do the day before our trip and we can fully enjoy our last day at WDW without having to think about checking in for our return flight.

francie57
02-27-2012, 02:54 PM
We have never flown Southwest before so this is all new to me. We have always used Delta in the past with assigned seat but they did away with all non-stops to Orlando so we are going Southwest this trip since they have better times than JetBlue. We purchased our tickets as soon as they were available and bought the early boarding at the same time so we are hoping for good numbers when the time comes for our flights.

rwdavis2
02-27-2012, 03:26 PM
We have never flown Southwest before so this is all new to me. We have always used Delta in the past with assigned seat but they did away with all non-stops to Orlando so we are going Southwest this trip since they have better times than JetBlue. We purchased our tickets as soon as they were available and bought the early boarding at the same time so we are hoping for good numbers when the time comes for our flights.


Don't worry you'll be fine. I'm almost at the point where I prefer SW to airlines with reserved seats. Consider that if a flight is cancelled where you have a reserved seat you could get put anywhere on the new flight. But with SW you may be better off with just a boarding position.

2binak
02-28-2012, 11:31 AM
Wow - thank you all so much for the responses! Op - again, I am so sorry for hi-jacking your thread.

I just added EBCI to our tickets!

mommytocalliesue
02-28-2012, 10:20 PM
So let me get this straight....if we did EBCI and are staying at a Disney Resort....they will print our boarding passes for us...correct??!!

goofy4tink
02-29-2012, 06:42 AM
So let me get this straight....if we did EBCI and are staying at a Disney Resort....they will print our boarding passes for us...correct??!!
That hasn't been my experience. I have never been one of those who found their SW stuff in their room, or hanging from their door knob. I have always had to go down to RAC and get checked in...but that's okay with me. I have to go there anyway, to deliver my bags, so what's the big deal with having them print out my bp's.
Let me amend this by saying that yes, they will print out boarding passes. You don't need to have access to a printer. You can just head down to the front desk, or concierge area, of your resort and your boarding passes can be printed out, at the 24 hr mark. I made an assumption earlier....thinking you meant that you needed to do nothing, that your printed out boarding passes would just magically 'appear' in your room. Just wanted to be clear.

When flying SW, A1-15 are always saved for business select people, A-listers. BUT.....in all the times I've flown SW, I have never seen that group full...usually there is no one in those slots, sometimes just a few. I have actually paid full fare and been able to get A1-3..that was kinda nice.
But generally speaking, the regular, everyday traveler is going to start with A16 and go up from that. With so many people now buying EBCI, we are going to see many more EBCI people getting slots in the early B boarding group. I have only one issue with that....the family boarding group, especially when flying into and out of MCO. I truly would not be happy with paying extra only to have a largish family board prior to me. As long as SW is consistent with their family boarding policy...one adult family member per child...I'll be okay with it. But, don't start letting the entire family board together.

mom2brooke76
02-29-2012, 08:00 AM
I just wanted to add that I'm a new A-lister who flies monthly to MCO and the best boarding number that I've had as one has been A20. Normally it has been closer to A23-25, so it seems there are quite a few of us which, depending on how many people buy EBCI, you could easily get placed in the B's.

LisaS
02-29-2012, 03:48 PM
With so many people now buying EBCI, we are going to see many more EBCI people getting slots in the early B boarding group. I have only one issue with that....the family boarding group, especially when flying into and out of MCO. I truly would not be happy with paying extra only to have a largish family board prior to me. As long as SW is consistent with their family boarding policy...one adult family member per child...I'll be okay with it. But, don't start letting the entire family board together.What they ought to do in that situation is allow all EBCI purchasers to board, even those in the B group, before family boarding. I wonder if they will make some adjustments to their boarding procedure now that more passengers are paying for EBCI and some are ending up with B boarding passes.

Corinne
09-14-2012, 11:24 AM
What they ought to do in that situation is allow all EBCI purchasers to board, even those in the B group, before family boarding. I wonder if they will make some adjustments to their boarding procedure now that more passengers are paying for EBCI and some are ending up with B boarding passes.

This is my thought exactly! The only reason I wanted an A boarding pass was to be boarded prior to family boarding. So now, I essentially paid for nothing. Since EBCI has become more popular, it is time for them to re-think their process.

stormer
09-14-2012, 09:01 PM
What they ought to do in that situation is allow all EBCI purchasers to board, even those in the B group, before family boarding. I wonder if they will make some adjustments to their boarding procedure now that more passengers are paying for EBCI and some are ending up with B boarding passes.

We got B 1-4 when we flew out of Islip (NY) in February even though we did EBCI. The amount of people who boarded during family boarding (before us) was ridiculous. The announcement says it is only parents and children, but that did not happen. There were grandparents and other family members boaring with the families. There was one group traveling together (in matching Disney shirts) of 17 people and they were all allowed to board during family boarding. I complained that I paid an extra $40 and my family was boarding after so many people. I was told if I wasn't happy I could board with family boarding, which did me no good at that point becasue they were letting these people board at that point. I wrote a letter when I got home explaining it was not fair to let family boarding happen before people who paid for EBCI, but all they said was it is up to the descretion of the employee working as to who would be allowed to board with family boarding, no mention of allowing EBCI first.

daughtryfan114
09-14-2012, 10:41 PM
We got B 1-4 when we flew out of Islip (NY) in February even though we did EBCI. The amount of people who boarded during family boarding (before us) was ridiculous. The announcement says it is only parents and children, but that did not happen. There were grandparents and other family members boaring with the families. There was one group traveling together (in matching Disney shirts) of 17 people and they were all allowed to board during family boarding. I complained that I paid an extra $40 and my family was boarding after so many people. I was told if I wasn't happy I could board with family boarding, which did me no good at that point becasue they were letting these people board at that point. I wrote a letter when I got home explaining it was not fair to let family boarding happen before people who paid for EBCI, but all they said was it is up to the descretion of the employee working as to who would be allowed to board with family boarding, no mention of allowing EBCI first.

I booked our flight in May. I added EBCI about 10 days before trip and got A60 B1 B2 B3. Our flight has been sold out for almost 2 weeks. Flying from PHL to MCO.

stormer
09-15-2012, 11:39 AM
I booked our flight in May. I added EBCI about 10 days before trip and got A60 B1 B2 B3. Our flight has been sold out for almost 2 weeks. Flying from PHL to MCO.

If I were you I would tell them your numbers are split and you would all like to board with A60 so none of your party is stuck boarding after family boarding.

Denise W
09-15-2012, 11:53 AM
The numbers aren't split, there are 60 numbers in each section, so B1 comes after A60! In addition, if your numbers are split, they will not allow the later numbers to board with the earlier number. However, the earlier number can wait and board with the later numbers.

Denise

jayhawk74
09-15-2012, 12:44 PM
When flying SW, A1-15 are always saved for business select people, A-listers
Business Select and A-listers are two different categories. Business Select do get A1-15, and those can be bought up to 1 hour before the flight. A-listers are those passengers who do a certain amount of flights in a year on SWA and they get checked in automatically before the Early Bird.

Disneynewtome
09-16-2012, 08:47 AM
Sorry to sound a little bit stupid :confused3 but now do I understand that if I buy the early boarding from SW I do not need to check in at the 24 hour mark, all I need to do is when I checkout the resort will print my boarding pass or do I need them to print it the day before? boy I do sound confused!!! :confused3

Mkrop
09-16-2012, 09:25 AM
The advantage is that it checks you in 12 hours before anyone who did not buy EBCI. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone that did not get an A pass using EBCI. For us, the real advantage is having the checking done while you do something else. Mainly the return flight home. I don't have to mess with my cell phone while in the parks.

If you got a B with EBCI just think how screwed the people are that did not buy it.

Our flight in July we got A57, A58, A59 and B3.

I booked our flight in May. I added EBCI about 10 days before trip and got A60 B1 B2 B3. Our flight has been sold out for almost 2 weeks. Flying from PHL to MCO.

See above, our youngest got the B3, so we asked if we needed to line up with him and we were told no, we could all line up with the As and have him go with us.

Sorry to sound a little bit stupid :confused3 but now do I understand that if I buy the early boarding from SW I do not need to check in at the 24 hour mark, all I need to do is when I checkout the resort will print my boarding pass or do I need them to print it the day before? boy I do sound confused!!! :confused3

EBCI will check you in at 36 hours, no matter where you are or what you are doing. You can not print them out until the 24 hour mark or anytime after. If your 24 hour mark is 1pm, you can go to the front desk and ask them to print them at that time, you can ask them to print them at 9pm after you returned from a park, you could have them print them the next morning when you check in at RAC, or you could print them when you get to the airport from a kiosk.

That is the beauty of the EBCI, you do not need to be near a checkin device, computer or phone, at the 24 hour mark. SW checks you in and then you can print them later when it is more convient. Your boarding number stays the same.

AshleyD1983
09-16-2012, 09:47 AM
I am glad to know how this works for the future. I didn't worry much about purchasing it because I knew we could board with family boarding if we were in the B group. Out of curiosity.... Does anyone know if there is an age cut off for the children that allow you to board via family boarding???

tjmw2727
09-16-2012, 10:04 AM
I am glad to know how this works for the future. I didn't worry much about purchasing it because I knew we could board with family boarding if we were in the B group. Out of curiosity.... Does anyone know if there is an age cut off for the children that allow you to board via family boarding???

From the SWA website :
"An adult traveling with a child four years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the "A" group has boarded and before the "B" group begins boarding. However, those Customers holding an "A" boarding pass should still board with the "A" boarding group."

http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/faqs.html?topic=boarding_school

LisaS
09-16-2012, 10:19 AM
The numbers aren't split, there are 60 numbers in each section, so B1 comes after A60!Family boarding occurs between A60 and B1 so I think that is what stormer meant by "split". There could be quite a few people boarding between A60 and B1 so in that situation (especially where the family paid for EBCI) I would ask if the family member with B1 could board with the rest of the family at the end of the A group.

Friendofpluto
09-16-2012, 10:19 AM
I always pay the extra fee for early boarding. I purchased our tickets the first day they were open to public. On way home our number was B2, B3. It was really not much of an advantage waiting till after all the families were boarded. We were seated towards the back.

LisaS
09-16-2012, 10:28 AM
I always pay the extra fee for early boarding. I purchased our tickets the first day they were open to public. On way home our number was B2, B3. It was really not much of an advantage waiting till after all the families were boarded. We were seated towards the back.Getting boarding positions in the B group with EBCI is becoming more common unfortunately! EBCI boarding positions are assigned by fare class as well as by purchase date. Customers who purchase "Anytime" fares will get better boarding positions than those of us buying "Wanna Get Away" fares, even if we bought our tickets the first day they went on sale and purchased EBCI at that time.

On one recent trip we used the last of our SWA Awards for the flight and we bought EBCI months in advance of our trip. We got the worst boarding position of all of those who bought EBCI. I can only assume it's because we used an Award to pay for our flights.

AshleyD1983
09-16-2012, 11:56 AM
From the SWA website :
"An adult traveling with a child four years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the "A" group has boarded and before the "B" group begins boarding. However, those Customers holding an "A" boarding pass should still board with the "A" boarding group."

http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/faqs.html?topic=boarding_school

Thank you! I guess this will be our last year for family boarding.

Disneynewtome
09-18-2012, 06:36 AM
From the SWA website :
"An adult traveling with a child four years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the "A" group has boarded and before the "B" group begins boarding. However, those Customers holding an "A" boarding pass should still board with the "A" boarding group."

http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/faqs.html?topic=boarding_school

This not happen very often.I have flew SW many times and I have seen families with kids way older than 4 use the early boarding! And nothing is said!

Hoopfamily
09-18-2012, 07:05 AM
When we flew SW 2 years ago it was a 6am flight out of MHT nonstop to MCO. They did not do family boarding, probably because nearly the entire plane was families with small children.