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Old 03-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Southwest question?

We are looking at flying Southwest to our cruise in May. Can you get boarding passes for departure and leave your bags outside your stateroom the last night? That was a great help when we flew Delta last time. Thanks.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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We are looking at flying Southwest to our cruise in May. Can you get boarding passes for departure and leave your bags outside your stateroom the last night? That was a great help when we flew Delta last time. Thanks.
Unfortunately, SWA does not participate in the onboard airline check-in. grrzzing.

You do set your luggage outside your stateroom the last night, but you have to claim it in the terminal the next morning and take it with you on the bus to the airport.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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No boarding passes for SWA.You sit your luggage outside your stateroom by 10 the night before.You get luggage tags with Disney characters on them to identify what section you will pick them up in the terminal. You take them with you through customs then outside to the DCL bus to the airport. The driver puts them underneath then when you get to the airport you get your luggage then go through check in. Having luggage with spinner wheels makes this so much easier.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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Awww, man...

Last year SW participated if you stayed at WDW. It stinks that it's not the same for DCL.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:33 PM   #5
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You can pay for early bird check in for your flight home, its $10 per person. Then, you should be in the A boarding group and can print your boarding passes upon arrival at the airport.
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You can pay for early bird check in for your flight home, its $10 per person. Then, you should be in the A boarding group and can print your boarding passes upon arrival at the airport.
This! It makes things infinitely easier, and is totally worth the $10 per person!

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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You can pay for early bird check in for your flight home, its $10 per person. Then, you should be in the A boarding group and can print your boarding passes upon arrival at the airport.
You can also remember to check in 24 hours ahead of your flight online (ship's Internet is slow, but fast enough to handle online checkin). Where that gets you depends greatly on the flight. I usually get low B group numbers that way.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:01 PM   #8
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Just FYI..Southwest early bird is now $12.50
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Ok, gotcha! Thanks.
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Ok, gotcha! Thanks.
No prob. Thanks for flying SWA.

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Why is paying extra for EB check in a must after a DCL cruise? I asked my travel agent before my cruise to do the regular check in for me at 24 hours ahead and she got me B9. Had plenty of seating to choose from onboard.
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You can also remember to check in 24 hours ahead of your flight online (ship's Internet is slow, but fast enough to handle online checkin). Where that gets you depends greatly on the flight. I usually get low B group numbers that way.
I had to check in for my flight (non-SWA) 24 hours before I flew after a DCL cruise, and it cost me $17 in Internet charges to do it. I think paying for the EB booking can be cheaper and is less of a hassle!

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SWA wouldn't let us check in at the terminal until either 3 or 4 hours before our flight time. I get it, but it was a hassle.
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Why is paying extra for EB check in a must after a DCL cruise? I asked my travel agent before my cruise to do the regular check in for me at 24 hours ahead and she got me B9. Had plenty of seating to choose from onboard.
The difference is you had your TA check you in 24 hours before your flight. I didn't use a TA to book my trip. I used DVC then booked my own flight. Without EB I wouldn't have been able to check until we got to port which was about 7 and I would have ended up with high C check in
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As aggravating as it may be to some posters, if you are traveling with small children you can board after the As I think - or maybe after B30 - no matter what your boarding number is. I would suggest that letting me board ahead of you with my toddler and husband is far less annoying than having me and my toddler hop into the middle seat between you and your travel companion.
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