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Old 09-13-2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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Southwest Seat Assignment

Just checked in for our flight exactly at the 24hr mark (didn't do EBCI). We were assigned B49 & B50. Are these the last seats in the B section? Our flight is sold out so I am assuming that many people did EBCI, it's just me & DH so I didn't feel that the extra $20 was worth it. Can use that money for some beverages!
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:24 AM   #2
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Those are your boarding numbers. You will line up with the B group to board. Seating is like a bus, first come first serve. You will need to go to the back of the plane to find seats together most likely.

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Old 09-13-2012, 06:33 AM   #3
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Pretty sure there are 60 in each group. As pp said you will line up in number order so around 10 people behind you for B. Although you are at the far end of the B boarding since there are only two of you I would think you would be able to find a seat together.

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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Depends ... (preboarding etc = worse case)
I boarded High B (50) ... rebooked - due to delayed previous flight
and all there were left were middle seats ... May 2012
Planes are flying full these days ...
Empty seats are really a thing of the past
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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I couldn't remember how many seats in each section but figured we would be at the end of B. It doesn't matter if we sit together but was curious how far back our seats would be.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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60 seats in each section.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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I couldn't remember how many seats in each section but figured we would be at the end of B. It doesn't matter if we sit together but was curious how far back our seats would be.
If you are willing to take a middle seat, you can be quite close to the front. I recently flew and was about B50, maybe a few more than that. I ended up in the last row on the aisle.

Depending on my mood and whatever, sometimes I will ask if it's a full flight. If it is, I will just sit near the front in the middle. It's a pretty good score when I go to sit in the middle and the couple that are occupying the window and aisle decide to move together.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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I couldn't remember how many seats in each section but figured we would be at the end of B. It doesn't matter if we sit together but was curious how far back our seats would be.
There's no way to tell. If you are willing to take single seats, you could be close to the front.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:00 AM   #9
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SWA planes have the following seating:
737-300- 137 seats onboard
737-500- 122 seats onboard
737-700- 137 seats onboard
737-800- 175 seats onboard

Medical pre board are the first group on.
Group A - Business Select are next: 1-15 (Most times, little to no boards).
Rest of Group A: 16-60.
Family pre board are next.
Group B: 1-60
Group C: 1-#
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:15 AM   #10
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I couldn't remember how many seats in each section but figured we would be at the end of B. It doesn't matter if we sit together but was curious how far back our seats would be.
You aren't seated by section once you're on the plane. You can sit wherever there is an open seat.

The planes are not divided into three sections (A,B,C), just the boarding process.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:28 AM   #11
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SWA planes have the following seating:
737-300- 137 seats onboard
737-500- 122 seats onboard
737-700- 137 seats onboard
737-800- 175 seats onboard

Medical pre board are the first group on.
Group A - Business Select are next: 1-15 (Most times, little to no boards).
Rest of Group A: 16-60.
Family pre board are next.
Group B: 1-60
Group C: 1-#
You also need to take into account there may already be people on the plane that are not switching plances (ie, direct flight with stops). No way of knowing how many of those may already be on board when group A starts boarding.

That's why I try to take the first flight out in the morning, more often that not from Indy (which is where I fly from) the first flight out is on a plane that has sat there all night and does not have direct flight passengers already on board. We don't have many red eyes that fly into Indianapolis, so other airports where there are a lot of inbound red eyes may still have the problem of people already on board when boarding begins.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
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OP also doesn't say where they are flying from and that can have an impact too. If the airport has a lot of SWA passengers connecting from other flights that originated elsewhe, then all of those passengers who are connecting to the OPs flight that used EBCI and those who checked in 24 hours ahead of their first flight would have had their boarding numbers assigned ahead of the OP.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:46 PM   #13
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You also need to take into account there may already be people on the plane that are not switching plances (ie, direct flight with stops). No way of knowing how many of those may already be on board when group A starts boarding.

HA, yes, this happened to us. We were going from Raleigh Durham, back to Philadelphia. We had low As, no problem, right? We boarded with confidence, and the plane was packed! With passengers from Orlando, headed to PHL. We failed to even notice that very few people got OFF the plane when it landed.

Now that you pointed this OUT, I am a little worried about my flight next Sat, I change planes at Midway in Chicago, headed to the west coast from NJ, and I know the flight I am getting on is coming from PHL, it will likely be pretty full when I get on in Chicago. UGH. Did pay for ECBI.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:55 PM   #14
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Sorry to hijack this thread, but we are considering SWA for our flight, and I'm confused by the check-in process. I don't fly much, so please bear with me!!! With SWA, do you check-in online? Usually my DH flies Delta for work, and I don't think he does anything more than check in at the airport a couple of hours before his flight. I'm assuming you aren't sitting in the airport for 24 hours, though! So if you can check in 24 hours early online, what exactly is the benefit of EBCI? I was thinking about using it, but now I'm not sure. We will be a family of 5. Any advice?
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #15
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Sorry to hijack this thread, but we are considering SWA for our flight, and I'm confused by the check-in process. I don't fly much, so please bear with me!!! With SWA, do you check-in online? Usually my DH flies Delta for work, and I don't think he does anything more than check in at the airport a couple of hours before his flight. I'm assuming you aren't sitting in the airport for 24 hours, though! So if you can check in 24 hours early online, what exactly is the benefit of EBCI? I was thinking about using it, but now I'm not sure. We will be a family of 5. Any advice?
You check in online at 24 or less hours out to get the best boarding assignment. That just means when you get in line to board the plane because there is no assigned seating. So it's best to check in at exactly 24 hours out. You can also pay $10 pp each way to get early check in (ECBI) and the airline does it for it at 36 hours out, I believe.
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