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Old 12-31-2012, 02:09 PM   #91
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So could DH get EBCI and theoretically save the remaining seats (said in a whisper as she runs away before getting flamed........)??
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:16 PM   #92
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Well now that i have been well educated on how SW operates, i really should follow the rules
With any luck (& a little pre-disney pixie dust), maybe the flight down @ 7:30AM won't be too full.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:18 PM   #93
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I have never heard an announcement about not saving seats with SW before. BUT...I have heard them make this announcement...'This is a completely full flight everyone. There will not be any empty seats!!'. Then, the shuffle starts. All those that tried saving seats, usually the middle seat, were then moving around to avoid having a stranger sitting in between them and another family member.
My issue is when I pay for EBCI, for everyone in my group, and one person in a group of 8, buys EBCI for just themselves. Then, they try to save the other 7 seats together. That's not fair.

Relax..you most likely won't have an issue. You will be able to board inbetween the A and B groups with family boarding since you have two kids under 4. I really can't imagine SW having the rest of the family board later.

It would seem that there are those out there that book SW without understanding how boarding works. And then, chaos ensues at the gate. No one wants to be split up from the rest of their family. But, if you don't get how the system works, that can happen. BUT....SW will do what it can do to get you all together.
Yep, guilty here. I am one of those people LOL Have never flown SW and had NO IDEA about all of this until today when i read through this thread.

I promise we will follow the rules.....
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:32 PM   #94
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Well now that i have been well educated on how SW operates, i really should follow the rules
With any luck (& a little pre-disney pixie dust), maybe the flight down @ 7:30AM won't be too full.
I haven't been on a less than full flight in a long time including the early morning flights.

Don't panic you have a few options -
Since SWA allows one parent to board with each child 4 or under your entire family will be able to use family boarding even if they limit it. Dad boards with the 2yo and Mom with the baby and they won't make the other children board alone if there is no other adult to accompny them.

This happens between the A and B group and if you head to the rear of the aircraft you should have no trouble finding seats with/or near each other.

Check in at T24 for the best chance at an A boarding pass - then you board prior to family boarding.

Purchase EBCI and you have an even better chance at an A. I would at least consider purchasing EBCI for the return trip as there will be many more families leaving WDW and you won't have to stress about being at a computer, phone etc at T24. I don't like the seat saving so I personally purchase EBCI for all in our party or none and almost always for the return flight.

No matter what you won't get 7 seats together as SWA is 3 across, asile, then 3 across. So I would decide ahead of time who sits with whom, Mom with the baby, dad with the 2yo and the older kids in a row aside or in front of you. Make sure the older kids have their own bag and make sure the proper parent has the proper bag for the 2yo and the baby.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:33 PM   #95
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I haven't been on a less than full flight in a long time including the early morning flights.

Don't panic you have a few options -
Since SWA allows one parent to board with each child 4 or under your entire family will be able to use family boarding even if they limit it. Dad boards with the 2yo and Mom with the baby and they won't make the other children board alone if there is no other adult to accompny them.

This happens between the A and B group and if you head to the rear of the aircraft you should have no trouble finding seats with/or near each other.

Check in at T24 for the best chance at an A boarding pass - then you board prior to family boarding.


Purchase EBCI and you have an even better chance at an A. I would at least consider purchasing EBCI for the return trip as there will be many more families leaving WDW and you won't have to stress about being at a computer, phone etc at T24. I don't like the seat saving so I personally purchase EBCI for all in our party or none and almost always for the return flight.

No matter what you won't get 7 seats together as SWA is 3 across, asile, then 3 across. So I would decide ahead of time who sits with whom, Mom with the baby, dad with the 2yo and the older kids in a row aside or in front of you. Make sure the older kids have their own bag and make sure the proper parent has the proper bag for the 2yo and the baby.
And I was thinking that Disney was hard to plan oh boy, this whole travelling with 5 kids is more challenging than I thought
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:40 PM   #96
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And I was thinking that Disney was hard to plan oh boy, this whole travelling with 5 kids is more challenging than I thought
LOL - I know what you mean! You are going to be doing the who sits with whom just as much once you get to Dinsey I think !!

FWIW I would consider letting the 2yo ride on the plane without the carseat and if your using magical express you may be able to skip it all together.

No flames please .....as I have read that the benefits of a carseat on the aircraft decrease as the child gets older. This may also allow the 2yo to use the tray table and keep them from kicking the seatback of the person in front. Unless they are tiny or have other issues/needs I would consider checking it or going without - just a gentle suggestion to lighten your load !
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So could DH get EBCI and theoretically save the remaining seats (said in a whisper as she runs away before getting flamed........)??
Well, kind of not so fair to others. Here's the thing. Your dh would have to save 6 seats..and that is not going to make him so very popular. That's two complete rows!!!

I would try to use the one car seat as already mentioned. If your 2 y/o is normal sized, you should be fine. Makes less to juggle at the airport.

As already noted, you most likely will have no issues. You will all be able to board in between the A and B groups. As noted, if you head to the rear of the plane, you should have no issue getting two entire rows together. I would recommend taking two consecutive rows, not next to each other. Take the last row, put the kids in that row, and then you you and the little ones sit in front of them. Put dad across the aisle, last row from the older kids. That way, if the older kids get nudgy, they will be nudging your seat, not a strangers.

I also like to pay for EBCI for the return flight. That way, you don't have to worry about being close to a computer to check in. But, you will most likely be able to board the same way you did flying down....family boarding.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:19 PM   #98
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LOL - I know what you mean! You are going to be doing the who sits with whom just as much once you get to Dinsey I think !!

FWIW I would consider letting the 2yo ride on the plane without the carseat and if your using magical express you may be able to skip it all together.

No flames please .....as I have read that the benefits of a carseat on the aircraft decrease as the child gets older. This may also allow the 2yo to use the tray table and keep them from kicking the seatback of the person in front. Unless they are tiny or have other issues/needs I would consider checking it or going without - just a gentle suggestion to lighten your load !
To be honest, the carseat for DS2 was more about keeping him contained/buckled in rather than safety (shame on me tsk tsk). He would have the seatbelt figured out in a heartbeat and then good luck getting him to stay in his seat for the duration of the flight!! So if he is all buckled in like he is in our van - then no worries
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:27 PM   #99
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Well, kind of not so fair to others. Here's the thing. Your dh would have to save 6 seats..and that is not going to make him so very popular. That's two complete rows!!!

I would try to use the one car seat as already mentioned. If your 2 y/o is normal sized, you should be fine. Makes less to juggle at the airport.

As already noted, you most likely will have no issues. You will all be able to board in between the A and B groups. As noted, if you head to the rear of the plane, you should have no issue getting two entire rows together. I would recommend taking two consecutive rows, not next to each other. Take the last row, put the kids in that row, and then you you and the little ones sit in front of them. Put dad across the aisle, last row from the older kids. That way, if the older kids get nudgy, they will be nudging your seat, not a strangers.

I also like to pay for EBCI for the return flight. That way, you don't have to worry about being close to a computer to check in. But, you will most likely be able to board the same way you did flying down....family boarding.
Great suggestion about putting the wiggly kids behind us so if they start messing around - it is me they are bugging and not some poor stranger.

Plus the back of the plane is closest to the washrooms for potty trips/diaper changes (soooo looking forward to that!! I HATE airplane lavatories. Ewwwww)

I'm making the assumption that like most other airplanes, people generally want the front? So if we can "secure" the back rows - that would be awesome. My biggest worry is that the plane will be overbooked and we will all be separated. Hopefully not.

So if we do online check-in 24 hours pre-flight - is there any option to choose the very back?? Probably not, right?

And nope, we will not "save" seats. I graduated from the class of 2012 SW MCO thread . I am following the rules baby!!!
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To be honest, the carseat for DS2 was more about keeping him contained/buckled in rather than safety (shame on me tsk tsk). He would have the seatbelt figured out in a heartbeat and then good luck getting him to stay in his seat for the duration of the flight!! So if he is all buckled in like he is in our van - then no worries
Makes sense-of course only you can decide if it's worth it to take the carseat! Would the cares harness work ? here is a link to the webiste and if it looks like a good alternative, they are available to rent via lots of reputable sellers on ebay for reasonable prices.

http://kidsflysafe.com/
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:34 PM   #101
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Great suggestion about putting the wiggly kids behind us so if they start messing around - it is me they are bugging and not some poor stranger.

Plus the back of the plane is closest to the washrooms for potty trips/diaper changes (soooo looking forward to that!! I HATE airplane lavatories. Ewwwww)

I'm making the assumption that like most other airplanes, people generally want the front? So if we can "secure" the back rows - that would be awesome. My biggest worry is that the plane will be overbooked and we will all be separated. Hopefully not.

So if we do online check-in 24 hours pre-flight - is there any option to choose the very back?? Probably not, right?

And nope, we will not "save" seats. I graduated from the class of 2012 SW MCO thread . I am following the rules baby!!!
I have to say I love your attitude !
Head over to the SWA website and visit the section called "boarding school" - I think there is even a video Southwest boards the aircraft by zones and there is no assigned seating so No - you can't reserve anything .

By checking in at T24 you increase your chances at an A boarding pass. There are 60 spots in the A group and between 137 -145 seats on the SWA plane. So even if you get a B boarding pass you can still use the family boarding between the A and B groups. Assuming there were no continuing passengers you "should" have your choice of the remaining seats - however folks somtimes spread out and as you have read sometimes save seats.

Heading to the rear is a great option as mentioned pior as people ususlly choose the first good seat they see.
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Great suggestion about putting the wiggly kids behind us so if they start messing around - it is me they are bugging and not some poor stranger.

Plus the back of the plane is closest to the washrooms for potty trips/diaper changes (soooo looking forward to that!! I HATE airplane lavatories. Ewwwww)

I'm making the assumption that like most other airplanes, people generally want the front? So if we can "secure" the back rows - that would be awesome. My biggest worry is that the plane will be overbooked and we will all be separated. Hopefully not.

So if we do online check-in 24 hours pre-flight - is there any option to choose the very back?? Probably not, right?

And nope, we will not "save" seats. I graduated from the class of 2012 SW MCO thread . I am following the rules baby!!!
If checking in at T24 you should get in that A boarding group. Even if you get in the early B's there are still plenty of seats available in the rear of the plane since like you stated people like to be up front.
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Heading to the rear is a great option as mentioned pior as people ususlly choose the first good seat they see.
Yep.

Very few people willingly just head on back to the back, I've noticed!
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Great suggestion about putting the wiggly kids behind us so if they start messing around - it is me they are bugging and not some poor stranger.

Plus the back of the plane is closest to the washrooms for potty trips/diaper changes (soooo looking forward to that!! I HATE airplane lavatories. Ewwwww)

I'm making the assumption that like most other airplanes, people generally want the front? So if we can "secure" the back rows - that would be awesome. My biggest worry is that the plane will be overbooked and we will all be separated. Hopefully not.

So if we do online check-in 24 hours pre-flight - is there any option to choose the very back?? Probably not, right?

And nope, we will not "save" seats. I graduated from the class of 2012 SW MCO thread . I am following the rules baby!!!
Terrific attitude!!! Thanks!! I'm one of the few people that likes to head to the back. I do that all the time with Airtran. In fact, if I'm flying solo, and doing carryon only? I pay to book seats in the back of the plane!!
You shouldn't have any huge issues if you are online right at the 24 hr mark. You will most likely be able to board in between the A and B groups in any event.

And SW doesn't overbook their flights...that's a nice thing.
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We flew on Dec. 22 and Jan. 1 using SW and I'm really glad I did the EBCI. We had group A22-A25 on the way down and A41-44 on the way back. Got seats for all 4 of us. Bought the EBCI the day I reserved way back in June.

It was worth the $80 I spent because I didn't have to remember to jump on line and get my boarding numbers. The day before we left I would have had to remember to check in while we were playing mini-golf. It was right there when we showed up at the airport the next day. Loved it and it cost less than the two sit down meals at Le Cellier.
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