SW EBCI or family boarding?

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Greenfield1984, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Greenfield1984

    Greenfield1984 DIS Veteran

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    Hello,

    I've never flown SW before but am considering it for our upcoming trip in October. We are a family of 5, DH, myself, DD6, DD2 and DD1. DD1 will be a lap baby. So basically we will need 2 sets of 2 seats next to each other (one for myself, DD1 and DD6, and one for DH and DD2). Ideally I would want DH and DD2 right behind the rest of us so that if DD2 accidentally kicks a seat, she's kicking ours, but if we end up on opposite ends of the plane that's fine too.

    So having never flown SW before I'm just not sure if I need to buy the ebci or not. I will be able to check in at the 24 hour mark. Also, I imagine we qualify for family boarding... so what are the odds of our getting the 2 sets of 2 seats without paying for EBCI? I'll pay for it if it's necessary but it would be nice to not have to pay an extra $100ish if we don't have to.

    We are flying a direct flight from Rochester to MCO if that makes any difference...

    Thanks!
     
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  3. kamik86

    kamik86 DIS Veteran

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    Given that each "set" that needs two seats together has a child that qualifies for family boarding (at least I think the lap baby still qualifies, I believe I have seen lap children using family boarding before) I wouldn't bother EBCI.
     
  4. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

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    MCO has so many young families on flights that they often don't do family boarding because half the passengers on board would qualify for it. :confused3
     
  5. Jestocost

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    While it is true that gate agents can suspend family boarding if there are too many families to make it practical, it is an overstatement to say that it happens "often."

    I would not rely on family boarding being available and skip the check in at the 24-hour mark, as that could get you stuck late in the boarding process. But IMO you should be fine without EBCI in your situation as long as you do the check in at 24 hours.
     
  6. puffkin

    puffkin DVC Owner- SSR & AKV

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    We fly Southwest 2-3 times a year to Orlando and we have never once been on a flight where they suspended family boarding. I know it can happen, but we have never experienced it. The few times I have heard about it, is on "charter" type flights on Southwest.

    I agree with PP's....check in at 24 hours and then use family boarding if you don't get A boarding passes and you will be fine without EBCI. We have never used it and have always gotten together as a family.
     
  7. DebbieB

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    I've never seen it totally suspended either. I have seen them restrict it to parents and siblings only. Not grandparents, aunts, etc. In fact, they threw a couple grandparents out of the line on my last flight when they tried to board with the family during family boarding.
     
  8. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

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    I have seen family boarding limited to those using car seats. Everyone else had to board in their slot. BUT, that was only one time. There were about 35 people that wanted to do family boarding and the gate agent suspended it due to the number of people.
    Your entire family 'should' be able to do family boarding together. There are two kids that are the right age foe family boarding, so that would be one parent per under age 4 child. I doubt that they are going to make the 6 y/o board alone!! So you'll all board together, in between the A and B groups.
     
  9. mkarizona

    mkarizona DIS Veteran

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    Even B boarding passes should get you two sets of 2 seats together.
     
  10. OrangeCountyCommuter

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    IF it happens to the poster on here then it's going to be ugly. Too many small kids :)

    Personally I would do EBCI for the flight home. People tend to forget to check in right at 24 hours when running around Disney!
     
  11. Greenfield1984

    Greenfield1984 DIS Veteran

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    Thank you all for your input on this.

    I was actually thinking of doing that just in case I forget to check in while we're running around the parks. Good idea :)
     
  12. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    I agree with both points. We can all guess and say the OP should be fine. However none of us can guarantee it. There is a bit of a risk not using EBCI. Only the OP can say if saving the money is worth a bit of risk.

    But I think using EBCI just for the hassle of not having to remember to check in would be worth the cost.
     

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