Why does Southwest not assign seats?

Southwest Airlines has long argued that its unassigned seating policy is popular with passengers and facilitates speedier boarding. That means planes spend less time at the gate and more time in the air generating Southwest money. Over the years, the airline has tinkered with the no-system boarding system.

Has Southwest ever done assigned seating?

Southwest Airlines flight 2444 flew from San Diego to Phoenix Monday. And for the first time in the airline's 35-year history, passengers were sitting in assigned seats.

Why am I not assigned a seat on my flight?

Probably because you did not click the “select your seat" option. Or maybe because the airline still had not assigned an aircraft for your flight. Or because they were waiting to sell the best seats to passengers who wanted to pay.

How do I get my family to sit together on Southwest?

There should be plenty of available seats for your family to sit together. At the airport, if you have a “B” or “C” boarding group, and you have a young child (age 6 or younger), then you can ask the gate agent for “family boarding.”

Does checking in early get you a better seat on Southwest?

While EarlyBird Check-In doesn't guarantee an A boarding position, it improves your seat selection options to help you get your favorite seat.

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Is Southwest Early Bird check-in the same as upgraded boarding?

Customers can add EarlyBird Check-In to their reservation up to 36 hours prior to a flight's scheduled departure, when it is available. Upgraded Boarding guarantees an A1-A15 boarding position and, when available, can be added to a reservation up to 30 minutes before a flight's scheduled departure.

Is it worth it to upgrade boarding position on Southwest?

You won't be guaranteed an A boarding position, but it will improve your seat selection options and help you board the plane sooner than the general public. You can purchase EarlyBird Check-In on Southwest's website.

Is Group B good on Southwest?

If you have a B group boarding position, the chances are good that you'll still be able to get a window or aisle seat or find 2 seats together if you're traveling with a companion. Hot Tip: If you are in the B group (or even one of the first numbers in the C group), head to the back of the plane.

How strict is Southwest family boarding?

If you are traveling with a child age six years old or younger: Up to two adults traveling with a child six years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the “A” group has boarded and before the “B” group begins boarding.

Do you just sit wherever you want on Southwest?

At Southwest, we let you sit where you like. We don't assign seats on our flights, so feel free to sit in any available seat once you board the plane.

What to do if you don't have an assigned seat?

Depending on the airline, if you've just purchased a flight and don't have a seat assignment, typically, you should wait until 24 hours before your flight when your check-in window opens (and blocked seats become available).

Why is my seat going to be assigned at the gate?

It means exactly what it says - Your seat will be assigned at the gate. Usually, this happens when the flight is full, or even oversold.

How do I avoid paying for seat selection?

Just say "no." Within 24 hours of your departure, the airline will assign you a seat. Pro tip: If you want to avoid paying for a seat assignment, arrive at the airport early. That way, you'll have the pick of the unassigned seats.

How do I know how full my Southwest flight is?

Enter the information Southwest Airlines requires on the webpage: Departure City, Arrival City, Travel Date, and Flight Number. Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to find a section titled "Other Flight Information". The number of people on the flight will appear as well as the number of seats available.

What qualifies you for preboard on Southwest?

Preboarding is available if you have specific seating needs to accommodate a disability and/or need assistance in boarding the aircraft or stowing an assistive device. A Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter or the departure gate can help with this accommodation.

Why does Southwest board like that?

Southwest Airlines is the only major airline in the world that doesn't assign seats. Rather the airline has a very different boarding process — the order of passenger boarding is determined by the “position” someone is in, and as a result that's also the order in which people can pick seats once on the plane.

Do small children get to board first on Southwest?

The Southwest family boarding process starts after the “A” group has been boarded but before the “B” group begins boarding. The family boarding policy allows up to two adults traveling with a child six or younger to board earlier and, hopefully, secure seating together.

Is Southwest First Come First Serve?

Southwest is the only major airline in the United States that arranges seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Where do you stand for family boarding on Southwest?

As long as your child is 6 and under, you are allowed to board after the A Group. (If you have an A Group boarding pass, you're welcome to board then.) To use this option, just stand near where the Ops Agent (ticket taker) is calling people to line up and board. Stand away from the line and out of the way.

Is Group C last on Southwest?

As far as determining who gets to pick their seats in which order, here's how it works: A Southwest boarding group (either A, B, or C) and position (1-60) will be assigned to you at check-in and it'll be printed on your boarding pass. Group A boards first, then group B, and afterwards group C.

Why did I get a bad boarding position Southwest?

Southwest assigns each person a boarding position instead of a seat. For the most part, boarding position is assigned by check in time. Southwest opens check-in right at 24 hours before flight departure, so to get the best boarding position, you want to check in as soon as the window opens.

Does early bird check-in guarantee a group?

Additionally, you should strongly consider EarlyBird Check-In if you're pretty particular about your seat; while it doesn't guarantee A Group boarding, it certainly gives you a much better chance of nabbing your desired spot.

How do I get free priority boarding on Southwest?

How to get Southwest priority boarding
  1. Purchase EarlyBird Check-In.
  2. Purchase Upgraded Boarding.
  3. Book the right fare class.
  4. Carry select Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards.
  5. Reach elite status with Southwest.
  6. Travel as a family.
  7. Use your military benefits.

How much does it cost to upgrade to Group A on Southwest?

"Upgraded Boarding is one of Southwest's most popular ancillary products, allowing customers the option to buy an upgraded boarding position in Group A1-A15 (when available). We've shared with our employees that Upgraded Boarding now will be offered in a variable range of $30 to $80.

What does early bird check-in mean?

EarlyBird Check-In®

If you purchase EarlyBird Check-In, we'll automatically check you in and reserve your boarding position 36 hours before you flight's departure. This is before our general 24-hour check-in begins.