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New Fees Coming on WN: Sale of BP slots at gate begins 12/20/2012

New Fees Coming on WN: Sale of BP slots at gate begins 12/20/2012

Old Dec 22, 12, 1:52 pm
Join Date: Feb 2008
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Originally Posted by OC_Matt
Devaluation of BS? Do people really buy BS for the boarding position? Also those AT PAX that paid an extra $15 for BS (position/points/drink) shouldn't be upset if someone is willing to pay $40 just to stand behind you.

I see this $40 upgrade opportunity as a great tool for those of us waiting for last minute availability of RR1 space. It would have been great for my RR1 flight last week where I was an A-List Pref with C3.

I wonder if they will sell those positions on flights that typically wouldn't have had BS anyway due to high through count. i.e. ELP-DAL or ABQ-DAL
I usually buy BS when only it and AT are available for last minute changes. The point differential is almost always worth the price difference for A+. As a preboarder, line position is not real important. The last time I bought BS I got A1 and preboarded. It felt strange.

Before preboarding, I would usually buy BS for last minute changes even if WGA was still available. Avoiding a C position was part of it. Most important is that a BS ticket is a pick any flight pass. If my schedule goes south to the point that I have to change flights, I very likely will need to change more than once.
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Old Dec 22, 12, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by InkUnderNails
Remembering my non-preboard days, I would often get A16 and see that there were just 3 or 4 BS passengers. This happened on a lot of non-business heavy routes or when I would fly on Sunday or Saturday.

As I stand there with my earned from spending thousands of dollars last year A List Preferred A16 they start selling the 10-12 open BS positions to the travel naive occasional traveler for the cost of dinner in a good restaurant.

I see no way that this makes me love WN more.
I agree. Also, add in the *lucky* last minute check-ins that get the low number A boarding positions. This just says to me that they don't really value me or other A+/A that much to fix their boarding software.
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Old Dec 23, 12, 12:21 pm
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No offer of them on my MDW-LAS flight but WN did plane swap so we not only had thru passengers from BUF but also 37 from the swap. BS holders screwed, an extra 37 that were able to board before them. Not the greatest deal. Plane left almost 50 minutes late. They did give out the first round of drinks free, but did not announce they were doing so.
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Old Jan 5, 13, 2:16 pm
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Was told Southwest to charge for unflown tickets...

Customer Service told me over the phone that "soon" Southwest will charge for booked flights that are not flown. Meaning, if you book a flight and simply don't show up, you will not receive a full refund of fare/points. She didn't go into any more details, but just a heads up!
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Old Jan 16, 13, 8:42 am
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SELLING boarding positions?

I am getting ready to board a WN flight this morning, heard an announcement for the continuation of flight 2707 from SAN to PHX at a nearby gate, offering the A-15 boarding POSITION for $40 - no drink ticket, extra RR points, etc. Some airlines sell discounted first class seats at the gate, we once paid approx. $150 each for first class on a redeye from Hawaii, but who in their right mind would pay $40 to get a better seat on a 1 hour flight? How can they run commercials, poking fun at fees charged by other airlines? Is WN that desperate for an extra $40?

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Old Jan 16, 13, 9:15 am
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Here's the thread on this topic (and your post should be merged into it -- mod alerted):

New Fees Coming on WN: Sale of BP slots at gate begins 12/20/2012

Personally, I think the fee is a little high (especially compared to EBCI); but, I also understand the folks who feel it devalues their A-List status.
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Old Feb 10, 13, 7:47 pm
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New WN no-show policy

In the LA times article there was a reference to a new policy regarding no-shows. Is the policy of being able to rebook without penatly being changed? Or is this just a rumor? Anyone from Southwest on here able to confirm?

And what exactly does this entail? Does this mean the end of the flat tire rule? I hope not.
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