Early Bird charge - $15?

Old Feb 26, 16, 8:49 pm
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Early Bird charge - $15?

No announcement, I just happened to see this today. $15 one/way, $30 r/t.

With many people now paying the fee and receiving B or C positions, this was inevitable I suppose.

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Old Feb 26, 16, 9:40 pm
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The good thing is at least we'll have more seat saving stories!!
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Old Feb 27, 16, 3:45 pm
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$30 r/t seems to have become a pretty stout price to get EBCI. If tons of people do it, it sort of negates any pax benefit but equals a pretty sweet profit for Southwest. I confess I do this for Mrs. Wingrider for her CP bookings often.

At some point that $40 to upgrade to BS boarding order will look more tempting.

I probably shouldn't tempt the gods or that will increase too.


//flies BS on company dime.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 8:32 pm
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Old Feb 27, 16, 10:27 pm
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I find it kind of odd that the price is the same no matter how long the flight. Seems hardly worth $15 for DAL-HOU, but much worth it for LAX-BWI.
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Old Feb 28, 16, 12:36 am
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Hi -

Or you could be MVPG on AS, pay $101.60 for a 1-way BWI-LAX, have an exit row seat assigned to you and then upgraded to 1st 3 days in advance.
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Old Feb 28, 16, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by Wingrider View Post
$30 r/t seems to have become a pretty stout price to get EBCI. If tons of people do it, it sort of negates any pax benefit but equals a pretty sweet profit for Southwest.
As noted last time out..."There is no major difference in seating options for T-24 compared to EBCI."

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Everyone here will tell you that T-24 is on average almost as good as EBCI and very occasionally better if you are willing to be tied to your device at T-24.
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Old Feb 28, 16, 4:02 pm
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Depending on when EBCI is purchased, there can be a pretty major advantage over t-24. When purchased very far in advance it can mean, for example, the difference between A and B group. Significant when there are a large number of families.
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Old Feb 28, 16, 4:21 pm
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Flew MCO to STL today. My EBCI was B30!
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Old Feb 28, 16, 8:24 pm
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Old Feb 29, 16, 1:10 am
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$30 RT just doubles the reason for buying a cane at Walgreens or CVS for half that and get pre-board.

This is a mess only to be abused.
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Old Feb 29, 16, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by Wingrider View Post
At some point that $40 to upgrade to BS boarding order will look more tempting.

I probably shouldn't tempt the gods or that will increase too.
They really should make that price distance-sensitive, $25 to $50.

Originally Posted by nsx View Post
Everyone here will tell you that T-24 is on average almost as good as EBCI and very occasionally better if you are willing to be tied to your device at T-24.
Now that I think about it, EBCI will be significantly better than T-24 if your originating flight has a lot of people connecting from earlier flight. Your EBCI will beat all their T-24 check-ins.
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Old Feb 29, 16, 10:06 am
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That will depend on whether there are Serendipitous Early Boarding spots.
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Old Feb 29, 16, 10:50 am
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Well, if it causes enough people *not* to purchase EBCI, it will give those that do buy it better positions and causing fewer EBCIs to fall into B seating territory.
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Old Feb 29, 16, 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by 99Pewtercoupe View Post
Flew MCO to STL today. My EBCI was B30!
In my non-scientific experience, MCO has tons of EBCI. Many families that are worried about being separated.
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