Master Southwest Check-In and Boarding with 7 Tips

Southwest's Business Select ticket guarantees boarding in the "A," 1 to 15 zone. This increases seat selection 

EarlyBird Check-In is another Wanna Get Away fare choice. Your flight is automatically checked in 36 hours before departure.

EarlyBird Check-In is $15-25 one-way. Note that EarlyBird Check-In does not guarantee the “A” boarding zone. 

If seating in a certain area of the plane or with other travelers is vital, this may be worth the extra money.

Southwest Airline passengers can acquire A-List or A-List Preferred elite status after a set number of flights or Southwest Rapid Reward points.

The airline sets a zone based on when you check in if you bought a Wanna Get Away fare without Southwest elite status. 

Check-in at least 24 hours before your flight. If you didn't buy EarlyBird Check-In or a Business Select fare and don't have kids under 6

Southwest Rapid Reward points require separate check-ins for groups. This also applies to Southwest Companion Pass check-ins. 

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