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Time Flies With EarlyBird Check-In™

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It’s hard to believe a year has already flown by since we introduced EarlyBird Check-In. If you’ve purchased a flight on, visited our homepage, or receive our weekly Click ‘n Save e-mails, you’ve probably seen and heard a lot about this popular product. Customers appreciate the extra convenience that EarlyBird Check-In provides like automatic advanced check-in, allowing for an improved seat selection along with earlier access to overhead storage. In their own words, here’s what our Customers have been saying about their EarlyBird Check-In experiences:

“I'm all about the early bird check-in. I've been using it pretty regularly and it makes life so much easier.”

“I like to get onboard and be able to pick a better seat with my bag in the storage over me.”

“If you do pay for it you’re going to feel confident that you don’t have to rearrange your day. Like, if I’m in a meeting I don’t have to log online to print out my boarding pass.”

“Peace of mind for only $10”

With EarlyBird Check-In, available for $10 each way added to your reservation, we will take care of check-in for you.  We’ll also assign your boarding position before general boardings becomes available, allowing you to conveniently print your boarding pass anytime within 24 hours of your flight’s departure.   And don’t forget, if you’re in a hurry, you can always print your boarding pass on-the-go at one of our airport kiosks. 

EarlyBird Check-In Customers have the opportunity to board immediately following the limited number of passengers in the Business Select and A-list groups.  Once you’ve entered the plane, the jumpstart on your boarding position will come in handy once again, allowing you earlier access to seat selection and overhead storage space to stow your bag.

You can buy EarlyBird Check-In on, or if you have a smartphone, add it to your existing reservation using our mobile site or our iPhone® App.  In today’s fast-paced world, a little extra convenience goes a long way.    So give EarlyBird Check-In a try the next time you fly.    Visit