I have been flying southwest for years, mostly because of the free luggage and availability / cost of flights, but lately I have been having issues flying with my son. My son just turned 8 years old, so he is over the 6 and under age requirement for him to qualify us for family boarding, after the A group. My options for sitting with him are typically the following: Pay $60 extra for our roundtrip flights for early bird check in so *hopefully* we get seats together.... OR.... rely on a kind passenger to swap seats so I can sit with my child. When I pay the extra $60 for the early bird check in just so I can have a better chance at sitting with my son, without fail, I watch other families ask for family boarding, and not have to pay the extra as I did. When I don't pay the $60, I have to beg and plead for someone to let me sit with my child. I don't think 8 years old is old enough to sit unsupervised on a plane trip next to a complete stranger. What does Southwest recommend parents of children older than 6, but young enough to not be able to travel alone, do to sit with their child? I very well could pay the $60 and we could get separate boarding classes. Any ideas???
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