@tpegan1 wrote: This is on the flight attendants that don't enforce the Southwest policies. I fly a lot on Southwest and see people saving seats all the time. I've never seen a flight attendant call the passenger on this even though it must be obvious to them. I get it that no one wants to be the bad guy but by not doing their job they are being the bad guy. I actually saw a guy save a whole row, both sides of the aisle, for his family. I was sitting in the row behind him and told him that I'd be amazed if he can pull this off. He was successful. The lesson learned here is that you only need one person in your travelling party to have a good boarding position. Actually, no. There's no policy against seat saving for FAs to enforce. Southwest allows seat saving, including the saving of multiple seats. Officially, they state that they "have no policy for or against seat saving." Yes, this makes no sense. And yes, this creates a problematic situation. But that's just how it is.
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My opinion is that the recent EBCI fee increase will only cause groups that are traveling together to purchase a single EBCI. This single EBCI will then board and save the appropriate number of seats since SW allows for such a practice. Even if a couple is traveling together by purchasing a single EBCI would save a fair amount. I don't like the practice of saving seats but on my last flight I was inconvenienced by SW "no policy on seat saving" so I will take advantage of it on future flights and save at least $50.00.
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