I purchased Early Bird Check-in for my wife and myself. We got B-19 & B-20. SW says we are checked-in 36 hours before our flight, 12 hours ahead of 24-hour crowd. I understand that EBC does not guarantee a favorable position but I have two issues.
1. Even though my boarding pass says "early bird check-in" there is no way to know that I was actually checked in 36 hours before departure. SW doesn't let you see your boarding pass until you can actually check in 24 hours before departure.
2. Early Bird Check-in got me the second worse position in 8 years of flying with SW. I have always loved SW and still do, but this is the first bad experience with them. I don't believe EBC is worth the money. You are better off just checking in at the 24 hour mark.
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