It doesn't work all the time anyway. I just flew from Las Vegas to Columbus with EarlyBird. I get to the airport and they hand me a security document because I'm not checked it. I get to the gate - they say: so sorry! We have a computer problem! They mark my boarding ticket XT and tell be to go between the A's and B's. The agent at the Gate tells the dozen or so of us that didn't get automatically checked in that XT is for people with disabilities. She doesn't want to let is on! We finally get on and I call customer service. Same story - so sorry, we will give you your $10 back. I don't want my $10 back - I want what was promised. They suggest that in the future I check in 24 hours in advance. Then why the heck am I paying the fee? I never got the refund either.
Southwest used to be the no BS airline - now they are a corporate monstrosity.
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