I just booked SW airlines because 1) they were lower than any other airlines , 2) the 24 hour advanced check in/boarding worked fine, 3) they're friendly, and 4) no baggage fess.
With the e-mail confirmation, I just found out about the Early Bird Check In. Now if I want to be somewhat guaranteed to have a somewhat good seat (next to my companion) I have to pay $40 extra dollars. It's not an extraordinary fee, but it is extra money that I did not count on.
This also makes SW NOT the lowest airline. This makes the cost equivilant to my second choice - I should have booked with them, at least I would have a guaranteed seat.
SW is still friendly and charges no baggage fees, but if they need to make additional money, why not go ahead and charge a $10 baggage fee instead of RUINING THE BOARDING PROCESS?
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