Thanks for the explanation and discussion!
There are two reasons why I love open seating on SWA--and they're a big part of why I always book SWA whenever I can.
First is, I'm tired of all the levels you see with other airlines and in other situations: Diamond Platinum Preferred, Mega-Titanium Gold Crest, or whatever. I really appreciate the fact that with Southwest, we're all people who are trying to fly somewhere, and everyone else's need to get somewhere is just about as important as mine. I just love Southwest.
Second is that I'm someone who far more prefers to know who I'm sitting by rather than where I'm sitting--I actually prefer boarding later and getting to pick a seat that isn't in front of a restless child (though I otherwise love children), or beside The Guy With The Broadest Shoulders In North America. I can take a nice middle seat between two folks knowing that we can all sit comfortably; I can sit beside someone who looks like they want to quietly read (I'm a librarian, after all) or I can pick someone who smiles and makes eye contact and wants to chat. Not only do I love Southwest, I really enjoy so many of our fellow fliers.
I'll understand if SWA ends up changing the seating policy--the fares are also fantastic and I would understand the "bottom line" decision--but as it stands now, I'm an evangelist for Southwest. I'm positive that a seating policy change will definitely change that feeling.
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