Until this month, we have loved Southwest and always used them if at all possible. Because of early bird check-in, we have decided to no longer fly with Southwest. We always check in at exactly 24 hours and know we will be pretty high up in the A group. With Early Bird check in, you no longer can have any idea where you stand. Southwest does not limit it, so theoretically every person on the plane can pay the $10 fee, making it a total surprise where you will wind up. I would think that a large number of people who are not traveling alone would fork over the extra fee to try to sit together. We have no intention of forking over the extra fee only to find out we are in the B or C group. We will not take the chance. With early bird check in we can no longer insure that our family will find seats together even by paying the fee; therefore we will no longer fly with Southwest Airlines. It's a shame because we really liked Southweest.
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