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Southwest adds $40 fee to board early

The airline that doesn’t charge for baggage is increasing fees to board early.


Southwest Airlines’ general boarding procedure currently allows passengers early check-in for $10 each way.


The new fee, according to the company, will cost an additional $40 each way and guarantees passengers will be among the first 15 in line.


Early boarding generally allows passengers to secure space in overhead bins and to choose preferred seats.


9 Comments to “Southwest adds $40 fee to board early”

    Penn plover said:
    January 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    $10.00 OK, $40.00 not so much. For that I switch to AA or UA.

    Anonymous said:
    January 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I’ll board with the rest of the people. I don’t need to pay $40 to get on early.

    Karen said:
    January 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    That's terrible!!!! Whatever happened to waiting , we're all going on the same damn plane, that's just a ripoff to us

    Sadsack said:
    January 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Bend over and smile the united way baby heheheheh….
    10 dollars to breath the air on the plane is next…….reach out and touch someone…

    Steve said:
    January 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Wait so what happended to the premium select? We get pushed back in line?

    Greg Vale said:
    January 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Next, a $50 fee for the fun, happy, goofy Flight Attendants. The rest, who don't pay the *extortion fee* will get the asshole ones…

    Karyn said:
    January 22, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Terrible increase!!! Gouging

    patrizia said:
    January 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I am a very loyal SW frequent flyer customer and even pay a premium cab fare to go to Midway in Chicago rather than the closer O'Hare. Never got upset about the $10.00 early bird, but $40.00 is pushing the bar. I will be looking into my frequent flying on other airlines. This is a very bad customer relation move by what was one of the more customer friendly airlines…Shame on Southwest.

    helen said:
    January 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    This is not right. You will lose a lot of customers. One of them being me. When does this change start?

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