Southwest Limiting 'Earlybird' Feature on Some Flights
Limiting EarlyBird spots could push passengers into other options
On August 23, 2023, it was announced that Southwest Airlines is changing its unusual boarding system by limiting the opportunity to pay an extra fee and jump ahead of other passengers in the race for the best seats.
The airline said it has not dropped "EarlyBird" entirely from any flights, but it is "limiting the number of spots available for purchase on certain flights, routes or days, as we work on product enhancements." As a result, the airline said in a statement, the service "is unavailable for some customers looking to purchase it."
The perk starts at $15 but can be higher, depending on the length of the flight and demand for seats. Limiting the number of EarlyBird spots could push Southwest passengers into other options for moving up in the boarding line, including buying the highest-priced fare, called "Business Select," which comes with a top-15 spot in line.
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