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Southwest Increases Early Boarding Fee

Posted On: Oct 9, 2018   |   Posted By: Global Traveler Usa

As airlines continue to tack on fees, Southwest is one of the latest to increase fees, and this time it's for early boarding.
Since 2016, Southwest passengers had the option to board earlier than others by selecting the EarlyBird choice when checking in via Southwest's app or online. This service previously cost $15, but some could argue the benefits of having first dibs on overhead bin space are priceless. However, since Aug. 29, the price for this perk increased and now ranges $15-25.
The amount a passenger pays for EarlyBird boarding depends on the length of the flight and the popularity of the perk for any given route or flight.
Although Southwest continues to offer free checked bags and other inclusions loyal passengers rely on, the airline clearly seeks other ways to make up for losses caused in part by other competitive airlines' low fares.

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