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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Quick qu- Does Southwest pre allocate seats at checkin? or when booking or is it a true low cost model a la Easyjet?

Also, would you take SOuthwest nonstop from IAD to MDW....

Or Air Tran from DCA to MDW via ATL...... extra 2 hours of flying time but getting to DCA seems a lot easier.

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2514 times:



Quoting Ansett767 (Thread starter):
Quick qu- Does Southwest pre allocate seats at checkin? or when booking or is it a true low cost model a la Easyjet?

Also, would you take SOuthwest nonstop from IAD to MDW....

No. They issue you a group letter as well as a number, like A16. Group A boards first with passenger A1, A2 and so forth until the group is finished, then they go to the B's, then finally C's. I'd take Southwest, they have good service, are reliable and are safe. However if you want to fly out of DCA, look on United or American, both of which have non-stop flights to ORD.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2491 times:



Quoting Ansett767 (Thread starter):
Does Southwest pre allocate seats at checkin?

Nope, once you are on board the aircraft, you are free to choose any seat you like  Smile

Quoting Ansett767 (Thread starter):
or when booking or is it a true low cost model a la Easyjet?

You cannot book a certain seat ahead, no. You are merely guaranteeing that you will have a seat on the flight when you buy a ticket on WN...  Wink

As COERJ145 notes, though, there are some quirks with the new Southwest boarding process. It used to be that there were three boarding groups, A, B, and C, but I guess the gate agents at WN got a little upset with people in the A group lining up 1.5 hours before boarding was to begin, and I can kind of understand why. Other than pre-boards (which are selected using the same criteria at WN as any other airline), the first person in A group can pick and choose any seat on board the aircraft.



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User currently offlineAirportGuy1971 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Going to have to vote for Southwest direct as Atlanta seems very out of the way.

Another out of the way option would be to take F9 through Denver. The bonus there is assigned seating, inflight entertainment, and a chance to see the Rocky Mountains in the back ground and the famous Frontier Zoo in the fore ground on the sky bridge while an aircraft taxis under you. If you have time the main terminal at DEN is a sight to see as well...

Again out of the way but worth doing if you have the time.


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

ATL is so much easier to connect with FL than DL. It's either 1 term of the other (I think its C or D). Even thought its out of the way, you can go to the AeroClinic 

Honestly, it's not that bad going via ATL to Midway. I would take the ATL layover.

Since I'm a US and FL fan, I would never take WN. I especially don't like the boarding (A,B, and C tells me they can say their alphabet )

Of course, that's IMO (In My Opinion)

There's also great spotting in ATL too  Smile

[Edited 2008-03-17 19:03:06]


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User currently offlineThreeIfByAir From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

If speed is the main concern, I would choose Southwest. 2 extra hours of flying time plus a layover of at least 30 minutes will make ATL quite a bit slower.

IAD will take longer to get to from central DC, probably ~45 minutes more than to DCA. Still, 45 minutes versus at least 2.5 hrs is a big difference.

Honestly, IAD is not that bad to get to. Your best public transportation bets to IAD from central DC are:

1) Orange Line Metro to West Falls Church ($2-$4, depending on where you begin your trip and the time of day), connecting to the Washington Flyer bus ($9) which takes you directly to the terminal. If you have more than one suitcase, this is probably easier.

2) Metrobus Route 5A ($3.10). You can catch the 5A at two different Metro Stations: L'Enfant Plaza in central DC and Rosslyn, just across the Potomac River in Arlington, VA. The last stop is next to the Dulles Airport terminal. This is a little more complicated and also slower, but the price is right.


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

Southwest is as lowfrills as you can get in the US.

Airtran at least has XM radio onboard.

My choice would be to take Jetblue IAD-JFK-ORD (they may even have a direct flight)


User currently offlineCrewchief From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2294 times:



Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 6):
Southwest is as lowfrills as you can get in the US.

Airtran at least has XM radio onboard.

That all depends on how you define "frills". The times I've taken Airtran (about a dozen) the hassle factor was quite a lot higher than with Southwest. Sure, Airtran has XM, but they showed me longer line waits, less convenient ways to change travel plans, less direct routes, and less helpful agents (apparently due to Airtran corporate policies -- the agents weren't allowed to solve the problem).

It's all in what someone values when they travel. You obviously value XM, as do many others. I value other parts of the travel experience. At least we can each fly an airline we enjoy.


User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2263 times:



Quoting Ansett767 (Thread starter):
is it a true low cost model a la Easyjet?

for shame!! Southwest is the original LCC of the current trend of LCCs, and most newcomers claim to model themselves on WN. I flew with Southwest for the first time last year, and they were considerably better than easyJet. I say go with them.

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 6):
Southwest is as lowfrills as you can get in the US.

Airtran at least has XM radio onboard.

Take an Ipod or MP3 player. It's a really sad state now when people need entertaining on just a 2hr sector. I'm only 21 and i yearn for the good old days!



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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2252 times:



Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 8):
for shame!! Southwest is the original LCC of the current trend of LCCs, and most newcomers claim to model themselves on WN.

HAHA I know that but its not 'true' low cost in the sense of the word I meant - even Easyjet isn't - We've just studied all the airlines in a business class im taking and Ryanair is the only low cost airline (true to business model)... sorry, that's all I meant.

I meant in that some 'low costs' offer seat selection, and added bonuses....  Smile
Ill let u know if I take them- its either them or Airtran via ATL


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2241 times:



Quoting Crewchief (Reply 7):
You obviously value XM, as do many others. I value other parts of the travel experience. At least we can each fly an airline we enjoy.

Xm isn't that big of a deal for me. More important is the ability to upgrade and having assigned seating is what I value more. I hate the cattle call even the modified cattle call now in use. I find it so dehumanizing it just automatically puts me in a grumpy mood. I also hate the connect through 10 different random airports to get where your going on SWA. I prefer the hub system. Rarely more than one connection to get where you are going domestically.

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 8):
Take an Ipod or MP3 player. It's a really sad state now when people need entertaining on just a 2hr sector. I'm only 21 and i yearn for the good old days!

I do take an Ipod. Just saying SWA gives you nada and not all their flights are that short. Not to mention they have a piss poor snack selection man I hate peanuts.

IMHO Jetblue is the best value with great service and nice amenties for a similar price to what you pay on WN.


User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2240 times:



Quoting Ansett767 (Thread starter):
Also, would you take SOuthwest nonstop from IAD to MDW....

I think I told you this in the other thread, but if you want to try WN, you ought to fly BWI-MDW, not IAD-MDW.



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2223 times:



Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 10):
I also hate the connect through 10 different random airports to get where your going on SWA. I prefer the hub system. Rarely more than one connection to get where you are going domestically.

This is clearly untrue. You will NEVER have more then ONE change of aircraft on any segment on Southwest Airlines, guaranteed. That is the NICE thing about SWA over the other airlines.

Also, I know you are exaggerating but obviously WN does not have 10 stops between the segments, again you will NEVER have more then 3 stops in your itinerary and even THEN that is rare to have as the only choice in booking your itinerary.

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 10):
Just saying SWA gives you nada and not all their flights are that short. Not to mention they have a piss poor snack selection man I hate peanuts.

Least it's free!!!! Also if you hate peanuts, inquire if they have pretzels on board if you do choose to fly WN again, I have never said No to someone when asked and would be shocked if a F/A would.

Alex



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