CV990A
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First Time On Southwest Questions

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:37 pm

Hi- I'm flying WN for the first time tomorrow BWI-ALB and was wondering what advice WN veterans out there had for leaving BWI on WN around noon (ie- how early do I have to get there to get the coveted 'A' boarding cards,). Also, is the boarding process as chaotic as I've heard about on other websites? Thanks in advance.

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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:50 pm

The best advise for BWI is the same for any other airport, imo, and that is to arrive early. I try to get to whatever airport I'm using (for domestic flights) 2 hours early.

As for chaotic boarding, I've never experienced that on WN, but I'm sure it's possible. The earlier you get there the fewer problems you should experience...and any problems that do arise should be easier to resolve than if you arrive late.

Have a good flight.

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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:57 pm

You can now check-in online for all WN flights. I would suggest doing this before you leave for the airport so you get into one of the first boarding groups.
 
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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:48 pm

Jblake1- Thanks for the advice, but can we do this even if we're checking bags? Thanks.
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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:13 pm

People say that airline is not doing any good for Southwest? Ever since the show started airing, WN has been a very popular topic for discussion A.net. I am sure other people watch it and are curious to fly them. I think "Airline" is working. Good for WN. I wish that the show would do other airlines as well, at least when the WN season is done.
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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:58 pm

Actually, while I do watch 'Airline' I'm not flying WN because of it- the only reason I'm on WN was because of the schedule. Continental was cheaper but I couldn't get on a flight that got in before 8pm, and I've still got an hour-long drive to get to my destination once I get to ALB, so I wasn't too keen on doing that drive so late...
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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:11 am

Airline is doing a lot for WN. Word only continues to spread about how good this show is and WN is only benefiting from this. I would check in online and still get there 2 hours early. After that last show I would get there the night before!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:19 am

Yes you can online check-in with checked baggage. There was some confusion over this--but I just did it on both legs of my HOU-MDW-HOU route this past weekend. I just checked in my bags via Skycap. The only problem that I have with Southwest is that passengers do line up at the respective A, B, C lines about an hour before the plane even arrives at the gate. It brings out a herd mentality amongst people. If you want a decent seat you are forced to line up too--which sucks. As far as service--with nearly all airlines trimming services there is no real difference between Southwest and other carriers. The only difference would be IFE on some and that buy-food-on board B.S. that some of the others offer. I believe Continental and a few other carriers are the only ones that offer food on board nowadays anyway. Southwest is a reliable, safe, friendly carrier--nothing exceptional or nothing really bad; I enjoy flying them. I just prefer Continental a little more.
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RE: First Time On Southwest Questions

Fri Feb 20, 2004 5:25 am

WN seems to be an easy target for bashing. I fly them more often than not and always had friendly service both on the ground and in the air.

Get there early and get an "A" card (or check-in online) and when the line forms, get in it. No big deal. I've never experienced a "cattle call" with them. The boarding process has always been fairly organised.

Longer flights get you a little box of tasty junk food (Oreo's and crackers, etc.). And you won't get a whole can of beverage.

Who cares? They have always gotten me from point A to point B with VERY little hassle or discomfort, and almost always on time.

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