Can Customers Check in to a Southwest Airlines Flight in Advance Online?


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Customers flying with Southwest airlines can check in online 24 hours in advance but no less than an hour before the flight leaves. For those with mobile devices, the airline's E-ticket terminal can be used to print boarding passes; the system will recognize that the individual is already checked in and the "reprint boarding pass" function should be used. A person checking bags can give them to an employee curbside or take them to the company's baggage claim inside the airport.

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Southwest Airlines is a popular option for travelers on a budget, as it's known for its no-frills approach to flying. As part of this, the airline doesn't assign seats for passengers prior to check-in. In addition to allowing flyers to check in online in advance, Southwest offers an early bird option that automatically checks an individual in 36 hours before boarding and assigns the flyer to a seating group.

The expedited service costs an additional fee, and it increases the chances of the flyer having priority when boarding. Southwest uses a "lottery" system instead of seating assignments. Grouped by the letters "A," "B" and "C," Group A is the first to board and has the pick of all available seats. While the airline doesn't promise that all early bird customers will be in the first group, the company's website indicates that its more than likely, making it a good option for those who would like to choose where to sit.

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