Southwest's EarlyBird Check-In is a program that allows Southwest passengers automatic check-in, a better boarding positions and early access to overhead bins in the plane for a fee. In 2015, the cost of this program was $12.50 per passenger one way, according to Southwest Airlines.
This program benefits passengers with electronic tickets from Wanna Get Away Fare, Anytime Fare, Senior Fare or DING! Fare programs. Most passengers who purchase the program receive an A boarding pass and board ahead of the majority of other passengers. The EarlyBird Check-In is non-refundable, even if the passenger cancels the entire flight, explains Southwest Airlines.