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    Senior Member brady bear's Avatar
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    According to Southwest flights.. non early bird check in is 24 hours.. early bird is 36 hours.
    With early bird you do not have to check in... but if you want to be up front you might have to check in..
    Prices from Orlando to Aruba is really cheap. But I had two traveling tickets for using their credit card.
    Just can't wait...
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    We're flying Southwest to Aruba for the first time in July. I purchased the Early Bird check-in because I despise the "cattle call" boarding process of SWA. I knew that my anxiety level (silly, I know) would be high as my "Type A" personality would want to insure that I was the first in my group. I figure we'll be in "A" (or at least low "B") and will at get seats together in a reasonable spot. We also love the Jet Blue non-stop, but the price difference for three tickets was $510, so SWA it is! The flight gets in an hour after Jet Blue, so that at least doesn't cut in too much on that first day enjoyment! Will be waiting to hear feedback from those of you who travel before us.

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    I'm thinking I made the right call. Earlier today I checked in my daughter who is flying SW to West Palm tomorrow to visit with grandma/pa. Her flight is 1:40 tomorrow and I was online at 1:42 today. She got mid B group for both legs of her flight.

    Jayshea, do you have a smartphone? I think you can use the SW app to check-in and then just get the boarding pass at the airport.

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    I do have an I phone- I will download the app and try doing it from the lobby of ABC. Thanks I never thought about that!

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    This morning we downloaded the app so my daughter can check herself in next Friday as grandma and grandpa do not have a computer. There is a check-in option. I'm glad you mentioned this because I never considered having to check in for our flight home. I'm now prepared, although never want to check in to go home.

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    We did the Early bird to Aruba. We purchased our Janurary / February tickets & early bird the same day the system opened up in July 5th 2014. There were 3 others traveling wih us, one who didn't do the early bird. Travling to Aruba the non early bird person was only two positions behind us, we both had decent seats midway back. Traveling back, after they loaded all the wheel chair folks and their many extended families members & cousins twice removed ( have you ever noticed the folks you swear you saw out jogging & dancing the night away on the island all return to airport & are wisked away in Wheel chairs) we sat together two rows from the back of plane. Friend w/o early bird was in row 9. Keep in mind we purchased the first day the system opened back in July. Had a great price on tickets, will most likely fly SWA again next winter but will never throw the $$ away on early bird to Aruba again. Better spent on a couple balashis prior to boarding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richp14 View Post
    We did the Early bird to Aruba. We purchased our Janurary / February tickets & early bird the same day the system opened up in July 5th 2014. There were 3 others traveling wih us, one who didn't do the early bird. Travling to Aruba the non early bird person was only two positions behind us, we both had decent seats midway back. Traveling back, after they loaded all the wheel chair folks and their many extended families members & cousins twice removed ( have you ever noticed the folks you swear you saw out jogging & dancing the night away on the island all return to airport & are wisked away in Wheel chairs) we sat together two rows from the back of plane. Friend w/o early bird was in row 9. Keep in mind we purchased the first day the system opened back in July. Had a great price on tickets, will most likely fly SWA again next winter but will never throw the $$ away on early bird to Aruba again. Better spent on a couple balashis prior to boarding.
    Funny I see those same people on a cruise dancing the night away and etc.. then wham they are disabled leaving the ship first in a wheel chair and whole family escorting them. At the airport but as soon as the plane lands they are all running for their luggage. lol

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    I always do Early Bird for myself when flying SW, I need an aisle seat because I'm claustrophobic. My husband doesn't care where he sits and rather not spend the extra $$. On return flights he uses a wheelchair to get through the crowds. This coming trip next Tuesday, I accidently clicked on Early Bird for us both. When I realized what I did, I tried to go back BUT we booked 'no changes' flights, so...............he will have to pay for both of us round trip. Well, anyway, I thought it was funny!!

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