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Old 08-22-2018, 03:09 PM   #1
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EBCI fee increase on 8/29

I read that Southwest is raising the EBCI fee from the current $15 - I remember when it was $10

ďStarting Aug. 29, EarlyBird Check-In will cost either $15, $20 or $25, depending on the route. Southwest said the price will be determined based on the length of the flight and the popularity of EarlyBird on the route. ď

Annoying yes but Iíll take it over a checked bag fee anyday
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Wow, that is a hike and it's frustrating that you won't know how much it's going to cost for your flight, but as you say, if you've got a couple of pieces of luggage, it does all even out, I guess…
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I wish that SWA had just as cheap flights as American Airlines 6 months out. If they did I wouldn't fly AA, even with the $25 (RT $50) checked bag. And it seems like SWA is starting to be like all the other airlines, charging...it may be disguised as Early Bird Check-in, but depending on the route & Popularity- then the baggage charges of other airlines isn't that BAD.... just saying....

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Hearing about all the extra fees (especially the bag check fees) makes me grateful for Alaska Airlines. While they are not perfect and not the cheapest...I know what I am paying when I book my flight.

And as a resident of Alaska, I am a member of Club 49...one of the perks we get is two free checked bags coming and going as long as our flight originates on an Alaska Air flight.

This little perk just saved my sister and I around $400! My sister had paid at the UPS Store to have some milk glass (that belonged to our grandmother) boxed up when she was down in New Mexico visiting our aunt last year to bring back. She was not on Alaska Air that trip and didn't want to pay the checked bag fee. HOWEVER....the UPS Store wanted almost $400 to ship the darn thing!!!! I just came back from a visit to the same aunt. I was flying Alaska...took the box with me. We figured that even if we had to pay an "overweight" fee of $75 - it would be way better than the UPS Store. Well, we lucked out...box was less that 40 pounds so it didn't cost anything to bring back!

Knowing that we have this option is great, because we don't have to worry as much when packing and/or buying stuff on vacation. It's not going to cost us an arm and a leg to get things home.

That all said...the "unbundling" of fees and services on airlines is becoming ridiculous. I would much rather pay a little more on the ticket and get all the services included. I would probably still print my own boarding pass (or use my phone app), print my own baggage tags, and do most of the stuff required online or at their little "ATM" machines at the airport, but having to figure out all the little charges is just a pain.
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I bet it's becoming more popular, so they feel they can get more for it. And you do have the option of not paying it. I want to fly out of Manchester, NH with a direct flight, so SWA gets my business. I would be happiest if I could choose my seat when I book my flight. But EBCI is the next best thing for me.
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I bet it's becoming more popular, so they feel they can get more for it. And you do have the option of not paying it. I want to fly out of Manchester, NH with a direct flight, so SWA gets my business. I would be happiest if I could choose my seat when I book my flight. But EBCI is the next best thing for me.
Agree 100%. My little airport is 1.5 miles from my house and still has direct flights and I think longest we waited for security was 5-10 min. All in all worth it for me. I just went online and booked EBCI for all my upcoming flights.
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