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Southwest Airlines to increase EarlyBird Check-In fee on some flights

Posted: 7:50 AM, Aug 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-21 10:55:26-04
Southwest Airlines to increase EarlyBird Check-In fee on some flights

The early bird gets the worm, or the bill if you're planning on flying with Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is raising the price for its EarlyBird Check-In on certain flights. Many travelers tend to take advantage of the feature because it gives them a better boarding position in Southwest’s unique open seating system.

So, now the price will be raised from a flat $15 per person each way, to up to $20 or $25 depending on the length of the flight, and also the popularity of EarlyBird Check-In on the route.

At least you're still offered the complimentary pretzels and the free experience of skimming through the latest edition of the SkyMall magazine. 

Southwest said in a statement, "We’re making this change so we can continue offering a product our customers love. Of course, an increase in the price of a product is rarely welcome news, but as EarlyBird increases in popularity, we want to protect the value it offers our customers.''

Southwest's EarlyBird service started in 2009 and only cost $10 at the time. It went up to $12.50 and then to $15 in 2016.

You can expect to see the new pricing on August 29.