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Is Upgraded boarding always available? ›

Upgraded Boarding is a first-come, first-served option that isn't always available. But when it is, if you're willing you spend the extra money, you'll be one of the first to board as it provides an A1 to A15 boarding position.

Is early bird check-in the same as upgraded boarding? ›

Yes! If an EarlyBird Check-In Customer would prefer an A1-A15 boarding position within 24 hours of departure, they would be eligible to purchase Upgraded Boarding.

What are upgraded boardings? ›

What is Upgraded Boarding? With the best available A1-A15 boarding position, you'll get earliest access to seats and overhead bins on eligible flight segments. When should I purchase it? Flight segments within 24 hours of departure are eligible for upgrade.

Is B30 a good boarding position on Southwest? ›

The Earlier You Board, The Better Your Seat

This might seem obvious but it's still good to touch on. I've found that an A group or early B group (B1-B30) is always sufficient to provide me with several good open seats and plenty of overhead bin space.

Are airline upgrades random? ›

But the days of airlines randomly upgrading passengers for arbitrary reasons are long gone. Airlines upgrade passengers who pay for that privilege, as well as frequent flyers, regardless of how those people are dressed.

How do I ask my flight attendant for a free upgrade? ›

Talk to a gate agent and let them know that you're interested in moving up. "Once onboard there isn't anything we can do as a flight attendant," Kamalani said of her airline. Gate agents will typically have a list of frequent fliers who are first eligible for upgrades.


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