The open seating policy at Southwest can be tricky, especially if you’re traveling with someone else. Nowadays, getting in the A group has become near impossible unless you’re willing to cough up an extra $40 to get in the A1-A15 boarding group. Even when you check in exactly 24 hours in advance, you end up with a higher number in the B boarding group and it’s a coin toss as to whether you’ll secure a prime seat or end up with the dreaded middle seat.
If you’re traveling with a friend, you may not end up sitting together on the flight if one of you does not get a high enough boarding number. I have found, though, in most cases someone is usually kind enough to volunteer to give up their window or isle seat for a middle seat so you can sit with your travel buddy!
Hooray for random acts of kindness!
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Picture from here.