7 Hours of Travel, 2 Hours on a Ground: Worth It for a Rewards Points

You might consternation what was during interest in all of this, what advantages one reaps from Southwest’s A List. There are four: priority boarding, giveaway same-day standby, priority check-in and confidence line access, and a 25 percent earning reward on each sheet purchased.

Because I’m a Global Entry Program member and therefore customarily a TSA PreCheck flier, Southwest’s “Fly By” priority lane doesn’t matter to me. But given Southwest’s open-seating policy, priority boarding is important. If you’re A List, a airline automatically checks we in 36 hours before a flight, all though guaranteeing a mark in A, a initial boarding group. Otherwise, a ticket-holder needs to check in accurately 24 hours before a moody to get a best boarding position accessible — or compensate an additional $15 for Early Bird check-in.

I know, we know: I’m personification for peanuts, a teeny, little bag of honey-roasted peanuts, though we caring about priority boarding. There is usually one cabin category on Southwest, so one can’t aspire to an upgrade. If we didn’t validate for A List in 2018, we would have to compensate for Early Bird or renounce myself to a year in a B or C groups. If we flew 20 flights on Southwest, as we had in 2017, Early Bird fees would supplement adult to $300. A round-trip sheet to Providence, requisitioned 3 weeks in advance, cost $230.96. That represents a saving of roughly $70. The Points Guy blog values Southwest A List advantages during $685, with priority boarding accounting for $250 of that total.

But those are all contribution collected after a fact. we got on that craft to Providence — that left 20 mins late, slicing into my on-ground, out-of-airport time in Rhode Island — certain of usually dual things: we would have a 297 points we indispensable even if a craft had to spin around after takeoff, and we was substantially going to have veal Parmesan for lunch.

Why does A list standing matter to me? First, complicated craft transport is dehumanizing and demoralizing. we am constant to Southwest since a employees tend to be cheerful, instead of giving off a prison-guard vibe I’ve encountered on some other airlines. It’s also a busiest conduit during a airfield 20 mins from my house, with a many flights in and out.

Finally, we am conflict-averse. we don’t wish to hasten for bin space or aisle seats. Boarding early boundary irritable encounters.

Yet we feel squirmy revelation this. The firm delineations among tiers in faithfulness programs are uncomfortably transparent metaphors for a approach we live now, no matter how insincere a terms. (I’m “Ruby” on OneWorld flights, that sounds impressive. It’s not.) In a open of 2015, we flew to New Orleans with my mother, a once zealous traveler who had been homebound in a final years of my father’s life. we accompanied her in a unchanging confidence line; in a time it took us to transparent it, my father and daughter sailed by a PreCheck line and ate a sit-down lunch. This irritated me. No one enjoys a viewed dump in status, no matter how tiny a stakes. Once we stop holding off your boots in airports, we wish to keep them on.

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