How to Land A Pair of Group A Boarding Passes on Southwest

 Joel Shprentz Photo
Photo by Joel Shprentz

Here’s a tiny hack that might help you get a better seat on your return trip when flying Southwest Airlines roundtrip in a single day.

Southwest Airlines does not assign seats, and follows an open seating model.

Customers board in order of the group (A, B, or C) and number (one to sixty) on their boarding pass.  The earlier you check in, up to 24 hours prior to your flight, the earlier your assigned spot in line.

Group A boarding passes put you at the front of the line, increasing the likelihood that you can sit with your travel companions, and giving you the best chance for a window or aisle seat.

Cool Tools has a neat trick to up your chances of getting Group A boarding passes  for both legs of your trip when flying out and back on the same day.

As Cool Tools notes,

If you book a one-day round trip on Southwest, you won’t be allowed to check in for the return flight until after you complete the first flight.

However, if you book two one-way trips instead of a round trip, you can check in for both flights exactly 24 hours before the scheduled departure.

Two one-way tickets are priced identically to a round-trip ticket, so there is no extra cost to pursuing this strategy.

Win a Trip to Washington, DC for July 4 Festivities

The National Archives
The National Archives — Check it Out!

Washington, DC is blessed with so many interesting museums that the exhibitions and programs at the National Archives may not be on your radar.

We visited recently for a screening of the animated shorts that had been nominated for the Oscars, one of many free film events offered regularly.

The updated Archives Museum is an interactive display that brings the Archives to life.

Sleepover in the Rotunda The National Archives
Sleepover in the Rotunda at the National Archives

Twice a year, the Archives invites 8-12 year olds to participate in a sleepover in the Archives Rotunda.  Pretty cool!

Celebrate July 4th with a Trip to DC

The National Archives Foundation is sponsoring a  contest to fly a family of four to Washington, DC for the Independence Day celebration on the National Mall on July 4, 2016.

The contest prize includes flights, three nights in a hotel, and dinner at one of DC’s hottest new restaurants.  (Check out the Japanese-themed spring menu here!)

Win a trip to DC!
Win a trip to DC!

The contest winner will receive:

  • Round-trip airfare for four on Southwest Airlines
  • Three night stay at a local hotel
  • Three course tasting menu for four people at Derek Brown’s Columbia Room
  • Membership in the National Archives Foundation
  • VIP experience on July 4th at the National Archives
  • Private tour of the National Archives Museum
  • July 4th gift basket, courtesy of the National Archives Store, including a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence

I don’t often post about contests, but this one seems to have pretty good odds.

To enter, submit your zip code and sign up for a newsletter here!

The last day to enter the contest is June 10, 2016.

Read the Terms and Conditions here.