Southwest Just Confirmed It’s Making Big Boarding Process Changes

The airline is implementing the new changes starting August 15.

Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines
Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines
Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines

Southwest aficionados better get ready for some changes.

The airline just confirmed to The Points Guy an earlier report from the blog View from the Wing that it is limiting its EarlyBird boarding option, and it is also introducing some new changes to its flight experience.

When flying with Southwest, passengers famously get a seat depending on the order in which they board the plane. That means that if you get on the plane sooner, you have better seats to choose from. By paying a fee for EarlyBird Check-In, guests are able to get a boarding number in advance compared to those who are checking in 24 hours before the flight. Now, starting from August 15, the availability of the EarlyBird Check-In feature will be limited to select flights, routes, and days instead of all flights like before.Additionally, new same-day standby changes will also be implemented. Per the new policy, free same-day standby will become available to all guests, including those who book the cheapest fares, dubbed Wanna Get Away. Thanks to the new rule, all passengers will get the chance to waitlist for a different flight on the same day for free, without incurring fare difference surcharges.

The Wi-Fi experience on Southwest is also set to improve. Free Wi-Fi will soon be extended to Business Select passengers as well, while previously, it was a perk available only to A-List Preferred travelers.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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