My Secrets to Getting the Best Seats on Southwest

Southwest Airlines is loved or hated. Few choose the middle ground, and no one wants that seat! Listen to how to choose a Southwest Airlines seat. 

Some won't fly Southwest owing to their odd open-seat boarding process. It can be difficult and requires a lot of work to acquire a nice Southwest seat.

Southwest allows open seating. Instead of seats, customers are assigned a boarding group, A, B, or C, and a boarding position, 1-60.

Your boarding group and location decide when you board the plane and how many seats you can choose from.

It was once completely free. Airlines distributed placards with one of the three letters. People camped out under a letter hours before a flight to improve their real estate

In the mid-2000s, Southwest expanded boarding positions because this looked bad. Now that the lines have numbers, everyone must sort themselves by line position.

Unless you wish to sit near the bulkhead or an exit row aisle or window, you should board in the first half of a full flight to obtain a good seat.

With all this seating debate, which seats are good? Nearly all airline seats are alike. Except for exit rows, there's no more legroom, and there's no seat

Personal needs determine Southwest's best seat. Connecting flight passengers may want to sit in the front to exit quickly, but others may head straight for the back

Before sitting down, I prefer to know how full my flight is. Southwest gate agents sometimes make up flight filling announcements to push people on the plane faster.

Choosing front-center seats on packed flights boosts your chances of finding a vacant middle seat between you and a neighbor.