r/churning Oct 25 '21

Weekly Off Topic Thread - Week of October 25, 2021 Anything Goes

This is the Weekly Off-Topic thread

There's more to this hobby than just credit cards - it spreads out into travel aspirations, what luggage or wallet you're using, or what flavor kombucha your local WeWork is serving. Please use this thread to talk about all things even tangentially related to churning. Memes, jokes, and off-topic content are allowed (and encouraged) here. Please use our regular threads to ask basic questions, ask questions about what card to get, or talk about MS. But if it's off-topic elsewhere, you're on-topic here.

Regular rules still apply.

Have fun!

Note: Posting and soliciting referrals are still not allowed.


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u/lankyyanky Oct 25 '21

Does anyone else think early boarding is a stupid status perk? I get that there's first dibs on carry-on space and not having to push your way through other people. But I want to spend as little time on that plane as possible even for a short flight


u/martyconlonontherun Oct 25 '21

SW is the exception but that kind of explains why I hate SW boarding process


u/Memotome Oct 25 '21

i actually like sw boarding. I like lining people up, so you know who goes where. I hate other airlines with boarding zones because people start hanging out near the gate and it becomes a clusterfuck. With other airlines i like to be the last one in if i don't have a carry on.


u/DCJoe1 Oct 25 '21

Totally agreed- the Southwest process is perfect because its orderly and fully predictable. It's also proven to be the fastest boarding system.



u/Eurynom0s LAX Oct 25 '21

One thing you learn with Southwest's boarding process is that people have weird seating preferences. I've gotten pretty forward aisle seats before with like mid-B boarding, I think even an aisle exit row with mid-B once. And one time I forgot to check in until very late and still got an aisle seat and overhead space directly above my seat (it obviously also helps that they don't charge for checked bags) toward the back of the plane.


u/DCJoe1 Oct 25 '21

Yup. I have noticed that aiming for the rows maybe 7-8 rows from the back is almost always the best approach for highest chance of getting an empty middle seat. The idea is people keep going back looking for an empty aisle/window, and then give up at row 3-4 from the back and grab an empty middle there. Never had a middle myself except for a late cancellation where I checked in 2 hours before departure and got a low C number.