"You may not use Southwest's sites for or in connection with offering any third party product or service not authorized or approved by Southwest. For example, online check-in service providers may not use Southwest web pages to check-in Customers online or attempt to obtain for them a boarding pass in any certain boarding group."
Which sucks, because your product looks really cool. (And I'd forego paying $10 to use your service... which is probably why it's banned. :P)
Southwest Airlines automatically reserves a boarding pass for A-List Members beginning 36 hours prior to scheduled departure of the Member's confirmed Southwest Airlines flight.
The only thing I was going to do different is then text me that the check in occurred and tell me what the boarding number is. It's just an FYI but would make me feel better.
(And since I work for Twilio, obviously I was going to use that. :) )
I've signed up for alerts on my flights to/from TwilioCon next weekend. Don't let me down. ;)
Just don't mention how you can add the "A-List" tag to your boarding pass to get through the fly-by lane.
Thanks for the appreciation :) - really cool to see people enjoy this!
So when jetcom says HN has become cynical, it's really true.
Cool idea, hopefully they are cool about it.
or wait..why don't i spend an hour and write it myself.. ha
Clearly, Southwest has their reasons for assigning boarding priority 0-24hrs before flight on a first-come-first-serve basis, or else they would just assign priority during payment (early-bird checkin $10 notwithstanding).
1) Loyal customers can get a "one-up" on new fliers or people who don't really care when they board and where they sit.
2) People who don't change flights within 24 hrs of takeoff can also take advantage of this --the rest might be "penalized" in this model.
Sites like "checkintomyflight.com" break apart the aformentioned model.
But, this is hacker news. So, congrats on building this service.
This isn't meant to be a "take over the world business", it's just a little app I built that I thought I should share with my friends and anyone who wants to benefit from it :)
I was just buying a Southwest ticket and was complaining about having to remember to check in when I found this site. It made my day.
Would it be interesting?
Hope this stays around.
Also, are you using some API or a more "primitive" method?
And the real reason is that I fly Southwest.
If you do get shutdown.. will you honor the existing reservations made?