Looks like Early Bird on SW is becoming a must now from my area. We now have preboard so I didn't pay for the EB. I checked in at exactly the 24 hour mark this morning and got B 24/25. We exchange those at the gate for our preboard so luckily that won't be our actual boarding order. Nonstop 7:45 am flight from BDL ( Windsor Locks CT ) to LAS on a Tues morning. It's a 5 hour plus flight. If you are flying with someone you want to sit with or are picky about not being in a middle seat it looks like EB is a must from now on. Generally we get our better boarding assignments on this flight and higher numbers on the return from Vegas. Just thought I would let people who don't normally buy the EB know. Now I understand why last year when I paid for EB I received B1.