So I am thinking about going ahead and booking my airfare for the long off spring trip, the rates are not bad but its a gamble knowing they could go down. Questions about the SWA early bird checkin are: 1. If I book my flight and EB now, does that affect my boarding number over someone who books 3 months from now? Basically, is it the earlier the better or is it totally random? 2. If I book now, and have to cancel and rebook for whatever reason, including changing date or if the rates drop, do I have to pay the EB again or does it follow the new reservation? 3. Are you guys finding it worth the money to use? I used it last flight and had decent boarding numbers but not sure if it would have been any different if I had been sitting at the computer checking in myself.