Posted September 10th, 2017, 09:00 PM
Actually, counter to your comment, I do appreciate your second response and it did change my mind. I was only going to buy the 'single' early bird if I had no other option. I was not aware that I could get internet access for that little, as the only packages I saw online started at nearly $70.
I am not one to cheat the system and always do the right thing by putting forth the effort to check in exactly 24 hours before to get a good boarding group to allow my party to sit together. I fly southwest regularly and know from experience if I am not in the A or B group, we will not find three seats together. I am happy to sit wherever in the plane, so I wasn't considering the early bird to gain an advantage, just to sit with my family (not a lot to ask for?!). This originally did not seem to be an option while I was on the ship and I was going to do what I had to do in a pinch for a bad scenario...I am sure you've 'skirted' the rules a time or two in life. In my world, a trip is something that is saved for, so that $50 in extra fees for the same seat I already paid for, just to get bumped up in line, is money lost that could be used on this trip. Though you are right, because I don't have the money, I don't deserve good treatment...it's how the world works.
The whole reason I posted this was to get guidance and be provided with information that would help me sort out my options or offer alternatives, not to be judged or criticized for choices I consider making because of my financial status. It's people like you who truly ruin this experience for newbies like me who are just trying to get by and learn the ropes. Thanks a million