I flew Southwest for the first time for my most recent trip to New Orleans. It wasn't as bad as I thought. I got okay boarding assignments. On my flight out, I was B41. For my return flight, I was A58. I was hesitant because I was expecting the boarding process to be more like a cattle call and I like the comfort of knowing I have the seat I want. I don't think people actually line up in numerical order though. I'm sure I'll fly Southwest again, for short, non-stop flights. I don't really see the point in paying extra money to board early, for me anyway. However, if you're like 6 feet tall, I recommend paying the extra money so you avoid getting a middle seat. On my flight out, I of course chose an aisle seat and the window seat was taken. Then this 6 foot tall guy took the middle seat and our legs were stuck together for the entire flight. I would've been excited had he not been wearing a wedding ring 😐. I will say this though....I found out Southwest isn't always the cheapest flight you can find. So if you have the time, shop around. I chose Southwest for the experience this time. The seats are much smaller than I'm used to it and the gate areas aren't as clean as other airlines, but it works.