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All the information below seems to be dead. SW recently updated their site to include a new page after the checkin page and the scripts don't seem to get past that.
Luckily, AJK found a new option that seems to be better than anything available before - you don't even need to leave your computer running for it to work!
UPDATE: This new option doesn't seem to be working either

Update: The userscripts website seems to be down. In case the links below don't work, try the links in parenthesis.)

Instructions:

1. Install the script. http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/45170 (http://userscripts-mirror.org/scripts/show/45170)

2. Go to the Southwest check in page and another box with date and time input field will appear under the standard check in fields.

3. Fill in your confirmation number and name as usual in the first box.

4. In the second box, fill in the date and time that is exactly 24 hours before your flight.

(I usually offset it by a second to allow for any inconsistencies between your computer's clock and the Southwest server clock.)

5. Leave the page open, print out your boarding pass once it checks you in and enjoy your early boarding position.  :)

6. Each passenger needs a separate browser or an incognito window. (Multiple Incognito windows/tabs of the same browser will not count as separate).

This is better kept on the hush hush as Southwest is known to hunt down and shut down these kinds of tricks.

If the above does not work for you, try this:
- Go to this script http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/151875. (http://userscripts-mirror.org/scripts/show/151875)
- Under the green Install button on the right, click "How do I use this?".
- Find the section on Chrome and under "Using Tampermonkey" click the link "Chrome's Webstore". This will download Tampermonkey for you.
- Go back to the userscript URL and now click the green Install button. It will install it through Tampermonkey and, at least for me, there was nothing else to do.
- Check out SW's checkin page http://www.southwest.com/flight/retrieveCheckinDoc.html?forceNewSession=yes and it should show the date/time to checkin.
« Last edited by ushdadude on March 16, 2015, 06:00:36 PM »

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #60 on: March 19, 2014, 03:41:32 AM »
You need to use two browsers or an incognito window for two people.
I attempted incognito but it didn't display the check in time option. With (as far as I know) chrome with tampermonkey the only working option, I had no choice.

Regardless, I imagine the first reservation should have worked. Might need to delay the check in a few seconds longer next time.

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #61 on: March 19, 2014, 08:51:39 AM »
I attempted incognito but it didn't display the check in time option. With (as far as I know) chrome with tampermonkey the only working option, I had no choice.

Regardless, I imagine the first reservation should have worked. Might need to delay the check in a few seconds longer next time.
Chrome disables all extensions by default in incognito mode. You need to specifically enable it to work in incognito.

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2014, 08:57:02 AM »
It's working! Thanks to help from Deal Man, I was playing around with Tamper Monkey and also found this other script (http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/151875) based on the original guy's script. I tried this one before, and it did not work, but when I downloaded TM today and then this script, it worked! Hurrah! Wikifying now.

Does the computer need to stay on for this method?
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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2014, 09:38:37 AM »
Does the computer need to stay on for this method?
Yes. The scripts run locally on your computer.

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #64 on: March 19, 2014, 10:41:45 AM »
If you have 2 people on the same Confirmation code do you have to check off "who is checking in"  by each person individually making this useless for shabbos checkin.

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #65 on: April 01, 2014, 09:51:36 AM »
i had my itinerary on auto check in set from five days ago, and this morning, when the clock finally reached zero, i guess because the computer wasnt open, the page never loaded to check me in. so twenty min into the 24 hour mark i checked in and all i got was group C position 16!!! darn it!!!
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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #66 on: April 01, 2014, 12:22:04 PM »
i had my itinerary on auto check in set from five days ago, and this morning, when the clock finally reached zero, i guess because the computer wasnt open, the page never loaded to check me in. so twenty min into the 24 hour mark i checked in and all i got was group C position 16!!! darn it!!!
Correct. Will only run if you have the page open

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #67 on: April 01, 2014, 12:54:08 PM »
If you have 2 people on the same Confirmation code do you have to check off "who is checking in"  by each person individually making this useless for shabbos checkin.

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What about companion pass? it's two different confirmation numbers so it's fine?
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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #68 on: April 01, 2014, 12:58:36 PM »
Bump
What about companion pass? it's two different confirmation numbers so it's fine?
For companion needs to be done on either 2 different comps, or 2 different browsers. I tried 1 incognito and one standard on Chrome and it didn't work.

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #69 on: April 01, 2014, 01:06:50 PM »
For companion needs to be done on either 2 different comps, or 2 different browsers. I tried 1 incognito and one standard on Chrome and it didn't work.

if one person has a higher boarding number they usually let you go on together
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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #70 on: April 01, 2014, 04:01:23 PM »
if one person has a higher boarding number they usually let you go on together
True. But people in the line might not be thrilled to see it...

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #71 on: April 01, 2014, 04:03:10 PM »
True. But people in the line might not be thrilled to see it...

how would they know?
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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #72 on: April 01, 2014, 04:12:33 PM »
how would they know?
Everyone snoops around to see everyone elses boarding number.
Also when people are trying to find their spot on line they will realize by default.

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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #73 on: April 01, 2014, 04:29:06 PM »
I've never flown SW yet, I do intend on in the future as I have the companion pass...

If I get this running properly and I am not near the computer to print the boarding pass (as I won't be close to the computer) will it change the boarding number when I get to the airport and get it reprinted?
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Re: Southwest Auto Checkin
« Reply #74 on: April 01, 2014, 04:33:12 PM »
I've never flown SW yet, I do intend on in the future as I have the companion pass...

If I get this running properly and I am not near the computer to print the boarding pass (as I won't be close to the computer) will it change the boarding number when I get to the airport and get it reprinted?
No
You can even recheck in on the computer at a late time and the boarding position will stay the same (then print....)