Am I correct in assuming that Southwest Airlines puts your name/confirmation number in a hat and pulls it out along with all the other people who also paid for the "early bird" check-in to determine your boarding pass location?
When I purchased my ticket and "early bird" check-in in late March for a mid-July domestic flight on Southwest, common sense made me think that my purchased boarding position ($10 for each of the two flights) would reflex the early purchase date and be related to an "early bird" process.
So, I was surprised to be assigned an "A-58" position on the return flight (58th person to be able to board the flight). Upon inquiring at the check-in kiosk, Southwest personnel were not surprised and commented that sometimes "early bird" check-in can result in a "C" boarding position (an additional 60 positions farther back in boarding).
So, my $10 "early bird" check-in purchase per flight only gets me a 58th-to-120th boarding position? If so, I feel like a true fool.
A positive response to my initial question, will help me to conclude that this was my FIRST and LAST Southwest flight.