I am so disappointed that they did this. If you also read the fine print, they assign the early check ins and the anytime gets issued first then the order of the tickets with ding last. If they were going to do this, then it should be issued in the order you purchased it, or just let you pick your seat.
I actually think they should have just raised the tickets $10 if they needed to and left things as they were. I liked the system as it was.
Also, there are 4 of us traveling. I also will not pay a total of $80 extra for the early bird special.