Friday, June 27, 2008
Fabulous Item of the Week- Southwest Airlines
Surprising that in this time of airline bashing that I would choose Southwest to be a fabulous item of the week.
I know some of you find my undying loyalty to Southwest Airlines surprising and even annoying- since it's unanimously decided that they have the most inconvenient boarding method on the planet however, few frequent travelers understand the virtues of Southwest. With my absolutely ridiculous travel schedule (3 round trip flights a week at times) Southwest has helped me maintain my sanity. I can't imagine dealing with any other airline for business.
WHY SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IS AWESOME
1. Consistency in Pricing
If you need to book a ticket on Southwest the day before you fly you pay the same price you would have if you booked two weeks in advance.
2. No Fees for changing your flight
My travel plans chance hourly so the ability to change my flights at will with no cost is huge. I can change my flights as often as I want and there is no fee. In addition, I can cancel my flight and they will give me credit- in the EXACT same amount as the ticket purchased.
3. No fee for checked baggage
4. Ability to hop on an earlier flight with no additional fees.
Get the airport early and there is an earlier flight? You can fly on standby to get on that flight and you will not be charged.
5. The BEST frequent flier program EVER
8 Round trips you get a free ticket to anywhere Southwest flies. Considering I fly very short distances (SLC to Reno, SLC to Vegas and SLC to Boise) it would take literally 50 flights on Delta to get one free ticket.
No miles to calculate, it's easy to use and your flight schedule won't get changed at will because you were using your free ticket. It's almost the same as cash.
In addition, fly 50 round trips in a year you get a free companion pass for the next year. So every time you fly, you can take someone with you for FREE.
6. The boarding procedure is no big deal for Frequent Fliers or if you know how to use a computer
If you're a frequent flier you're always an A, if you check in online 24 hours before your flight, you're an A. That means you don't have to wait in line, sit in your seat until they start boarding the A boarding group untilthe majority of the A's have boarded to get on and then walk on last- behind the rest of the A's and before the B's. If you're an A- you'll always get the seat you want.
I complain often about companies I don't like- so it's about time I threw some LUV one company I really do like. Even if the flight attendants do give me a dirty look when I ask for the can of soda. At least they're not charging me 2 bucks for it.