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Southwest Airlines Adds a Pair of New Beers to The Beverage Cart

January 26, 2015 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a big year for ales and lagers--in the air--and it's only getting better in 2015 as Southwest Airlines has already added two new beers!

Now Southwest flights will stock Leinenkugel's seasonal craft selections, along with Dos Equis Lager Especial . We recognize that these aren’t necessarily the microbrews you might be looking for, but we’ve never frowned upon a more varied selection.

It’ll be $5 for either of these new options, or you can you use one of your Rapid Rewards drink coupons. The options from Leinenkugel will change with the seasons, so expect Snowdrift Vanilla Porter if you’re flying anytime soon. Other options will include Summer Shandy during warmer weather, and Oktoberfest in the fall.

Oh—and if you need something to go alongside your drink there’s always peanuts. Southwest is transitioning back to honey roasted peanuts—they’re free—throughout the rest of 2015.

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Why One Woman Loves Southwest Airlines So Hard Right Now

January 8, 2015 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (3)

In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we're choosing to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines doing it right. Below our newest contributor, Linda Marsicano, comes clean about her crush on Southwest Airlines.

It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, but only one airline seems to understand that: Southwest Airlines.

I recently learned that I had booked the wrong dates for an upcoming trip to Punta Cana using Southwest Reward Points. Figuring I’d be hit up for -- at the very least -- a change fee (times four given I’m going with my family), I ventured online to fix our flights and assess the damage.

Well, happy day! Not only did I change our tickets for free, Southwest actually deposited points back into our account since the new dates required fewer points. We also had to completely cancel another trip we planned using miles: the miles were redeposited into our account. No fees, no questions, no problem.

Let’s contrast that with, oh say, United Airlines. Should I have made that same mistake the “friendly sky” folks would have charged $100 per ticket, and that’s assuming they even had reward seats open for the new dates. And if you want to cancel a trip and redeposit your miles? That’ll cost you $200. Again, per ticket. Just to be clear, for my family of four, it would cost $800 to redeposit United miles if we had to cancel a trip. That is bullshit ridiculous.

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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Air New Zealand, Southwest, and ANA Are This Month's New Routes News

December 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air New Zealand:
For those who enjoy flying below the equator there’s a new exciting route heading towards the southern hemisphere thanks to the folks over at Air New Zealand. The new nonstop is planning to fly between Auckland and Buenos Aires beginning in December of 2015, so you have sometime to get those funds—or frequent flyer miles—saved up. Things could obviously change in a year, but it appears that the flights will operate back and forth three times each and every week aboard some Boeing 777s.

· Air Canada:
Time to head out of Canada, as Air Canada is getting ready to send some planes and people to and from Calgary International Airport. All in all there’s three new options—first is a daily nonstop between Calgary and Nanaimo—that’s in British Columbia—beginning on May 1. Around the same time the carrier will also be starting up some flights between Calgary and Halifax utilizing some Airbus 319s. Finally beginning on June 1 of next year it’ll be some new service between Calgary and Terrace-Kitimat—that’s in British Columbia too, and yes we had to look it up!

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The Southwest Airlines Skating Rink is Once Again Open in Denver

December 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Following the stuffing, spending, and sleeping of the long holiday weekend it might be a good idea to get outdoors and move around a bit. Enter our buddies over at Southwest Airlines, as once again the carrier is sponsoring an outdoor skating rink just in time for the holiday season.

Last week was the opening day for the winter season, as the Southwest Rink at Denver’s Skyline Park is now doing its thing until February 16. The hours vary a little bit depending on the day of the week and any pesky holidays getting in the way, but for the most part you should be able to lace up your skates and hit the ice.

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Southwest Teams Up with Beats Audio for In-Flight Tunes

November 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not only is your mobile device a must when traveling, but now you also need to ensure you have a good pair of headphones to go with it—especially if you’re flying with Southwest Airlines. That’s because the airline just partnered up with the folks over at Beats Audio, as they’re adding up in the air music as part of their in-flight entertainment offerings.

It’s a pretty easy relationship to understand if you’re flying with Southwest, as basically they will provide streaming audio service to their passengers for free. Choose from playlists and what not all thanks to onboard WiFi—just be sure that your device is charged up and available to use. This certainly is a great companion to the other video streaming options now served up by the airline.

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'Non-Stop Love': Southwest Airlines Hosts Its First Inflight Wedding

November 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine: You and your significant other are planning to get married, and realize that you have earned enough frequent flier miles for 30 people. What do you do?

Option A: Have a modest ceremony, then go on the kind of incredible, globe-trotting honeymoon that even game shows don’t give out. Option B: Trade your frequent flyer miles in so 30 of your friends and family members can watch you get hitched on an airplane soaring 32,000 feet over Arkansas.

If you’re Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart, the answer is B. Obviously.

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These Special Airplanes Offer Halloween Costume Inspiration Straight Off the Tarmac

October 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just one more day until the little (and not so little) ghosts and goblins come out to play for Halloween and, if you haven't gotten your costume ready to roll this year, you'd better get on it.

Obviously it takes a little more than a trip to Target and some wacky makeup to dress up an airplane, so special airplane paint jobs tooling around tarmacs really make a big splash at this time of the year:

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One Airline CEO Needs Your Halloween Costume Help

October 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven’t finished your Halloween shopping just yet—note that there’s only 17 days until the big day. Southwest Airlines is very much aware of the timeline, as the carrier is looking for suggestions on how to dress up their CEO.

Over on the Nuts About Southwest blog they’re entertaining offerings on Halloween costumes for the big boss. As a reminder, the airline really LUVs—ha—Halloween, and each year CEO Gary Kelly dons a costume. Last year he went as Phil from Duck Dynasty, the year before he dressed up as Woody from Toy Story, and who could forget the time he was Frankenstein?

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Southwest's New Investment Could Mean More Jet Fuel, Fewer Forest Fires

September 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.

Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.

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Southwest Sets Sights on More Overseas Cities, This Time in Central America

Where: Costa Rica
September 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fresh off their new livery announcement comes more news from Southwest Airlines, as the carrier is getting better and better at flying internationally. They’re already going to spots within Mexico and the Caribbean, but now Southwest is going a little bit farther.

Costa Rica is the next international destination for Southwest Airlines, as the carrier plans to send planes and people over to the country early next year. The necessary permissions and paperwork seem to be in place, as San Jose, Costa Rica would be added to the route map as of March 7.

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Southwest Now Offering New Routes Between the States and Mexico

August 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news from the folks over at Southwest Airlines, as the airline has announced several new routes between the States and Mexico.

The carrier has been adding over the border destinations this year, many to the Caribbean, and now it's flying to a couple new spots down in south of the border. These are all flight paths that have been inherited from its acquisition of AirTran Airways, so rather than totally new routes, they’re kind of like revamped routes.

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