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Last Day: Save 31% Off Halloween Flights on Southwest

September 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever traveled on a holiday before? It's generally pretty great, because it's the days around the holiday that see airports full of flyers headed home to celebrate. So what's the next holiday ideal for travel? Halloween!

If you can make some quick decisions, Southwest is offering 31% off flights booked for travel on Halloween, if you book it by today (September 17).

Search flights on SouthwestAir.com, enter promo code TREAT31, and remember not to pack any potentially alarming costume pieces in your luggage.

The only caveat is that you must travel round-trip, so one of those flights won't be 31% off; only the Halloween travel date is eligible. Check out the complete details.

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Keep Your Date with Southwest or Suffer New No-Show Policy

September 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to ticket flexibility Southwest Airlines is probably one of the best carriers out there. At this point everyone knows that bags fly free with them, and they’re also pretty generous when it comes to changing your flight. They don’t have any change fees if you need to switch things up, as you’re only responsible for paying the difference between your old fare and your new fare.

The change fee policy is staying the same, but we wanted to let you know that there’s another policy that just recently changed—so pay attention if you’re flying with Southwest anytime soon. The carrier is now instituting a kind of no-show policy, as passengers need to give them a call if they’re not going to make their flight.

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United, Delta, and American Rule New Routes This Week

August 30, 2013 at 9:04 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.

· United:
Nothing is official as of yet, as United needs to wait for the necessary stamps, seals, and approvals; however, it looks like the carrier is planning to send some of its Boeing 787s to a new spot. United recently applied for permission to fly non-stop between San Francisco and Chengdu, beginning on June 9, 2014.

If things go as planned the flights will depart the United States on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and the flights would head back from China on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It’ll be a roughly a 14-hour journey—plus or a few minutes depending on whether you’re heading east or west.

· Southwest Airlines:
The booking window for Southwest Airlines has recently been extended, and with it comes some new routes news. It looks to be only seasonal service, but when you’re in dire need for some fun in the sun these options could be critical for your well being—ha. New round-trip nonstop flights will run down to Fort Myers from spots like Albany, Denver, and Kansas City—only on Saturdays. Other options included nonstop flights between Portland, Maine and Orlando, as well as Minneapolis-St. Paul and Tampa.

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Be on the Lookout for TJ LUV on Your Next Southwest Flight

July 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought we knew all kinds of stuff about Southwest Airlines, but apparently that’s not really the case. Of course we realize they have an open seating and boarding process, and that they love providing free checked baggage to one and all; however, there’s more than just that.

The most important fact about the carrier is that they have a mascot, and its name is T.J. LUV.

Apparently it’s not a common thing to see T.J. LUV doing its thing, but the carrier does have a little critter that’s known to make appearances here and there. According to the story over on the Nuts About Southwest blog, it sounds like this character last made an appearance during the carrier’s arrival in Atlanta.

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Travel Etiquette Generally Means Not Sleeping on Strange Crotches

July 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

July is coming to close and what a month it's been for air travel. Aside from the airplane news of the Ethiopian 787 fire, the Southwest nose gear fail and who can forget Asiana 214, there's also been some incidents inside aircraft. Thankfully, the incidents of which we speak of mostly etiquette offenses, rather than anything illegal, but there's nightmares nonetheless.

First up is the above tweet and photo, from musician Gareth Emery. Just when you think everyone knows not to force feet into the personal space of other fliers, a pair of stinky soles shows up at your elbow. Notice how they've crept through the curtain separating Economy class to prop up on the armrests in Business.

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Southwest 737 Nose Gear Collapses on Landing, Closes LaGuardia Airport

July 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING

[Update 07/23] The runways at LGA are open again and flights are progressing normally as possibly, although keep an eye out for the plane if you're flying in, as it's still sitting where the nose collapsed.

[Update 7:30pm] Southwest has issued an updated statement regarding the incident. View it on their site (if the site is down, view screenshot). It reports there are five minor passengers and three flight attendants with injuries currently being treated. All passengers are safely in the terminal.

[Update 7:00pm] Flights departing for LaGuardia this evening will be held at their origin until 8pm at the earliest. Double-check the status of your flights and those for anyone you're due to pick up from LGA.

Around 5:45pm EST this evening, a Southwest Air Boeing 737 landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a landing gear failure at the nose. The plane tipped forward, and the crew and passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. There were 150 people total onboard.

There was no fire or explosion.

The jet is tail number N753SW, operating as Southwest flight 345, originating in Nashville, TN. The individual plane was first delivered from Boeing to Southwest on June 10, 1999, which makes it just over 14 years old.

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It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Penguins on a Southwest Jet!

July 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

To start the week off we figured we’d share a little bit of a distraction the form of a new airplane paint job, and this one comes to us from the fun folks over at Southwest Airlines. We know that Southwest is a big fan of animals—from puppies to ponies—but they also have a well-documented spot in their hearts for penguins.

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Actors and Actresses Heading to the ATX Television Fest Got a Southwest 'Party Plane'

June 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Austin is already known for its film and music festivals and now the Texas city can add a successful TV fest to its roster, too.

For the second consecutive year, the people behind TV's most beloved shows (past and present) came together to celebrate the medium at the ATX Television Festival. And, once again, Southwest Airlines flew most of them to Texas on the ATX Party Plane.

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Three Airlines Make Forbes' List of the 10 Best Travel Companies to Work For

June 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

At some point during your travels, you may actually think about making travel your job. It's a good idea, really, if you don't end up stuck behind a desk with the exception of the usual ten days of annual vacation leave.

Luckily Forbes and Glassdoor.com are here to help with a head-start towards that dream job in travel. They've recently ranked "well-known airlines, hotels, online travel agencies" with the goal of finding out exactly how satisfied employees are with their employer, and "how well (or poorly) their CEOs have fared in the past year."

Ten companies ranked higher than all the others, the ten companies you'd should probably be applying to first:

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Austrian Airlines, United and Southwest Lead This Week's New Route News

May 24, 2013 at 8:20 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.

· Austrian Airlines:
We try not to pick favorites when it comes to the week’s new routes, but we just might be most excited about the new option that’s heading to Chicago-O’Hare. This week Austrian Airlines filled up the tanks for the first time, as they started flying between Chicago and Vienna.

In case you’re interested in what they’re using to head across the Atlantic, it will be Boeing 767-300ERs doing all of the heavy lifting. With their hub at Vienna International Airport the fun just doesn’t stop in Austria, as connections will get you to here and there over in Europe as well.

· Lufthansa:
It’s been about a week since the first planes started heading back and forth, as Lufthansa is now flying from Vancouver all the way over to Munich. It’s Airbus A330s that are doing all the flying, as the carrier adds another option to go alongside their service between Vancouver and Frankfurt.

According to the press release this is the only international long-haul route Lufthansa is adding to the scheduled this year, so you might as well go ahead and enjoy this one. We’re not really sure if this is the best flight for a long weekend, so go ahead and ask for that time away from the office—you’ll need it.

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Throwback Thursday: 'Hostesses in Hotpants'

May 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

1972. Oh man, oh man how things have changed since the ladies of Southwest Airlines pulled on hotpants and went to work in the skies.

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Where to Find Southwest Airlines' Party Porches for the Summer of 2013

May 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer everyone is getting in on the fun—even the airlines. Southwest Airlines loves to spend time outdoors during the spring and summer, and once again they’re prepping their mini-chain of Southwest Porches for the season.

In New York City, you'll find the Porch in midtown over at Bryant Park, and it’s a quick walk from Grand Central if you’re arriving into the city on the train. They’ve got plenty of drinks on tap (including their own beer), a few bits and bites from which to choose, and even some fire pits for when the weather is less than ideal. Free board games, trivia on Tuesdays, and plenty of adirondack chairs round out the scene. They've been doing their thing here for a few years now, so at this point the place is just part of the neighborhood.

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