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It’s the season to celebrate the release of the latest and greatest in video games, and there’s one carrier getting in on the fun. Unfortunately they’re not giving away the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, but we can’t complain if an airline just hands us one of those Nintendo Wii U things. That’s the case over at Southwest Airlines, as they’re partnering up with Nintendo to bring Mario, Luigi, and all their friends to 35,000 feet.
Just the other day, Southwest passed out a brand new Wii U console to around 100 or so of their passengers, and Flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas-Love Field was the lucky recipient. Apparently Mario was even there to welcome the flight to the terminal, and he jumped onto the intercom to confirm that everyone would be scoring some freebies.
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Happy Cyber Monday!
Hopefully you're not burnt out from turkey-eating and Black Friday shopping, because today really is quite the happy day for travelers looking for bargain, with at least nine airlines offering "book today" deals, and four other booking website joining the fun with their own promotions. Some require a code, others only book from a special Cyber Monday site, so pay attention if you're set on saving money.
Here's the current listing of travel Cyber Monday deals, and their fine print:
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Good news for frequent flyers, as another carrier has joined in on the TSA PreCheck fun. In case you’re not familiar with the system, basically you consent for the airlines and TSA to know a little bit more about you through your frequent flyer number. Then at the airport—if selected—you can go through an expedited screening line. Here you usually get to leave your shoes on and keep your laptop in its bag, so it’s win-win for frequent travelers.
Now things are a go for the flyers over at Southwest Airlines, as the carrier is the latest to adopt the TSA PreCheck procedures. This is kind of big news, as Southwest is the country’s biggest domestic carrier. All those travelers should go along well with the system, as TSA PreCheck has made its way to around 100 airports. Those lucky enough to get the go ahead for the better security line will get confirmation within their boarding pass, as the text "TSA PRE" will appear in the upper left corner the paperwork.
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If the battery is dead on your iPad or you left it behind—no problem—as Southwest Airlines is getting ready to pass the gadgets around on a few of their upcoming flights. As you probably know, the carrier is busy expanding their WiFi connectivity and streaming content, and they’re eager to show it off to travelers.
Don’t expect the latest and greatest in Apple technology here, as the carrier hasn’t gotten around to ordering up some of those new iPad Air things just yet. As part of the program, Southwest will be passing out iPad2 devices on flights between spots like Chicago-Midway, Denver, and Oakland.
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There’s nothing we enjoy better than a little new airplane smell, and if you’re getting aboard a Delta flight anytime soon you might be enjoying exactly that—well, kind of. You see Delta kind of has a whole bunch of new planes, but the catch is that they’re really only new to them. They’ve all had quite the life before flying with the Delta livery and logo, as many of them are just being shipped over from their former life at AirTran.
Just last week the first of Delta’s Boeing 717s took to the skies, as one of the planes departed from Newark-Liberty on its way to the home base down in Atlanta. Right now there’s a total of two planes in their Boeing 717 fleet, but they hope to boost those numbers to around ten before the end of the year.
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If getting back into the workweek is a little hard this morning—no problem—as we’ve got some daydream destinations to get you through the day. Sure the odds aren’t exactly in your favor when it comes to winning a contest, but you can’t win if you don’t play. So here’s a couple contests going on this week, so take a few minutes and throw your name into the hat for a chance to win.
Amtrak Eats Sweepstakes
Take things easy and travel by train, as Amtrak is offering the chance to score some tickets and spending cash. The contest ends tomorrow, so just head over to the site. The big prize is round-trip sleeping car accommodations for four on Amtrak, $2,500 cash, and even a seven-piece cookware set from Cooking Channel.
Southwest Visit Florida Sweepstakes
A free ride in one of those blue-bellied planes always sounds like a good idea to us, and now through the end of the month Southwest Airlines is giving away some free flights. Head here to enter a few things like your name and email address, and you’ll be ready to go. Big winners will score two round-trip tickets to Florida and three nights at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
Nice and settled on the flight then all of a sudden you smell something off, look to your side and... WTF pic.twitter.com/Rg85ufGokD— Gareth Emery (@garethemery) July 21, 2013
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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[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.