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

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

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 | ()

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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The Southwest Airlines Skating Rink is Once Again Open in Denver

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

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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Don't Panic. JetBlue's Upcoming Baggage Fees and Reduced Legroom Aren't the End of the World

November 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

What a week for Southwest Airlines! Yesterday, the only other airline than Southwest who doesn't charge a fee for your first checked bag—JetBlue—announced that they would indeed begin charging fees on checked bags.

Bummer for JetBlue, as the change will be introduced at some point in 2015 along with new airfare tiers of service, but a boon for Southwest, who now claims the title of "the only airline where bags fly free."

Still, JetBlue flyers have no need to panic just yet. The baggage fees haven't yet been detailed with pricing (although industry standard is $25 for the first bag), the new fare tiers haven't been announced, and none of these changes will happen until some point in 2015.

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Southwest Teams Up with Beats Audio for In-Flight Tunes

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

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 | ()

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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Dallas' Love Field Finally Says Adios to the Wright Amendment

October 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

...As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas - even if the federal government has to force it to be.

The Wright Amendment was enacted in 1980 as a change to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. It was all about protecting the risk and financial investment put into opening Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1974, sheltering it from the older, smaller Love Field just a 21-minute drive away.

While the amendment was not technically created because of Southwest Airlines, the fear was that if Southwest, or any large carrier, continued to operate out of Love Field (previously the main airport in North Texas) it would decrease passenger numbers at the shiny, new and expensive DFW Airport.

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One Airline CEO Needs Your Halloween Costume Help

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

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

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

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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Like Southwest's New Look? Here's 10 Images to Help You Decide

September 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | ()

2014 is totally the year for Southwest Airlines. Not only has the low-cost carrier finalized hugging AirTran into the company and begun flying internationally, but they've managed to (finally) get onboard with mobile boarding passes and welcome some 737s with split scimitar winglet efficiency into the fleet.

Today marks yet another milestone for the airline this year, as they've introduced an entire new look for their planes, their logo, their website...everything.

"Southwest Heart" is the official name of the style, which adopts a darker shade of blue and a larger "Southwest" text than the current "Canyon Blue" livery. Although it'll take a grand total of 7 years to repaint all of Southwest's fleet with Heart, airports will adopt the new look for their desks and other areas by 2016. Starting off the revamp is, of course, Southwest's home base of Dallas-Love Airport.

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Southwest Now Offering New Routes Between the States and Mexico

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

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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Southwest Turns the TVs to Cartoon Network

August 1, 2014 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

Attention kiddos! You best remember to keep your electronic gadgets charged and ready before your next flight, as Southwest Airlines has a new in-flight entertainment channel geared right to your tastes.

Okay so it’s not just for kids, but programing from Cartoon Network will now be delivered via WiFi through the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system. Just do note that aboard Southwest Airlines it’s going to be a bring your own device situation, so keep that phone or tablet nearby.

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