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You Won't Believe Where Southwest is Building an International Hub

December 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve known for quite some time that Southwest Airlines has visions of international destinations dancing in their head, and now it looks as if that they might have picked out exactly where they want to start things up. The lucky recipients of this kind of attention are the residents of the Sunshine State, as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is scoring quite an airport upgrade.

All in all Southwest is spending more than $300 million on terminal and concourse improvements, as they try to get things ready to go for an influx of international departures and arrivals. Things should kick off at some point next year, and the construction equipment will head offset when 2017 rolls around.

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How to Experience TSA PreCheck with Nine US Airlines

November 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Even if you only fly every once in a while you’re probably somewhat familiar with TSA PreCheck. It’s the program that allows for speedy screening, and you can even leave your shoes on, laptop in the bag, and keep your belt around your waist.

It’s an option for those who are on the list for existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. However, not so fancy flyers are also eligible—and often just by opting-in through their frequent flyer number. Here’s the scoop on the nine domestic carriers that are doing the TSA PreCheck—assuming you’re at an eligible airport:

· Alaska Airlines
The information from Alaska Airlines seems a little outdated, as they still reference the whole TSA PreCheck thing as a “pilot.” It seems like eligible frequent flyers would have received an email inviting them to opt-in, but if not head into the My Account section of your profile on alaskaair.com. Once there—assuming you’re eligible—you will you will see a link across the top of the page inviting you to opt-in for shoes on screening.

· Allegiant Air
Nope—if you’re flying with Allegiant you’re going to need to do the security screening thing the old fashioned way

· American Airlines
Like most carriers you need to be a member of the airline’s frequent flyer program, so go ahead and sign up if you haven’t done so already. Next head over to aa.com, and make your way into the My Account section of the site. Check your personal information and password, and then go ahead and check the box to opt-in to participate in the TSA expedited screening program. When you check-in you’ll see whether you made the cut or not right on your boarding pass.

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Southwest Adds TSA PreCheck Just in Time for Busy Holiday Travel

November 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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New Routes Arriving from JetBlue, Delta, and Air Berlin

November 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM | 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 Berlin:
We know we’re sometimes guilty of not enjoying the moment and always looking ahead, but when it comes to transatlantic travel you can’t help but think about what’s next. Air Berlin is doing exactly this, as they’re already thinking of boosting their options for the warmer months of 2014. The plan is to start three more weekly flights between Berlin and New York-JFK beginning next May, and that will bump things up ten weekly options. The flights between Dusseldorf and New York-JFK will also be doing their thing ten times per week. Finally, Air Berlin is also boosting their flights between Berlin and Chicago-O’Hare to make things a daily option.

· Malaysia Airlines:
This one is certainly a bit away from where we call home, but if you’re looking to make your way around the globe it’s a great option. This week Malaysia Airlines started nonstop service between Kuala Lumpur and Darwin, Australia. The flights will do the back and forth thing thanks to some Boeing 737-800s, and this is option number six for the carrier from its base in Kuala Lumpur. Other destinations in Australia include spots like Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne—among a few others. As of now flights are scheduled to run four times each and every week, so say goodbye to Malaysia and g’day to Australia.

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Snag a Free iPad Onboard Select Southwest Flights

November 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Enter These Three Travel Contests Right Now

October 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Why Southwest Airlines is So Excited for October 13, 2014

October 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week’s a big deal for the planes and people over at Southwest Airlines, the week that the countdown to the end of the Wright Amendment finally begins. The 1979 federal law limited where planes could fly out of Dallas-Love Field to cities in and around Texas and a few neighboring states, but once it expires, the airline will have a lot more freedom when it comes to where the blue-bellied planes can fly.

This marks a continuation of good news for Southwest in the Lone Star State. Just the other day we mentioned that the carrier was hard at work building its first international terminal over at Houston-Hobby, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the flight freedom that’s on the horizon at Love Field. We’re now one year away—October 13, 2014—from the day when the wing-clipping rules and regulations will be in the past.

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A Tarmac Trick-or-Treat: 9 Airplanes Dressed in Halloween Costumes

October 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's just over three weeks left until Halloween and, besides getting enough snack-sized Snickers for the little trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell, there's all the planning that needs to go into a unique costume. Luckily there are some airplanes with creative paint jobs to lend some disguise inspiration.

From wildlife to wild childs, be on the look-out for some mile-high Halloween hijinks during your next trip with these airplanes on the loose. Here are nine of our favorite planes masquerading as something else:

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Southwest Breaks Ground On Its First Ever International Terminal in Houston

October 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, that statement still sounds a little weird for us too.

Last week, construction crews started moving dirt to make way for Houston Hobby's newest expansion: the airport's first international terminal, which will benefit Southwest as it plans to cross borders for the first time in the 43-year history of the airline.

The $156 million project plans to add a completely separate building to house Southwest's international operations. When all is said and done, the airline will be pulling up to one of 5 gates the airport will offer with immigration facilities. Along with new gates, the existing ticketing and security areas will see a facelift to make way for increased passenger traffic.

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Can We Ditch the Damn Drink Cart Already? Pretty Please?

October 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Travelers flying on Southwest Airlines will notice some major differences as compared to competing airlines. We all know about the open seating and the lack of a first class, but have you noticed that most flights don’t use a drink cart?

It’s true. The flight attendants take and deliver your order. And guess what? We’re so happy, the next round is on us.

Think about it. The only benefit of the drink cart goes to the flight attendants… you know, the ones who aren’t paying to be there. It allows them to serve the cabin with minimal effort, but unfortunately the weight of this convenience falls on the shoulders of the customers (us!).

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Sunday or Monday, These Airlines Have You Covered with In-Flight Football

September 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Each and every weekend the country slows to a crawl, as professional football takes over a little bit of our lives. Thanks to improvements with in-flight entertainment it’s not just the chores like mowing the lawn that will keep you from catching the game.

If you’re up in the air on Sundays, Mondays, or even Thursdays several carriers have you more than covered. Sure some options aren’t available on every one of their planes, but carriers like JetBlue and Virgin America get the game live to your seat on each and every flight. Here’s five carriers doing the live television thing, so that you can catch all the action from high in the sky.

Virgin America

With the ability to order snacks—and drinks—right to your seat, we’ve got to say that Virgin America might be the best option for up in the air football. Sundays are all good aboard these planes, as they have CBS, FOX, and NBC stations streaming to you at 35,000-feet. Just be aware that the stations are based out of New York City, so you better get used to watching regional action from the Jets and Giants. They’ve got ESPN too—so Monday Night Football is good to go as well. Bonus points for WiFI access, so you can be disappointed with your fantasy football team in real-time.

More Football After The Jump...

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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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