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Free Drinks on Southwest Flights? Yes, But Only on These Dates for 2014

February 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought this was pretty widely known, but recent conversations have revealed that it is apparently not common knowledge that Southwest Airlines offers a free first cocktail on a handful of days throughout the year.

Here is the complete list, starting with the next to occur, just FYI:

• St Patty’s Day (3/17)

• Mother’s Day (5/11)

• Memorial Day (5/26)

• Father’s Day (6/15)

• SWA Birthday (6/18)

• Independence Day (7/4)

• Chase Customer Appreciation Day (8/11)

• Halloween (10/31)

• Thanksgiving Day (11/27)

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Frontier Checks Your Carry-On and Other Things to Know Before Booking

February 12, 2014 at 7:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was the first time we’d ever experienced an airline go that far to enforce the size limitations of a carry-on, and to be honest, it left us with a bag of mixed feelings.

If Southwest is America’s budget airline, then Frontier is our low-budget airline, offering some of the best and most competitive fares out there to its destinations (we just got a $90 one-way from Denver to Wilmington/Philadelphia, for example, and remember our $49 trip into Trenton?). Like most airlines, Frontier charges for checked luggage, and even carry-ons in some cases (which can be avoided, see below), but the biggest surprise was its determination to police the size of the bags passengers are carrying on.

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American, Korean Air, and Southwest Bring Us All Kinds of New Routes News

February 7, 2014 at 8:51 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.

· American Airlines:
It looks like the new American Airlines is on the move again, as the carrier already has their eyes on the summer weather and some new flights. It sounds like they’re more than ready to move forward with new nonstop flights between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Shanghai, as the planes and people are set to hit the skies for the first time on June 11.

Daily flights will be an option aboard some Boeing 777-200s, and flights were opened up for your booking pleasure earlier in the week. In case you’re looking to call ahead to arrange a taxi—your flight will leave Dallas at just before 11am and will arrive at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport the following day at just before 3pm, all times local.

· Copa Airlines:
For those looking to head to Central America there’s a strong possibility that Copa Airlines will be flying toward your desired destination. It sounds like they’re ready to add more options to their route network, and they have their eyes on Florida. The plan is to do the nonstop thing between Fort Lauderdale and their hub down in Panama City.

The new flights should head into the clouds beginning on July 11, as Boeing 737-700s will do the flying between the two countries. This is destination number four for the airline in the Sunshine State, and overall they’re now flying to eleven destinations in the states.

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Beer Drinking Onboard Southwest Airlines About to Get Better

January 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Southwest will join Frontier and Alaska Airlines in offering craft beer aboard its flights when it begins serving New Belgium's Fat Tire this weekend. The price will be a reasonable $5, on par if not cheaper than what you'd pay in a bar on the ground (outside of the airport, of course).

This is obviously good news for beer drinkers, but it also speaks on a larger level about the growing supply capabilities of craft brewers. New Belgium is the third largest craft brewer in the States, and will have its hands full stocking the shelves of all 683 Southwest and AirTran planes. As it turns out, it's also another benefit of the craft beer canning movement. Because glass bottles are prohibited in-flight, a beer has to come in a can to be served at 30,000 ft.

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Set to Start in July, Southwest Airlines Announces International Routes to the Caribbean

January 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like Southwest has been thinking about this for years and years, and that was especially the case when it decided to gobble up operations over at AirTran. Now things are a reality, as Southwest Airlines is planning to cross the border for the very first time.

This summer will be when the flights first take to the skies, as the initial international flights are scheduled to begin on July 1. Do not expect long haul journeys across continents and oceans, but if you’re looking for the warm waters of the Caribbean, Southwest will have you more than covered.

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'Can I Take Ski Boots as My Carry-on Luggage?'

January 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

If you spend most of summer hoping for winter so you can hop on a plane to carve up some powder, pay attention. There's a lot of gear to ensure your trip won't start in tears when you've forgotten something for the slopes, and some airlines are bit more lenient with your ski gear than others.

We're talking about ski boots today. Here's our run down of airline policies regarding ski boots as carry-on or checked luggage:

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Southwest Starts Up Gate to Gate iMessaging from $2

December 16, 2013 at 6:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

The way in which Southwest Airlines does the in-flight WiFi thing means that the internet waves can operate from gate to gate. That’s pretty slick, as it sets them apart from competition. Things are about to get even better, as the carrier just announced that some in-flight messaging will be arriving soon to an airline seat near you.

Those who prefer the flavor of Apple when it comes to their mobile device are welcome to utilize the iMessage feature on their iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Users with iOS 5 or later can now keep things powered up, switched on, and stay connected.

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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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