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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
We love in-flight WiFi. Who doesn't? Finally, on long-haul trips and even short jaunts, we have the option of checking our email, updating our social media and perhaps less fun, finishing up our work.
Yet in-flight WiFi is not cheap. We know this. Typically, we can expect to pay around $15-$20 for a cross-country flight, sometimes more. But if you're like us and you have constant work deadlines, this can be a nominal price to pay.
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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.
If you’re looking to visit the home of the royal baby anytime soon—you’re in luck—as Delta is planning some new flights to and from London. Beginning on March 29—that’s next year—flights will fly nonstop between Seattle and London. Boeing 767-300ERs will do all of the flying fun, and they’ll be equipped with 35 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort, and 143 Economy class seats. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, so if you’re ready to start booking—so is Delta.
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So right now might not be the best time to head over to Turkey, but that doesn’t mean that the airplanes are going to stop flying anytime soon. In fact the country is getting a few more flights, as it looks like Turkish Airlines is getting ready for a new option. The plan is to connect Boston with Istanbul beginning on May 12 of next year, as Airbus A330s will do the heavy lifting across the Atlantic and much of Europe. At first the flights will just do their thing five times per week, but after June 10 it’ll be a daily affair.
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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Before early 2008, travelers didn't even think about forking over some extra cash just to put luggage in the belly of the plane, unless, of course it was oversized and overweight. On a whole, checking a bag or two without extra cost was just part of the air travel experience.
As we celebrate the 5th birthday of baggage fees, it's plain to see that much has changed. In 2011, US airlines raked in just under $3.5 billionyes, billion with a 'B'so there's no way these fees are going anywhere. Love them or hate them, they're here to stay (and eventually increase).
American Airlines started it all in May of 2008 with the rest of the industry watching with bated breath if it was going to fly or fail. Right in the height of the summer travel season, other airlines followed suit and began charging the extra bucks just for the privilege of checking baggage. Luckily there are still two major holdouts from the first bag fee: Southwest and JetBlue.