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Quoted Airfare Rates Now Include Taxes and Fees

January 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I was looking at flights over the weekend on Southwest Airlines, my favorite airline, when I noticed that airfares seemed a little higher than normal. It wasn’t until later that I realized the quoted airfare rates now included all government taxes and fees, something that was usually included later whenever you started the “checkout” process. […]

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Fortune: Most Admired Airlines

March 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Fortune: Most Admired Airlines

Fortune shared a list of the most admired airlines, as measured by a survey of industry peers, in which Delta Airlines secured the top spot. This list has a lot of familiar faces but only two US airline carriers – Delta at #1 and Southwest at #3. I bet the list would look a lot […]

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New Southwest Rapid Rewards Program

January 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Southwest Rapid Rewards Program

The most appealing thing about Southwest’s old Rapid Rewards program was how easy it was to understand. You flew eight round-trips and you earned a Rapid Rewards voucher good for a seat on any flight, subject to seat limitations and blackout dates. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Now, Southwest is migrating towards a […]

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New Southwest Drink Coupons

December 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on New Southwest Drink Coupons

I just earned my 15th and 16th credits in the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, earning me two Rapid Reward vouchers, and they kindly sent me a friendly letter that included my drink coupons. As I opened it up, I noticed the letter lacked the thickness normally associated with the drink booklet inside. Over the years, […]

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Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card Review

October 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card Review

When you sign up for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Card from Chase, you get 16 Rapid Rewards credits (enough for a free round trip flight) after your first purchase or use of the card (use includes purchases, balance transfers, or checks but excludes cash advances). You can also get an extra credit for […]

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Rebooking Southwest Flights for Savings

September 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Rebooking Southwest Flights for Savings

In early November, Martha and I will be going down for a long weekend to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We’ll be going down to see Mickey, Minnie, and the gang while sampling the food at the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Expo. When we booked the flights back in August, the total was […]

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Southwest Reports Record Revenues, Cites Lack of Fees

August 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Reports Record Revenues, Cites Lack of Fees

Southwest reported record revenue earnings in the second quarter of 2010 and their CEO, Gary Kelly, attributed it to “success to the company’s policy of not charging for bags and excellent customer service offered by employees.” As someone who flies Southwest regularly, mostly on shorter flights under two hours, I can say that I’ve flown […]

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Southwest Philadelphia/Washington D.C. Double Credit Promotion Offer

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Philadelphia/Washington D.C. Double Credit Promotion Offer

About eight years, when I first moved into the Washington D.C. region, Southwest was still trying to build up its presence in the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) so it had an almost standing offer of double credit into and out of BWI. When flights to and from BWI weren’t double credit, flights into and out […]

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Checked Baggage Fees List

June 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

For the last five years or so, I’ve flown Southwest to almost every destination. They service my home airport of Baltimore Washington International and, mostly because I was lucky, they serviced an airport near wherever I was going. I’m a loyal customer because they provide a great service at a fantastic price, because they were […]

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Southwest Best Western Gift Card Promotion

June 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Best Western Gift Card Promotion

Southwest has partnered with Best Western to offer a promotion where you can earn one Rapid Rewards bonus credit for every $100 you purchase/load onto a Best Western Travel Card (max 5 Rapid Rewards Points). A Best Western Travel Card is a gift card you can use at Best Western hotels, of which there are […]

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