Fly Southwest Airlines somewhere you could have driven, but didn’t feel like it because it’s almost as cheap to fly.
The airline’s home base is right here in Dallas, at Dallas Love Field. Although there are restrictions under the Wright Amendment until 2014 that require a stop in the nine neighboring states, they do have access all over the country. Sometimes a transfer only involves a landing where passengers are able to stay aboard then continue on their final leg. In addition, Love Field is small, easy to get around in, and has close parking.
What makes Southwest the most convenient though is that when flying somewhere within the southwest, you can get a direct, inexpensive flight.
The best time to book your Southwest flight is during one of their big sales, and the best time to find a sale is on a Tuesday afternoon. There is a complicated explanation for the timing, but the most important thing to remember is that the sales typically start on Tuesday afternoon and continue for two to three days.
Their free-style seating means you line up to board according to a number on your boarding pass, then pick any seat once on board the airplane. The seating situation takes a little getting used to, and it is yet to be proven as the faster boarding plan the airline claims it is, but as long as you check in early online, you should be able to find your seat preference.
Lately the airline has been stressing its “bags fly free” policy with the slogan, “Grab your bag. It’s on.” If you typically check a bag or two, this can definitely save you some cash on your trip.
Bags aren’t the only place still “fee free”. You can change and postpone flights without a fee. You do have to pay any difference in ticket price of course, but nothing additional.
You won’t find Southwest flights on booking sites, but Southwest.com is easy to follow. Pick a location, buy your ticket, and you’ll have a Southwest vacation.
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