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Old 06-09-2015, 10:22 AM
 
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I wouldn't trade ANY window or isle seat for ANY middle. I don't care if I am the last person off. What's the hurry?
Having a 35 minute connection in many airports where you need to switch to a different terminal. If you are in the back of the bus it's a very high chance you will miss your conecting flight.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Here and there
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We have come to love SW. I hated it before I tried it, but now...I hate the way legacy carriers board/operate.

We flew Sun Country last spring...boarding takes FOREVER when done "the traditional" way.

From MSP, the cheapest options are SC and SW. SW will win out everytime, for me, based solely on the boarding experience.

"Line up" for SW is nothing like it used to be - no cattle call of people jostling around. Nice, orderly, everyone files on, stows, sits, and takes off.
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Old 06-09-2015, 02:28 PM
 
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Southwest is best for when you want to check luggage. That's because two checks bags fly free.
Bags don't fly free, the cost to transport them is built into the ticket price.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Bags don't fly free, the cost to transport them is built into the ticket price.
Then take the lowest price you fine and add the baggage fees (often $30 - $80 for non-priority fliers) and see how that works out for you. Hopefully very nice! (I am glad there are lots of choices of carriers).

I am building a house in another location so carpenter tools fly free on SWA (up to 50#/ bag) 4 bags of tools will go with us tomorrow.

Usually I take 'free' coolers of Salmon on SWA to trade for CO / NE / WY Beef.

Best wishes on your FREEDOM of CHOICE in airlines! I'm pleased with mine... (USUALLY SWA domestic). Today Alaska introduced great fares to one of my frequent destinations. I really like flying them, BUT they are $10 less than SWA and are $300 MORE for a refundable / change ticket (~$100-$200+ for most carriers) . I book 6 months in advance and if the weather changes, or something else comes along (unexpected concert, event, family healthcare crisis, death...), I like to have the freedom to change.

YMMV

Disclaimer... this comment is for the normal grunt (99%) flier... (No priority earned, non-first class prices or upgrades...)
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:00 PM
 
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Haven't flown much lately but when we did a few years back, spouse & I got a couple of free flights on SW Rapid Rewards...so riding the cattle car was worth it. Nowdays, just about all carriers are cattle cars, anyway.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Austin
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TLDR: I prefer assigned seats on airplanes
Me too. I avoid SW whenever I can.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I always fly SWa because their frequent flier program is the best in existence (tied with Air Berlin with Jet Blue right behind them as a recent WSJ article pointed out, and because getting free flights on SWA is as easy as breathing, since every flight to every destination is available for freebies, even 'the last flight out on the day before Thanksgiving' according to their spokesman--try doing so on any other of the Big Five airlines and you'll get laughed out of the airport.
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Old 06-20-2015, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I have witnessed something before that pi--ed me off, and I thought it was Southwest (but maybe it was another airline). They announced that "those with small children" can board first, and there was a family with several older members that argued with the admissions assistant that they were together and should board together. And she let them. That's bull crap!
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:23 AM
 
Location: SDL/PDX/RDU
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I have witnessed something before that pi--ed me off, and I thought it was Southwest (but maybe it was another airline). They announced that "those with small children" can board first, and there was a family with several older members that argued with the admissions assistant that they were together and should board together. And she let them. That's bull crap!
What? People abusing rules for their own gain? Unpossible.
BTW - Love your term "admissions assistant". Very Disney-esque!
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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I love flying SW and always purchase the early bird check in
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