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Trip Report Do not opt for Southwest airlines if you're a business traveler

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I would avoid SouthWest airlines when traveling in the US. It "claims" to provide wonderful customer service and is all about the customer, BUT IT IS NOT TRUE. They offer a fare online called Business Fare. This is NOT a business anything. There is no special business section, no larger seat or anything you would find any business sections on any plane in the world.

They claim that with Business you get a free drink. However that 'free' drink cost me over $200 dollars!! Then they claimed that with Business fare you get to board the plane early (you do in any other plane in business around the world for free) but this early boarding cost me over $200 extra dollars. We're talking about $400 dollars for my business fare one way seat compared to the people sitting next to me paying less than $150 for their coach seat. Business, my butt!

After speaking to a representative to the company and asking them to explain to me what their concept of business vs. anyone else on the plane they couldn't come up with anything except the free drink (again a $200 drink). Everything else, like a refundable ticket, free baggage etc comes complete with everyone's ticket.

Do yourself a favor. Spend your hard earned money with any other airline. Delta, United, American...they all at least give you what you expect and don't try to hide their fees around things you wont' be getting like Southwest does. They know what Business actually means and treat business travelers as they should be treated.

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