questions for southwest airlines

Old Jan 20th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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questions for southwest airlines

I've never flown sw b4 and was thinking of flying from seattle to chicago over the easter weekend.Their website had lots of different prices.What's the diference between special fares and fun fares,etc?They also have a really cheap internet price,do you just have to get there super early so your'e guranteed a seat?I tried calling there line but I was hold forever,thx.
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Old Jan 20th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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Living in Portland, OR we fly SW all the time to Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego.

All SW Airline flights are the same except that there is limited availability for each catagory. The fun fares generally sell out fairly quickly and then you pay for the next catagory.

The thing I like most about SW is that if you book a ticket somewhere and are unable to fly on your scheduled date, you are able to fly at another time and use the flight credit for the flight you didn't fly towards your new travel dates without penalty.

They do not have seat assignments. Instead they have "A", "B" and "C" assignments and they call "A" to board first. You are able to print out your boarding pass within 24 hours of your flight so if you remember to do so you will be likely to get into the "A" catagory and board before B and C.

For short hops it is a great airline. the longer ones often fly through several cities or change planes a couple of times to get you where you want to go.

They are typically a very fun airline. The flight attendants dress in khaki shorts or pants and polo shirts.
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Old Jan 20th, 2007, 09:27 AM
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qman, search above for "Southwest" - there's a recent thread with a lot of opinions about the airline there.
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Old Jan 20th, 2007, 09:35 AM
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Not sure what time of day you called but SW answers their phones very quickly with human beings too I cannot believe you were on hold "forever" .. not with SW. I fly SW all the time, great airline, great crews, great prices, great attitude toward crediting you for lower fares, cancellations etc. What is not to like !! ?? You go online 24 hrs before you flight and print your boarding pass, it's simple. If you can get the internet fare take it, I do all the time. If you can't get it and take the fun fare or whatever keep monitoring your flight prices .. if it goes down just make the changes online and you will be credited the difference toward a future flight.
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Old Jan 20th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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Also, sign up for "Ding" fares on the Southwest home page. Specify Seattle as your airport of interest (you can specify up to 10 airports).

A couple or three times a day, you'll hear a "ding" and you'll see what looks like a tailfin with a piece of paper sticking out of it. Click on the icon, and you'll see some special fares to a variety of cities. The fares are typically available for flights about a month or two out, occasionally longer than that. But you typically have to book the "Ding" fare within a few hours of the offer--the time limit varies from one "Ding" fare offer to the next.

When I've flown Southwest from Seattle to Chicago on "Ding" fares over the last couple of years, I've typically gotten fares in the $69-$79 each way (plus taxes and fees).
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I fly southwest a couple of times a month and have no complaints whatsoever. Never had my luggage lost, never have grumpy employees, and I can change my ticket at the last minute (if I finish my photo shoot early, I can hop an early flight home) without penalty, and I love peanuts.

And after you get a free rountrip flight, they send you free drink coupons!

You can pick the flight you want on the website, so you don't have to get stuck with multiple stops on a long flight, there are choices.

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Old Jan 20th, 2007, 10:08 PM
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"I tried calling there line but I was hold forever"

Not possible. I fly SWA frequently and have never waited more than 3 minutes to reach a person. Are you sure you didn't call American Airlines by mistake?
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I also have never waited more than a minute or two (more often a ring ot two) to get to a real live person at Southwest customer service.
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Depending on when she called the poster very well could have been put on hold forever. Recently, DFW, AUS, SAT all expeienced horrible weather with airports and flights being cancelled...these all affected SW and everyone airline, hotel and car rental here.

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