5 Good Reasons to Love Southwest Airlines


Southwest Airlines- 5 Good Reasons to Love Southwest

If you’re from the United States, have lived in the US, or travel often to the US then you probably know the airline Southwest. If you haven’t… let me introduce you. Southwest Airlines is an award winning domestic budget airline and happens to be one of my personal favorites to travel with. This is not a sponsored post and I have no affiliation with Southwest, but as someone who travels often and knows that traveling can sometimes be as stressful as online dating, I’m here to share a few reasons why if you’re traveling within the US, Southwest Airlines is one to always swipe right on.

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  1. Southwest airlines has Drink Coupons

Let’s begin with the fun stuff. Every now and then it’s nice to relax and sit back on a flight while enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail while you travel to your destination. However, drinks on Southwest are not free and cost $5 each. While that may be a reasonable price, all that “relaxing” can add up, so for that I have two words: drink coupons. Southwest occasionally send out coupons for free drinks. There are several ways to get these bad boys including being a rapid rewards frequent flyer member, which I’m not ashamed to say I am, booking 10 full price one way tickets, or signing up for their email newsletter. Either way you get them they’re reason number one to love this airline. 

2. Southwest’s Boarding is First Come, First Served

Honestly this may be something you either love or hate, but the airline doesn’t give seat assignments. Instead, how the Southwest Airlines check in works is as follows: Once you check in (24 hours in advance) you’re given a letter and a number and this determines the group you board with. So essentially, the earlier you check in, the better your number will be, the sooner you’ll get to board. The good thing about this system is it allows you to choose your seat, granted you check in early. For those instantly annoyed by this concept, there is hope. Southwest Airlines check in does have the early-bird-check-in option. This option is available for purchase with the ticket (for $15, $20, or $25 depending on the destination) and automatically checks you in early and gives you a priority number, guaranteeing that you’ll be one of the first ones on the plane.

You see all those bags? They were checked FOR FREE! Thanks Southwest Airlines!

You see all those bags? They were checked FOR FREE! Thanks Southwest Airlines!

3. Southwest Airlines Has No Change Fees

Nowadays canceling or changing your flight can cost you almost the same as the ticket, if not more. It’s enough to have everyone booking plane tickets wearing giant bifocals and a large-print calendar nearby just to ensure they’re dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s. Southwest Air allows you to modify your flight and change it as many times as you want and all they ask is that you pay the fare difference. This makes it one of most flexible cancellation and change policies out there and can really make last-minute travel a breeze.

4. Southwest Airlines Has Excellent Customer Service

Southwest is known for being one of the best airlines to work for and this is apparent in their customer service. Whether it’s singing flight attendants or a free glass of wine every now and then, oh yeah that happens too, they always seem to get it right. True story: I’ve had two significant delays with the airline and both times an apology came in the form of a free flight. I’m not saying this will happen every time you have a delay or an issue with them but when it comes to customer service, Southwest Airlines know how to please.

5. Southwest Airlines Has Free Checked Bags

Yup, you read that correctly. Remember the good ‘ol days when you could check a bag for free? Or how about the time you splurged on fancy organic dog shampoo, y’know, the kind that’s only made in LA and had to throw it out? Well if Southwest pricing doesn’t get you, the free checked bags will. You can check two bags for free with Southwest. Not one, but TWO. Need I say more?

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