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Southwest Airlines are the world's largest low cost airline, and carries the highest number of domestic passengers in the United States, to popular cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The company began a rebrand towards the end of 2014, launching international flights for the first time. Despite a major redesign, Southwest have been quick to reassure passengers that it’s a case of “new look, same heart.” At the moment Southwest isn’t a member of any global alliance, but as their quest for world domination continues, it’s likely that they could be joining a partnership in the future.  

Southwest’s business model is based on great customer service, excellent and cost-efficient time management of its staff and fleet, and a marketing plan that communicates honesty and its aversion to the often ridiculous fees that other airlines charge. The company even came up with a term for its approach to sales, called “transparency”--which perfectly describes its slogan, “No fees, nothing to hide.”

On July 10th, 2016 Southwest Airlines was granted authorization by the United States Government to fly to Cuba; one of six airlines chosen by the United States Department of Transportation.

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Southwest does not have hubs. They use the point-to-point system with large operations in some airports. Southwest often uses secondary airports to control costs. Here are some examples:

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Southwest Airlines: Loyalty Programs (Rapid Rewards), Discounts and Miles Promotions

Southwest passengers can earn loyalty points and rewards through the Rapid Rewards program. With no blackout dates and no expiration on points (as long as you have at least one qualifying earning activity every 24 months), it’s easy to earn points at a fast rate. Earn points with flights and everyday purchases with partners. You can also earn points with the Rapid Rewards Credit Card, which can be redeemed for international flights on more than 50 global carriers, car rentals, gift cards, cruises and hotel stays.

Ways to earn Rapid Rewards:

It is important to note that points gifted between members will only keep the recipient’s point balance active. If there is activity on your account during a 24-month period, your points will expire. Your account will become inactive at this time. You can still login on southwest.com and participate in an earned activity, at which time the account will become active.

Southwest Airlines: How to Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

Online check-in at southwest.com is available for Southwest passengers. You can also check-in at the self-service kiosk. Check-in can be done beginning 24 hours before departure. A government ID is needed for checking luggage. This can be shown at the Ticket Counter or Skycap Podium. Both the boarding pass and government-issued ID should be presented at the security line. Go directly to the security line if you do not have luggage to check-in.

You will be assigned a boarding position of A, B, or C and a number between 1 and 60 when you check in. This letter-number combination can be found on your boarding pass. Business select partners are in group A. Rapid Rewards tier members and families with children aged 6 and under are also in group A. Group B will go next, and C will go last. Passengers should plan on being at the gate 30 minutes before the departure time. Boarding passes will be checked at the gate 10 minutes prior to departure.

Southwest Airline seats are 17 inches wide. It is Southwest’s policy that larger customers (customers who take up space beyond one seat or encroach past an armrest) should plan on purchasing the neighboring seat. If it is not possible for a customer to purchase more than one seat, he or she can purchase one seat and discuss additional seating needs at the departure gate. If a second or third seat is needed to accommodate that customer at that time, a complimentary additional seat with be provided. If larger customers purchase seats in advance for their flight, they can see a Customer Service Agent to get documents to ensure they are eligible for a refund after the flight.

Seniors, 65 and older, qualify for senior fares and can make reservations for domestic and international flights online or by contacting a Southwest Airlines Customer Service Representative or travel agent. If you do not meet the above age requirement, there are other discounted fares which may be available to you. A Southwest Airlines representative can provide you with more information about these offers.

Southwest Airlines: Baggage Allowance and Fees

There is a maximum weight allowance for checked baggage of 50 pounds. The length, width and height of one piece of checked luggage cannot exceed 62 inches. Overweight items are 51 to 100 pounds and between 62 and 80 inches. There is an overweight luggage fee of $75 per item.

Due to the DOT/FA travel ban of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 (new, used or replaced), these phones are not permitted on the flight. This item cannot be brought on as a carry-on or in checked baggage.

Passengers can bring one bag and one small or personal item (like a purse) as a carry-on item. Carry-on bag dimensions cannot exceed 10 x 16 x 24 inches. Items are subject to a physical search.

Southwest Airlines: Service On Board, In-flight Entertainment and Meals

Satellite-based WiFi is available for WiFi-enabled devices and costs $8 a day per device. Devices should be fully charged before boarding the plane, because outlets are not available on the flight. WiFi network content is filtered. Southwest’s Inflight Entertainment Portal offers flyers a flight tracker, arrival and connecting gate information, games and access to the Southwest website. There is no charge for TV and there is live TV channels and on-demand episodes. Movies cost $5 per move per device and can continue to be viewed if you have a connecting flight. Movies cannot be downloaded to devices. A combination of classic movies, new releases and children’s movies are available. You can also download messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Viber for $2 a day so you can stay in contact with friends and family who are using the same apps. Messaging is included in the purchase of full access WiFi.

Southwest Airlines: Child Fairs/Fees, Minor Service Guidelines

To make a reservation for an unaccompanied minor, you will need the full name of the child, his or her address, telephone number(s), the child’s date of birth, information about the adult dropping off and picking up the child and contact information for an alternate person for pickup at the destination. Unaccompanied minor service to (and from) international destinations. Only a legal guardian or parent can purchase a ticket for a minor and must provide proof of this. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport early, because you will need to find a parking spot, obtain an escort pass, as well as the child’s unaccompanied minor lanyard (at the ticket counter) and will also need to go through security. An unaccompanied minor cannot travel with a pet. The child will be checked periodically by flight attendants; however, children will not be monitored on a continual basis during the flight.

Southwest Airlines suggests parents/guardians send food or snacks with an unaccompanied child if the flight is during meal times. Pretzels and peanuts are the only complimentary items available during the flight. Parents can also download the Southwest app to monitor their child’s flight status.

Infants over the age of 14 days, but under the age of 2 who will not be occupying a seat can be carried onto the plane free of charge when traveling with an adult (or a person 12 or older). Guardians will need a Boarding Verification Document for the infant. If you prefer to reserve a seat for your infant so you can use his or her FAA-approved car seat, affordable fares are available. If the infant is age-verified and traveling on an infant fare, online check-in is available. The child’s birth certificate is required to validate his or her age. For infants under the age of 14-days-old, a medical release for travel is required.

Accompanied children 2 through 11 are eligible for Child Fare for flights. Proof of age is required at the time of travel and online check-in is available if the child has been age-verified.

Southwest Airlines: Pet Policy

Southwest passengers can bring small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs with them on the flight. These animals must be in an airline-approved carrier stowed under the seat in front of the passenger (in-cabin). Pet remains are prohibited from being checked as baggage or carryon; however, there are certain conditions in which a passenger may take cremated remains onboard domestic U.S. or international flights under certain conditions. Check with Southwest for more information.

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each flight has a 6-pet capacity and a limit of one pet carrier per paying customer traveling on the same flight. There are some incidents where more or less than 6 pets might be allowed on scheduled flights. There are no pets allowed in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes international flight.

Check pets in at the airport ticket counter, but passengers can secure the pet’s boarding pass online, at curbside check-in, the airport kiosk, or at the ticket counter. Cats or dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior or other characteristics that are not compatible with air travel will be refused.

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Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing For $100 Million

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), which represents nearly 10,000 Southwest Airlines pilots, has just filed a lawsuit against Boeing for $100 million. The lawsuit has been filed in the District Court of Dallas County, and involves pilots feeling that Boeing has deliberately misled pilots about the 737 MAX.

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Why Southwest Pilots Are Suing Boeing Over The 737 MAX

The 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March, and Southwest Airlines was the largest operator of the plane type. The lawsuit says that Southwest Airlines pilots agreed to fly the plane based on Boeing representing to them that it was airworthy and was essentially the same as the previous 737 model.

They say that these false representations have cost 346 lives, have damaged the bond between pilots and passengers, and have reduced opportunities for air travel across the US and around the world (that last part seems to me like a bit of a stretch).

The monetary aspect of this lawsuit comes down to the 737 MAX grounding causing the elimination of more than 30,000 scheduled Southwest Airlines flights. This is causing a reduction of about 8% in passenger service by the end of 2019.

Since pilots are paid by the flight hour, pilots are arguing that they’re losing more than $100 million in pay as a result of these groundings.

As Captain Jonathan Weaks, President of SWAPA explains:

“As pilots, there is nothing more important to us than the safety of our passengers. We have to be able to trust Boeing to truthfully disclose the information we need to safely operate our aircraft. In the case of the 737 MAX, that absolutely did not happen.

It is critical that Boeing takes whatever time is necessary to safely return the MAX to service. Our pilots should not be expected to take a significant and ever-expanding financial loss as a result of Boeing’s negligence. We look forward to a solution that helps Boeing restore the confidence of both the flying public and the pilots who operate its aircraft.”

SWAPA has been negotiating with Boeing for compensation since early September, but that has gone nowhere, which is why they’ve decided to file this lawsuit.

Boeing has responded to this lawsuit by saying that they believe the lawsuit is meritless, and that they will vigorously defend against it.

What About A Settlement For The Airline?

What makes this lawsuit a bit confusing is that it’s expected that airlines operating the 737 MAX will have some sort of a business settlement with Boeing as a result of the losses incurred from the grounding of the 737 MAX.

It’s anyone’s guess what kind of an agreement will be reached. Southwest Airlines has said that the grounding of the 737 MAX is expected to cost them about $225 million in revenue for 2019. They’ve also said that they’re considering sharing some of the compensation with employees.

Now, presumably pilots wouldn’t be getting $100 million of any settlement as part of that, but I would assume they’d be getting something.

So I’m not fully sure how the lawsuit filed by the union would impact the general compensation to Southwest.

Bottom Line

I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not sure how much of a legal basis the pilots have with their claim.

Coming at this from a logical perspective (rather than a legal perspective — often not the same thing), if we agree that Boeing was being negligent, and if we agree that pilots lost out on significant pay as a result of the grounding of the plane, then pilots requesting compensation for this doesn’t seem unreasonable.

That being said, do they have grounds for directly suing Boeing? After all, it’s the company that has a direct relationship with Boeing, and not the pilots.

I do expect Boeing will do everything they can to defend themselves here, though, or else they would likely be sued by the employees of virtually every airline operating the 737 MAX.

Any lawyers want to chime in with their take on this situation?

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We have been traveling on Southwest as a family for over 35 years! We love Southwest because the staff is always friendly, they are helpful and answer quickly when you call in, the flight attendants gave us champagne on our honeymoon in 1989, you can cancel or make changes on a reservation without it being a major trauma and without any additional fees, they fly where we want to fly and last, but not least we can have two free checked bags and carryons. For years you could change or cancel a ticket and put the points back in your family points bank and we lived that especially when our kids were in college. Now you can’t, but that is because of the federal government and not because of Southwest. They fought it and lost. Also, I know several Southwest employees and they love their jobs. I love flying with an airline that treats not only their customers, but also their employees well. Now we have booked our 30th anniversary trip to Hawaii so that my husband can complete his 50th state. I will finish my 50th in September when we fly Southwest back east to Hartford, Connecticut to then go on to Vermont. Many of those states we have reached by flying Southwest! We also love that you all love our country! Thanks for all you do to make this world a better place! Blessings, Suzanne and John Barslund

Southwest is my favorite airline but I do have a complaint about my last trip from Boston to New Orleans with a connecting fight at Midway. The Plane landed at Midway on time but there was no gate available so we sat on the runway for awhile before being sent to a makeshift gate with no lounge area as far away as possible from my connecting flight which several other passengers were also booked on. In the past when there were delays and long distances between gates the flight crew always allowed connecting passengers off first. I was seated in the back so it took a long time to get off. I am in my 70’s with knee arthritis and cannot run. All signs on the long walk indicated my next flight was on time so I tried to run which is near impossible for me. When I finally got to gate no one was in line to board and it was just 5 minutes to departure. I thought I missed the flight only to find out it was delayed for more than 30 minutes. Signage had not been updated to alert me on the way. Had I been in my 20’s running to the gate would not have been a problem but a little care and planning by your crews could have helped. Please let connecting passengers of the plane first!

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SWA is always my first airline of choice. The customer service is the highest, in my opinion, in the airline industry. I once lost my wallet on the flight. Not only did they find it and contact me, but it was sent to the headquarters and mailed back to me with everything in tact!!! Including all the money!! Southwest Rocks!!! Please; never go out of business!!! In contrast, I once left my beautiful leather jacket on a Delta flight. The plane was still at the gate and when I realized, almost immediately, that I had left the jacket in the overhead bin, I reported it to the gate attendant. I got no help and never got the jacket back. One other time with Delta, I had to check my bag at the gate because the overhead bins were full. That had valuable personal items in the bag. The bag was stollen, no ID put into the computer and I never got it back. For at least 5 years I have put Delta airlines out of business, in my mind. Again...Southwest is the B E S T!!! Every other airline and many other industries can learn a lot by paying attention to the SWA business model. Dr. Sue Pressman Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Career Counselor Board Certified Coach