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Southwest Airlines Sued Over “Early Bird” Fees That Don’t Guarantee Priority Boarding

When you pay a $25 fee to board a flight — especially one without assigned seats — ahead of other passengers, you might be ticked off to arrive at the gate and find out that not only aren’t you in the highest-priority boarding group, but that some of the people in front of you didn’t pay any additional money for their place in line. This is why a pair of Southwest passengers have filed a class-action suit against the airline, claiming the airline’s Early Bird Check-In program is “deceptive, fraudulent, and misleading.” [More]

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Why Do Airfares Keep Going Up While Airlines’ Fuel Costs Go Down?

The bad news: While the price of jet fuel is dropping, planes are still packed full of people and airfares are still on the rise. But is there a silver lining of good news for travelers, or are airline bosses just rolling around on beds made of money and laughing at us as we grumble about a ticket home for the holidays? [More]

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U.S. Sues Southwest For Not Paying $12M Fine Levied Over Improper Repairs

Here’s the thing about being fined by the U.S. government –– they won’t stop until you pay them. At least that appears to be the case with Southwest Airlines, which is being sued by the Justice Department for failure to pay a $12 million civil penalty levied by the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year. [More]

A Louisville couple got hitched on a Southwest Airlines flight over the weekend.

Nearly 100 People Attended A Wedding They Weren’t Invited To On A Southwest Airlines Flight

If you’ve ever watched a wedding-themed reality television show, then you probably know there is no shortage of unique and somewhat strange places for couples to get married. After this weekend we can add another to the list: a non-stop Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Dallas. [More]

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Report: Despite Lower Fuel Costs And Ebola Fears, Many Airlines Just Raised Base Fares

The good news for airlines — fuel prices are down for once. But while that’s all well and great, that doesn’t mean consumers are going to have those savings passed down by way of cheaper air fares. Instead, many of the major airlines have recently raised their base fares by a few dollars across the board, according to a new report. Just in time for the holidays, of course. [More]

Southwest Airlines Could Face $12M FAA Fine Over Improper Repairs

Southwest Airlines Could Face $12M FAA Fine Over Improper Repairs

Even the smallest mistake – or three of them – can translate into huge fines for airline companies. Southwest Airlines could be paying a $12 million fine to the Federal Aviation Administration because of allegedly improper repairs to its aircraft going back as far as 2006. [More]

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

It’s pretty great when your customer complaint over social media receives a swift, decisive response from the target company. What is not so great is when that response is to boot you and your elementary-school-age children off a plane before takeoff because you complained about a specific employee’s actions over Twitter. [More]

What Happens To Your Plane Ticket When There’s A Death In The Family?

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There are all kinds of reasons why you might not be able to fly when you were planning to, or need to make a change in a scheduled itinerary. Unfortunately, one of those might be the death of a loved one. But now that most domestic airlines don’t offer special bereavement fares, many fliers find themselves dealing with airlines after they’ve already bought tickets to try to make changes. But because airlines don’t want just anyone to pull the “my grandma died,” often customers are finding the process of changing or canceling flights in these situations daunting, confusing, and well, a bit tacky. [More]

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Southwest’s International Flights Start Taking Off Today To Caribbean Destinations

Until now, Southwest Airlines has had its wings spread exclusively over American soil. But starting today, the carrier will start flying outside of the country, adding flights to the Caribbean first and other international destinations later this summer and into the fall. [More]

Police: Man Called In Bomb Threat To Southwest Airlines To Ruin Ex’s Vacation

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There are plenty of immature ways that you could — but most definitely shouldn’t — get revenge on an ex. While most of them are, at worst, misdemeanors, a Seattle man is facing a much bigger penalty for allegedly calling in a bogus bomb threat to Southwest Airlines just to get back at an ex-girlfriend. [More]

Southwest Airlines Fined $200,000 For Violating Fare Advertising Rule… Again

Southwest Airlines Fined $200,000 For Violating Fare Advertising Rule… Again

It’s only fair that when a company advertises a price that consumers get that price. Well, apparently Southwest Airlines wasn’t holding up its end of the airfare deal – again. Now, the company is getting a slap on the wrist, and a $200,000 fine from the U.S. Department of Transportation. [More]

Final AirTran Flight Scheduled To Depart On Dec. 28

Final AirTran Flight Scheduled To Depart On Dec. 28

It’s been three years since Southwest Airlines acquired budget carrier AirTran, but the two airlines’ fleets have yet to be fully integrated. Southwest has finally put a Dec. 28 date on the ultimate AirTran-branded flight. [More]

Southwest CEO Vows To Work On Getting Planes Where They Should Be On-time

Southwest CEO Vows To Work On Getting Planes Where They Should Be On-time

Because no one likes to be told they’ll be arriving somewhere at one time only to find you’re stranded at an airport late at night, staring at the closed Cinnabon and wondering if you’ll ever get home. Late planes are a problem, one that Southwest Airlines says it’s trying hard to fix after lagging behind other carriers in the race to be on-time. [More]

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Unruly Passenger Tries Opening The Door

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Unruly Passenger Tries Opening The Door

It’s common knowledge that airplane doors aren’t meant to be open while in flight. But that didn’t stop an unruly Southwest Airlines passenger from trying. [More]

Sunny Daydreams: Southwest Expands International Travel South Of The Border

Sunny Daydreams: Southwest Expands International Travel South Of The Border

With yet another snowstorm punishing the northeast today, Southwest Airlines knew we needed a dose of sun-soaked daydreams. The airline has expanded its international travel itinerary to include more sandy beaches. [More]

All these are worth less than a popular messaging app.

27 Major Companies That Are Worth Less Than WhatsApp

Just how big of a deal is the $19 billion WhatsApp is getting from Facebook in the acquisition announced yesterday? It’s a pretty freaking big deal — especially when you consider that there are a whole lot of major companies –including many that produce physical goods you can reach out and touch — that have been around longer than WhatsApp and are worth a lot less. [More]

Going South Of The Border: Southwest Announces First International Routes

Going South Of The Border: Southwest Announces First International Routes

Pack your bags for the sunny Caribbean (maybe not for a cruise, though) because bags are flying there for free now, along with passengers of course. Southwest Airlines just announced one of the most anticipated integration aspects of their 2011 merger with AirTran — international travel. [More]

There Are Two Airports In Branson, Mo. And This Southwest Flight Landed At The Wrong One

There Are Two Airports In Branson, Mo. And This Southwest Flight Landed At The Wrong One

Choices! They can be so hard to make, or perhaps just complicated and inexplicable. So much so that Southwest Airlines isn’t explaining why the crew of a flight from Chicago bound for one airport near Branson, Mo. airport decided to land at the other instead. [More]