Senator Calls For Federal Investigation Into Airline Prices, Data Withholding

Senator Calls For Federal Investigation Into Airline Prices, Data Withholding

When looking to book a flight, many consumers find it easier to peruse third-party comparison sites such as Kayak, Orbitz or Expedia where airfare can be easily compared among different airlines. While airlines have had their share of issues with sites that often lead to some fares disappearing, one legislator is calling for a federal investigation over allegations that some carriers completely withhold information from such travel sites in an attempt to block passengers from finding the best price possible. [More]

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Does Booking Direct With The Airline Actually Offer You The Lowest Price?

It’s no secret that some airlines have little love for online travel-booking sites. Southwest only lets travelers book fares directly through the airline and Delta has cut ties with a number of booking/listing sites, including TripAdvisor. The airline industry claims that booking directly will get consumers the lowest prices on airfare, but is that true? [More]

Southwest Airlines Extends Fare Sale Due To Ongoing Website Issues

Southwest Airlines Extends Fare Sale Due To Ongoing Website Issues

This week, Southwest Airlines had a sale on tickets that was popular. Extremely popular. It was so popular that aspiring passengers couldn’t get through to the company’s website or phone lines, and many wished that the sale could be extended for an extra day to make up for forcing customers to hit “refresh” repeatedly. [More]

Getting outta town has been delayed until further notice.

Demand For Southwest Airlines Sale Fares Overwhelms Website

It’s probably not surprising that when Southwest Airlines announced a summer sale with one-way fares as cheap as $49, travelers were delighted. They were so delighted that they’ve overwhelmed the carrier’s site, making it difficult for customers to book new flights, or to print their boarding passes for travel that’s planned for, um, now. [More]

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What Are The Best And Worst Airlines For Using Rewards Travel?

So you’ve racked up a bunch of frequent flier miles or loyalty points or whatever your preferred airline calls them, but can you actually use those rewards to book free travel when you want? For some U.S.-based carriers, the answer ranges from “almost definitely” to “good luck.” [More]

Fewer Airlines Does Not Mean Fewer Flight Delays

Fewer Airlines Does Not Mean Fewer Flight Delays

Airlines merge because it makes them more efficient: at least, that’s what they say. Does all of that cost-cutting behind the scenes translate to efficiencies on the runways and in getting planes in the air in a timely fashion? Well…no, not really. Sometimes two airlines merging has meant that they end up with a lower percentage of on-time flights than each of the two airlines originally did together. [More]

Spirit Airlines Brings Up Rear In Latest Airline Customer-Satisfaction Scores

Spirit Airlines Brings Up Rear In Latest Airline Customer-Satisfaction Scores

Time Warner Cable and merger-partner Comcast have very little company among the lowest-scoring companies on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, but now that ACSI has added Spirit and Frontier to its airline rankings, TWC can no longer claim the honor of having the lowest survey score of all U.S. companies in the Index. [More]

Southwest Airlines showed their romantic side Wednesday by hosting a wedding shower at the Baltimore Airport.

Southwest Airlines Surprises Bride-To-Be With Airport Wedding Shower

Last November, Southwest Airlines played host to a wedding on a flight from Nashville to Dallas. The company continued its foray into all things matrimonial this week when it surprised one passenger with a wedding shower. [More]

Southwest Gets OK To Continue Flying 128 Planes That Missed Inspections

Southwest Gets OK To Continue Flying 128 Planes That Missed Inspections

Yesterday afternoon, Southwest Airlines had to cancel dozens of flights after learning that one-fifth of its entire fleet was overdue for a necessary maintenance check. The airline was to have grounded 128 planes pending inspection, but has reached a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow those jets to continue flying. [More]

Southwest Frequent Flyer Earned Enough Points For Free Companion Ticket; Or So He Thought

Southwest Frequent Flyer Earned Enough Points For Free Companion Ticket; Or So He Thought

With only a few weeks to go in the year, one Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards member says he was right on the cusp of earning a free companion pass. After allegedly being told that any points accrued before the end of the year would count toward that goal, he spent more on his Rapid Rewards credit card to rack up those points — only to later be told the deadline for earning points via the credit card was not Dec. 31. [More]

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Southwest Fined $1.6M For Lengthy Tarmac Delays

Southwest Airlines is once again feeling the ire of federal regulators, as the Department of Transportation on Thursday imposed a $1.6 million fine against the airline for forcing passengers to stay on planes for hours at Chicago’s Midway airport in January 2014. [More]

Southwest Baggage Handlers Say Too Many Flights + More Passengers + Not Enough Planes = Delays

Southwest Baggage Handlers Say Too Many Flights + More Passengers + Not Enough Planes = Delays

At more than a dozen airports around the country today, baggage handlers and other ground crew workers for Southwest Airlines are protesting their employer, claiming that the carrier is too focused on cramming as many people into the fewest planes possible. [More]

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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]

Which Airlines Have The Most Comfortable Coach Seats?

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“Oh, goodie! I get to sit in coach for X amount of hours! I can’t wait to stretch out and relax,” said no one ever before flying, because in economy class, luxurious leg room and a sweet ratio of cushion to rump comfort is not what you’re paying for. That being said, some airlines are better at pleasing our behinds than others, according to a new poll released this week. [More]

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Southwest To Start Flying Some Planes With Biofuels Made From Forest Waste As Early As 2016

Over the years there have been a number of fuel alternatives proven to power vehicles: from cooking oil to solar panels. Still we weren’t exactly prepared for planes that fly on forest remnants. But apparently it’s possible and Southwest plans to implement the use of those biofuels in at least some flights as soon as 2016. [More]

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Southwest Passenger Detained After Creating WiFi Hotspot Names Like “Bomb On Board”

Authorities detained a passenger aboard a Southwest flight that landed at Seattle-Tacoma Airport yesterday on its way to Denver, after reports that he created a bunch of creepy names for his in-flight WiFi hotspot, naming it “Southwest – Bomb on Board” and making comments about the attractiveness of flight attendants, among other things. [More]

Southwest Airlines Hopes Consumers “Heart” Its New Look

Southwest Airlines Hopes Consumers “Heart” Its New Look

Over the past few years, Southwest Airlines has undergone quite a corporate metamorphosis: completing the purchase of AirTran and beginning operation of its first international flights. But no transformation is complete without the big makeover reveal scene (at least that’s the formula in every teenage chick-flick I ever saw). Southwest’s time on the runway came today as the company debuted a new look. [More]

Serial Stowaway Arrested After Flying From San Jose To Los Angeles Without A Ticket

Serial Stowaway Arrested After Flying From San Jose To Los Angeles Without A Ticket

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Unless of course what you’re trying to do is sneak past airport security to board a flight for which you don’t have a valid ticket, because that will get you arrested. [More]