Southwest Airlines unveils 10 new Chicago O’Hare, Colorado Springs routes

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines will launch 10 new routes when it begins flights to Chicago O’Hare and Colorado Springs early next year, two of nine new destinations that it is adding to its map during the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier will debut with five routes at each the cities. Flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) begin in February …

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Southwest Airlines is seriously considering the Airbus A220 for its next new jet

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Salt and pepper, airports and airplanes, Southwest Airlines and the Boeing 737. All items that are expected together. But now Southwest, having flown the 737 nearly exclusively since 1971, may finally be ready to add a new aircraft type to its fleet. The airline is evaluating its next small jet — one seating around 140 …

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3 Links I Love: Southwest’s Strategy, Surrender the Dragon, Wizz Goes South

Written by CF @ Cranky Flier

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A former Southwest network planner talks about how Southwest has moved toward connecting banks during the pandemic.

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The Boeing 737 MAX is about ready to return to US skies. Will it make it for the holidays?

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

U.S. authorities are in the final miles of the 19-month marathon to re-certify the Boeing 737 MAX. Most expect the Federal Aviation Administration to sign off on changes to the aircraft’s systems and training protocols before the end of the year. Once this happens, the race will be on to see what U.S. airline will …

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Southwest Will Stop Blocking Middle Seats On December 1, 2020

Written by William Charles @ Doctor Of Credit

Update 10/22/20: Southwest will stop blocking middle seats starting on December 1, 2020. Southwest says this decision was made due to scientific findings that state seat blocking is not necessary. Update 9/16/20: Southwest will continue to block middle seats through at least November 30, 2020.  Update 8/20/20: Delta will continue to block middle seats through at […]

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Southwest Airlines won’t block middle seats for Christmas flights

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

The nation’s largest domestic airline is ending its capacity caps starting Dec. 1. That means holiday travelers won’t find empty middle seats, and could potentially face completely sold out jets. Southwest Airlines made the announcement Thursday, saying it would end the practice it first began in May. The carrier has an open-seating policy where passengers …

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Southwest Airlines expands again, adds three more cities to its route map

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines will add three more cities to its map. That will bring the carrier’s planned total additions next year to five, growth the comes even as Southwest continues to rack up billion-dollar losses during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dallas-based carrier plans new flights to Colorado Springs (COS), Colorado; Jackson, Mississippi (JAN); and Savannah, Georgia …

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How the pandemic changed my award redemption priorities

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

At the beginning of 2020, I had lofty expectations of how I would use my points and miles this year.  In 2019, I earned over 150,000 points and miles from sign-up bonuses on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and my American Express® Gold Card, as well as targeted promotions on cards like the …

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Budget airlines muscle into big airports as coronavirus creates new opportunities

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

JetBlue Airways opening a base at LAX. Southwest Airlines flying to Chicago O’Hare, Houston Bush Intercontinental and Miami. Spirit Airlines landing in Orange County. These are all opportunistic moves airlines have made since the coronavirus pandemic hit, possibly helping to reshape U.S. airline maps for years to come. “We have historically been boxed out of …

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Southwest Companion Pass: What You Need To Know For 2021

Written by Travis Cormier @ MileValue

This time of year you’d normally be smelling pumpkin spice wafting through the air, but that may be a bit difficult to smell through your mask.

Although you may not be smelling pumpkin spice as well this year, it can only signal one thing: Southwest Companion Pass season.

Getting the Southwest Companion Pass is all about the timing.

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Airlines expect a post-coronavirus boom in leisure travel, they just don’t know when

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic has laid the airline industry bare, cutting travelers to a fraction of last year’s numbers and even reducing some big names to bankruptcy. As Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian described it in March: “This is 9/11, SARS and the Great Recession all rolled into one.” But the word from industry executives …

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Southwest Airlines to add Chicago O’Hare and Houston Bush Intercontinental

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines is on a tear adding new airports to its route map with Chicago O’Hare and Houston Bush Intercontinental due to join next year. The Dallas-based carrier will add the large hubs of Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) in early 2021, Southwest commercial chief Andrew Watterson said at the Boyd International …

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Southwest Companion Pass Sign-Up Bonus

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is one of the best airline elite benefits around. And, while you normally have to fly a lot to get it, now you can get the Southwest Companion Pass as a sign-up bonus. Southwest Companion Pass As a refresher, Southwest Companion Pass is exactly what it sounds like. If you […]

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Airlines need to do more for elite members in 2021 to retain loyalty

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

This has been a tough year for airlines and frequent travelers alike. Travel demand remains low compared to last year as coronavirus cases continue to peak in some parts of the world. Expecting the virus to be contained in 2020, airlines went into the pandemic with elite status extensions and lower qualification requirements. But as …

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