Okay, so this might sound crazy. But until a few weeks ago, I’d never flown with Southwest! I’ve been on plenty of flights, but I’ve just always gravitated towards what I know (Delta, American Airlines). But when I was trying to decide on a flight to Dallas, my sister suggested I check Southwest’s website. Apparently a lot of their flights don’t show up in places like Kayak or Google Flights because they have three seating options! When I checked, SURE ‘NUFF their prices were lower than anyone else’s!! And THEN I saw that your first two checked bags fly free?? I mean, what is that about?? THERE HAS TO BE A CATCH, RIGHT?
Here are my top four tips I would give to someone flying Southwest:
- BUY FROM THEM
I have ALWAYS checked flight prices through somewhere like Kayak or Google Flights, because I like to compare my options all in one place (who doesn’t?). It wasn’t until my sister mentioned it that I realized Southwest’s often didn’t show up with the cheapest flights! But when I visited their actual website, their prices blew the other airlines outta the water! When you’re comparing flights, always check their site. My guess is that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- CHECK IN SO FAST
My biggest advice to anyone flying Southwest would be to check in ASAP! You get your boarding group and number at this time. You board in groups (A, B, C, D) and each person has a number within their group (1-60). For example, if you’re B3, you’ll be at the front of the second boarding group. Once you board, you just pick a seat! This is super awesome but also a little anxiety-inducing if you forgot to check in until just a couple of hours before your flight. You can pay a small fee for early check-in, but I just set an alarm for exactly 24 hours before my flight (the earliest you can check in without paying to do it early) and got a window seat my first time and an aisle my next! The one time I forgot to set an alarm, however, I was one of the last ten people to board and ended up sandwiched between two guys. Just… set an alarm, people. You can thank me later.
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE FREE BAGS
For my trip, I knew I was going to be doing several photo shoots, which meant several outfit changes. I was nervous at first, but then remembered I could check two bags up to 50 lbs EACH. AND I could bring a carryon! AND a personal item! I actually didn’t even end up bringing a carryon, since it’s just one more thing to drag with me through the airport and I was able to fit everything in my two checked bags! If you only have one big suitcase because you’re not doing a photo shoot or something crazy that requires a ridiculous amount of clothes, shoes, accessories, etc, I would recommend going ahead and checking your carryon! It was so nice to only have my purse to keep up with.
- GET THOSE RAPID REWARDS POINTS
As an online shopper, you KNOW the first thing I did was sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards program. They’re partners with SO MANY BUSINESSES, most of which I already shop with! I placed an order at Old Navy last week and like two days later, BOOM I had points on my account. Hey, shopping online AND getting free flights? I’m definitely about that life.
Well, those are my tips! Please feel free to comment and let me know if you have any other questions about my experience! And DEFINITELY let me know if you have any tips of your own!