(**”Scheduled posting” totally failed on this one. Sorry ’bout that!)
The title is a lie.
I used to love flying. This was when it was a novelty and, thus, exciting. Now, after watching the ground recede and reappear many times, it is all about the many ways I could die. Having more insight into the mind of pilots than I did ten years ago also doesn’t help. As you read this I am soaring over the Midwest, headed En Avant on my way to approximately Minneapolis, MN, home of Prince, the Target Corporation, the Mall of America (I said approximately), and the largest nonjuried performing arts festival in the US. I am ignoring my recently acquired fear of flying for all that goodness.
And the wedding, of course.
One thing that hasn’t changed in the recent past, however, is how much I enjoy all things Southwest Airlines.
I am not a paid spokesperson, obviously. They barely know I exist. (I say “barely” because they did just email me to ask for my personal info, so they wouldn’t have to taze me at the gate.)
Instead of spending a lot of time with lengthy explanations, I will just do a list. But first I will say that I’m on a Southwest flight at least once every three months. That’s at least eight round trips a year, which is 16 flights, on 16+ planes. I know what I’m talking about.
And they are better than the rest.
- No baggage fees. At least not for the two bags that I always bring. This alone is a deciding factor for me.
- I can choose my own seat (always near the potty).
- Their website is inviting, and simple, and clean, and it makes sense.
- They give me prizes for flying (free round trip! Holla!)
- Peanuts are still served on board (they haven’t given in to the Man).
- You can have as many snacks AS YOU WANT. Seriously. If you want three packages of those cheddar cheese crackers or six bags of peanuts, they graciously hand them over.
- Direct flights to Philly exist.
- Flight attendants are REALLY NICE.
- Always, if I plan, I can find the flight I want for less than $200 round trip.
That’s enough. I always go to Southwest first, when looking for airfare. And if I book far enough in advance, they’re usually giving me the lowest fare, along with the best service.
I luv them.