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War Brewing in Atlanta? That Depends on Your Perspective…

“It is clear Frontier & Spirit, our country’s two largest low cost carriers, are going after Atlanta pretty hard. While I am surprised there is so much overlap with their new routes, I am confident it will drive prices down”, Shawn Coomer of Miles to Memories posted earlier today in this article. “My guess is that Delta is ready for this fight and will match the prices of their low cost competitors, but only time will tell. I am just glad that it is going to get much cheaper for me to fly to Atlanta from Las Vegas!”

Actually, Shawn, Delta Air Lines has already been ready for this “fight” in the form of Basic Economy airfares, which offers Main Cabin service with fewer flexibility options available in select markets. As I first wrote in this article back in December…

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Man Faces Charges For Stealing Life Vests Off of Airplanes

Benjamin Wenzl allegedly exited from an airplane operated by Southwest Airlines on Monday, November 3, 2014 with two life vests taken from under the seats in his carry-on bag and was met by police at the location of Albuquerque International Sunport for curbside pickup.

“He self-admitted he took them as a prank for prank gifts”, said…

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AirTran A+ Rewards Program Ends Today

Kevin Krone — who is the vice president and chief marketing officer of Southwest Airlines — sent the following e-mail message to members of the AirTran A+ Rewards frequent flier loyalty program earlier this morning…

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Earn 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points for Every Choice Hotels Stay

Earn double — or 1,200, to be more specific — Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards frequent flier loyalty program points for every qualifying stay when you pay an eligible rate at participating Choice Hotels properties worldwide through November 15, 2014.
The approximately 5,500 hotel properties in the United States, Canada, Europe — excluding Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden — Middle East, Mexico, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Fiji or the Caribbean include the following brands…

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“Each-Way” Airfare Sale Gripe

You might perceive this gripe as minor, but in comparing airfare sales between Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines — both of which end today where the airfares are as low as $73.00 each way — you would believe that both airfare sales are similar if not identical; but there is one major difference highlighted below in dark red…

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Pilot Delays Flight for Passenger to Attend Funeral of Murdered Grandson

A Southwest Airlines Pilot holds flight for 12 minutes beyond scheduled departure time for late passenger who was reportedly on his way to attending the funeral of his murdered three-year-old grandson, and he was delayed in arriving at the aircraft on time due to long lines.

The pilot reportedly informed the grieving grandfather that he would not have allowed the aircraft to depart without him.

The question is: would pilots from other airlines have done the same thing in a similar situation, and would the airlines for whom they work have allowed it?

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