Southwest 411

As I just had quite a few dealings with Southwest airline, I decided I’d quickly share the wealth.

I did receive an e-mail about this, but in case you were unaware, Southwest acquired AirTran.  What I didn’t realize, until I was searching where to spend my SW airfare credit, is that SW does not fly into the state of Georgia.  However, AirTran does.  In fact, on the map, there were a couple other states SW doesn’t fly into, fyi.

In case you missed my prior post, here is something I posted there about using an airfare credit through SW:

**If you’re flying Southwest, you have exactly a year after date-of-purchase to USE your credit.  Not purchase w/ it, not even start your trip on that day.  It all must be USED by the expiration date, or you simply lose it.

Lastly, and here’s the really good part, their Rapid Rewards. The old rules were, you needed 16 credits to get a free flight, and each credit only lasted two years.  I personally managed 2 credits in two years.  Now, they’re on a point system, and those points will never expire, yes, never!, IF you fly at least once every two years from the last flight purchase.  So, you can keep accruing, as long as you plan to fly one flight through SW every two years.  Not bad!  (I think you need 30,000 for a flight…?  But, you can also search flights by points (or money). I’m not as knowledgeable on using the points.)


About Heather.B

I'm a thirty-something (how did I get so old?!) esthetician (Jan 2009), soon-to-add holistic services (Jan 2013), and then onto business school with a few more endeavors in the works. Stayed tuned though as this changes often. I call it "what-to-be-when-I'm-a-grown-up ADD" - but here's a great quote of encouragement if you're similar in nature: “The experience of centering was one I particularly sought because I thought of myself as dispersed, interested in too many things. I envied people who were ‘single-minded,’ who had one powerful talent and who knew when they got up in the morning what it was they had to do. Whereas I, wherever I turned, felt the enchantment: to the window for the sweetness of the air; to the door for the passing figures; to the teapot, the typewriter, the knitting needles, the pets, the pottery, the newspaper, the telephone. Wherever I looked I could have lived. It took me half my life to come to believe I was okay even if I did love experience in a loose and undiscriminating way and did not know for sure the difference between good and bad. My struggles to accept my nature were the struggles of centering.” – [from Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person by Mary Caroline Richards] I'm a lover of animals (especially my bird and cat), my niece and nephew (and #3 on HER way), and plants; an avid crochet-er (and other crafty things), amateur photographer, baker extraordinaire, dreamer of travels far away (camping and road trips settle me for now), searcher of different music, and beloved daughter of The King. Add in a penchant for being taught new things, and you've got a good idea of what you're dealing with here. I, also, have an endocrine disorder (PCOS) that causes me to have a low carb diet and an insatiable appetite for holistic health (along with a big butt) - I console myself with the reminder that there are worse things, like being eaten by an alligator. Lastly, I've found I get bored easily and procrastinate like it's my job. So who knows how steadily I'll contribute to this. Welcome! If you choose to read this, I've warned you fairly ;), and I really hope you enjoy the variety of my life. Please send me a note and let me know about you!

4 responses to “Southwest 411”

  1. Lindsay says :

    Hey Heather it’s Lindsay, question for you! Do you have to get a credit card to accrue these points or are there other ways to get them? I usually fly SW too, and at least once a year to go back to TX to see my fam… so free flights would be nice LOL.

    Hope your trip is going well!

    • musingsofheatherlyb says :

      Hey, Linds!

      No, the points accrue with or without their credit card. It’s just based on the purchase price, and not in how it was purchased.

      Free flights are always nice! 🙂

      Hope to see you soon!!

  2. Karen says :

    I’ll let my husband know about your post. Thanks.

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