Southwest Rapid Rewards - Fly WN more?
Jun 12, 08, 4:34 pm
I'm curious with all the new fees being added by every airline, will you fly an airline like WN more because of fewer fees? What fee is the breaking point (bags, soda, award booking fee etc)?
Jun 12, 08, 5:10 pm
I think you are asking the wrong board. We already fly WN more.
Jun 12, 08, 5:17 pm
In the last 12 months, I'm 100% WN. I flew one one-stop on WN when I could have had a non-stop on a legacy carrier, just to ensure hitting A-list next year. In the future, I may or may not do that. But, if its heads-up WN vs. legacy, most likely it will be WN. The only minor exceptions would be when a flight time strongly favors the legacy or when I think I might be able to upgrade on US Air for $50 per 500 miles.
Change fees alone were enough for me. Adding the baggage fees and drink fees are just cherries on the sundies.
Jun 12, 08, 10:21 pm
I currently have a $600 credit (less the $100 change fee) with US and I prefer to buy WN tickets and fly WN over using the US credit money on a US flight.
Jun 13, 08, 6:51 am
As a 1K member of UA, I only fly WN a few times a year. However, I would fly WN much more if I didn't have status with UA.
Jun 13, 08, 10:59 pm
SWA has gotten as bad as any legacy carrier on award redemption, where it routinely takes 2 awards (or double miles) to get a seat that use to cost only 1 award. On recent search for award tickets from any of 4 LA area airports to CMH on Wed or Thurs in early August (where every seat on every flight from every airport required 2 awards) I looked at using 2 awards for 1 ticket and buying the other. The cheapest SWA fare from SNA-CMH was $565 RT. Cheapest RT, using same dates and same airports, on AA was $285. I bought both tickets on AA for what 1 would cost me on SWA and saved the 2 awards.
Based on this experience, and several others (where all award seats required 2awards, mid week , during non holiday/special event times) I will not be flying SWA any more frequently.
I will use them when they offer non stop service when no one else does and that is about it.
I am saddened by this turn of events. I have flown SWA for many years and have been CP holder in prior years. They are now way too much like AA, UA, DL, etc. Their value proposition, for me, has largely disappeared.