I am not a world traveler, in fact I really do not like airplanes, especially ones that plan on leaving the tarmac. But, by necessity I occasionally have to be a big girl and get on an airplane that actually leaves the ground. Since I also do not like to spend a lot of money I almost always fly on Southwest.
Why? Because they are cheap, fun, and laid back. I would say just like me, but I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. They also have a super easy frequent flyer program. Each one-way ticket earns you one credit. It takes just sixteen credits; within 24 consecutive months to receive a Standard Award, valid for a free round trip Award for travel on Southwest Airlines. There is no fine print, no black out dates, it is a simple program and I like simple.
But the absolute best thing about Southwest is DING! If you have not downloaded DING on to your computer and you travel at all you are paying too much for your ticket.
What is DING? Well, taken straight from the Southwest website, DING is;
- Free downloadable application that sits on your desktop.
- Exclusive air fare offers delivered straight to you.
- Deeply discounted pricing that is not available anywhere other than through the DING! application.
- Customizable: Choose up to 10 airports of your choice and get live updates for your cities.
This is how it works. You download the application. It sits almost unnoticed on your computer. Then out of the blue you hear a little DING (you know, the sound you hear on an airplane that means you can start smoking unfasten your seat belt). When you hear the DING, click on the little Southwest icon and up pops the super cheap airfare deals to and from the cities you selected.
A few years ago I was able to buy $25 one-way tickets from Norfolk to Orlando. My brother-in-law is the DING King and is able to fly around the country for as little as $100 round trip.
So if you are planning on flying somewhere this summer, get DING to get the best deals on airfare. And if you want to fly for free you can enter their giveaway for a family four-pack of airline tickets to any destination Southwest serves in the U.S. Just don’t win because I am an entering too and I would love to take half of my family on a vacation this summer. 😉
And if I still haven’t convinced you to fly Southwest maybe this will…
If the economy has put a crimp in your vacation plans and you will not be flying anywhere this summer check out my Kid’s Love Travel book giveaway for a complete guide to day tripping in your state!
This post is linking to Works for me Wednesday.
I am not affiliated with Southwest Airlines… I just love cheap tickets!