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The people who stood at the gate for 2 hours, generally speaking, were idiots. As long as you were in A or B group you were guaranteed a good seat. The only time I even thought about lining up early was if I was in C group. The new system is alright I guess but over regulated compared to SW's image.Al
Quote from: Al on June 27, 2008, 04:16:03 PMThe people who stood at the gate for 2 hours, generally speaking, were idiots. As long as you were in A or B group you were guaranteed a good seat. The only time I even thought about lining up early was if I was in C group. The new system is alright I guess but over regulated compared to SW's image.AlMaybe so. And if so, there were a lot of idiots. I never saw a SW gate that wasn't queued up way earlier than it needed to be, in all 3 lines, before they instituted such a simple change for the better. Everybody is way more relaxed about the whole thing now.If they'd also institute a policy of 'if you expect to eat or drink you better bring it with you' they could end the snack division and could shave off a few more dollars or hold the line longer on fare increases.
It was a 737 just like SW flies WITH the AC on at the gate. She lied. Al
Quote from: Al on June 28, 2008, 12:44:34 AMIt was a 737 just like SW flies WITH the AC on at the gate. She lied. AlNot exactly. The aircraft air conditioner is dependent upon the engines turning. They are not going to idle them at the gate to cool the plane. At SW you'll notice they hook up a large yellow duct to the plane. That's the ground ventilation/cooling system. I really doubt any airline is without this capability, but that doesn't mean they use it, though not doing so in Houston defies logic. Maybe that's how Continental manages to shave 3 seconds off their pathetic 'on-time' departure stats.
Added Fees NWA will also match other competitors by adding fees to offset some of its extraordinary fuel costs. Checked Bag Fees NWA is matching several competitors including American Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, with plans to charge $15 for the customer's first checked bag. The new policy applies to tickets sold on or after July 10, for travel starting August 28, throughout the United States as well as travel between the U.S. and Canada.NWA also charges $25 for a second checked bag and $100 for three or more checked bags. Frequent flier elites are exempt from the policy, along with full-fare coach passengers. WorldPerks(R) Award Tickets NWA is also matching competitors by implementing a service fee for award tickets. For WorldPerks(R) Award tickets issued in North America on or after September 15, 2008, NWA will charge $25 for domestic tickets, $50 for Trans-Atlantic tickets, and $100 for Trans-Pacific travel.Steenland noted, "This is a temporary service fee to partially offset our fuel costs. As fuel comes down, we will re-visit this decision." Ticket Change Fees NWA also followed moves by American, United, Continental and US Airways to increase fees for ticket changes. Starting July 9, the fee for domestic non-refundable ticket changes will increase from $100 to $150. International ticket change fees will increase by an additional $50 to $150 per ticket, depending on class of service and other restrictions.
Yup, but I am glad to report that Southwest still honors expired drink coupons. If fact some flight attendants actually get excited when you give them one that's old enough. You get stuff like, "beautiful!" or "Wow, I've never seen one of those before." They have an expiration date but it doesn't matter. I guess its one of SW's ways of rewarding loyal customers. Al
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