Southwest Airlines

New Tokyo Flights And Free $20 From Venmo

Each week, we cover some of the most interesting stories on BoardingArea of the week on the NowBoarding podcast.  This week, we covered five stories that should help you get the most out of your travel. Alaska Airlines Newest Partner Alaska Airlines has added El Al Airlines as a partner. Details are still a bit thin on what award redemptions will look like, but more ways to redeem our miles is generally better. Hyatt’s New Partnership with American Airlines The partnership between Hyatt and American Airlines has launched.  Members in […]

Monthly Airplane Wi-Fi Reliability Report Card: March 2019

Wi-Fi is so critical for me on airplanes, and yet so unreliable. I’ve begun tracking my success rate with Wi-Fi on different carriers to see if my frustration in the moment matches my results. So far, with almost half of my flights experiencing some sort of Wi-Fi issues, my frustration seems appropriate.

Did Southwest Airlines Mechanics “Repair” Their Way to a New Contract?

For this first time I can recall, things have gotten truly ugly with Southwest Airlines and one of their unions. As the mechanics union and management work towards what could be a new agreement, it’s worth asking whether both sides met in the middle or the union got the better end of the deal. At the same time, it’s also worth asking if the unions’ actions are worth risking Southwest Airlines’ enviable culture.

Are Recent Southwest Airlines Problems An Indication Of Culture Issues?

Southwest Airlines has had massive fleet problems recently, canceling up to 10% of flights on certain days. It appears that members of their mechanics’ union are conducting a job action that’s killing the airline’s ability to fly their normal schedule. Will this hurt them long-term?