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The Complete Guide to Flying Southwest With Kids

With the Oakland Airport just 12 minutes from my front door, my family flies Southwest Airlines a lot. Southwest is often a favorite airline of flying families as well, and with good reason. Since it has different rules and practices than other airlines, however, it can sometimes trip up inexperienced flyers, especially travelers with kids. …

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No Change Fees: Which Airline Has the Most Generous Policy?

Late yesterday, United Airlines made some serious waves in the brave new world of 2020 air travel. The airline announced that it was eliminating change fees. United previously charged non-elite passengers who wanted to change their flights to another date or time a whopping $200 per ticket over and above any difference in fare. Just …

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Thanks to Coronavirus, These are the Travel Deals to Jump on Now

Editor’s note (March 28, 2020): I wrote this post what feels like a lifetime ago, when the evidence of the pandemic’s reach and the thread facing us was not obvious to those of us in the US yet. In case it isn’t obvious, no one should be traveling right now. Please read my other and …

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Which Southwest Credit Card is Right for You?

If you want to earn points towards free flights aboard Southwest Airlines, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a Southwest co-branded credit card. Chase currently offers three Southwest personal credit cards (in addition to two business cards) that are an excellent way to load up your Southwest Rapid Rewards account balance. …

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3 Little-Known Airline Rules All Traveling Parents Need to Know

Flying with kids can be a challenge. But sometimes airlines can make it harder by throwing a curveball your way with a unique rule or requirement that you weren’t expecting on your travel day. My family has flown on pretty much every US airline and quite a few international carriers over the years. While the basics …

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Southwest Hawaii Flights: Everything You Need to Know

In the fall of 2017, Southwest Airlines first announced its plans to fly to Hawaii. Finally in March 2019, Hawaii planes took flight! I’ve been tracking all the developments, updates, and occasional bumps in the road with Southwest’s Hawaii flights in this post for over two years. There have been some curveballs, but I’m happy …

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How to Make the Most of a Southwest Fare Sale

Are you making the most of Southwest Airlines fare sales? Major Southwest flight sales only happen a couple of times a year (with more minor ones in the mix regularly), so it’s really important for travelers to know how to take full advantage of the savings when they pop up. Another major semi-annual Southwest sale …

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7 Totally Free Things on Southwest Airlines (That Will Cost You on Other Airlines)

I’ve shared often why my husband and I have made Southwest Airlines’s our family’s airline of choice the past several years. Kind and funny employees, a growing route map, and policies that work especially well for family travelers have helped earn our loyalty. What I also love is that the airline doesn’t nickel and dime me …

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What It’s Like to Fly Southwest to Hawaii: OAK to HNL Flight Review

This post is sponsored by Southwest Airlines. All opinions are my own. Over a year and a half ago, Southwest Airlines announced its intent to fly to Hawaii. As frequent Southwest flyers and regular visitors to the Hawaiian islands already, this was very big news for my traveling family. We’ve been watching the news carefully …

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Unaccompanied Minors: Complete Guide to Each Airline’s Policies, Fees, & Rules

I have fond childhood memories of flying as an unaccompanied minor. My parents regularly sent my sister and me to see grandparents a few states away. I remember well being doted on by flight attendants. I especially loved being driven in the beeping carts through the tunnels of ATL as we were rushed off to …

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