NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -- If I can choose, I will always choose Southwest, the only airline I know of that does not charge a change fee. You can see a good deal, buy it, and if the price is lower later, or you change your mind, you can simply change or cancel the ticket and get a 100% refund, only valid for a year and for the person whose ticket it was. The same is true with tickets purchased with points/air miles. There are no change fees whatsoever for changing the points/air miles ticket or canceling it.
Even better, if you buy a ticket with your Southwest air miles for someone else, and then cancel it, the air miles go straight back to YOUR account. Be aware that the air mile points are worth about .015 cents each, maybe a little more depending on the flight. The price Southwest charges for buying air mile points is higher than that, better to earn them with a credit card or by flying. I wish all the airlines would do away with change fees. I also love that Southwest has no first class, and seating is by first come first serve, with the option to check in early for $12.
USA -- Paid extra at time of purchase for early bird check in. DID NOT GET IT. Service desk at gate said I didn't purchase it. Told me to call customer service. Customer service said I had it on my ticket but gate still wouldn't honor it. Customer service tried to refund money but couldn't. Said it showed as used on the ticket I had in my hand. Gate still wouldn't honor it. I fly almost 100,000 miles a year with these people. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS buy early bird check in. I can't believe they can't fix something this small. Very disillusioned at how nonchalant they were.
FLORIDA -- Normally I like Southwest but a couple of times lately the way things were handled with flights running late was extremely disappointing. My initial flight ran so late, we nearly missed the connecting flight. We were landing with literally 12 minutes for me to get to the gate of my next flight. At the very least, I think the attendants in the cabin should have allowed those of us who were on this next flight, to exit the plane first. They did nothing of the kind – we had to sit and wait for everyone else to deplane, and we're running to our next gate. Not even a chance to go to the bathroom. This could have been handled in a much better way.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- This is the second time I have had a problem in Phoenix, I have a companion animal, flown many times with her with a note from my psychiatrist. In July, they refused the note, claimed it didn't have enough information, had to pay $100.00 for my dog, they gladly gave me a carrier for her. I gave my psychiatrist a copy of what SW wanted from him. Tried flying again today, SW claims my doctor did not put the dates he treated me on the letter, again had to pay for my dog to fly, $100 plus 53.00 for a carrier, which I had but at home figuring I didn't need it. Had no choice but to fly, or I would of flown another airline.
I was already not happy that they insisted on a diagnosis as to why I need a companion animal, don't think they can legally ask. This will be my last flight on Southwest. I have flown other airlines with my dog with no problem, have flown Southwest from other cities without a problem, just in Phoenix that they refuse my service animal. 2 letters from a psychiatrist should be sufficient.
OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- My 15 year old son was flying alone for the first time. When we checked in I explained what we were told when we bought the ticket. We were told if he needed assistance he could ask for it. The employees responded with coldness and rudeness. Told me my son was on his own. They didn't care at all. Nothing reassuring was said at all to follow up on the conversation. Clearly neither one of these employees has children. Great job Southwest on hiring those cold souls.
I'm a business traveler whose flown Southwest Airlines 3 weeks in a row - in addition to many other times. I checked in 21 hours before my flight & position C45. I called customer service stating this to see if I can get into a better position. Zero help. Zero options besides paying for an upgrade. Delta you earn a higher status with every flight. This is not my 1st bad experience. Southwest has just lost my business!
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA -- I have read other negative reviews and am astonished to read their negative experiences. I have always flown Southwest when possible for over 20 years. Other than an occasional unfavorable flight attendant, I have always had a great flight.
They have NEVER charged me one single cent when making any change, EVER! Their phone personnel have always been cheeringly helpful. I think that this site only gets complainers and, from my perspective, they are, for the most part, highly embellished.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I was needing to change my flight to an early flight. I went online and they advertised no change fee. I of course was thinking that is awesome, right? Wrong. I called to change it a day earlier to make it to a funeral on time. The lady, which I didn't write a name down, said that it would be $200.00.
I asked about that change fee and she said they couldn't do it. I am a veteran, so I asked about some sort of discount or to help me out in any little way. She again said no, only if I was current (which I understand and don't at the same time). Or if I was 65 or older. That's kind of messed up in my opinion. Whatever. I asked one more time, "Please is there anything else you can do?" And she said no.
I wasn't put on hold for her to find out or anything. I was trying to change it to a Tuesday, which is typically the cheapest day to fly anyway. I have American Airlines in the past help me out once. It wasn't for the same situation, even though I think this situation was worse.
You spend more for Southwest to get the same or worst service. I personally haven't had a bad experience with American, but this is the second time, (the first being coming) I've had with SW. Coming up I didn't even get snacks or a drink on one of my flights. It was only an hour flight but, by the time they got to us, the back 3 rows were told we couldn't get any because they had to get the trash from everyone else. The last row to get a drink were told to chug them so they could take the cup right back. Very unpleasant experience and I'll stick with American. I only fly roughly 5 times an year, but that's still over $2,000 a year.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- My daughter and I were traveling with my 2 grandchildren from Las Vegas to Chicago. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 12:50pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016. We checked in at the airport at approx. 10:30am and we're told there was a delay. From that point on the delays were approx. every hour until we finally took off at approx. 6:30pm. We were told that the delays were because of weather (excessive rain and flood warnings) and that we had to wait for our plane to be able to arrive from Arizona and that depended on the weather. We certainly understood being delayed because of the weather. However that is not my complaint.
My issue is the absolute disrespect that Southwest Airlines displayed for not only my personal property but for the personal property of everyone on our flight as well as others. When we got to our gate at approx. noon the uncovered carts with our luggage were already outside on the tarmac waiting to be loaded on our plane that was delayed and still sitting in Arizona because of rain and weather conditions. Please understand that it was just starting to lightly rain around that time.
Myself as well as others began to ask the Southwest desk employees about getting our luggage covered. We were told there was nothing they could do about it. As it began to rain harder and harder all we could do is watch our luggage and personal belongings get pounded by rain. People were complaining everywhere. At approx. 3:30pm, I called Southwest customer service to try to get help and was also told there was nothing they could do. They suggested I ask for a Supervisor.
I did and not only did it take nearly an hour for her to show up but people were lining up to get to her until finally she was trying to explain to us there was nothing she could do because they did not have tarps or room to move them inside or maybe the workers couldn't go outside because of possible lightning. Seriously? There was no lightning and with the exception of times when it was raining hard there were not only lots of workers outside, they passed our luggage carts over and over.
Finally after about 5 hours in the rain they slightly covered the top of the luggage which was still exposed for several more hours of rain. When we arrived in Chicago our luggage and belongings were absolutely soaked including 3 hard shell suitcases, 3 duffle bags and a car seat. It took my daughter nearly an hour to dry the car seat with a blow dryer before we could cover it with plastic for my 3-year-old grandson to make our 2-hour drive home to MI.
Everything in our luggage had to be washed, I had paperwork that was destroyed, a leather purse water stained and I'm still not sure if we have discovered all the damage. All of this could and should have been prevented. SW knew we were delayed because of impending heavy rain and flood warnings yet they deliberately placed our luggage and personal belongings outside uncovered and left them there for 7 hours. The lack of respect that SW displayed for their customers is appalling.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- My flight was cancelled without my knowledge back in March 2017 when I contacted Southwest requesting a fare adjustment. I was emailed a new flight itinerary showing a travel voucher for 23.03 and my flight still scheduled. When I went online to check-in within 24 hrs on 05/18/17, I was unable to so I called the airline. I was told that there were notes in their system indicating I cancelled my flight. They were rude and disrespectful and refused to admit they made a mistake. Bottom line if I had cancelled my flight they would have a record of me requesting a refund for 376.00. They have the worst customer service. I'll never fly Southwest again.