Member since 24 Apr 2019
Total posts 11
Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 127
Never had any dramas with Southwest - I'd definitely fly them if it's the only direct option vs a stopover.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 350
I've flown them several times before. They are an unconventional airline with no assigned seating. What you gotta watch out for is you need to check in as early as possible to get the best boarding group. You just seat yourself wherever you want. Other than the wierd seat assignment or lack thereof, the staff are INCREDIBLY FRIENDLY. Southwest is like the 'fun' airline in the US and the great thing is they include 2 free checked bags. Onboard, you'll get a snack and a drink. I highly recommend them to everyone.
Member since 20 Jan 2017
Total posts 33
I've done 90% of my internal US flying with Southwest and found them great. They usually had the cheapest flights and their ticket included checked baggage. This may have changed as its been a few years since i was over there but never had a drama with them.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 258
Get a tick from me
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 436
A surprisingly good LCC - Have flown them a few times between Portland OR and places like LAX, Vegas
Member since 10 Jul 2018
Total posts 105
They have a 'Family Boarding' group after Group A has boarded, so perhaps you'll be able to use that.
Member since 16 May 2019
Total posts 3
Having seen some "documentaries" on Southwest years ago, I was a bit reticent to fly with them, but they were the only airline to fly direct on one routing I needed.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Aug 2012
Total posts 67
Just bear in mind the number of flights being cancelled and passengers being bumped due to the 737 max at the moment
Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 07 Jun 2019
Total posts 1
Member since 08 Feb 2011
Total posts 7
yes families board after group a so you will be ok with your kids, the first on board always go for the first few rows so if you wander down the back a bit there is always plenty of space at that time in boarding. Seating is as good or bad as qantas in economy, you get free drink and snacks but that is all and of course 2 free bags for each passenger.
Member since 08 Jun 2019
Total posts 2
I flew them this week MSY-LAX. The two checked bags included with the fare is great, as are the snacks and drinks. As the comments have said though, check-in online as soon as you can to get the best boarding position as they do it A 1-60, B 1-60 and C 1-60. Getting a seat as a single passenger is easy, however it can be a bit more troublesome if you are in group C to get seats together. You should be able to get seats with your children though with the family boarding group.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 336
Just returned from the USA a few days ago. A number of Southwest flights included.
Thanks everyone for the advice, tickets are booked so off we go!
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