Is it just me or is Southwest Airlines not as cheap as they used to be?

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    Dec 09, 2015 5:09 PM GMT
    I have been faithful and have racked up frequent flyer miles. But over the last year or so I've noticed that their flights seem to be just as expensive and often more expensive than other airlines. It could be the routes (Denver, Tempe, Richmond, Atlanta, DC) but I might have to switch carriers. Thoughts?
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    Dec 09, 2015 5:24 PM GMT
    If you go to their website and click on "Low Fares" you'll find some incredible deals. I just did a round trip from MSY to DFW for $163.00 for two people.

    Their "Routes" tab is also extremely helpful for finding low priced fares.
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    Dec 10, 2015 2:09 AM GMT
    Radd saidIf you go to their website and click on "Low Fares" you'll find some incredible deals. I just did a round trip from MSY to DFW for $163.00 for two people.

    Their "Routes" tab is also extremely helpful for finding low priced fares.


    ah cool. Thanks man.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Dec 10, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    woodfordr saidI have been faithful and have racked up frequent flyer miles. But over the last year or so I've noticed that their flights seem to be just as expensive and often more expensive than other airlines. It could be the routes (Denver, Tempe, Richmond, Atlanta, DC) but I might have to switch carriers. Thoughts?


    It also depends on the routes, if you are flying on a route where there is not a lot of competition, the fares will be higher. But to answer your point, yes, their fares are not as low as they were in the beginning. I fly several times a year between Chicago and Columbus, Ohio to see family. When Southwest started flying this route in the mid 90s, their fare was $59.00 roundtrip! It gradually went up, first to $79.00 roundtrip, and then to about $118.00 roundtrip, where it stayed for a long time. In the last several years, the fare on that route, even on Southwest has hovered around $200.00 roundtrip. That is matched by United and American, so because I am a loyal AA customer, I have flown AA(American Eagle)on this route for the past several years.
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    Dec 10, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    That is partly correct, woodford, but they do have some killer fares that are revealed only when you book the outbound portion of a trip. E.g., on a recent R/T from SAN to MDW, I paid $178 for the O/B flight, but only $39 for the return. The WSJ mentioned this marketing ploy several months ago and I've seen it in other markets, too, so good hunting!
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Dec 11, 2015 3:36 AM GMT
    I call them SOUTHWORST.

    I stopped flying the airline & ditched the credit card.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 11, 2015 2:13 PM GMT
    Nothing is "cheap" anymore. Everything costs an arm and a leg these daysicon_sad.gif
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    Dec 11, 2015 3:28 PM GMT
    BlackBeltGuy saidI call them SOUTHWORST.

    I stopped flying the airline & ditched the credit card.



    What are your reasons?