Southwest Airlines Flexible Search Tips

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Southwest Airlines has been a leading low cost carrier in the United States since 1971. At present it flies to 64 destinations across America and averages around 3400 flights daily.

In a bid to out-compete other carriers in the industry, Southwest has created its own version of flexible search. Here is how it works for you:


Log on to Southwest Airlines’ homepage. You can also enter the website through the website’s Travel Tools tab.


Go to Southwest’s Shortcut and look through low fares on offer.


If you need a round-trip ticket, you can choose your Depart and Arrive cities. The Depart City and Round Trip are found in the Return field. If you need a one-way ticket, just fill out the Depart and Arrive fields and enter none in the Return drop down box.

If you are on Travel Date and need a round-trip ticket, choose your Departure Date and Return Date. Select a Departure Date and leave empty the Return Date field if you need only a one-way ticket.


Choose the number of passengers you are traveling with in Passengers.


Click Go to Next Step – Select Travel Dates.


The site will show one or two calendars in the Search Results field.


The first calendar is for a one-way flight, and the other two are for round-trip flights. Review the Legend on the right side of the screen, then go to Available Fares. You can check or uncheck the boxes in the Available Fares section.
When you find an option that best meets your needs, click it (including the departure and return date). You will see Go to the Next Step-Select Flight at the bottom of the page. Go to this section, which shows you a list of flights from which you can choose.


Review the list and choose your Departing Flight and/or Returning Flight. When you have made your choice, click the Go to Next Step – Price button.


A complete pricing information and itinerary of your chosen flights will appear. Click the Go to Next Step-Purchase button to book your airfare.


Fill out completely the Payment and Passengers Information fields and review the information you keyed in.


Next, go to the bottom of the screen and click I Want to Purchase This Air Travel. You will receive confirmation of the purchase shortly.
Southwest Airlines is the largest airline in the world according to the volume of passengers carried in 2007 and ranks sixth in the United States in overall revenue.

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