If you’ve just turned 65, you might feel like you’ve hit the lottery, because you now have access to a plethora of deals ranging from health insurance, floral arrangements and entertainment to hotels, rental cars, and airline tickets. When it comes to traveling, senior citizens are savvy consumers.
Whether you’re looking for domestic fares or planning for international travel, Southwest Airlines offers senior discounts that can save you a significant amount of money on the cost of your airfare. In fact, their fares are so inexpensive, the cost for two travelers is quite manageable. Read about senior citizen discounts on flights offered by Southwest in detail here.
Airlines makes it easy to get the right information about the availability of senior flights. Plus, you have a choice – you can go through your personal travel agent, Southwest’s friendly customer service representatives, or through their simple-to-use website at Southwest.com. This airline goes out of its way to provide safe senior travel that is both affordable and flexible.
Making a reservation for domestic and international flights is straightforward. Again, you have several resources from which to choose. The airline’s website is efficient, simple to navigate, and is one of the only ones that allow senior citizens to make their reservations online. There’s no need for promo codes either.
As every American knows, air travel can be stressful. It means contending with security checks and crowds. There’s the chance of overfilled flights, getting bumped, and the recent problems with in-flight arguments and struggles between passengers and flight attendants. That’s not the ideal way to start a vacation!
Many Americans, especially the older generations, are opting to stay home, take trains and cruises, or even drive to vacation spots during holidays or vacations. This is one reason why Southwest pushes the envelope when it comes to treating its customers well. They use an interesting word to describe their approach. They call it “transfarency.” It is their promise to all customers that the airline will be open with those people who have chosen to fly with them. That means no hidden fees.
In addition, they recognize that your travel plans may change suddenly and for a variety of reasons. The company brags about remaining flexible to accommodate changes and, unlike many other airlines, will not charge “change fees.” You only pay the difference in the cost of the two fares, if there is a difference. Employees make it their duty to provide upfront notifications about flight information and policies or procedures that are subject to change. See? Nothing under their sleeves!
Unfortunately, while Southwest does allow most customers to check in and print their boarding passes online as well, this is not true for those flying on senior discounted flights. This is simply because proof of your date-of-birth is necessary. Think of it as a compliment. You’re being “carded” again, just like the good old days.
You should plan on arriving at the airport approximately two hours before domestic flights are scheduled to depart and three hours for international. This gives you ample time for checking in at the ticket counter, going through security checks, and making your way to the gate. Make sure you bring the correct identification with you. Southwest will accept a driver’s license, government id card, a military id, and/or your passport as proof of age. Medicare or membership cards won’t work, nor will regular credit cards.
Of course not! Other airlines will charge as much as $25 to $35 per checked bag, but not in this case. Southwest allows individuals to check as many as two bags for free! There are weight limits, but hopefully you won’t be carrying bowling balls to the Caribbean!
If you’re looking for a list of exciting senior discounts, check out this post: The National Senior Discounts List For 2018.
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Note that while discounts have been found on vendor websites, some have not been verified by the vendor. Always check with your local vendor before purchases to ensure a discount is valid.
Author: Linda Noskewicz