Author Archives: Lyn Mettler

Everything to Know About Flying Standby on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass that Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  Lyn shared that Southwest made some changes regarding their standby procedures.  I’ve asked her to share the specifics to help you understand the details of how to fly standby on Southwest.

Lyn:   If you ever need to fly standby, meaning you can catch an earlier or later flight to the same destination on the same day if there is an open seat, Southwest has made some positive changes to their policies.  Especially for Southwest elite status members and those who purchase premium fares.

How To Fly Standby On Southwest

If You Missed Your Original Flight – or Want to Fly Earlier Than Planned – Here’s Everything You Need to Know About How to Fly Standby on Southwest

I’ll share the changes.  And how you can fly standby should you ever need to!

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5 Great Deals on Southwest This Summer

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to quickly and easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  I’ve asked her to share some of the best deals on Southwest flights to help you get Big Travel with Small Money this summer.

Lyn:   I love Southwest for many reasons, including the fantastic low prices they regularly offer to many of my favorite destinations like Denver, Florida, California, and New York City.

Southwest Airlines Summer Sale 2017

Southwest Has Great Deals – Both in Dollars and Points – to Terrific Destinations Throughout the US

I’ve compiled some of the best Southwest deals to help you stretch your points (and cash) in your summer travels.

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Using Miles and Points to Save on a Family Trip to Las Vegas

Lyn writes about flying nearly free on Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide called, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass and Flying Free Around the U.S.

Her family flies almost free on Southwest all over the country, so I’ve asked her to share tips on how to enjoy Big Travel with Small Money on a family trip to Las Vegas.

Lyn:   We recently spent time in Las Vegas on our way to and from Utah, where we hiked Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.  Plus Grand Staircase National Monument, and 2 amazing state parks, Kodachrome Basin, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

We flew Southwest to Las Vegas entirely on points.  And saved money by taking advantage of free or discounted activities.

Save Money On Family Trip To Las Vegas

My Family Enjoyed Hiking in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park by Way of Las Vegas Over Spring Break

I’ll share the family side of Vegas and show you how to save when traveling to Sin City.

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Everything You Need to Know About Southwest’s In-Flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free ebook titled, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help those of you looking to fly one person nearly free with you for up to TWO years.  Since she and her family regularly fly Southwest, I’ve asked her to share her best tips for using the airline’s in-flight entertainment system.

Lyn:   My family has flown all over the US on Southwest Airlines.  We have mastered the use of Southwest’s entertainment systems.  With kids ages 9 and 13, digital devices are key to keeping occupied.

Southwest Airlines Wi Fi

My Son Playing on His iPad on a Southwest Flight

I’ll explain your options for inflight entertainment (along with the cost), show you how to use Southwest’s entertainment system, and share which devices are compatible.

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Everything to Know About Flying With Pets on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free downloadable guide, The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass.”  I’ve asked her to share what you need to know if you plan on flying with a pet on the airline.

Lyn:   Do you travel with your pet or are you planning to soon?  Good news!  Southwest does allow pets on planes – with a few conditions.

Southwest Pet Policy

When You Don’t Want to Leave Your Furry Friend Behind, Here’s What You Need to Know When Flying Southwest

I’ll answer your questions about the cost, where they can fly, and how to arrange your animal’s travel.

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Look for These Upcoming Changes to Southwest’s Reservation System

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide to help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass step-by-step.  Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!  I’ve asked Lyn to give us an update on Southwest’s reservation system and when we can expect changes and improvements.

Lyn:   You may have noticed some things about Southwest that are different than other airlines.  Of course, their service is outstanding (which is a big reason why I love to fly Southwest!) and they offer amazing deals like the Southwest Companion Pass.  But they also schedule flights differently and you won’t find them on sites like Expedia or Google Flights.

How To Book Southwest Flights

Southwest Has Been Operating Under a Dated Reservations System. But Changes Are on the Way!

I’ll give you a quick overview of the latest intel about when more updates are coming to Southwest’s booking system.  And show you how it may affect us as their customers.

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New at Southwest in 2017: Flights to Hawaii, Better Reservations, & Companion Pass Changes

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and I’ve asked her to update us on the latest happenings with the airline during this first quarter of 2017.

Lyn:   There have been some exciting changes to Southwest Airlines at the beginning of 2017, especially with improvements to their reservation system and more promised updates coming soon.

New Southwest Airlines Routes 2017

Hawaii Is on Southwest’s To-Do List! You’ll Be Able to Book a Ticket on Their New Reservation System. But Taking a Companion Will Be More Challenging!

I’ll share with you the newest destinations, when Hawaii may become a reality, and changes to how you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass. It’s all the latest Southwest news you need to know!

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10 Unusual Ways to Earn Southwest Points

Lyn writes about Southwest on GotoTravelGal.com and has written an ebook called “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Your Southwest Companion Pass” to help you earn what Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel – the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ve asked her to share some of the out-of-the-ordinary ways you can earn Southwest points for free flights, most of which also count toward earning the Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.

Lyn:   I check nearly every day to see what new ways are available to earn Southwest points, as my family of 4 flies almost exclusively on Southwest using their Rapid Rewards loyalty program.  So the more points I can secure, the more free travel we can take!

Ways To Earn Southwest Points

These 10 Tricks Can Get You an Award Flight to Anywhere Southwest Flies Sooner Rather Than Later!

I’ve put together some the crazier ways to earn Southwest points these days from learning your genetic history to paying your electric bill!  Who knew?!

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How to Change Your Southwest Companion

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and I’ve asked her to share with you some tips for maximizing your companion when you earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!

Lyn:   I am now on my 2nd Southwest Companion Pass, an amazing deal that gets you Big Travel With Small Money by allowing 1 person (your “companion”) to fly nearly free with you for from the time you earn it until the END of the FOLLOWING year.  

The Companion Pass has literally changed my life from traveling on 1 or 2 car trips a year to taking more than 6 trips yearly for my family of 4.  To earn the Companion Pass, you’ll need to collect 110,000 qualifying Southwest points within 1 calendar year.

Did you know your companion does NOT have the be the same person throughout the life of your Companion Pass?

How To Change Your Southwest Companion

You Can Change Southwest Companions up to 3 times in One Year!

I’ll explain how often you can switch companions and show you how to get the most out of your Southwest Companion Pass.

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Don’t Leave Southwest Points on the Table When You Rent a Car!

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines at GotoTravelGal.com.  And  she offers her free “Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help you quickly and easily earn the amazing Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.  

So I’ve asked her to share some tips on how to earn Southwest points when you rent a car.

Lyn:   Renting a car is a common activity for travelers who want an independent mode of transportation at their destination.  

Whether you’ll be sight-seeing around a US National Park, driving along the Pacific Coast highway, or just want the freedom to stop at the grocery and explore a destination on your own time, car rentals can come in quite handy.

Did you know it’s quite easy to earn Southwest points every time you rent a car?  But NOT all the points you earn will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest Points Car Rental

We’ve Got Tips for How to Earn Southwest Points on Your Next Car Rental!

I’m going to show you the current bonus point offers from Southwest, explain a few caveats to help make sure the deal is right for you, and walk you through how to book your Southwest car rental.

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