Author Archives: Lyn Mettler

Everything to Know About Flying With Pets on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on 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 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 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 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 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  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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8 Ways to Stretch Your Southwest Points as Far as Possible

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on and offers a free guide on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  I’ve asked her to share her tips on how to make your Southwest points go as far as possible.

Lyn:   One of the best parts of collecting and redeeming Southwest points is the ability to book any flight any time with no blackout dates.  

Unlike other frequent flyer programs, which release limited award seats and charge a set number of miles or points per flight, Southwest’s program sets the points required to book an award flight based on the current fare price.

8 Ways To Stretch Your Southwest Points As Far As Possible

My Family of 4 Visited 6 Destinations Within 1 Year, Including the Rocky Mountains, by Stretching Our Southwest Points!

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Do You Know These 8 Important Things About Flying Southwest?

Lyn writes about Southwest at and flies the airline regularly with her family, so I’ve asked her to share tips on what you should know before booking and boarding a Southwest flight.

Lyn:   I’m a big fan of Southwest and I’ll share with you why in this post. 

Because Southwest is often described as a discount airline, it often gets overlooked and pegged with some of the problems other low-cost airlines face like poor customer service, a la carte fees, and stripped down amenities.

Do You Know These 8 Important Things About Flying Southwest

San Diego Was One of the Many Destinations to Which My Family Flew on Southwest Over the Last Few Years

I’ll help put to bed some of these concerns, explain why I love Southwest, and show you everything to know to make your next Southwest flight a great one.

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5 Tips for How to Tell When a Southwest Sale Is Worthwhile

Lyn blogs about Southwest at and has a free guide, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass,” to help folks who want to earn what Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel, the Southwest Companion Pass.  

Because she follows Southwest so closely, I’ve asked her to share her advice on how to know which Southwest sales are good and which aren’t, because Southwest has a lot of them!

Lyn:   It seems Southwest has a sale at least every other week, but is it really a sale and are the fares really a good price?  It can be hard to tell!  

I watch Southwest almost daily, so I’ve developed a keen eye in determining what is and what isn’t good pricing.

5 Tips For How To Tell When A Southwest Sale Is Worthwhile

Is This a Good Sale or a Bad Sale? Read on for Tips to Figure It Out!

I’ll share strategies for picking the best Southwest fare sales!

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How to Earn 8,000+ Southwest Points Buying Flowers This Valentine’s Day

Lyn blogs about Southwest at Go To Travel Gal and offers a free guide on how to quickly earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  She’s found a great deal that allows you to earn a bunch of Southwest point.  And I asked her to share with you.

Lyn:   Want more Southwest points?  Who doesn’t?!  

Southwest currently has a rare deal – that’s a bit hidden – where you can earn up to 8,750 Southwest bonus points good for free travel on the airline when you buy flowers through

Southwest Valentines Day Promotion 2017

The Southwest Valentine’s Day Promotion Lets You Earn up to 8750 Bonus Southwest Points

Here are the details!
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