Author Archives: Lyn Mettler

Use Southwest Points to Save Money on a Family Trip to San Diego

Lyn writes about Southwest for her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has taken her family to many destinations around the US, flying nearly free on the airline.  I’ve asked her to share some tips on taking a family trip to San Diego, one of her family’s favorite places, on Southwest Airlines.

Lyn:   San Diego was our very first trip where we flew our entire family, including me, my husband and 2 school-age sons, completely on miles.  It was quite an achievement to take that first flight, knowing we paid next to nothing out of pocket!

Save Money On Family Trip To San Diego

San Diego Was Our First Family Trip Flown Entirely on Miles on Southwest

San Diego offers an array of outdoor and adventurous activities, as well plenty to entertain the kids!  I’ll share some of my favorite things to do.  And how to get there on the cheap.

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Take a Romantic Getaway to San Francisco and Wine Country Using Miles

Lyn writes about Southwest for her GotoTravelGal.com blog and recently took a couples’ getaway with her husband to San Francisco and California Wine Country.  I’ve asked her to share how you can do the same using Southwest points or American miles to get Big Travel with Small Money.

Lyn:   My husband and I don’t do many trips without our kids, but we try to get a couples’ vacation in at least once a year.  This year, we headed to the northern California coast starting at Carmel and then driving to San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Save Money On Couples Getaway To San Francisco

San Francisco and Napa Valley Are Great Places for a Couples’ Romantic Getaway. Especially When You Fly FREE on Miles!

I’m going to share how we flew there entirely on miles.  And show you how to have fun without breaking the bank, as well as a few ways to splurge, since you already saved so much on airfare. 😉

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Family Fun in New York City Using Southwest Points

Lyn writes about flying on Southwest for her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has flown her family all over the US almost entirely free on Southwest.  I’ve asked her to share how families can visit New York City on the cheap, from flights to activities to accommodations.

Lyn:  New York City is one of my favorite places.  I love the buzz and energy of the city where there is literally always something going on, and it seems everyone is going somewhere important!

I’ve been visiting the Big Apple since I was in high school as a dancer and my love of the city lives on.  🙂

Last summer, we took our boys to the city for the first time and enjoyed a completely different experience, traveling as a family.

Planning A Family Trip To New York City With Southwest Points

New York City Is a Great Destination for Families!

I’ll show you how we got Big Travel for Small Money in New York City along with some tips for families.

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Southwest Points Basics: How to Book Award Flights, Add Companions, & What to Expect

Lyn writes about flying on Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and offers a free step-by-step guide to show you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which Emily and I believe is the BEST deal in travel and lets one person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.

I’ve asked her to give our readers a basic review of how Southwest points work and how to use them for free travel.

Lyn:   Southwest is my favorite frequent flyer program for many reasons.  Not the least of which is the fact that using their program, my family has flown nearly free for the past year and a half, visiting destinations like New York City; Las Vegas; Marco Island, Florida; San Diego; Orlando; and more!

How To Use Southwest Points

My Family Has Visited Amazing Destinations in the US Like San Diego. All Flying Almost Free on Southwest!

I’ll get into the nitty-gritty on how to use Southwest points, including their value, reserving flights with points, and adding your Companion.

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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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