Southwest Customers Julie and Joanna had a goal of attending a hockey game at every arena in the United States. So, with the perfect assist from Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Program, the two checked off all 31 arenas on their list, and realized their journey was just beginning. Read more to hear how they made this dream a reality!
My youngest son, 10-year-old Brady, has been Southwest’s biggest fan since as early as he can remember. He is autistic and has been fascinated with Southwest since the earliest flight he recalls—a trip to Disney when he was almost three. Just as much as Brady loves Southwest, I love to knit. So the idea of creating a Southwest teddy bear was right up my alley and it was so fun to make for him.
Sometimes, all it takes is an idea. Join Shaffer Nickel and his friends as they take on the spirit of spontaneity and adventure in a jam-packed span of two days, from the mountain peaks of Denver to the sandy beaches in San Diego, to finally come to a peak in the snow-capped evergreens in Bozeman, Montana.
As the airline with Heart, we love hearing stories of Southwest Airlines Customers going above and beyond to lend a helping hand. As you recover from this weekend’s feast, read on to learn how former coworkers Angela and Keith embodied the season’s giving spirit through triumph and tribulation, which all amounted to a greater cause at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
At Southwest Airlines, we put our Heart into everything we do. We do this by connecting People to what’s important in their lives, in the air, on the ground, and in the communities where we live, work, and serve.
It happened just like in the movies—boy meets girl at a sweet wedding and the two immediately hit it off. But there was just one problem: she was headed back home to Atlanta, 800 miles away, and decided to leave it with an open-ended, "What happens in Texas, stays in Texas."
It did not stay in Texas. In fact, it ended up stretching across the better part of two years—much of that time spent in the air and on Southwest runways—doing everything but staying in one place.
Southwest is honored to fly more than 50 families to Orlando for a magical five-day all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World for the 2018 Kidd’s Kids trip. This is the 12th year for Southwest to partner with Kidd’s Kids. Read more to hear from the mother of one of this year's Kidd's Kids participants.
“You’re planning your life, and Christmas, and all that regular stuff … and all of a sudden you get this phone call that changes your life.”
Tristan Thompson was only eight months old when he was diagnosed with a serious immune disorder that threatened to cut his life short. Thankfully, help came in the form of a bone marrow donor who lived nearly 500 miles away. Read on to learn more about Tristan’s story, then catch a glimpse of his first fateful meeting with his new “big brother”, Bob!
For Austin Perine, a four-year-old on a mission to show love, his passion lies in feeding the homeless. Get an inside glimpse into how “President Austin” and his dad are showing love by feeding the homeless in 10 cities across the country.
Southwest wants to do its part to protect our communities and make the world a better place for future generations by respecting and valuing our resources. To help create a positive environmental impact in the communities we serve, we have partnerships with a variety of environmentally focused groups, including EcoRise. Learn more about how through our partnership, we were able to provide transportation to EcoRise members to attend EcoRise’s first Summer Institute!
A letter from Herb Kelleher more than 20 years ago began my involvement with the Southwest LUV Classic & Party. The passion for the event, which benefits children’s charities, grew for my colleagues and me over the years—we went from simply golfing in the tournament to becoming sponsors so that we could invest directly! Two years ago, our connection to the Southwest LUV Classic & Party and one of this year’s recipients, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), grew even stronger.
Southwest now serves 99 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries, so if you’re looking to get away, there are always places to go and experiences to be had! Nobody knows a city and its hidden gems better than the Employees who live and work there. Check out a few of our Employees' favorite places in the Omaha area and share your hidden gems in our comment section below!
In celebration of National Teddy Bear Day, which occurs each year on September 9, Southwest Airlines and Build-A-Bear Workshop are teaming up to donate 20,000 teddy bears to charitable organizations that Southwest supports. Read more to learn about the partnership and donations.
One of the things I enjoy about my career at Southwest Airlines is endless opportunities for learning and growth. I am proud to be a participant in one of these transformative opportunities, the Manager in Training Program (MIT), a dynamic learning experience for top-performing Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the program, but the Servant’s Heart project is something I’m especially proud to have been a part of.
When our founder launched FlightAware in 2005, he wanted to provide a tool for fellow pilots and AV geeks to track live flights (at the time, there was no publicly available way of doing so). I don’t think he ever guessed 12 years later, we would be tracking sharks on our maps—but that’s exactly what happened when we partnered with Southwest Airlines to help promote Shark Week!
It’s no secret Southwest Airlines is dedicated to the People and communities we serve. We love to give back and one of the many ways we do this is through our Medical Transportation Grant Program. Since the program’s inception in 2007, we have donated more than 69,000 tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations for use by patients and caregivers in need of travel assistance.
Embracing our Servant’s Heart and giving back to our communities is one of the many ways Southwest Airlines Employees Live the Southwest Way. As a Flight Attendant for Southwest for the past 21 years, I’ve always been passionate about volunteering and I’m thankful to be part of a Company that supports this passion. Recently, I participated in a community opportunity that surpassed my wildest dreams with the help of nearly 30 Southwest Employees and numerous community partners!
Today is National Intern Day, and we interviewed Vice President Ground Operations (and former Intern!) Anthony Gregory to discuss his career path at Southwest. Read on to learn more about Anthony’s story and his advice to interns everywhere.
Since 2017, GenHERation and Southwest Airlines have worked together to help inspire the next generation. GenHERation is a community where companies and young women are brought together for career development and networking opportunities—and Southwest has truly helped us bring this partnership to the next level.
This summer, GenHERation partnered with Southwest Airlines to send five of our GenHERation members to Southwest Summer Camp in Dallas, where the young women experienced the legendary Southwest Culture and explored career opportunities in aviation.
The Southwest Heart is about loving people, building resilience, and living responsibly. Whether it’s through a Companywide initiative or on an individual basis, our Employees extend their Hearts in service—they create community wherever they are by volunteering time, talent, and Heart to make a difference.
We are going to need a bigger boat! Southwest Airlines is teaming up with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and invites you to enter for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to Guadalupe Island, Mexico for the adventure of a lifetime.
If you’re looking to get away for a few days or even a week, there are always places to go and experiences to be had—especially when you get to visit one of Southwest’s 99 cities across the United States and 10 additional countries! Nobody knows a city and its hidden gems better than the Employees who live and work there. Check out a few of our Employees' favorite places in the Cincinnati area and share your hidden gems in our comment section below!
Our fourth annual Southwest Summer Camp is underway, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome over 160 campers (who are dependents of Southwest Employees) to our Headquarters this week! Additionally, we are hosting a few students from GenHERation and a few students whose nationally-recognized science experiment was sent to space. Most of these campers aren’t of legal voting age yet, but they just might be future Southwest Employees. In fact, that’s kind of the point.
Twice a year, Southwest Airlines organizes a companywide initiative that encourages Employees to come together and spend time volunteering in their local communities. During this year’s spring companywide initiative, hundreds of Employees put their Hearts in Action and participated in more than 70 projects across the system.
To help us create impact and make this volunteer event a success, we teamed up with one of our sustainability partners, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to bring conservation projects to cities across the country.