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!
Ever since my obsession with the show Big Little Lies started, Monterey has been calling my name. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of joining the #SouthwestStorytellers team, so when a friend told me he was celebrating his birthday there it seemed like the perfect getaway.
During our short weekend stay, we were able to cover a lot of ground both in and around the city and discover some of the most scenic areas in California. Read more for my list of top five places to check out the next time you make it to this special part of the golden coast.
As a California native, my passion for the ocean started at a young age—in fact, just two months after I was born my father sat me on a surfboard for the first time. Ever since then, I have been hooked on surfing and working to preserve our oceans. I’m passionate about helping all the creatures in the ocean, which is why participating in Southwest Airlines’ Shark Week flight was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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.
At Southwest Airlines, we always strive to make traveling easier for our Customers. Recently, our mobile website and apps have undergone a few improvements that will make everything from your trip, arriving at the airport, and boarding easier. Read more to learn about these exciting new enhancements!
Join in on the fun as we celebrate Shark Week’s 30th anniversary!
Shark Week is almost here, and this year it’s sure to be even more fintastic. The iconic television event is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and Southwest Airlines is proud to partner with Discovery Channel once again to commemorate this impressive milestone.
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.
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.
At Southwest Airlines, our Purpose is to connect People to what’s important in their lives. We know our Customers and Employees are passionate about music, and we love to support up-and-coming musicians throughout their journeys. We combine these passions through Live at 35, our inflight concert series that brings artists onboard to perform live at 35,000 feet. Check out our most recent Live at 35 performer, Australian-born rising country artist Morgan Evans.
At Southwest Airlines, we love to inspire future generations to succeed, and one of the many ways we do that is through our Adopt-A-Pilot program. Since 1997, our Pilots have dedicated their own time to help students define, articulate, and plan for future success; all while enjoying fun-filled lessons! But for these father-son duos, this program has become more than fun—it’s become a family legacy.
Since 2013, the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, has awarded more than $3.6 million in grants and placemaking technical assistance to 20 organizations across the U.S. and Mexico City to transform their public spaces into thriving community gathering places.
Learn more about each of our 2018 Southwest Heart of the Community grant recipients and check out what they hope to accomplish through this program!
Grab your ticket and go! For a limited time, Southwest Airlines is offering a travel sale with domestic fares starting as low as $49, $79, $99, and $129 one-way, and international fares starting as low as $99 one-way to some of our most popular destinations. Don’t delay, this sale will only last three days, so head toSouthwest.comnow to book your flight.
Emerging Leaders Program Participants LEAP for their dreams. With Southwest Airlines' support, LEAP is able to bring a diverse group of individuals together in Los Angeles and New York. Participants who had not been able to travel for leadership training are now able to learn from other Asian and Pacific Islanders across the country. This national perspective has inspired creative solutions and professional opportunities.
Today, we announced our newest onboard product: iHeartRadio. Through this collaboration, we will bring iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service to Customers as the exclusive music offering within the onboard entertainment portal on Southwest flights.
Grab your ticket and go! For a limited time, Southwest Airlines is offering a summer travel sale with domestic fares starting as low as $49, $79, $99, and $149 one-way to some of our most popular destinations.
Beginning today, there will be some changes in the cost of using Rapid Rewards® Points to purchase tickets at Southwest. It’s our hope that the updates to our Rapid Rewards® program will make it more attractive for you to redeem the fare type that fits your travel needs.
In 2007, Southwest Airlines proudly launched the Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP) to help provide nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations across the nation with roundtrip tickets for patients and/or caregivers in need. We are pleased to share the 2018 MTGP recipients includes 79 hospitals across the United States, including 3 hospitals that are brand new to the program this year!
We are excited to share the ability to view the standby list is now accessible on your mobile device! All Travelers are now able to see their location on the standby list via the Southwest mobile app (for both iOS and Android) or the Southwest mobile website (mobile.southwest.com).
Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines welcomed an inaugural group of “Southwest Storytellers” to our Headquarters in Dallas for a dose of Southwest Hospitality and history before they began their year-long journey as our first social media ambassadors. You are encouraged to follow along on their adventures using the hashtag #SouthwestStorytellers or through their personal social media handles on all social channels.