Many airlines nowadays offer discounted air tickets to their employees (as a perk). One such airline is Southwest – which, as a matter of fact, has some of the best discounted flights terms for its employees. Notably, Southwest Airlines goes beyond just giving discounts on air tickets to its employees. It also gives its employees opportunity for free travel, subject to just a few terms and conditions. Thus, Southwest Airlines employees have opportunity for such free flights, besides the discount on flight tickets. Let’s dig deeper, to understand how the whole thing works.
The workings of the discounted flights scheme for Southwest Airlines employees
The discounted flights scheme for Southwest Airlines employees is quite straightforward. It is a scheme where people who are Southwest Airlines employees (as well as their eligible dependants) get a chance to pay less airfare than they’d otherwise have paid if they didn’t work for the airline. There is actually a bureau within the airline, commonly known as the Southwest Airlines Pass Bureau, which coordinates the said discounted flights. The discounted flights are typically on ‘space-available’ terms, and the applicable discounts are often so huge that they are worth the trouble. Important to note is the fact that there are other airlines which are regarded as ‘Southwest Airlines partners’, and these too offer similar discounts to the employees of Southwest Airlines. This is to say that you (as a Southwest Airlines employee) may still be able to access the airfare discounts, even if you are not traveling on a Southwest Airlines flight. This would happen if that other carrier happens to be ‘committed or registered partner’.
The workings of the free flights scheme for Southwest Airlines employees
The free flights scheme for Southwest Airlines employees is also offered under ‘space available’ terms. The most remarkable thing about United Airlines’ free flights scheme for its employees is in the fact that the employees are eligible for the scheme right from their very first day of employment. One therefore doesn’t have to have worked for Southwest Airlines for a given number of months or years to be eligible for the free flights. And it is not just the employees who are eligible for these free flights, but also their spouses and dependant children who meet a certain eligibility criterion.
Other discounts available to Southwest Airlines employees
Southwest Airlines is a well respected brand. On account of this fact, there are many places, including at car rental companies, hotels and recreational parks where Southwest Airlines employees are eligible for significant discounts. The employees get such discounts simply on the basis of the fact that they work for Southwest Airlines. These ‘external discounts’ too can be regarded as being part of the Southwest Airline employee discounts. This is thanks to the fact that the employees access them on the basis of their employment at Southwest Airlines.
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