GETTING TO KNOW SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AGAIN

They don’t fly out of Newark Liberty Airport anymore and they definitely don’t fly out of JFK .

In the New York area, they fly out of McArthur Airport , which is in Islip and Laguardia, which is close to me but I’d rather fly out of Newark Liberty then fly out of the madhouse that is Laguardia .

As for Islip McArthur, it’s way too far and it isn’t even in the city of Islip ,Long Island .

It’s in Ronkonkoma.

So when my 30 Plus Teams Tour took me on a one day trip to San Francisco , I jumped at the chance to take my favorite airline for the one hour and 10 minute flight from Las Vegas .

As I really didn’t have any luggage, just a drawstring bag that held everything pretty much , security was quick and easy for once, and I arrived at the airport way earlier than my 6:15am flight.

Southwest doesn’t charge for carryon bags like some other airlines do, and your first two check in bags are free.

The seats have numbers but there’s no assigned seating , which means that you can sit anywhere on the plane , even the exit row, if you feel like helping out in cases of emergency .

It was nice having the middle seat empty.

A whole row to myself would have been nice, but hey, the Sports Diva is on the plane, living her best life,doing that 30 Plus Teams Tour of San Francisco .

There are no screaming babies on the flight and no kids kicking the back of my seat .

Coming back, I’ll be taking Alaska Airlines , a carrier that I have never been on before .

My return will be on another post .

In the meantime , it’s about the planes that are blue, orange and red, Southwest Airlines.

I just have one question for them though.

Would it be asking too much for you guys to fly out of JFK ?

I’m just asking for a friend who also loves going on 30 Plus Teams Tours .

RIDING WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES

In my never ending quest to find cheap flights on my 30 Plus Teams Tour , I check out all of the United States and Canadian carriers I can find.

Since my 30 Plus Teams Tour only covers cities in the United States and Canada , you won’t see me checking out fares on British , Singapore or Qatar Airways , just saying .

My personal favorite airline is Southwest Airlines , mainly because they don’t charge you for checking up to two bags.

But even Southwest has gotten expensive and, sadly, they don’t fly out of Newark Liberty Airport anymore.

My second favorite carrier in the United States is Delta Airlines .

Not because I worked with them in Boston and Los Angeles , but because they finally stepped up their flying game .

That’s where American Airlines comes into the picture .

I hadn’t flown them in years and when I did, even as an employee of another carrier, I never had good experiences flying with them.

Where do I begin?

Bad service on the flight, rude customer service and even ruder flight attendants.

Not anymore .

I’m flying them more now because a girl has to get those frequent flyer miles to make even more 30 Plus Teams Tours .

American has gotten their act together and become an airline to passengers actually want to fly with.

They aren’t as unprofessional as they used to be.

(I think United Airlines has taken over as the airline people in the United States don’t want to fly with, if you ask the Sports Diva . )

Now if American can get me a cheap flight out of JFK, I’d be happy as if the New York Yankees won baseball’s World Series for the 28th time, just saying .

The seats on American are spacious , and even recline, unlike the Spirit Airlines flights that I take way too often.

They even have chargers for your electronic devices at every seat.

Some buses that I’ve been on don’t even have that.

As I mentioned, I fly out of Newark Liberty, even though JFK is basically in my backyard .

No, forget basically , JFK IS IN MY BACKYARD.

Between the planes at JFK flying over my house and the trains of the Long Island Railroad whizzing by my house at high speed , they seem to be competing to see who can make more noise when they pass by.

I do want my miles and cheaper flights , so I really don’t care if it’s Newark Liberty , JFK or even Philadelphia International that I have to go through to get that.

When I return home, God willing on March 3rd, I’m taking American Airlines again .

This time, Las Vegas to Dallas-Fort Worth to Newark Liberty .

Thank you American Airlines for making flying with you a lot more pleasant .