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Good On You, Southwest Airlines: Changes Internet Game’s “Let’s Roll” Language to “Play Now”

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Remember back a few days ago when SWA was using the “Let’s Roll” as a part of it’s frequent flier promotion?

Ah, memories:

Got bad timing? Southwest Airlines is launching a new contest as part of its frequent flier program. Hey, free or discounted travel is all good, but is “Let’s Roll!” really the best slogan they could come up with as the country nears the tenth anniversary of 9/11?”

But SWA just fixed things.

So this:

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Has been changed to this:

Good for you, SWA.

(Speaking of which, SWA apparently kicked a white musician dude off of a flight yesterday due to his saggy pants, news to me. But that’s sort of funny due to some incident we had at SFO not too long ago when MR. B.M.O.C. football player totally ignored a request from a black female airline employee for said football star to pull up his saggy pants. He ended up just walking away from her. He couldn’t be bothered  because, unsurprisingly, he had luggage in his hands, or something. Said airline employee had the option to forget about it, but instead, she kicked things up a notch and the rest is history. Now, around the same time, a “faggy white boy” on a different airline in a different part of the country was allowed to fly while wearing nothing but women’s underwear, or something like that. Somehow, that “proved” something about something. Somehow, and people “know” this for sure, the black female airline employee singled out MR. B.M.O.C. due to racism. Or something like that. Oh well.)

Is the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 the Best Time For Southwest Airlines to Launch a Contest Using the Term “Let’s Roll?”

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Now I’m just a simple country lawyer so please help me when I’m trying to do the best I can to figure out why on Earth would Southwest Airlines use the term “Let’s Roll” as a part of its new frequent flier mile giveaway, you know, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Thusly:

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You see them – the red “LET’S ROLL” boxes? I cry foul.

Let’s double-check:

“Step 1

Go to the promotion home page.

Step 2

Enter your information in the “Current Rapid Reward Member” section (Ignore the field which says “Win Code from Card†”)

Step 3

Click ‘Let’s Roll’”

Trying the first hit on Google for “let’s roll” yields:

“‘Let’s roll‘ is a catchphrase that has been used extensively as a term to move and start an activity, attack, mission or project. After the September 11 attacks, the phrase, especially in the United States, has come to symbolize war-mongering, heroism, self sacrifice and initiative in a tough situation. This use of the phrase was inspired by Todd Beamer‘s final known words, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” The phrase has been widely appropriated as a battlecry.”

Thusly:

Do you live in America, Southwest Rapid Rewards?

Sure doesn’t seem like it.

IMO, ten years is Still Too Soon.

Three Cheers to Southwest Airlines, Where They Don’t Have Fees for Everything

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Well, check it out. Today, Southwest Airlines (LUV) is crowing about their lack of fees.

So that means “NO First or Second Checked Bag Fees, Change Fees, Fuel Surcharges, Snack Fees, Aisle or Window Seat Fees, Curbside Check-In Fees, or Phone Reservation Fees.” Hurray!

What the “legacy” carriers don’t seem to understand is that some people really, really don’t like hidden fees. Like how some restaurants in San Francisco hit you with an undisclosed 4% tack-on when you get your bill

Fly with Southwest and you’ll think you’ve been transported back to the 1970′s, when fees were a four-letter word:

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Nostalgic photo via Church of the Customer

Now, some may quibble about a few things, like how the cheapest fares from Southwest are only available online. But that’s as it should be, since reserving a flight by yourself lowers the expenses of running the airline. This is a better approach than a company advertising a price and then surprising you with a fee that you didn’t even know existed. The point is that Southwest has none of the new fees all the other airlines seem to have.  

Now this might put SWA at a disadvantage when they advertise their rates, because they lose all those little “profit centers” the other airlines take advantage of. But just remember that Bags Fly Free, and lots of other things are free, when you fly with LUV.

Hurray. Certain other airlines should take notice of this.