01. Introduction: The spirit of the southwest02. Spirit Airlines A320 main cabin San Diego to Las Vegas03. My great American southwest adventure: Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Route 66, and Grand Canyon04. Southwest Airlines 737-700 Las Vegas to San Diego

I know a lot of people who won’t fly any type of airline various other than Southwest, and also while I will certainly admit that they run a pretty great operation, I’ve never before taken the appeal. Ticket prices aren’t any cheaper than the mainline carriers, the gate locations aren’t any type of less crowded, there are no lounges to escape to, and worst of all, tbelow is no assigned seating. The absence of assigned seats is what keeps me ameans the many – I love taking pics from airplane windows, and also unless I can be one of the initially 10 people on the plane, it’s pretty much a given that all the prime window seats ahead of the wing will be gone. And great luck being among those 10 if you aren’t an A-List Preferred member (which I am not, so I constantly miss out on out).

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None of this deterred me from booking my pilgrimage residence from LAS with Southwest though. My just various other two nonspeak choices were Delta and Spirit, yet it’s been a lengthy time because I’ve flvery own a Southwest segment so I figured it could be fun to mix points up. And heck – perhaps this little little bit of bonding time would assist me to much better understand the cult complying with this airline has…

WN310Las Vegas, NV (LAS) – San Diego, CA (SAN)Friday, March 31, 2017Aircraft: 737-7H4Registration: N226WNDuration: 40 minutesSeat: 16F (main cabin)

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Southwest Airlines 737-700 (N226WN) side watch illustration by norebbo.com
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Our course from LAS to SAN this afternoon: BOACH7 LVELL LUCKI1
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Standing curbside right here at LAS prepared to start my Southwest Airlines adventure home to SAN.
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Southwest Airlines ticketing counters and also bag drop.

I was fairly particular that I would have the ability to score an excellent home window seat ahead of the wing for this flight down to SAN this particular day, many thanks to the reality that I splurged on a Early Bird “upgrade” at the moment of purchase. An Early Bird boarding pass basically puts you in the initially boarding team (A), and also that’s exactly why I wasn’t even concerned about not having actually a seat assignment for this trip. Things are pretty straightforward if you don’t need to stress around a strategy for finding a prime window seat during the boarding process!

I had a bit of time to kill prior to the flight, and unfortunately, LAS isn’t the best airport for killing time. I remember hanging out right here for over 3 hrs between flights a couple of years back, and also well, let’s just say that “boring” doesn’t also begin to describe the experience. The worst part about LAS is how crowded it is – in all terminals. It’s really tough to discover a quiet edge to relax in as a result of the sheer variety of world and flights coming and going at all hours.

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LAS isn’t the best airport to kill time in, however at least they sell slot makers to assist dull the pain (or rise it, depending upon your mood).
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Good luck finding a quiet location to sit and also relax at LAS. This location is constantly busy.

I had actually no idea what number my boarding pass would certainly have actually until I asked a gate agent if he can print it out for me. I guess I was feeling too optimistic, bereason my heart sank as quickly as I observed that significant “A53” printed square in the facility of it. Being in boarding group A was nice, but…being the 5third perchild to board? Really? Tbelow went my wishes and also desires of an excellent home window seat – there was no opportunity of it now. How many seats does a 737-700 have actually anyway? Jeez – fifty percent the aircraft will certainly be filled by the time I gain onboard!

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That’s my ride house to San Diego now. I was kind of bummed that it was a plane with the old liexceptionally.

If there’s one thing that Southwest does best, it’s the boarding process. The best part is that everyone seems to gain it also. Tright here are a series of poles with numbers on them in the boarding area (1-5, 5-10, 10-15, etc), and also you sindicate stand by the pole that matches your boarding number. I waited patiently at the last pole with my number-53 boarding pass in hand also.

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A53. I might have remained in the first boarding group, yet I was extremely far from being one of the first on the plane.
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Time to uncover out if there will be any decent home window seats remaining…
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A quick peek at this Southwest Airlines 737-700 that will certainly be taking me house to SAN now.
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“Welcome aboard Mr. soimg.org. Can I sell you any type of champaign prior to depar….” Oops. Wrong airline.
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Southwest Airlines 737-700 main cabin. All. Window. Seats. Occupied. Grr…
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Southwest Airlines 737-700 seats. Not the prettiest in the skies, I need to admit.

The chaos of boarding and also trying to uncover an open up home window seat was supposedly as well a lot for my tiny brain to process, bereason also though I told myself that I wanted to sit on the appropriate side of the aircraft for the finest lighting conditions (photography, you know), I inadvertently sat on the left side. I was so proud of myself for securing a decent window seat via a good view of the wing, but I was get over via OOPS as quickly as I realized my mistake. By then it was too late, through the stable stream of passengers coming down the aisle scooping up all the window seats close to me quicker than I could say “I’m such an idiot”.

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Southwest Airlines 737-700 seats.
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Southwest Airlines 737-700 seat pitch.
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Maybe it’s just me, but the boarding procedure on Southwest is a lot more stressful than various other carriers. It’s favor playing a high-stakes game of musical chairs!
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I wonder exactly how long it’s going to be until airlines begin plastering seat backs via advertising. This looks choose a prime spot, unfortunately.

Oh well. At least I had a window seat, and listening to the male and gal behind me meeting for the first time and also flirting with each other quite greatly was entertaining. Both were incredibly well spoken and appeared to have actually lots to say – he was a business traveler that was going house to San Diego for the weekfinish (prior to having to fly out again a day later), and also she was returning residence from what sounded prefer a trip to visit the household. The begin of a brand-new relationship perhaps?

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I had actually a pretty nice see out the home window, so I guess I can’t complain!
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Safety card check! Here’s the front cover.
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Southwest Airlines 737-700 safety and security card inner cover.
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Southwest Airlines 737-700 safety card full internal.

The congestion on the taxiway was simply as thick as it remained in the terminals, and also as we were sitting tright here waiting for our turn to decomponent, I realized that I most likely can have been home by now if I chose to drive instead. I had actually been sitting roughly waiting for this flight all day, and also since San Diego is only a 7 hour drive from below, I can have easily beat this airplane. I tried not to think around it, and also supplied the view of the Las Vegas sexpedition in the distance as a nice distractivity instead.

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Nice watch of the Las Vegas strip in the distance as we taxi around the airport.
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‘Later Vegas! I’m not certain once I’ll be back but I’m sure it won’t be long.
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This is the ideal pic I could manage to get of the Las Vegas sexpedition on leave. Juuuust missed it!
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Climbing to cruising altitude.

The flight dvery own to SAN was short and also uneventful – two exceptionally crucial elements for the last segment of any kind of exhausting pilgrimage, IMHO, as I was extremely much looking forward to being home.

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Thirsty? This is what Southwest has to sell. On a side note, inspect out the size of the rock on that woman’s hand…
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Southwest Airlines complete drink menu.
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Southwest Airlines drink food selection ago cover, mirroring the entertainment options aboard today’s flight.
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Skimming the clouds on our method down to SAN this afternoon.
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I’m not completely approximately snuff on the latest happenings via Southwest Airlines, however I’ve been told this is the old internal. Hopefully the new architecture is a lot more bright!
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Lazy vibes throughout the cabin this afternoon.
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Starting to cut with the clouds at the start of our descent.

Thankfully the skies were clear and also sunny on the method. My last few flights in and also out of SAN had actually been rather dull and also cloudy so it was nice to check out the shining sunlight aget for my return house. Big shoutout to Mother Nature for that one.

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Starting to resolve now the closer we gain to SAN. Nice!
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This mountaintop has actually got to be a wonderful landnote for pilots. Though pretty scary I imagine when the weather is poor and also they can’t check out it. #eek
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Pretty nice watch of the Air and Void Museum as we glide over Balboa Park.
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Shots like this remind me that I don’t visit Balboa Park as a lot as I should. Its among my favorite areas in San Diego!
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Banker’s Hill, I-5, and then the airport. I love this technique.
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Starting the flare…
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Somejust how I missed the touchdvery own swarm, so this will need to execute rather. Welconcerned Sun Diego!
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Docked and also locked. Feels so great to be residence.

I stood up when the row had actually been cleared in front of me, and out of curiosity, I looked ago to acquire a look at that man and gal who had actually been flirting so much throughout the start steras of this flight. Whoa. It’s fairly remarkable how the huguy mind have the right to misanalyze situations completely when tright here aren’t any kind of visuals to go in addition to them, bereason one look at the two made me realize that it was extremely most likely there wasn’t any type of romantic interest connected.

They man was young and chiseled, yet the woguy (who was well spoken, sounded intelligent, and funny) appeared to be the sort of perboy that provided up a long time earlier and also just didn’t treatment anyeven more. Her clothes were a mess, her hair looked choose it hadn’t been wamelted in weeks, and she looked to be horribly out of form. I’m not judging her at all, of course, yet I thought it was funny because her voice gave me a different impression of the sort of perchild she was – at least on the external. Never judge a book by it’s cover I guess!

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Southwest Airlines 737-700 inner, as viewed from my brisk walk off the plane.
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For as big of an operation as Southwest has actually right here at SAN, I execute feel poor for them for having to attend to the constraints of terminal 1.
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The Circle of Death. This location is in significant need of a tear-down and reconstruct.
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*inhales deeply* Ahhh, I love the smell of that fresh ocean air. So great to be back home again in San Diego.

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I’d also like to allude out that this short trip down from Las Vegas didn’t help me to understand also the Southwest cult complying with any kind of much better either. It was simply an simple flight, as ordinary as my last WN segments ago in 2014 were (SAN-LAS, LAS-RNO, RNO-LAS, LAS-SAN). This endure absolutely won’t make me go out of my way to fly with them later on, but if the schedule is right, and the the price is agreeable, I’m in.

I carry out should figure out just how to crack the code to be among the initially 10 people onboard though. Any regular Southwest flyers willing to share some tips?