A few weeks ago, my esteemed colleague JL Johnson penned a piece extolling the virtues of his favorite carrier, Southwest Airlines. He laid out nine reasons why Southwest was tops in his mind, and quite honestly I didnâ€™t disagree with any of the facts he laid out on why the airline is so immensely popular with so many people.
However, with all the positives Southwest has under its belt, I personally canâ€™t remember the last time I stepped foot on a Southwest 737â€¦ at least seven-to-eight years, I think. So if Southwest isnâ€™t so bad, and I think itâ€™s a perfectly fine airline, why have I clocked about 800,000 miles without a single Southwest flight?
First, letâ€™s get one thing clear: This piece isnâ€™t meant to be a hostile response to JL or his story, or even as a â€œSouthwest is badâ€ take-down rant. Like I said, he has valid points, and Southwest is a fine airline, one that I even recommend others to fly. The goal of this piece is to give those who are wondering some insight into why someone might choose not to fly Southwest.