Southwest Airlines published its first quarter 2015 beverage menu and listed the following three days as free drink holidays: January 1 (New Year’s Day), February 14 (Valentine’s Day) and March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day).
How To Get A Free Drink On Southwest Airlines
Even if you’re not flying on these three holidays, there are a number of other ways to receive a free drink from Southwest Airlines including:
- Business Select Tickets – these higher priced fares come with priority boarding, additional Rapid Rewards points and a coupon for a free cocktail, beer or wine valid on the day of the flight. Even if you don’t purchase a Business Select Ticket, the drink coupons are often left behind by other flyers at the Southwest Airlines check-in kiosks at the airport. They are especially easy to find early in the morning.
- Rapid Rewards – If you have a Rapid Rewards account, log in to make sure your Communications Preferences are set to receive drink coupons. Log in, and find the My Preferences Tab. On the left hand side is another tab labeled Communications Preferences, and make sure the Drink Coupon Option is set to Yes. Rapid Rewards member should be receiving four drink coupons in the mail after every ten one-way flights.
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card by Chase – Be on the look out in the mail in late January to mid-February if you are a cardholder. For the past couple of years, Chase has sent out four drink coupons to the primary account holder of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card.
- Military Members – Southwest Airlines loves to celebrate those who serve our country thru military service. Often showing a Military ID, and just politely asking if there might be a free drink for military men and women will get a big smile from the Flight Attendant – and a free drink.
- Be Nice – Flight crews see hundreds of people every day, and Flight Attendants have the ability to ‘comp’ drinks. Flight Attendants remember nice passengers. In fact, nice Pilots also remember nice passengers, and sometimes Pilots pass on the word to the Flight Attendants to buy a passenger a couple of drinks. So it’s simple – be nice.
A free drink is always a nice surprise – a holiday, a weather delay, or a tough day have been known to trigger a free drink or two on Southwest Airlines. Have you been successful at getting free drinks? Let us know how.