Whether you’re an anxious flier who needs to settle your nerves or a business traveler just looking to unwind on the long journey home, adult beverages make flying more enjoyable for some travelers. Let Southwest Airlines buy you a drink. You can acquire and use the airline’s free beverage coupons several ways.
Sometimes Drinks Are Free for All
Southwest offers free soda, juice and water on all its flights. The complimentary drink coupons pertain to beer, wine and liquor.
On select dates throughout the year, the airline provides free drinks to all on board, regardless of whether you have a coupon. Check Southwest's online drink menu, updated each quarter, for specific dates. Past free drink dates have included Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
For Frequent Fliers
Sign up for Southwest Airline’s Rapid Rewards, a frequent flier rewards program, online or by calling the Rapid Rewards' Customer Service line at 1-800-445-5764. Points earned through the rewards program are redeemable for such perks as:
The rewards program also offers the tie-in Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa Credit Card. Cardholders sometimes receive drink coupons in the mail as promotional bonuses. Apply for the card on the Southwest website or by phone at 1-800-792-0001.
You also could purchase Business Select tickets for your next flight. While these fares are listed at the highest price point, the fully refundable tickets provide travelers with such additional incentives as:
- Priority boarding
- Priority security lanes in select airports
- A free beverage coupon valid for your day of travel.
Flight attendants will sometimes hand out complimentary drink coupons following long delayed flights as a way of thanking passengers for their patience. Ask for a coupon if it has not been offered.
Check the Expiration Date
As of August 2010, Southwest began adding expiration dates to its drink coupons as a way of battling counterfeiters and those who were abusing the system. Flight attendants cannot accept coupons if they do not include an expiration date.