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Southwest Loves The Coopers!

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Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde are not the only stars gracing the silver screen this holiday season.  Southwest’s bold new look makes an appearance in the witty holiday comedy, Love The Coopers. Love The Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Southwest signage is featured as a back drop for the character of Eleanor (played by Olivia Wilde) who makes her way home for the holidays.  Although a snowstorm is to blame for some delayed travel, she encounters an unlikely surprise (sorry, we’re not giving it away).  You will have to check out the movie for the big reveal, releasing in theatres tomorrow! At Southwest, we are well aware that the hustle of holiday travel can be crazy, but here are a few tips to help make your Holiday travel just a bit more pleasant: 1. Pack smart and pack light, that’s holiday traveling done right!  Before you hit the slopes or nestle up to a loved one’s fireplace, remember to pack light and limit yourself to one carry-on bag (plus one small, personal item). If you really need to bring an extra winter coat have no fear, as your first two checked Bags Fly Free® (baggage weight and size limits apply). 2. Make travel changes and keep tabs on your trip using your mobile device. If you’re extending your vacation with the in-laws by a few days (don’t laugh) you can quickly make travel changes on the fly with Southwest’s mobile site or our easy-to-use mobile app. The mobile app is available for Apple iOS devices via the App Store and for Android Devices on Google Play. 3. Shovel that driveway and leave the house early. It’s crucial that you give yourself plenty of extra time to travel to the airport to avoid heightened Customer traffic during the holiday season. Snow or shine, we always recommend checking the status of your flight before you head to the airport, as well as our suggested airport arrival times and ticket counter hours listed by airport location. 4. If you’re checking bags, check out Express Bag Drop. To speed up your baggage check in, try Express Bag Drop (available in select cities), a separate line that lets Customers who already have a boarding pass check their bag with less of a wait. Traveling with an essential item? A gift for your second Uncle twice removed perhaps? Prior to boarding, see a Customer Service Agent at the gate to check any extra or oversized carry-on items, baby items such as strollers and car seats, or assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, or scooters. 5. Your wheels facing out, so our wheels can go up. We know you’re ready to get a taste of Grandma’s sweet potato casserole, or hit the slopes with your best friends, but remember to follow all boarding procedures to make sure boarding goes smoothly. During peak travel times like this, the overhead bins can get a little crowded. Remember to store large items (roller bags, suitcases, duffel bags etc.) in the overhead bins. Place roller bags with wheels facing out. Stow smaller personal items under the seat in front of you (purses, laptop cases, and backpacks). 6. Plan your pick up spot ahead of time. Your holiday trip is about to begin! Navigating a crowded airport can be tricky. Coordinate with your companions and decide on a central meeting location at the airport ahead of time. If you are picking someone up from the airport, be sure to review our travel policies online. If you are picking up an unaccompanied minor or someone needing extra assistance, you must obtain a non-passenger escort pass from the ticket counter to be allowed through the security checkpoint. Learn more about Love the Coopers at www.lovethecoopers.com. We look forward to seeing you onboard this holiday season and hope we can make your journey home a little easier.  Who knows - maybe you will encounter a unique surprise just like Eleanor! Happy Holidays