Hey Daaaeeee Hope training and everything is going well. I just went and got my temp badge today and start orientation on Monday. I was just curious what to expect my first couple days and also, if you've already been to Dallas for the training. If so, how long were you in Dallas? I was told Fly in Sunday then home Friday...then the email said 11 days in Dallas. Then told something else...so I figured you were most recent class for CSA in Phx so why not just ask you lol.
If you have anything you can tell me from above questions, or anything you'd like to pass along (helpful hints/suggestions/advice) I'd be happy to listen! I'm sure I will need to start learning the cities and airport codes soon too. When they quiz you do they give yo uthe airport code and you write the city, or do they give you the city and you write the code?
Anyway, hope our paths cross soon at Sky Harbor!
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Spend the entire 300- while there. Some folks were able to use their cards at the airport on the last day, others were not. There's two schools of thought: 1. The card deactivates once you've swiped your badge the last time at TOPS 2. The card deactivates at a certain time of day. I had about 40- left on my card at the airport but it didn't authorize when I got a coffee there.
Regarding the rental -
Those of us who got one were happy we did, even though it's an out of pocket expense. Those who didn't were happy for a ride from us. Don't use the SW link in SWAlife for your car rental. Instead, click on the rental company logos beneath that link and use the SW corp discount code. I went with Enterprise, and got a 7 pax caravan (the most expensive rental) for less than 380- for 6 days (Sun - Fri), which included the airport fees, et c.
You can also use your card to purchase meals at surrounding restaurants, and for uber eats/ door dash. Be mindful that there is a 70- limit per purchase. Also, if you do purchase alcohol with your card, it has to be with a meal, not a stand alone purchase. Accounting scans the purchases made after you return to your station and you will be required to reimburse any charges that aren't food, or that are stand alone alcohol purchases.
Don't forget to visit the "grassy knoll (JFK)"! There are a bunch of cool museums within walking distance of the hotel, but many close by 5. Make sure to check the operation times before going. Street parking was bountiful, and their public transportation system is very cool. Hop on a trolley right behind the hotel for a ride! Getting to WINGS cafeteria is quirky from TOPS, you take the elevator to the third floor, walk across an 1/8th mile catwalk, then take the elevator down to the first floor.
***If your trainer doesn't give you the hour lunch ours gave to us, you won't be able to make it to WINGS, eat, and return.***
Do NOT take the highway route from the hotel to TOPS. Dallas highway congestion is horrifying!
Join the credit union. It's awesome. (Day 1).
There's lots of fun swag. The SW store is pricey, and it was only open Mon and Tues while we were there. If you see a room in TOPS with a white board on the outside saying: "SWA U", those are trainers from all different stations. Say hello ... you never know when you'll meet again, and you want your face remembered.
You will actually learn a lot of helpful information and useful tools while there. I promise it's not just a "drink the koolaid" visit.
There's a cool rooftop pool on the fourth floor of the hotel. Have a visit.
Do NOT bring anyone with you or plan to have someone meet you at the hotel. A solid 50% of the guests are SW, and only 50% of those people are there for training. Think of something unique/interesting to say about yourself/ your experience thus far for your introduction to everyone.
Which ever station your trainer came from ... ask them about it, along with your cohearts. I was shocked to learn that Albany only has like three flights a day ... what a difference from my Mega station (MCO) - AND Albany trains in Boston for a week to get a feel for a larger station. I was able to give my Albany cohearts a lot of useful info for their visit there since I'm a native born and raised Bostonian. Otherwise, they would have just stayed in their hotel room all week.
Check out some of the meals we had while there ...
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@Mum2JAM my timeline
My timeline Phone interview was 3/27 I got a callback after my interview and was offered the verbal position I received my CJO on 3/31 I received my email from STERLING on 3/31 that they was initiating my background 4/1 Received email to do my drug screens and fingerprints 4/2 completed my drug screen and fingerprint 4/4 Got notice my background is cleared from Sterling Now im waiting to hear from SWA ❤️
I’ve been watching my emails like a hawk and I’m just waiting and I’m checking the discussion boards looking for new updates and everything we in the same boat
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