I've always been surprised (in a good way) that Southwest would accept my drink coupons from previous flights. A few weeks ago my group at work had a friendly competition to see "who had the most Southwest drink coupons"... and I won. Needless to say, there are plenty of drinks I'll be "losing" as a result of this new policy, but think it will be reasonable to be expected to use the coupon on the day I fly. Thats what I expected when I flew and was given my first coupon, after all. I think it will clean out a lot of extra paper in my laptop bag, and for that, I am thankful! I respect the new policy, but I do wish that we had a grace period during which we could use our old coupons.
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