Does Southwest Airlines Give Discounts for Certain Groups?


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Southwest Airlines provides discounted fares to military and government personnel and groups of ten or more travelers, according to the Southwest Airlines booking website. In addition, Southwest provides a number of free tickets to travelers flying to a medical facility for diagnosis or treatment.

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As of 2015, Southwest Airlines offers a military discount to active-duty service members, and may offer discounts to family members of service members at the company's discretion. Active-duty service members also do not pay baggage fees on Southwest Airlines flights. It is necessary to contact Southwest Airlines customer service directly to obtain discounted fares for military service. Government employees and travel groups that are large enough to be eligible for discounted fares must also contact Southwest Airlines directly to claim those discounts.

Southwest Airlines also provides round-trip tickets free of charge to medical transportation organizations and non-profit hospitals for the use of patients who cannot otherwise afford to travel to a facility for specialized treatment. The airline gives $3,200,000 of medical travel tickets annually, as reported by the company's charitable giving web page. Complimentary tickets for medical travel are issued at the discretion of the hospital or medical transportation company, so it is necessary to contact the organization directly rather than Southwest Airlines.

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