I love SouthWest, too. They are a great airline. But that said, they still have not lowered their price flights in the Summer between BWI and Ft. Lauderdale. I'm very disappointed. I've been searching their prices on-line every Tues since they opened their schedule for the mid-August timeframe and the best round-trip rate for my dates for a non-stop I can get is $340. I went to Ft. Lauderdale in January and flew for $180. Looks like they may not lower prices any further so I guess my husband and I will have to drive to Ft. Lauderdale for our cruise since we calculated driving will be cheaper than flying. I just don't look forward to that long drive. Oh well, as long as I get to the port on time, that's all that matters.
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Spirit was cheaper but I had a bad experience with them and vowed never to fly them again. However the way things were beginning to look I thought Spirit might be are only reasonable option. Thank goodness Southwest was pretty reasonable when adding in the free bags and the great flight times.
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Aerogirl, Yep, glad I did book it, also got the only two direct flights to and from Ft. Lauderdale, just glad the times fit with the cruise. I was actually going to go a day early, but those flights were more money, so then the cost of a hotel, etc....just didn't make sense to end up spending hundreds more, so this will work out nicely.