My wife and I spent our first Christmas as newlyweds in Chicago with her family, and being that plane tickets were so expensive between the Twin Cities and the Windy City, we decided to fly through Milwaukee instead and rent a car. The drive to my wife's family is only about 1 hour 15 minutes, and it is a straight shot south to Illinois on I-94. After a memorable few days, we left for the Milwaukee Airport around 10:30am on Dec 26, and arrived at the rental car return area just before 12:00pm.
Southwest is an airline I haven't flown in a long time, but I was really impressed with them. Here's a few things that in my mind make Southwest a great airline to travel with.
*Open Seating - We spent $10 extra for the "Early Bird Check-In" and were excited that we flew in the "A" group on both flights.
*Free drinks and peanuts/pretzels on all flights. (The flight attendant even did two drink runs on the MSP-MKE flight which was only a 45 minute flight ...)
*NO BAG FEES! - This is a huge plus, and something that was very nice especially as we had brought 3 suitcases to help bring back presents, etc.
*Really simple frequent flier program that seems to more user friendly than other airliners that we hold miles with.
Milwaukee is an easy airport to travel from, and within a short time we had made our way through security and into the C concourse. Boarding began just after 1:15pm for a 1:50pm departure, and everything went smoothly. The 737-700 we flew on felt brand new, and we sat in 6E/F. The flight attendants were all really friendly, and had such a great attitude. It made us feel very welcome on board, and made for a pleasant and easy flight.
We landed on-time and were able to get our bags by the time we had arrived at the claim downstairs.
Below are some photos I thought I'd share with you from the 40 minute flight back. It was a quick one for sure!
Leaving a cloudy Milwaukee ...
Approaching the border of WI/MN
On final approach for 30 - L
View of St. Paul ... (Sorry for the blurriness, I took all these photos with my phone this time ...)
Happy New Year to everyone!
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