Southwest Takes Top Place in Customer Satisfaction for 3rd Year

A line of Southwest Airlines aircraft parked at the terminal.
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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to impress, earning the coveted title of Leader in Economy Class Customer Satisfaction.

This was awarded in the J.D. Power 2024 North American Airline Satisfaction Study, marking an impressive third year in a row.

This prestigious award recognizes airlines excelling across seven key areas that define the passenger experience.

Focus on Customer-Friendly Policy

“Our focus on customer-friendly policies empowers our amazing People to deliver the legendary Southwest Hospitality our passengers have come to expect,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines President, Chief Executive Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“This recognition is a true testament to our dedicated Employees and a tremendous honor to receive for the third consecutive year.”

Southwest Airlines dominated all seven categories measured in the J.D. Power study, including Day of Travel Pre/Post-Flight Experience, On-Board Experience, Ease of Travel with Airline, Digital Tools,

Value for Price Paid, Level of Trust with Airline, and Airline Staff. The 2024 study surveyed over 9,500 passengers who flew on major North American airlines within the past month.

“This recognition is a powerful symbol of our unwavering commitment to our valued Customers,” said Tony Roach, Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer.

“Our competitive offerings, unmatched flexibility, and world-class Hospitality ensure Customers receive exceptional value and industry-leading loyalty programs.”

Recent Newsweek Award

This latest achievement builds on Southwest’s impressive track record. The airline recently secured the No. 1 ranking in Newsweek’s 2024 America’s Best Customer Service list for both Airlines and Low-Cost Airlines categories.

Southwest Airlines was again listed on Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies list for the second year in a row. Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies™ 2024 list also included Southwest Airlines.

Southwest’s commitment to exceptional customer service is evident in its passenger-centric policies. The airline boasts no bag fees, no change or cancel fees on any fare type, and travel funds that never expire.

Furthermore, Southwest is actively modernizing the customer experience with a multi-billion dollar investment plan.

Southwest Customer Service Initiatives

Since announcing the two-billion-dollar customer experience improvement initiative in 2022, Southwest has delivered the following:

  • Digital Transformation: A robust suite of user-friendly digital features has given passengers further information and control.

Real-time information includes Digital Bag Tracking, Online Baggage Check-In, and Same-Day Standby. Additionally, new internal tools streamline operations, allowing employees to serve customers more efficiently.

  • Enhanced Inflight Connectivity: Southwest upgrades to the WiFi network across the entire fleet were completed in late 2023.

The service upgrade offers passengers a significantly improved browsing experience with increased bandwidth and faster data speeds.

Southwest To Make Huge Investment in Passenger Experience
Photo Credit: Southwest Airlines.
  • Power Up and Stow Away More: New USB-A and USB-C power ports, along with larger overhead bins, are being installed on all new 737 MAX 8 aircraft delivered to Southwest.

The airline will retrofit these features to existing MAX 8 and 737-800 aircraft over the next few years.

  • Rapid Rewards Revamp: Southwest’s popular Rapid Rewards® program received a refresh, making it easier to achieve tier status.

A-List Preferred Members now enjoy new premium drink benefits. Cash + Points allows travelers to combine points with other forms of payment for flights.

Additionally, Rapid Rewards points can now be redeemed, or used in combination with cash, for hotel bookings.

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