The Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) is known for offering some of the best deals in airline tickets. If you are still not impressed, then you are sure to be swayed by the charitable side of the business. The budget carrier has announced they will be giving away 10,000 free flight tickets to patients for urgent medical care. Those accompanying the patients, family or friends, can also avail the offer.
Southwest Airlines has already partnered with 75 medical organizations and hospitals to identify the people who have to travel to access medical care. The tickets will be distributed through these organizations and hospitals. These hospitals and organizations will decide who gets the free tickets. To make it even better Southwest says these will be round-trip tickets. The offer is valid till the end of this year.
“We Are a Company With Heart” – Southwest Airlines
The director of community relations and charitable giving at Southwest, Debra Benton said, “We really believe it is our responsibility to give back, and one of the best ways we can give back is through air travel. This is a population that really needs help. They reached out to us and we wanted to make sure we were assisting them”.
Vice president of Southwest, Linda Rutherford agreed, “We are a company with heart and we are honored to have been able to connect people with the medical treatment they need for the last 10 years”
Southwest Airlines Has Helped Before Too
Of course, this is not the first time Southwest Airlines has extended their helping hand. The carrier has been giving away medical-related flight tickets since 2017 through their Medical Transportation Grant Program. In fact, according to estimates, they have provided 59,000 round trips valued more than $23 million.
But this time it is much bigger as Southwest has never before given away so many free tickets. It is to mark the 10th anniversary of their grant program.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Medical Transportation Grant Program, Southwest Airlines has partnered with the Musicians On Call. A nonprofit, they provide live music to patients in more than 20 cities across the United States.
Taking the cue from Southwest (NYSE:LUV), Delta, Continental, United, and American have also brought down their fares for family bereavement and emergencies. But there are no free tickets from them till now.