Southwest offering free flights? Really?

I just got an exciting message on Facebook from a good friend of mine. The subject line was “Free tix!” so of course I was interested.

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However, I was also very skeptical, and as soon as I saw the link, I knew it was a scam. I bet you can also see all the reasons why.

Scam city, for so many reasons.

  1. I’ve never seen a coupon from Southwest.
  2. It’s not really from Southwest. It’s from
  3. Really? Two free tickets? Why?
  4. If you click on the link, you’ll see this:

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I’m actually wondering if my friend’s account was hacked, because she’s not the type to fall for something like this. However, if she was in a rush or just not paying close attention, I can see where this might be a compelling item to share quickly with friends.

Have you seen this scam floating around on Facebook? Did you fall for it, or steer clear?


  1. Yes, there’s one from “Disney World” floating around Facebook that my brother sends to me every 4-5 months. I think you nailed it when you pointed out all the extra characters in the “Southwest” url. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing! This may save someone a lot of grief…or at least a lot of SPAM.

  2. But you CAN get free tickets from Southwest… just get one of their credit cards. 🙂

  3. Yes! I’ve seen both the Southwest tickets and the Disney World one floating around Facebook and it drives me nuts.

    The people who share it always seem surprised when I inform them that it isn’t real…

  4. I saw it this morning from an aunt who loves to “share deals”. I called her out on it – not only the URL, but also the odd capitalization on the picture. As large as a company that Southwest is, I can’t imagine them allowing a media release without proper English. Just one of the little things I look for when I see something that might be a scam.


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