If you are reading this right now and saying, “huh?”, that is because you have not been in any of these countries and tried to book or check in for a Southwest flight!
I have been writing about this issue for a while and have received thousands of comments, messages, tweets, e-mails over that time expressing frustration with Southwest for this problem.
Great News! Southwest Has Stopped Blocking Many Countries From Their Website
Let’s back up a bit. For a while now, Southwest has been blocking access to their website from several countries. These aren’t countries like North Korea – these are many places throughout Europe (northern and southern) as well as many countries in Asia and Central America.
Before you say that Southwest does not fly to those locations, think about all the people that use Southwest to connect from an international flight (thanks to flexible cancellation/change policies and baggage allowances) or those that travel and want to book Southwest flights when they go on sale.
Countries that Southwest Had Blocked From Their Website
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
- South Korea
The Southwest Website Blocking Has Ended for Many Countries!
I am in Greece right now and, last night, I had went to visit a website on my phone. I accidentally clicked the Southwest webpage and was surprised when it popped up and accessible!
I quickly made sure I wasn’t using my Google Fi SIM card or that my VPN was not on. I was using a Greek IP address and having no problem accessing, searching, and even booking a ticket on Southwest.com.
This morning, I kicked the VPN on and started checking various countries from the list above. I didn’t check them all (so if you are in one of them, definitely check to see if you can access Southwest.com now) but found that Greece, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a couple of others can now access Southwest.com!
However, I did find that I was still unable to access it from a Russian or Taiwanese VPN (and I think mainland China as well but cannot remember).
So, from all of us that are your customers abroad, Southwest, THANK YOU!
Leave it in the comments if you are able to access Southwest.com but were not able to before!
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