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Couple gets married on board Southwest Airlines flight

May 01, 2022
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Couple gets married on board Southwest Airlines flight
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No one likes when their flight gets canceled, but Pam and Jeremy Salda sure made the best of it last weekend.

On their way to Las Vegas to elope, the final leg of their trip from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Las Vegas (LAS) got canceled.

While trying to figure things out at DFW, a fellow passenger overheard the couple's discussion about how the cancellation would likely lead to them missing their scheduled appointment at a wedding chapel. Fortunately, the passenger, had a solution: he was an ordained minister.

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The three booked seats on a Southwest flight from Dallas Love Field (DAL) to Vegas, and after a trip across town to switch airports, Pam — already in her wedding dress — made a joke as she boarded the Southwest flight that she and Jeremy should just get married on the plane.

Be careful what you wish for. The pilot and crew were fully on board with Pam’s suggestion.

(Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines)

The flight crew “sprung into action,” according to Southwest, hanging toilet paper streamers inside the plane and downloading a wedding soundtrack before takeoff.

Once at cruising altitude, music accompanied Pam on her walk down the (plane’s) aisle with her groom and fellow passenger-turned-officiant waiting at the front of the plane along with one of the flight attendants, who became her impromptu maid of honor.

(Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines)

Pam said the ceremony was proof of the “charmed life” she lived, with passengers listening over the aircraft’s intercom as the bride told her groom, “I can’t wait to be your co-pilot through life. I’ll be the check to your cross-check. And any turbulence, I want to weather it with you.”

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By the time the "I do’s" came Jeremy exclaimed “I sure do!” to applause and cheers from passengers, including the bride’s side of the crowd (those with seat letters A, B and C) to the groom’s (those in D, E and F) as Jeremy kissed his bride.

The Saldas made their way to the back of the plane-turned-chapel, with Pam hoisting her bouquet in the air. A notebook passed around that served as the guestbook, courtesy of the passengers of Southwest Flight 2690.

(Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines)

Jeremy said the couple had met 625 days earlier. It seems a reasonable guess that Sunday, April 24, 2022, was among the most memorable of their time together.

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  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
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  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more