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The fallout continues after Southwest’s fatal uncontained engine failure this past Tuesday. The airline is canceling dozens of flights across the country as it scrambles to inspect its engines following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness directive mandating engine inspections. Southwest plans to inspect all potentially affected engines within 30 days, requiring an aggressive inspection schedule for an airline with an all-737 fleet.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary investigation revealed metal fatigue in the engine that blew apart. Shrapnel from the failure struck the fuselage, blowing out a passenger window, and the sudden decompression led to passenger Jennifer Riordan being pulled partially out of the window. She later died from her injuries.
Thus far, FlightAware’s cancellation tracker has tallied 46 Southwest flight cancellations and 466 delays for Sunday, representing 1% and 11% of Southwest’s scheduled flights respectively. On Saturday, Southwest had the most flight cancellations of all airlines worldwide with 46 cancellations.
While still affecting only a minority of the carrier’s flights, you’ll still want to check your flight status before heading to the airport if you have a trip on Southwest scheduled over the next few days.
With the Southwest Premier credit card you'll earn 6,000 points each year after your cardmember anniversary. Southwest also offers one of the most lucrative airline perks - the Companion Pass. Once you earn 110,000 points in a calendar year, you can add a companion to your flight for the cost of the taxes and fees for the remainder of the first year you earn the pass and the entire following year.
- Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus earn 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 within your first year.
- 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary
- 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
- 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
- Earn unlimited points that don't expire as long as your card account is open
- No foreign transaction fees
- No blackout dates or seat restrictions, Bags fly free® and no change fees
- Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, gift cards, access to events and more