New Jack City: Southwest to Make Minneapolis Affordable

Have you tried booking a non-stop flight to Minneapolis lately?

The cost is ridiculous. Around $748 round trip. But then the Twin Cities have always been an expensive destination for air travelers from Kansas City. NORTHWEST AIRLINES pretty well owned the market and had the only non-stops between the the two cities.

Then along came K.C.’s short lived VANGUARD AIRLINES.

Oh how the prices dropped when Vanguard start offering non-stop service to Minneapolism but that didn’t last long. Once Vanguard was gone prices spiked again almost immediately. Then NORTHWEST was bought out by DELTA AIR LINES which continued to offer non-stop service—but at those same high rates.

Well yesterday K.C. got its Valentine’s Day gift when SOUTHWEST AIRLINES announced new non-stop service between MCI and MSP. Daily non-stop service with two flights in each direction.

Southwest’s new morning flight will depart MCI @ 7:50 a.m.—arriving MSP @ 9:15 a.m. while its afternoon departure leaves MCI @ 5:15 p.m. arriving MSP @ 6:40 p.m.

On the way home you’ll be able to depart MSP @ 6:55 a.m. and arrive MCI @ 8:25 a.m. or leave the Twin Cities @ 5:35 p.m. with an MCI arrival of 7:00 p.m.

And about that Valentine’s gift…

The day Southwest is implementing its new service is Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Southwest’s introductory round trip non-stop price: Just $199.60.

Here’s a great Valentine’s idea. Fly her or him up to Minneapolis in the morning. Spend the day shopping at the Mall Of America, catch a game, whatever. Then be back in Kansas City with plenty of time left for you to prove to that special person that you are in fact the Love God.

Sidebar: Northwest Airlines used to offer pre-Christmas weekend shopping excursions for Germans from Frankfurt. You could leave Germany Friday mornings. Shop Friday afternoon and Saturday at the Mall Of America. Then fly back to Frankfurt on Sunday.

Why? Because shopping with the Euro was so cheap that even when the Germans included the cost of the plane ticket they were still saving money.

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23 Responses to New Jack City: Southwest to Make Minneapolis Affordable

  1. balbonis moleskine says:

    I have never seen anyone so excited about Minneapolis.

  2. the dude says:

    Whay anyone
    would want to fly to Minnesota to shop is beyond me, I could think of a handful of places before I think of Minnesota.

  3. Orphan of the Road says:

    Valentine’s Day without Minneapolis
    Is like a fish without a bicycle.

    Maybe Lee’s Liquors would be a reason.

  4. rkcal says:

    Let me get this straight….Germans would fly across an ocean, right over New York and Chicago…to shop in Minnesota for two days? Can’t imagine how they lost two wars.

  5. jack p. says:

    Hey WTF……
    …you ever been to the Mall Of America? You could stick Oak Park Mall into the place at least 5 times over. And it’s got every high end place under the sun in it. So if you’re looking for anything from an expensive fur coat to…you name it—one trip will take care of it.

  6. rkcal says:

    five times the fun…
    of Oak Park Mall doesn’t do it for me. But, I guess blonde haired, blue eyed Germans would feel right at home in Minnehsotah.

  7. PB says:

    Who but a 14-year old girl would even care that Mall of America is 5xOak Park?I can’t stand the thought of any mall much less a mega one. Believe it or not, I’ve been able to survive just fine w/o Mrs.Field’s Cookies or Hot Topic thus far.

  8. Orphan of the Road says:

    The last “mall” I liked was the Bazaar of All Nations in Clifton Heights, PA. I ran into The Hooters, Robert Hazard and Al Martino there on many occasions. We called it Bazaar-O World.

  9. the dude says:

    But you cannot resist the planet gravity-like pull of Orange Julius of Auntie Annes pretzels.

  10. the dude says:

    “or” instead of

  11. Orphan of the Road says:

    You never ate a soft pretzel from a street vendor in Philadelphia have you?

  12. smartman says:

    Goin Fishin’
    I’d make a trip up to go ice fishing. Friend of mine has an ice shanty that’s like a Four Seasons hotel room. Gotta do it if you’ve never been. For nostalgias sake, in the early 80’s, Republic Airlines had a travel package that cost $1500.00. It allowed you to fly for up to 90 days to any city Repulic serviced. You could only take off and depart from each city once, but could connect through as often as necessary.

  13. Dwain says:

    Try thinking about it
    > Let me get this straight….Germans would fly across an ocean, right over New York and Chicago…to shop in Minnesota for two days?

    Yes, because the trips to New York or Chicago would be more expensive.

    – They get special deals to fly to Minneapolis that aren’t offered to New York or Chicago.

    – Commute, hotel and product prices are cheaper in Minneapolis. Plus no sales tax.

    – And it is a nicer, cleaner and safer city.

  14. paulwilsonkc says:

    I love you, Chuck, in a totally flaming hetro way!!
    Heres what makes him so funny to me, and by funny, I mean FUNNY!!

    Pauls Post: I had a near death experience last night, full blown heart attack. I saw the light….. and Greg Halstead (is it too soon) waving me to come towards the light. Then I saw Jesus, he said he loved me and heaven was waiting for me…. but it wasn’t my time went, so he sent me back from heaven, where I hope to go later.

    Chucks Comment http://www.engragedblackthugs/heavenlooted jesus assaulted/skinheads kill blacks/heaven covered in crime scene tape
    @Paul – Dont go near heaven – unless you’re packing. Its gone to hell

    Keep writing, it keeps me coming back!! And again, we’re missing (not missing, but he’s missing – Harlinator) You and I are the KINGS of KCC, along with smart, super dave, balonious, orphan, basically everyone Harley hated, we run this place!!

  15. mike says:

    As much as i hate to admit it
    We all have Glazer to thank for calling Harley a nut job. If his hero hadn’t called him that, he’d still be on here!

  16. chuck says:

    After the dust settled, the kids went home and played some Board Games, as you will.

  17. Hollister says:

    I would be excited about flying there now. In February, not so much.

  18. the dude says:

    Poor harlinator,
    poor, poor harlinator.

  19. paulwilsonkc says:

    @Mike, I think you’re correct!! It was more than he could ..
    …take!! And now, its costing me way more than it should to get actual contact info on him so he can get a nasty gram from my attorney. And shes NOT Stan Greenberg and shes NOT on Yahoo!! And her last time, married name, but still GREAT… is JUSTICE!!

    Dude, I understand.

    Chuck, I hope you took that as the highest form of compliment that I meant it as!! (Funny YouTube, by the way)

  20. chuck says:


  21. expat says:

    Those must have been downmarket Germans
    When I lived in NYC there were always Europeans taking shopping vacations there to avoid the VAT. They’d come over with a list of things they wanted to buy and even after paying for airfare and hotels would still end up getting what they wanted for less than it cost back home after taxes. I can see the cost advantage of staying in Minneapolis instead of NYC but typically these folks are shopping for ‘luxury’ items anyway so it seems counterproductive. (And it’s not like the shops in NY are so spread out that you need to visit a humongous mall instead — just go to 5th Ave.) Who wants to buy a fur coat in a place full of American suburuban mallrats (or worse hood rats)? Especially when the alternative is getting your fur coat and wearing it to dinner at a top scale restaurant in New York.

  22. JayhawkTony says:

    Why do people fly to Minneapolis to shop at the Mall of America…Besides the MOA being a kick-ass place, there is NO sales taxes on clothing.

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