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.