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Southwest's new no-show policy takes off next month

9:00 PM, Apr. 26, 2013
Southwest Airlines passenger planes are seen at Chicago's Midway Airport in Illnois May 31, 2012.
Southwest Airlines passenger planes are seen at Chicago's Midway Airport in Illnois May 31, 2012.
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Southwest is ending its free ride for no-shows.

The airline said Thursday it would launch a new no-show policy - in which some fliers will forfeit their fares if they fail to show up for a flight - next month, so it's not stuck taking off with empty seats at the last minute.

Passengers who've booked the cheapest Wanna Get Away or Ding fares on or after May 10 for trips on or after Sept. 13 will forfeit their fare if they simply don't show up at the airport rather than canceling or re-booking. The rest of their itinerary will also be canceled. ...

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