But only after waiting for 5 hours for my delayed flight from Phoenix to San Diego – I didn't get home until almost 11 pm. That made for a late start this morning and some residual tiredness tonight!
I saw something at Phoenix that just made my day: when our flight was announced ready for boarding, the guy at the gate explained over the loudspeaker that there was a group of soldiers on our flight – and they would be boarding first. I asked the woman on the gate's customer service desk if that was unusual, and she said “No, not at all. Boarding uniformed military first is our company policy!”
I already like Southwest Airlines for other reasons, but having learned this they will now be at the top of my list every time!
On the plane, I struck up a couple of conversations with those soldiers (one man, one woman). Both of them said that they travelled on Southwest whenever they could, because of the special treatment they got – which wasn't just boarding first: they also got two free drink coupons...