Southwest upgrades Ding

Low-fare king Southwest has announced improvements to its ever-popular Ding fare-alert system. In case you're not familiar with it, Ding is a downloadable program that alerts users to daily or twice-daily Southwest specials that the airline claims are less than its lowest "Internet Special" prices. Last year, I analyzed Ding prices on a handful of routes, and found savings as little as $5 and as much as $75.

This latest improvement allows users to receive customized sales for up to 10 airports. The addition of specific airports is a welcome improvement to Ding, which currently alerts you about every special, even if your preferred city (or cities) isn't included.

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To update your Ding account, click on "Update Registration" after clicking on the Ding icon in your system tray. To download Ding, visit southwest.com.

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