Windows and Southwest Airlines Bring Picture-Perfect Photos and Sweepstakes to Families This Holiday Season

posted Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM EST

Press Release

Microsoft's logo. Click here to visit the Microsoft website!Windows and Southwest Airlines partner for another year of free holiday photos and daily giveaways.

REDMOND, Wash. and DALLAS, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Windows and Southwest Airlines Co. are back this season to make your holiday travel experience jollier with the Picture Perfect Holiday. Starting Dec. 13, Windows and Southwest Airlines will offer free holiday photos to customers at 21 airports nationwide.

In addition, the two companies will jointly host a holiday sweepstakes for a daily chance to win a Windows 7-based PC or the grand prize of a year of travel on Southwest Airlines. Other holiday offers and incentives also will be available.

Travelers can stop by one of the photo kiosks set up at Southwest Airlines gates in participating airports and take their free photo with Santa or in front of a holiday-themed backdrop. Once the photos are taken, a Windows representative will guide travelers through an online experience to demonstrate how to edit, share and store their photos with ease, using Windows Live photo-editing tools. Families will be able to print a copy of their photo on site at the airport via state-of-the-art Epson printers, or they can visit to retrieve and share their photos online.

"We heard from our customers how much they loved this experience last year, and we are thrilled to be able to offer it again in partnership with Microsoft this holiday season," said Andy Allmann, director of National Partnerships for Southwest Airlines. "By providing free holiday photos, Windows and Southwest are celebrating simple things that make this time of year so special — spending time with family, connecting with friends and sharing good cheer."

Picture Perfect Holiday airport kiosks will be available in the following cities: Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver;Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Nashville, Tenn.; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Phoenix;Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Seattle; Tampa, Fla.; and San Antonio. In addition, the program has expanded this year and, starting Nov. 18, will include three malls, Westfield San Francisco Centre, Westfield Century City in Los Angeles and The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago, to bring even more customers the chance to get their photos taken and share them quickly and easily.

"We are excited to partner with Southwest again this year to make things easier for our customers during the busy travel and shopping season," said Lisa Sikora, Windows Senior Marketing Manager, Microsoft. "The holidays are all about bringing family together and sharing memories, and we love that we're able to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for travelers and shoppers to connect with their loved ones and capture fun moments — all through a simple photo."

More information on the sweepstakes and free photo experience is available at

About Southwest Airlines
In its 40th year of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers – offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Southwest serves 72 cities in 37 states and is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit to read the Southwest Airlines One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,400 flights a day and has more than 35,000 employees systemwide.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.