Southwest Airlines Ends Airtran A+ Rewards Program

October 30, 2014

As one of the final steps in its merger with Southwest, AirTran will ending the A+ Rewards loyalty program on November 1, 2014. You can still earn and redeem A+ Rewards credits until that date, after which all accounts will be converted to the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, and credits will be converted to Rapid Rewards points. It […]

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Southwest Merger: AirTran’s Final Flight & End of A+ Rewards

May 27, 2014

It’s official: AirTran is finally coming to an end after what must be one of the longest mergers in airline history. The carrier will operate its final flight as AirTran on December 28, retracing its original Atlanta-Tampa route from October 1993 when it was called ValuJet (it purchased AirTran and took the name in 1997). Southwest […]

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The New Frontier of Airline Fees: Overhead Bin Space and Seat Assignments

April 30, 2014

Following Frontier Airlines’ announcement this past Monday that it will now charge its passengers for placing their carry-on bags in its overhead bins and reserving seats in advance, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne examines the present landscape of similarly ridiculous airline fees – and finds the worst offenders. In yet another irritating step toward entirely fee-dependent fares, low-cost […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Why Can’t I Use My Southwest Companion Pass On An Airtran Flight?

August 11, 2013

Today we have a special guest answering one of our Sunday Reader Questions. TPG contributor Jason Steele takes on a question about the Southwest/Airtran merger and the limitations it imposes on maximizing the Southwest Companion Pass in the case of this reader. TPG reader Jake wants to book a flight Airtran flight using Southwest Rapid […]

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Maximizing A+ Rewards With The Airtran Companion Pass

August 1, 2013

Update: My links for the 50,000 point Southwest offer are no longer working. You may be able to find working links at The Southwest Companion Pass is just one of the many reasons to love the Rapid Rewards program and can be a great way to save money and travel the country for half-off, […]

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Southwest Points vs. Southwest Credits: When Transferring Makes Sense and How to Check Availability

July 24, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. In early 2011 Southwest announced significant changes to their Rapid Rewards program. Under the old Rapid Rewards program you qualify for an award flight after roughly every 8 roundtrip flights, and those award flights were capacity controlled, […]

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Flight Review: AirTran Airways Business Class PIT-TPA

May 6, 2013

I recently had two press interviews in Pittsburgh and then one in Tampa the following day. I didn’t have much flexibility in terms of scheduling and I wanted to fly nonstop from Pittsburgh to Tampa, so my only option was to book on AirTran, which I haven’t flown since college when I got a super-cheap Vegas […]

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Maximize Monday: How to Stay Connected in the Sky- An In-Flight WiFi Roundup

March 18, 2013

The more time I spend up in the skies, the more I have come to value in-flight WiFi. Although some people, including myself from time to time, like to disconnect onboard and enjoy a few brief hours of email/Facebook/Twitter-less bliss, losing six hours of work and communication time while flying cross-country can be a daunting […]

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Maximize Monday: Taking Advantage of New Southwest AirTran Codeshares With Ultimate Rewards and the Companion Pass

February 4, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele was booking tickets on Southwest last week when he came across an interesting new codeshare option on AirTran that he discusses along with how to maximize it in terms of Ultimate Rewards points and the Southwest Companion Pass. Last Saturday morning, January 25, 2013, I was surprised to find nine daily […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Southwest 50,000 Bonus and AirTran 32 A+ Points Bonuses Rundown – Which Card Should You Get?

December 5, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. With the 50,000-point sign-up bonus on the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the AirTran Airways A+ Rewards Credit Card with 32 A+ points both available, you might be wondering which card to get. As […]

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Chase AirTran Visa With 2 Roundtrip Sign Up Bonus

November 15, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Until now, the public offer on the Chase AirTran Visa has been 16 A+ Rewards credits when you spent $1,000 in 3 months and two single-segment business class upgrades with your first purchase. Now, however, Chase has […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

June 12, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of […]

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The Benefits of Moving AirTran Credits to Southwest and Vice Versa

April 21, 2012

With anxiety-inducing echoes of the merger of Continental and United, the acquisition of AirTran by Southwest means that the two airlines are also going to be merging their frequent flyer programs: AirTran A+Rewards will become a part of Southwest Rapid Rewards. If you don’t want to read in detail below, the key things to note […]

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Last Days to Transfer Amex Points to Airtran

February 27, 2012

This Wednesday, February 29, 2012 is the last day to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to AirTran. This is significant, because at some point AirTran A+ credits will transfer into Southwest Rapid Rewards points, however Southwest has not yet announced the transfer ratio, which is annoying. I suspect news will come in March, since […]

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Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

October 26, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

June 14, 2011

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or […]

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Is This An April Fools Joke?

April 1, 2011

I always check on the first of the month for new transfer bonuses. This one caught my eye, because its asbolutely ridiculous. Air Tran is running a “special” discount of a whopping 5 points per credit. Per their advertising the normal 1,125 transfer ratio is now 1,120: This basically amounts to a less than […]

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Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

February 21, 2011

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus […]

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Free Facebook on Gogo In-flight WiFi All February

February 5, 2011

Gogo and Facebook are teaming up to provide free access to Facebook on all Gogo equipped flights during the month of February. I actually noticed that Facebook was working before I logged into my Gogo account on a flight last Friday, January 28th. I shrugged it off as a glitch, but now realize it was […]

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25% Discount on American Express to Airtran Transfers

February 4, 2011

I don’t think I’ve ever created an Airtran frequent flyer account, or even helped a client use their points. Airtran operates a very simple program for which I did a program score card last year. I think the most unique thing about the program is the companion pass, which allows free companion flights for a year. The […]

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How to Use Same Day Flight Changes to Your Advantage

January 31, 2011

One of the perks I enjoy most about my Diamond elite status, is the ability to Same Day Confirm for free to other flights when traveling domestically. Knowing how to use Same Day Flight changes with your airline is critical to traveling “smarter,” even if you aren’t a frequent flyer. I have personally used SDC to increase […]

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Free WiFi on Delta, Virgin America and AirTran Courtesy of Google

November 8, 2010

Google is giving us frequent flyers an early holiday gift: free wifi on Delta, Virgin America and AirTran from Nov 20- Jan 2. The catch? You have to try out the Google Chrome browser briefly, which they are hoping will increase their market share. Not a totally shameless gift, but I’ll certainly try out a […]

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