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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card 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…

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

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…

The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

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…

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

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…

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

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,…

Flight Review: AirTran Airways Business Class PIT-TPA

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…

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

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…

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

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…