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las3888 01-19-2013 10:49 AM

Can SWA points be used for flights on AirTran?
 
We are seeing great prices on AirTran and horrible on SWA, also horrible times on SWA. However, we have points for SWA and none for AirTran. Just wondering if since they have banded together that we might be able to use our SWA points on AirTran?

TIA!

kinggoofy 01-19-2013 11:28 AM

The answer is no.

We also fly out of MDW and are seeing the same flights you are. They are horrible..price and time wise.

The only other item we knew about was xfering AMEX points to Air Tran but that ended early last year in 2012. SWA eliminated AMEX points all together.

Also, AT is now upping their bag fees. instead of $20 - 1st and $25-2nd...its now gonna be $25-1st and $35-2nd. For this reason...I still think SWA is the way to go.

Hope this helps.

ZoeBell 01-19-2013 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by las3888
We are seeing great prices on AirTran and horrible on SWA, also horrible times on SWA. However, we have points for SWA and none for AirTran. Just wondering if since they have banded together that we might be able to use our SWA points on AirTran?

TIA!

I'm pretty sure you can transfer points between the 2 reward programs. I didn't remember what the conversion rate is. But almost positive it can be done.

lost*in*cyberspace 01-19-2013 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by kinggoofy (Post 47239393)
The answer is no.

The answer is yes.

http://www.southwest.com/rewardsconversionrules/

OP, you just had to check WN's website for an (accurate) answer to your question.

DebbieB 01-19-2013 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by las3888 (Post 47239037)
We are seeing great prices on AirTran and horrible on SWA, also horrible times on SWA. However, we have points for SWA and none for AirTran. Just wondering if since they have banded together that we might be able to use our SWA points on AirTran?

TIA!

Yes, you can:

http://rewardsfarther.com/program-updates/

http://rewardsfarther.com/rapid_rewards_to_a_plus/

1,200 SW points = 1 AirTran credit

appleorchard 01-19-2013 03:15 PM

Shoot! we transferred point because the AirTran times are so much better for us and... you can't use the rewards on the flights we want! That just stinks.

las3888 01-19-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks for the help...I was looking at the SWA website when I should have been looking at the AirTran website. Now that I know the conversion rate (thanks very much!) I just can't find anything on the AirTran website that tells me how many points a flight is, as well as how to book it with points. Maybe it's just me but I am finding very little info on the website. I see conversion rates, but not how to book with points or how many points flights cost. Is it a standard rate per flight? How can you tell availability? I will try to poke around some more....thanks all.

SRiley1985 01-19-2013 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by las3888 (Post 47243909)
Thanks for the help...I was looking at the SWA website when I should have been looking at the AirTran website. Now that I know the conversion rate (thanks very much!) I just can't find anything on the AirTran website that tells me how many points a flight is, as well as how to book it with points. Maybe it's just me but I am finding very little info on the website. I see conversion rates, but not how to book with points or how many points flights cost. Is it a standard rate per flight? How can you tell availability? I will try to poke around some more....thanks all.

A one-way coach ticket is 8 credits and a one-way business class is 16 credits. In order to book with points, you have to sign up for an AirTran rewards account. After you do this, you will have the option to book with reward credits.

Unlike Southwest, AirTran limits when you can use credits and for what type of seating so even though there is a flight, reward travel may not be available. My advice is not to transfer your points to AirTran until you make sure the flight you need is available for reward travel.

appleorchard 01-20-2013 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by SRiley1985 (Post 47244548)
A one-way coach ticket is 8 credits and a one-way business class is 16 credits. In order to book with points, you have to sign up for an AirTran rewards account. After you do this, you will have the option to book with reward credits.

Unlike Southwest, AirTran limits when you can use credits and for what type of seating so even though there is a flight, reward travel may not be available. My advice is not to transfer your points to AirTran until you make sure the flight you need is available for reward travel.

This! We should have waited! However, I have noticed that the reward flights change VERY frequently, so we're just going to keep checking and hoping for something that works better for us.

taymorel 01-20-2013 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by appleorchard (Post 47248663)
This! We should have waited! However, I have noticed that the reward flights change VERY frequently, so we're just going to keep checking and hoping for something that works better for us.


So glad I read your post today before I converted my SW points to Airtran, since I checked and my Airtran outbound flight is not eligible for reward points.
So unless that changes, I will have to fly Southwest which I hate since my SW flights are not nonstop, but the Airtran flights are nonstop.


http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers...p3g3eoyd6e.png

appleorchard 01-20-2013 01:23 PM

I'm actually considering using our 16 transferred points for a business class seat for DH and just paying the $139 for a second seat for me. Since business class bag fees for the first two bags are waived, it would effectively cost us an extra $89 for the non-stop flight. I just can't stand the thought of sitting in Atlanta for almost 3 hours lol. We got our leg down for $98 per person(nonstop), so I'm pretty happy with that.

debjk4 02-21-2013 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by taymorel (Post 47249165)
So glad I read your post today before I converted my SW points to Airtran, since I checked and my Airtran outbound flight is not eligible for reward points.
So unless that changes, I will have to fly Southwest which I hate since my SW flights are not nonstop, but the Airtran flights are nonstop.


http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers...p3g3eoyd6e.png

We are checking back and forth to see what works for our June trip. Where does it tell me if the flight is eligible for reward points? I don't want to convert them if the flights are not eligible.

Thanks so much!


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