Members of Southwest Airlines' Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways' A+ Rewards frequent-flyer programs are now able to transfer their loyalty rewards between the two...

Members of Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways’ A+ Rewards frequent-flyer programs are now able to transfer their loyalty rewards between the two programs.

This will allow members to combine rewards from the two airlines’ frequent-flyer programs and redeem them for reward travel to 97 destinations in the combined Southwest Airlines and AirTran networks, including Mexico and the Caribbean.


While the two loyalty programs remain separate for now, the ability to redeem rewards for more destinations represents an enhancement to both programs, according to Southwest Airlines, which is the parent company of AirTran Airways.

Southwest Airlines has painted quite a few aircraft in its all-Boeing 737 fleet in special themed liveries. This 737-700 is painted in the state colors of Maryland and Southwest calls it 'Maryland One' to commemorate its strong presence at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the busiest commercial airport in the state

The ability to convert loyalty rewards requires an active account in each program. Members then use their Rapid Rewards member account numbers to access the loyalty rewards-conversion capability on southwest.com.

Southwest’s Rapid Rewards members can convert their Rapid Rewards points, active credits, and active awards or certificates into A+ Rewards credits for flights on AirTran Airways.

Similarly, AirTran’s A+ Rewards members can convert their active A+ Rewards credits into Rapid Rewards credits for flights on Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines has quite a number of specially themed and painted aircraft in its fleet. This one is 'California One', painted to honor the state of California. Now Southwest is serving Atlanta, it is quite possible Southwest could paint an aircraft with a themed livery to honor the State of Georgia

When transferring Southwest’s Rapid Rewards to AirTran’s A+ Rewards, members can make the following conversions:

● 1,200 Rapid Rewards points to 1 A+ Rewards credit. Rapid Rewards Points can be converted in increments of 300. The expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards credits will be one year from the date of creation. Rapid Rewards points that are transferred into A+ Rewards credits cannot be transferred back into Rapid Rewards as points;

● One Rapid Rewards credit to one A+ Rewards credit. Rapid Rewards Credits can be converted in increments of 0.25 Credits. The expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards credits will be the same as the original expiration date of the Rapid Rewards credits transferred;

● One Rapid Rewards standard award to 16 A+ Rewards credits. (Note: 16 A+ credits can be redeemed for one round-trip Coach ticket on AirTran Airways.) Active one-way certificates can be transferred for 8 A+ Rewards credits. The expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards credits will remain the same as the original expiration date on the award or certificate; and

● One Rapid Rewards freedom award to 32 A+ Rewards credits. Active one-way freedom certificates can be transferred for 16 A+ Rewards credits. The expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards credits will remain the same as the original expiration date on the award or certificate.

AirTran Airways has a total of 117 Boeing 737-700s in service and on order and numerically will be the most important type in AirTran's fleet for the foreseeable future. (The airline also operates 88 Boeing 717s but has indicated it may start disposing of some older 717s in the next few years.) AirTran operates its 737-700s in two-class configuration, with 12 premium-class seats and 125 economy-class seats

When transferring AirTran’s A+ Rewards credits to Southwest’s Rapid Rewards credits, members can transfer one A+ Rewards Credit to one Rapid Rewards Credit. (Note: 16 Rapid Rewards credits can be redeemed for one standard award.) Credits can be converted in increments of 0.25 credits. The expiration date of newly created Rapid Rewards credits will be the same as the original expiration date of the A+ Rewards Credits converted.

Once a member reaches 16 total combined credits in his or her Rapid Rewards account, a standard award will automatically be generated, carrying an expiration date of one year from the date the award was created.

To learn more about Rewards conversion, and view step-by-step instructions and videos, visit www.rewardsfarther.com.

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