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AirTran ends Nov 1 – book these deals now with Southwest points

by on Thu May 1, 2014 • No Comment

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Southwest and AirTran Airways are still in the process merging. And they’ve just announced that the AirTran A+ Rewards program will finally end on November 1 of this year.

Then, your AirTran credits will automatically convert into Southwest Rapid Rewards points. And all AirTran reward flights will be bookable from

But you may want to take advantage of some good deals with AirTran credits before November 1st, even if you only have Southwest points, and don’t have any AirTran credits.

AirTran flies to 8 great destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, which you can book with your Southwest points right now – even for flights in early 2015 to grab a winter getaway. The catch is you need to transfer points into AirTran credits and then book on the AirTran website.

And that opens up a great deal for you that will disappear come November 1st, but still gives you plenty of time to book a getaway for an absurdly low number of points.

You can get to any of these destinations for just 19,200 Southwest RapidRewards points round-trip by transferring your Southwest points into AirTran reward credits, and we’ll tell you all about how to do it below:


  • Cancun
  • Mexico City
  • Los Cabos

The Caribbean

  • Aruba
  • Montego Bay
  • Nassau
  • Punta Cana
  • San Juan

Many of these tickets cost $400 – $500 or more in cash to book, so using just 19,200 Southwest RapidRewards points is an outstanding deal. To put it in perspective, a $500 flight on Southwest with your points costs at least 35,000 points.

So this is a great deal if you have Southwest points or a Chase Ultimate Rewards account that allows you to transfer your points into Southwest like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card! You can see all cards that earn Southwest points here.

What’s the catch?

Unlike Southwest, which lets you book any flight that has a low ‘Wanna Get Away’ fare with your points, AirTran is more restrictive, and has fewer flights available for booking with your points.

The good news is there are  plenty of seats and days for you to book a  getaway to many of these AirTran beach destinations right now. You can check live availability at

You’ll need to create an AirTran member account, that’s free. Then you can search for award seats to the places you want to go.

How to take advantage?

1. Open an AirTran account at so you can search for awards.

2. Click on ‘Book a Reward Flight’ once logged into your account at to search for availability

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3. Once you see flights you like, go ahead and transfer your points from Southwest to AirTran credits. Southwest has a full tutorial in pictures and video explaining how to do this. You’ll need 8 AirTran credits for a one-way award, 16 credits for a round-trip award. 9,600 Southwest points is enough for 8 AirTran credits and 19,200 Southwest points is enough for 19,200 AirTran credits.

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4. Go back to and book your award trip!

Don’t have enough points?

Try just booking one-way – AirTran doesn’t charge extra for a one-way ticket, so you could book one-way for just 9,600 points and the return with cash, still yielding big savings from your points.


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