Old Mar 19, 13, 1:48 pm
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mke9499
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Programs: WN A-List, Hertz 5*, Bonvoy Gold
Posts: 3,603
Originally Posted by pykerl View Post
Quick question -- how valuable has Airtran Elite status been as of late? I'm in BOS and frequently fly BOS-ATL, so I'm tempted given they haven't closed down the non-stops yet.
Elite benefits and my opinions on value/useage:

Complimentary Business Class upgrades from all coach fares available at gate 40 minutes prior to departure
Automatic upgrades at time of booking for Y and B fares
2-year redemption period for all A+ Rewards credits earned after Elite status is attained
First and second bag fees waived
Complimentary seat assignments at time of booking on all fare classes
Dedicated customer service phone number
Dedicated check-in lines and security entrances at select airports
Guaranteed full fare coach seat on any flight Never had to use
Higher priority stand-by status Never had to use
Complimentary transfer of A+ Rewards credits to other accounts
Change and cancellation fees waived for Y, B, and M fares
Complimentary one-year fee-waived Hertz #1 Club GoldŽ membership

The challenge is finding flights on FL metal for your itineraries. If that is not an issue, then it's very worthwhile. The next schedule extension is due in May. I presume that will transition more routes over to WN.
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