Questions booking AirTran flights

 
Old Jun 4, 13, 8:03 am
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Questions booking AirTran flights

I've built up a number of miles/points across different programs, but have never redeemed anything on Southwest/AirTran.

I'm thinking of going to Orlando for a few days, June 29 - July 3. I have ~250k UR points, so I'm thinking I could book two seats using points. The only restriction is that I need to be back early on the 3rd - by noon-1pm ideally.

I just saw a bunch of cheap fares on Hotwire in the ~$250 range, but looks like it's all sold out already.

What are my best options? Also, is it worth upgrading to business class for a little more comfort using points?
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Old Jun 4, 13, 8:15 am
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Business class on Southwest is not what you'd call business class elsewhere. You do not actually get a larger seat. You get priority boarding, a free drink, and maybe another goodie or two. Airtran does have "business class" with domestic first-class type seats, but the upgrade costs is significant.

For some reason, I think that Southwest points convert to "Wanna Get Away" fares at something like $0.016, so that's better than booking using UR points.

You didn't even say where you were flying from, so it's difficult for anyone to be much help with schedules and fares. Depending where you are going, getting home by noon-1PM could be easy or impossible.

Why don't you post where you are traveling from and what you see for fares? It's also possible that you might get a better deal by, say, converting UR points to United or to BA and flying on American, depending on your origin. Not at all definite, but possible.
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Old Jun 4, 13, 9:31 am
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Traveling from Hartford - BDL.

Direct on AirTran's website I'm seeing ~$350/person RT.
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Old Jun 4, 13, 11:03 am
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Create an AirTran A+ account and see if your flights are available as award tickets for 8 credits one way. If so, you can create a Southwest account, transfer 19,200 UR points for each passenger to SW and then transfer those points to Airtran. 1200 SW points = 1 AirTran credit. Not sure about UR-SW, but SW-Airtran transfer is instant. If you want the lowest cost, also see if the itinerary is available on SW.com and for how many points - if you book with SW points you will have no bag fees.
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Old Jun 4, 13, 7:00 pm
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Originally Posted by redtop43 View Post
Business class on Southwest is not what you'd call business class elsewhere. You do not actually get a larger seat. You get priority boarding, a free drink, and maybe another goodie or two. Airtran does have "business class" with domestic first-class type seats, but the upgrade costs is significant.
Except that if you actually book this fare on AirTran metal you do get a bigger seat in the front of the plane. For short hauls, this class is fairly comparable to Delta's offerings in my experience.
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