What will you miss about AirTran?

 
Old Aug 26, 14, 8:39 am
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What will you miss about AirTran?

Since the days of FL are "rapidly" coming to an end, what do you/will you most miss about AirTran?

I will miss:
  • BC upgrades for A+Rewards Elites
  • BC upgrades using A+Rewards credits
  • Business Class
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Old Aug 26, 14, 9:08 am
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I have been missing the Ginger Cookies for a while now.

My number 1 will be Free Upgrades.
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Old Aug 26, 14, 11:05 am
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Seat assignments
Reserved Exit rows
Upgrades.
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Old Aug 26, 14, 11:31 am
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Business class upgrades.
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Old Aug 26, 14, 12:32 pm
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Miss so far
1) Business Class upgrades
2) Atlanta centric direct options
3) Airtran chosen Snacks in BC such as Milano cookies, shortbread cookies , and the kettle chips. Not to mention the FUJI water.
4) Exit row assignments for elites. And even for non elites, it is cheaper than paying $40 for EBCI.
5) Competence by the customer service and the discretion/freebies some AirTran agents used to give you.

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Old Aug 30, 14, 12:02 am
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Still remember my first 4 credit upgrade... thought that I had found some sort of odd loophole. Worth every penny

So definitely
1) business class upgrades,
2) 4 credit upgrades
3) the old snacks

Having Fat Tire added on when they switched to WN beverages was one OK addition to ease the transition.
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Old Aug 30, 14, 1:31 am
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Last minute walk up fares that usually beat other airlines by a bunch if open seats were available.

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Old Aug 30, 14, 2:13 pm
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              Old Aug 31, 14, 12:21 pm
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              1. Existence of biz class
              2. Biz class complimentary upgrades for Elites
              3. Reserved seating/free exit row seating for Elites
              4. Quality snacks served in a basket, not a box
              5. Water served in bottles, not a can
              6. Non-stop flights out of ATL
              7. Reasonable/competitive fares out of ATL
              8. Ease of making Elite status
              9. Free stand-by for Elites
              10. XM radio
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              Old Sep 3, 14, 4:45 pm
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              Last minute fares on RDU-ATL. Delta would never cooperate if I was within 2 weeks so Airtran was my go to when I had to get to Atlanta last minute.
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              Old Sep 3, 14, 10:38 pm
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              Last minute Award flights.

              I was once stuck in MSY booked on WN to go to DEN. NW lied to me and told me DEN was closed. I could see flights landing and taking off at DEN because MSY has free WiFi.

              After waiting several hours I went to the WN counter and demanded a refund check and got one.

              I had already re-booked on FL with a connection through Atlanta using Credits and although I arrived many hours late the hotel was able to get my suit ready for an important meeting the next morning

              That was when I lost faith in WN.
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              Old Sep 5, 14, 9:30 pm
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              Low Fares
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              Old Sep 9, 14, 11:02 pm
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              Basically what I will miss about Airtran is.....Airtran. I could get upgrades easily, fares were usually good, booze flowed freely, I would get out my ear buds and rock with HAIR NATION. This was especially good on a night flight and then upon arrival I'd be ready to hit the town. Airtran rocked. I think WN made a grave error, because WN is basically old news. The new paint will not help much, although I understand how they think it will. One cannot build an airline on "hype" and free bags. The bloom is off the rose. Bring back the A train!
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              Old Sep 10, 14, 1:15 am
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              Originally Posted by BillyBaloney View Post
              Basically what I will miss about Airtran is.....Airtran. I could get upgrades easily, fares were usually good, booze flowed freely, I would get out my ear buds and rock with HAIR NATION. This was especially good on a night flight and then upon arrival I'd be ready to hit the town. Airtran rocked. I think WN made a grave error, because WN is basically old news. The new paint will not help much, although I understand how they think it will. One cannot build an airline on "hype" and free bags. The bloom is off the rose. Bring back the A train!
              +1 with a wink

              Hopefully WN might someday reconfigure to really monetize BS even if it only means more legroom and free drinks versus 2x2 seating Airtran had.
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              Old Sep 10, 14, 8:14 pm
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              I already miss having one more kind of credit card I can open and get free travel on Southwest. Not to mention the ability to transfer 20 points per year to other family members to top off their awards.

              I will really miss the ability to convert Southwest points to Standard Awards and to extend the life of those awards repeatedly via the AirTran transfer. That one will hurt!
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