Last call on A-plus Rewards

 
Old Oct 31, 14, 5:42 am
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Last call on A-plus Rewards

I guess there is irony in having it disappear on Halloween. I was looking at my account yesterday, dong some if the things recommended on this board to tidy it up pre-disappearance. Over the years, I earned 300 plus credits and ended up with 47 in the bank.

Which reminded me how incredibly easy it was to actually use the frequent flyer program! To fly around the eastern US, it was perfect. The coach award was usually available, even at the last minute. If it wasn't and you booked a "high" award -- hey, now it was first class !

And while the AirTran website was never in the major leagues, the actual booking process for award travel was very easy. And the phone agents actually backed you up.

Here's to the memories...
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Old Oct 31, 14, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by Justin026 View Post
I guess there is irony in having it disappear on Halloween. I was looking at my account yesterday, dong some if the things recommended on this board to tidy it up pre-disappearance. Over the years, I earned 300 plus credits and ended up with 47 in the bank.

Which reminded me how incredibly easy it was to actually use the frequent flyer program! To fly around the eastern US, it was perfect. The coach award was usually available, even at the last minute. If it wasn't and you booked a "high" award -- hey, now it was first class !

And while the AirTran website was never in the major leagues, the actual booking process for award travel was very easy. And the phone agents actually backed you up.

Here's to the memories...
+1 to all of this!

I earned 369 credits since joining in the summer of 2006, and had A+ Elite status for a few years. The other great aspect of this program was that elites were upgraded for free starting in 2009.
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Old Oct 31, 14, 12:39 pm
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I'm going to miss Airtran. I transferred all of my Credits to Southwest to create Standard Awards and leave .25 Credit I can top off with Southwest Points.

My wife warned 930.25 credits and has been Elite since they started it.

I've only earned 408.25 credits NA have been Elite almost as long as my wife.

Almost all of the credits are from flying although a few were transferred for American Express and Southwest or came for various promotions.
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Old Nov 1, 14, 11:16 am
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Going, going....

Email received today...



Dear mke9499,

A new chapter in our history begins tomorrow as the A+ Rewards® Program officially ends and Rapid Rewards® becomes the loyalty program for Southwest Airlines® and AirTran® Airways. On behalf of Southwest Airlines, I am thrilled to welcome you to the Rapid Rewards family.

While the A+ Rewards Program is ending, I want to reiterate that your active A+ Rewards Credits are safe and will be converted to Rapid Rewards Points at 1,200 points per credit. If you did not have an established Rapid Rewards account prior to today, one will be created for you. Over the next couple of weeks, we will transition your A+ Rewards account history and any points converted from A+ Rewards Credits to your Rapid Rewards account. Please remember that you may not be able to access your A+ Rewards activity during this time period. After the conversion, all terms of the Rapid Rewards Program will apply, and as always, you will still earn points for travel booked through Southwest.

We are excited to close out this journey toward operating a single loyalty program. We encourage you to experience first-hand our industry-leading frequent flier program, designed to make it easy to redeem for reward travel with unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don’t expire*. In addition to our award-winning loyalty program, you will enjoy a number of benefits with Southwest. We have evolved our look, enhanced our cabin interiors, installed WiFi (where available) with free live TV onboard,** and we just announced new service to Costa Rica, our sixth near-international country service destination. There has never been a better time to fly Southwest Airlines!

This will be my final integration update, but be on the lookout for a communication from Rapid Rewards that will contain all of your account details. If you are new to the Rapid Rewards Program, we will also provide you some helpful tips to maximize your Membership. Please visit rewardsfarther.com for any questions related to the program integration.

Thank you for loyalty with A+ Rewards over the years and welcome onboard.

Kevin Krone
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Southwest Airlines
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Old Nov 2, 14, 8:29 am
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Originally Posted by rsteinmetz70112 View Post
I'm going to miss Airtran.
Me too. I discovered AirTran late, fleeing United as UA imploded in early 2012. Adopted AirTran for many of my transcon commutes and could not believe (A) how easy it was to use A+ Rewards for long-segment upgrades, and (B) how good the crews were. Sadly when AirTran's absorption into WN began, my home market (SEA) was one of the first stations dropped.

Wish the merger were not happening.
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