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April 24, 2012

Southwest and AirTran frequent flyers can swap credits between the two loyalty programs

On Monday, Southwest Airlines announced that customers would be able to transfer rewards between its Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways' A+ Rewards programs.

The Dallas-based carrier said the two loyalty programs will remain separate for now as it is in the process of integrating AirTran. Southwest purchased AirTran last year.

"Members of both programs have been asking for this ability, and we know they will enjoy using their loyalty rewards to travel to even more destinations," said Kevin Krone, Southwest vice president of marketing, sales and distribution.

Here's the conversion chart:

Transferring Southwest's Rapid Rewards* to AirTran's A+ Rewards
1,200 Rapid Rewards Points —> 1 A+ Rewards Credit.(1)
1 Rapid Rewards Credit —> 1 A+ Rewards Credit.(2)
1 Rapid Rewards Standard Award —> 16 A+ Rewards Credits.(3)
1 Rapid Rewards Freedom Award —> 32 A+ Rewards Credits.(4)

Note: 16 A+ Credits = one roundtrip Coach ticket on AirTran

Transferring AirTran's A+ Rewards to Southwest's Rapid Rewards
1 A+ Rewards Credit —> Rapid Rewards Credit.(5)

-Andrea Ahles

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