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Revamped A+ Rewards At AirTran/new Credit Card  
User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.asp?storyid=24375

They say that a new CC will be announced tomorrow with juniper bank. Obviously it will earn free flights.

The other thing mentioned is that they will cut the mileage reward to 12,000 miles for a ticket. Is this going to be a real change or is the media wrong, again?

DL/FL will both be interesting over the next three months.

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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Great...now AirTran flyers can earn miles when they are all shopping at Walmart and The Dollar Store. Seriously, do you think this matters to DL? Very few high-income business people fly AirTran--why would they? I dont think that very many businesspeople are confined to the eastern seaboard and the midwest. In addition to that, AirTran has very few business flyers outside the Atlanta area. This does very little for AirTran, and I would expect maybe a total of 3 or 4 business people to jump to AirTran from Delta. Try again AirTran, youre wasting your time!


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

No they aren't. Many people want an affinity credit card to earn miles on. This, coupled with automated A+ rewards will help gain more biz travelers. It will entice many more travelers to go to AirTran, especially as DL lowers service, and raises many fees.

BTW: if you noticed, it takes 24,000 'points' on the card to earn a free ticket on DL from ATL. The fee is also only $39, which is lower than most airline FF cards out there.


User currently offlineSeiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Great...now AirTran flyers can earn miles when they are all shopping at Walmart and The Dollar Store. Seriously, do you think this matters to DL? Very few high-income business people fly AirTran--why would they? I dont think that very many businesspeople are confined to the eastern seaboard and the midwest. In addition to that, AirTran has very few business flyers outside the Atlanta area. This does very little for AirTran, and I would expect maybe a total of 3 or 4 business people to jump to AirTran from Delta. Try again AirTran, youre wasting your time!

Think again. I used to be an AirTran-basher, one of the leaders here. However, having flown them and having given AirTran a closer look, I still see issues but a lot of benefits. AirTran has considerable business-traveler customer banks. I see them at Jacksonville all the time lining up to get their $35 upgrades. Oh, I had to go down to the AirTran counter while at work a few days ago.... I was amazed that out of the dozen people in line, four had Delta Medallion tags on their briefcases. Price is dictating travel patterns now. AirTran offers a pretty good deal for businesses who register with their programs. A revamp of the frequent flyer program will no doubt help them retain those travelers who use AirTran periodically and get them to come back more often. Out of Jacksonville, most business travel is confined to the eastern seaboard. Too bad AirTran doesn't run a flight to Miami... they'd fill it. American Eagle fills ATR's going south all day long. Southwest has a huge business-traveler demographic on their FLL flights.

On short flights like JAX-ATL, there is little difference between AirTran and Delta in either cabin. I think you get more attention in F on AirTran than Delta (DC-9/B717 vs. B767-300). AirTran's upgrade policy is much more lenient than Delta's (Yeah, I gotta pay twice the lowest fare for the privilege of using an 800-miler on Delta). Let's see... cost of upgrading with Delta to Atlanta.... $120 more expensive plane ticket plus an upgrade certificate. Cost of upgrading to Atlanta on AirTran: $35 if they don't just give it to you free.

This Delta Silver Medallion is willing to give AirTran more tries. There isn't much difference on the short haul anymore. Now, coast to coast.... there I think I'd go with Delta.


User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 969 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

Couldn't agree with you more Seiple. Delta's FF has a LONG way to go. This gold medallion is outta there too ...


I've flown on 9V-SPK.
User currently offlineSeiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

One more comment to Jcs17:
I guess I gotta stop shopping at Target and also cut up my Neiman Marcus card since I flew on AirTran and am flying on them again soon.

While I still prefer the majors, some of the LCCs offer comperable service. Now, I won't get my dedicated check-in line, preboarding, and bonus miles on AirTran, but I'm not as attached to Delta's FF program as I am others (American).

My speculation on the 12000 mile thing... perhaps in the revamp of A+ Rewards, there will be a move to miles being actual flight miles only and they won't be as obscene with the bonus miles at many majors are (on a recent trip with American, I got more bonus miles than I did flight miles).


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