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.