Airtran extends discounted Amex Points transfers

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Continuing the same promotion from last month, Airtran A+ segments can still be purchased at a 20% discount using Amex points.  This coincides nicely with Southwest’s termination of their Amex/Rapid Rewards agreement, which officially ends today, June 30th.  As another discount domestic carrier on a segments system (instead of miles), Airtran is a good alternative option to consider, particularly for travel in the Southeast.


Redeem 20% fewer Membership Rewards® points for A+ Rewards credits.

Or save on flights booked through Flight Finder from May 1 – June 30, 2010.

1,200 Membership Rewards points = 1 A+ Rewards credit

Coach Class Domestic One-Way Ticket
8 A+ credits = 9,600 Membership Rewards points
(normally 12,000 points)

Business Class Domestic One-Way Ticket
16 A+ credits = 19,200 Membership Rewards points
(Normally 24,000 points)

Terms and Conditions

Offer valid for points transfers and bookings made through Flight Finder from July 1 – August 31, 2009 for A+ Rewards members and Membership Rewards® enrollees only. A+ Rewards seats are subject to availability and blackout dates. Taxes and fees are extra — the September 11th security fee of up to $2.50 per segment is not included. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Passengers traveling to/from Puerto Rico are subject to additional government taxes of up to $32.20. Fares to/from Cancun do not include additional government taxes of up to $100.

Bottom Line

Segments purchases with Amex points continue to be a cost-effective way to get some free domestic travel, but be sure that you are getting good value for your Amex flex-points.  Generally these points are worth 1 mile on any other airline, and should be valued at or above an airlines individual mile worth due to their flexibility.  With the discount, Airtran one-way tickets are going at the equivalent of 9,600 miles, while on most airlines a similar ticket would cost you 12,500.

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