March 20th, 2013
You can now book travel for all domestic Airtran flights on Southwest.com as a Southwest codeshare. This is good for travel beginning 04/14.
Why should you book on Southwest.com?
-If you book on Southwest.com you’ll get 2 free bags, a savings of up to $120 round-trip per person!
-Southwest.com doesn’t charge for flight changes or cancellations. Airtran.com charges $75.
-If you book on Southwest.com and have a companion pass you can use that on Airtran flights.
-Southwest.com also has a great low fare calendar that lets you glance at fares for the entire month.
-If you book a “business select” fare on Southwest.com and have an Airtran flight you will be seated in business class.
-You can redeem Southwest Rapid Rewards 2.0 points for Airtran flights without the blackouts and capacity controls that Airtran credit and Rapid Rewards 1.0 credits have.
Caveats to bear in mind:
-Prices can be different on both sites, so check both sites and compare the fees before purchasing a ticket.
-Airtran.com bookings allow for free standby travel. Southwest.com bookings (even for Airtran flights) do not.
-If you book on Southwest.com you will earn Rapid Rewards 2.0 points while if you book on Airtran.com you will earn Airtran credits or Rapid Rewards 1.0 credits.
-If you book on Southwest.com you won’t be able to book an assigned seat for Airtran flights until you checkin for your flight.
-Remember to always checkin with the airline that is actually operating the first flight, regardless of which site you buy your ticket on.
Additionally you can book international mixed Southwest/Airtran flights on Airtran.com. When you book a mixed ticket on Airtran.com you also get 2 free checked bags.
This is all a temporary solution until 2014, when the Airtran brand and website will no longer exist.