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Rewards Conversion Has Arrived!

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We are excited to announce today that Members of both Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards and AirTran A+ Rewards frequent flyer programs are now able to transfer their loyalty rewards between the two programs to redeem for reward travel to 97 destinations*, including Mexico and the Caribbean.   While our two loyalty programs will remain separate for now, the ability to redeem rewards for more destinations represents an enhancement to both programs.

“We are thrilled to share this news today with Members of both Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Distribution. “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.”

The ability to convert loyalty rewards requires an active account in each program. Members then use their Rapid Rewards Member account number to access the loyalty rewards conversion capability on southwest.com®. Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Members can convert their Rapid Rewards Points, active credits, and active Awards/Certificates into A+ Rewards Credits for flights on AirTran. AirTran’s A+ Rewards Members can convert their active A+ Rewards Credits into Rapid Rewards Credits for flights on Southwest Airlines.

Members can make the following conversions:

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

Note: 16 Rapid Rewards Credits = 1 Standard Award 

To learn more about Rewards Conversion, and view step-by-step instructions and videos, visit www.rewardsfarther.com.  For more information about Rapid Rewards, visit www.southwest.com/rapidrewards.  For more information about A+ Rewards, visit www.aplusrewards.com.

* Reflects 2012 schedule changes announced through November 2, 2012.

1Rapid Rewards Points can be converted in increments of 300. Expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards Credits will be one year from the date of creation. Please note that Rapid Rewards Points that are transferred into A+ Rewards Credits cannot be transferred back into Rapid Rewards as Points.

2Rapid Rewards Credits can be converted in increments of .25 Credits. Expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards Credits will be the same as the original expiration date of the Rapid Rewards Credits transferred.

3Active one-way Certificates can be transferred for 8 A+ Rewards Credits. Expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards Credits will remain the same as the original expiration date on the Award/Certificate.

4Active one-way Certificates can be transferred for 16 A+ Rewards Credits. Expiration date of newly created A+ Rewards Credits will remain the same as the original expiration date on the Award/Certificate.

5Credits can be converted in increments of .25 Credits. Expiration date of newly created Rapid Rewards Credits will be the same as the original expiration date of the A+ Rewards Credits converted. Once you reach 16 total combined Credits in your Rapid Rewards account, a Standard Award will automatically generate, carrying an expiration date of one year from the date the Award was created. 

3 Comments
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I am impressed that Southwest invested significant time and money into a purely transitional capability for AirTran customers. The conversion functionality, which was bound to be at least slightly difficult to understand, is well explained by the web pages. The process works intuitively, flawlessly, and immediately. It provides enough credit-combining and redemption flexibility to please just about everyone. Well done!
New Arrival
What about the saw companion pass holders????
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Question: Suppose someone has 13 active A+ credits and wants to convert them to Rapid Rewards credits. (AirTran has discontinued service to my city.) Once converted to Rapid Rewards credits, is there a way to get to 16 credits and an award ticket? Can Rapid Rewards points be used to generate the 3 additional needed credits? Thank you.