The integration of AirTran Airways and Southwest Airlines continues, as Chase takes over the Air Tran Credit Card portfolio and transitions cardholders to the AirTran A+ Rewards credit card. All AirTran cards will be shifted to Chase by April 2013.
Terms of the cards will remain the same, with the same annual fee of $69 and the same APR – 15.24% on purchases and balance transfers. A+ Reward Dollars will transfer automatically to the new Chase card so no travel rewards will be lost. Cardholders can still earn travel rewards whenever they fly Southwest Airlines or AirTran Airways to any of the more than 95 destinations served by the airlines.
Cardholders are being notified of the change by mail this month. They will receive a new card they can start using April 29, 2013, but can use their current cards until then. When they get the new card they will need to update merchant accounts or bill payment services that charge their cards automatically so that payments will continue to post. Also, if cardholders use convenience checks from their current issuers they must make sure that they post before the transition or the checks will be returned.
Cardholders enjoy the following benefits with the AirTran A+ RewardsSM Credit Card from Chase:
- Earn rewards faster – get two miles for every dollar spent on Southwest Airlines or AirTran Airways
- Redeem miles with either Southwest Airlines or AirTran Airways at rewardsfarther.com
- Transfer miles between programs and redeem for flights throughout the Unites States, Mexico and the Caribbean
- Access account information and tools through the Chase website or mobile app
- Link their credit card account to a Chase checking account to protect against accidental overdrafts
AirTran Airways offers close to 600 flights to 54 destinations every day. Southwest Airlines operates over 3,200 flights a day to 78 different airports.
Southwest Airlines bought AirTran in May 2011. They recently combined frequent flyer reward programs.