Double Up! Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Extend Schedules Through
Late September, Bringing Southwest Service To Grand Rapids
- Double Win for Michigan: New Southwest City and New Service to Las Vegas
- AirTran Nearly Doubles Daily Flights from Memphis, Tenn.
- Southwest Airlines Offers Double Rapid Rewards® Points on All Flights
DALLAS, Feb. 4, 2013
DALLAS, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced
today Grand Rapids, Mich. is the next AirTran Airways city to be converted to
Southwest service. Those flights from Grand Rapids to Baltimore/Washington,
Denver, Orlando, and Saint Louis will begin Aug. 11, 2013. AirTran service in
Grand Rapids will end the previous day, Aug. 10, 2013.
From Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), fly Southwest Airlines
o(BWI) Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
o(DEN) Denver International Airport
o(MCO) Orlando International Airport
o(STL) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
To celebrate the new service, the carrier announced a fare sale offering
nonstop one-way fares on the new service between $109 and $149. These fares
must be booked by Feb. 17 for travel between Aug. 11 and Sept. 27, 2013.
Blackout dates apply. See fare rules below. To take advantage of these
special fares, visit southwest.com.
Nonstop flights in Grand Rapids will double in the conversion from AirTran to
Southwest. In August, Southwest will offer six daily nonstop flights compared
to a previous three daily nonstop flights.
"As we bring Southwest into Grand Rapids we're not simply swapping airlines,
we're adding new cities, we're bringing in larger airplanes and flying more
flights," said Ron Ricks, an Executive Vice President for the Dallas-based
carrier. "Similarly, on the AirTran side, we're nearly doubling the number of
flights in and out of Memphis which provides low fare competition to more
destinations with more seats."
Additionally, AirTran expands operations in Memphis with new nonstop flights
between Memphis and Chicago (Midway), Baltimore/Washington, and Orlando,
beginning Aug. 11, 2013. In Memphis, AirTran currently offers five daily
nonstop flights to Atlanta.
Southwest also will begin nonstop service between Flint, Mich. and Las Vegas
starting Aug. 11, 2013. Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint is
currently served by AirTran Airways and will convert to Southwest Airlines
service on April 14, 2013. Inaugural service from Flint will also include
nonstop service to Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Tampa Bay.
Southwest also announced today a promotion to reward Members of the airline's
frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards, with double points on all travel
nationwide. In other words, Members will receive 12 points (instead of six)
for each dollar spent on Wanna Get Away^® Fares, 20 points (instead of ten)
for each dollar spent on Anytime Fares, and 24 points (instead of 12) for each
dollar spent on Business Select^® Fares. Rapid Rewards Members simply need to
register for the promotion at the website below prior to travel between Feb. 4
and May 15, 2013, book a flight between Feb. 4 and May 15, 2013, and fly
between Feb. 4 and May 15, 2013, to receive the additional points. Customers
who want to enroll in Rapid Rewards and take advantage of this promotion may
also click on this link: southwest.com/rrpromotions.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Additional Fare Rules:
Fares are available only on southwest.com and swabiz.com and can be purchased
today, through Feb. 17, 2013, 11:59 pm PT in the respective time zone of the
originating city. Travel must take place between Aug. 11, 2013, and Sept. 27,
2013. Fares are valid for travel every day except Sundays; with the exception
of April 14, 2013. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destinations, flight,
and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during
very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for one-way
travel. Fares may be combined with other combinable fares, except Senior
Fares. When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply. Fares are
nonrefundable but may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on
Southwest Airlines. Fares are not available through the Group Desk. Any
change in the itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel
requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until
ticketed. Fares are valid on published, scheduled service only.
* Government-imposed taxes and fees are now included in the advertised fare.
To comply with new government regulations, all airlines must include
government-imposed taxes and fees in advertised air fares.
Southwest Airlines Nationwide Double Points Promotion Terms and Conditions:
Member must register for this promotion between Feb. 4, 2013 and May 15, 2013,
and registration must be completed prior to commencement of travel. Valid on
new reservations only. Travel must be booked on southwest.com®, swabiz.com®,
or any Southwest Airlines distribution channelbetweenFeb. 4, 2013 and May
15, 2013. Travel must be completed betweenFeb. 4, 2013 and May 15,
2013.Rapid Rewards® account number must be entered at the time of booking.
Rapid Rewards earned points are calculated using base fare and excise tax.
Member will receive 12 bonus pointsper dollar spent onBusiness Select
Fares,tenbonus points per dollar spent onAnytime Fares,and six bonus
pointsper dollar spent on Wanna Get Away? Fares. Bonus points are in
addition to the standard flight points earned through Rapid Rewards. Bonus
points will not count toward A-List,A-List Preferred qualification,
andCompanion Pass qualification. Member will receive Rapid Rewards Bonus
Points within four days of completion of entire ticket. Award, Companion
Pass, Southwest Vacation Packages, Jackpot Deals®, and reward travel do not
qualify for this promotion. Changes made to the itinerary after purchase may
eliminate qualification for promotion. All Rapid Rewards rules and
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42^nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million
Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of
originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran
Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve
97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the
most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line thinking
that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the
importance of the People who work there and the communities it serves, and its
commitment to efficiency and the Planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One
Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of
unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of
Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in
passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest
offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size
limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest's
all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of
full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi
connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years
of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,200 flights a
day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest's network of
domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are
available only at southwest.com.
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers
coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day
to 54 destinations. The carrier's high-quality product includes assigned
seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran's
People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers
may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between
both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on
SOURCE Southwest Airlines
Contact: Southwest Airlines Communications, +1-214-792-4847
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