AirTran will be ending their relationship with Membership Rewards after February 29, 2012. Not particularly shocking considering Southwest does not have ties with Membership Rewards.
While I guess that this is not a huge deal for most people, I did want to point out one of the more intriguing Membership Rewards redemption options we’ll be losing:
AirTran will let you redeem 100 A+ Rewards credits for a 1-year Companion Pass on the airline. In other words, you can have one person (spouse?) fly with you for free for a year. MR points convert to A+ Rewards at 1500 MR points for 1 A+ credit. In short, you can get a 1-year companion pass for 150,000 Membership Rewards points.
Obviously, that’s not a great deal for everyone, but for some 150,000 MR points for unlimited travel for a year is beyond a steal.
And while AirTran and Southwest are running their airlines as separate businesses for now, they may be combined in the next year, meaning your companion pass could – could – get you unlimited travel on Southwest as well. That’s not a definite, but it is a possibility.