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A-Plus Rewards

AirTran Airways has upgraded its “A-Plus Rewards” loyalty program and is hitting mailboxes this month for its new “AirTran A-Plus Platinum VISA.” The revamped frequent traveler program now offers “Elite” status to customers flying ten roundtrips in 90 days or 25 roundtrips in one year in coach. “Elite” flyers receive free upgrades, dedicated check-in and security entrances. An upgrade to business class for a one-way flight can be earned after two roundtrip flights in coach and 1 1/2 in business class. In the near future, cardholders of the “AirTran Airways A-Plus VISA” will have the opportunity to earn bonus credits through special offers. Last year, AirTran Airways and Juniper Bank partnered to issue a “Platinum VISA” card. The new “AirTran A-Plus Platinum VISA” includes AirTran’s frequent flier program which offers free round-trip air travel with only 12 credits or 12,000 points. VISA cardholders earn one point for each dollar spent on regular purchases, and two points per dollar spent on AirTran Airways ticket purchases. Cardholders can also earn additional points by transferring balances from other credit cards at the rate of one point per dollar transferred (up to 3,000 points or three credits). The new “AirTran A-Plus Platinum VISA” features a six-month 3.9% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers. The go-to rate is 14.99%. The card also carries an annual fee of $39.00. Upon activation, new cardholders receive four credits. Customers can earn a free round-trip ticket or four Business Class upgrades on AirTran Airways for 12 credits, or a free round-trip ticket on any one of 14 other airlines to destinations not served by AirTran Airways for 24 credits. AirTran Airways, formerly known as ValuJet, is America’s second-largest low-fare airline. For more information visit “”: .

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