Double Up! Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Extend Schedules Through Late September, Bringing Southwest Service To Grand Rapids

Mon Feb 4, 2013 11:14am EST

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- Double Win for Michigan:  New Southwest City and New Service to Las Vegas from
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 Nonstop

* (BWI) Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport  
* (DEN)  Denver  International Airport  
* (MCO)  Orlando  International Airport  
* (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,

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:


Additional Fare Rules: 

Fares are available only on  and  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,,
or any Southwest Airlines distribution channel between Feb. 4, 2013 and  May 15,
2013.  Travel must be completed between Feb. 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 points per dollar spent on Business Select Fares, ten bonus
points per dollar spent on Anytime Fares, and six bonus points per 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, and Companion 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 regulations apply.   


In its 42nd  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

Southwest Airlines

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

AirTran Airways

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  and exchange earned loyalty points between both
AirTran's A+ Rewards and Southwest's Rapid Rewards for reward travel on either

SOURCE  Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Communications, +1-214-792-4847

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