FlyerTalk members are discussing the breaking news about Southwest Airlines purchasing AirTran Airways in a $1.4 billion cash-and-stock deal:
With this acquisition, Southwest will become an international airline with routes to Caribbean locations and to Mexico.
What does this mean for the traditional legacy carriers?
Coupons provided by Little Debbie — a company based in the United States which manufactures snack cakes — allowed AirTran passengers to enjoy a $10.00 discount on their airfares.
However, when FlyerTalk member LegalEagle attempted to check in at Logan Airport in Boston recently, the agent at the AirTran ticket counter demanded an extra $10.00 to be collected because the Little Debbie coupons were “retroactively disallowed,” to which LegalEagle believes is rather crumby.
The icing on the cake is that LegalEagle is not the only FlyerTalk member to encounter this problem.
Was this a half-baked promotion, filled with layers of problems and issues? Does AirTran have the right to “retroactively disallow” coupons that were once valid? Should LegalEagle slice it into AirTran, or is a resolution to this issue simply “pie in the sky?”
At first, upon reading Tiny turtle causes taxiing plane to return to gate, one might initially believe and surmise that the turtle was on the runway, and that the aircraft was forced to return to the gate for the safety of the turtle — but that would be a wrong assumption.
Rather, an AirTran employee allegedly ordered a 10-year-old girl to surrender her two-inch-long caged pet red ear slider turtle. The girl disposed of the animal into a trash bin while in its cage.
The girl and her two sisters cried as a result. They were reunited with their beloved pet back home in the Milwaukee area, but not before an AirTran employee allegedly retrieved the turtle and its cage and gave it to a fellow employee to give to her five-year-old son…
Orlando, Florida-based AirTran Airways, which has a hub in Atlanta, has announced that Milwaukee to be 2nd. HUB regarding launching both a pilot and flight attendant base in Milwaukee to support its increased operations, competing with Midwest Airlines. Initially, at least 50 AirTran flight attendants and 50 pilots are expected to be based there. This move, expected to occur in April of 2010, will catapult AirTran Airways with the largest mainline aircraft passenger airline presence in Milwaukee.
This great news, whose details can be found in the New FF agreement with F9 thread in the AirTran forum, allows a reciprocal arrangement between AirTran and Frontier Airlines customers to earn frequent flier credit in the frequent flier program of their choice.
Additionally, customers of either airline can now fly to destinations in the United States currently not served or underserved by their respective airline, as this alliance instantly expands the number of destinations available.
Could future alliances involving other low-cost carriers, such as Southwest Airlines or jetBlue Airways, be in the works?…