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Friday, March 11, 2011
Spring Break from Southwest Airlines and KeyRingThing
Fuel prices have gone up (thanks a lot, Khadafi) but you can still get some cheaper airfares to great locations for your Spring Break or Easter travel (it's late this year) if you use your KeyRingThing card and load it with some frequent flier programs like those from Southwest Airlines.
We know Southwest has undergone a lot of changes lately, so here's the latest info so you can make the most of your new Rapids Rewards membership and escape to warmer climes this spring:
Rapids Rewards New Membership Offers:
Unlimited Reward Seats: If there is a seat available, you can redeem your points for it.
No Blackout Dates: Blackout dates-banished. Your choices and possibilities are now open.
Points Don't Expire: Plan your getaway for next week or next year. Your points stay "fresh".
Earn Points With Every Dollar: The fare determines the number of points earned (& earn points for every dollar spent with our Partners.)
No Change Fee/Bags Fly Free: With some restrictions, you may change your flight for no charge and your first two bags may fly free.
Redeem for International Flights: If you get a Rapid Rewards Credit Card too, you can redeem points for international flights, hotels, car rentals and more.
Some Q&A About the changes:
How do I enroll in Rapid Rewards? The easiest way to enroll in Rapid Rewards is through the Rapid Rewards section of southwest.com. Quick and easy screens will walk you through the enrollment process. Once you complete enrollment, your account number will appear on the screen. Print this screen to start using it to receive points for flights and Partner use. It's that simple.
As an existing member of the Rapid Rewards program, do I need to do anything to enroll in the new program? All active Rapid Rewards Members will continue to be active Members in the new program and will not be required to re-enroll. You will retain the same account number in the new program. Additionally, if you have an online account, you will maintain your same login credentials.
What happens to my existing Rapid Rewards unused credits from the old program? If you have a credit balance in your account prior to the conversion to the new program, you will continue to see your credits in your account. Credits will maintain their original expiration date. You will have the one-time options to convert points earned in the new program back into credits from the old program at a rate of 1,200 points (= 1 credit) in order to reach a total of 16 credits and redeem them for a Standard Award.
How many points per dollar does it cost to redeem for a ticket? The number of points required to redeem for a free flight is based on which fare product is purchased. The number of points required for redemption is based on the advertised fare for a ticket. See the Redemption Rate chart at southwest.com.
Are there any inventory restrictions in the new program for points? No. Points may be redeemed for any class of service. If a seat is available, it can be redeemed for points.
Can I buy points? Yes, but purchased must be made with a credit card. Points are offered in blocks of 1,000 with a minimum purchase of 2,000 and a maximum o 40,000. Each 1,000 point block costs $25.
What Happened to My Existing Credits? Your credits are safe and secure and you can still use then toward a new flight. Simply convert enough credits from the old program (1200 points=1 credit) to reach 16 credits (enough for a Standard Award.)
What About My Existing Rewards? If you already have an award, hang on to it. You can still use it. Nothing's changed.
For those who had A-List or Companion Pass members status from the old program: On March 1st your status carried over into the new program and we invented a whole new level of special recognition for you...A-List Preferred, In addition to the A-List benefits, you'll get Priority Check-in and Security Lane Access also.
And to help you get the best deal on a getaway, be sure to enter to take advantage of these two fabulous offers.
Soak up the southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina! There's something for everyone in this beautiful, historic city. Enter for a chance to win the ultimate vacation, and while you're at it, plan your own getaway. Don't miss out on great hotel offers, Southwest Vacations packages, cruise offers, & rental car deals!
Be sure also to sign up for Rapid Rewards emails--the easy way to receive all the latest news, information, and promotional offers from Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards and the Rapids Reward report--which gives you personalized account info, news and ways to maximize your membership.
More details on all of the above at southwest.com.
Whether you are headed to New Orleans or Houston or Phoenix, enjoy the balmy breezes thanks to the new Rapid Rewards program from Southwest Airlines. And don't forget to pack your KeyRingThing card and enjoy your Spring Break with an uncluttered wallet.