[Emily & I do not earn a referral for the links to the Chase Air Tran credit card in this post as on the date the post was published.]
View From the Wing writes that the 32 credit Chase Air Tran offer is now available publicly.
I wrote about the targeted version of this offer previously. But the public version is good news because we can sign-up for the new Air Tran card before it disappears after the merger with Southwest is complete!
Emily got the Barlcaycard Air Tran card last year when it offered 16 credits, the highest bonus I’ve seen, last year. The current offer is for twice the number of Air Tran credits as the best previous offer.
It takes 16 Air Tran credits for a flight (subject to availability) on Air Tran or 32 credits for a business class flight subject to availability.
Unfortunately, this is a Chase card so you’ve got to prioritize your applications since Chase has
most of the so many of the good offers.
If you’ve got the Southwest Companion pass, this is a good card to get because you can transfer Air Tran credits to Southwest, for free, and use them with your Southwest Companion Pass. It takes 16 credits for a return Southwest flight, but in my experience, Southwest credits have much less award availability than flights using Southwest miles, but you can still get value out of the card.
If you don’t have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could be better off applying for the 50,000 point Chase Southwest credit cards and completing the last of the $2,000 minimum spending strategically so that the 50,000 points bonus posts to your account in early 2013 and count towards the Companion Pass in 2013.
That’s because it is easier to use 50,000 Southwest points than 32 Southwest credits. Earning the Companion Pass in early 2013 means that your companion can fly free with you until the end of 2014!
Or you could delay earning the Companion Pass until later in 2013, and load up on some Air Tran/Southwest credits now since the Air Tran credit card will disappear at some point after the Southwest and Air Tran merger is complete.