Chase Airtran Visa – Finer Details and Possibly Bonus Reduction

It’s been a while… I know.  Firstly, New Orleans received its first 787 flight! Not by design. Anyway, I’ll dive right in though with some updates on the finer details of the Chase Airtran card I covered when it first came out about 10 weeks ago.

Initially it came out with a targeted 32-credit (aka 2 round-trip) + 2 free business class upgrades offer, along with a lower 16-credit public offer. I signed up within the first 10 days or so, based on the targeted offer both I and my wife received and have been slowly working on it.

Since then, the public offer increased to match the formerly targeted offer and it remains available today. 32-credits & 2 business class upgrades after spending $2000 in the first 3 months of opening your account. The annual fee of $69 is not waived. The only difference between this and the targeted offer is that the fee was waived for those targeted. MillionMileSecrets reports that the bonus will likely change (drop?) tomorrow at 10am eastern.

When the offer first became public, there were a few open questions about the card that appear all to have been answered now:

  • The business class upgrades do not appear in your account on the Airtran web site. Chase is adding a “note” to your account indicating that you are to receive them, including an expiration date of a year. You will likely need to ask the Airtran agent to check the notes to find them.
  • Those upgrades work just as the upgrades purchased with 4 credits would work in that they are good for all segments on one side of the round-trip (e.g. all outbound or all return) and you must request them 24 hours before flying, where you will then be upgraded on a space available basis.
  • Credits initially were coming in with only a 1 year expiration.  Last night, credits awarded to both our Airtran accounts were updated with a 2 year expiration.

Always worth remembering that Airtran credits can be moved to Southwest and vice versa (with some important caveats).

So, should you apply? If you’re up for a churn right now, have already got the Southwest cards, have or aren’t interested in the companion pass, sure. It’s a good offer. Not the best but one I remain quite happy with. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it come back next year some time.



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