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 to:
(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, visit southwest.com. 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: southwest.com/rrpromotions. TERMS & CONDITIONSAdditional Fare Rules: Fares are available only on southwest.com and swabiz.com 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.