AirTran Airways and Barclays Launch the New AirTran Airways A+ Business Card

    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways (NYSE:  
 AAI), a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., and Barclays (NYSE:   BCS)
 today announced that they now offer the new AirTran Airways A+ Business
 Card to small business customers. With already one of the lowest thresholds
 for earning rewards travel in the industry, the AirTran Airways A+ Business
 Card gives small business owners even more opportunities to earn reward
 travel, tools to help them better track and manage spending, plus other
 great benefits. Small business owners can apply for the card online now at
 http://www.airtranbizvisa.com.
     "The AirTran Airways A+ Visa card has been such a success that it was
 only natural that we would extend the benefits to our loyal business
 travelers," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for
 AirTran Airways. "Barclays was very receptive to our desire to create a
 separate program for business owners. The new A+ Business Card will give
 them the tools and flexibility they need to manage their business spending,
 while earning reward travel faster with their favorite airline."
     "Since business travelers are such an important target audience for
 AirTran, they wanted to design a special credit card offering that would
 give small business owners extra value in addition to the great benefits
 offered by the AirTran consumer credit card," said Chuck Moore, Chief
 Marketing Officer, Barclays U.S. credit card business. "With a low annual
 fee and features such as greater flexibility, reporting tools and a unique
 rewards program, the A+ Business Card is a compelling offering for business
 owners across the U.S."
     The AirTran Airways A+ Business Card rewards cardholders with the
 opportunity to receive up to 18 A+ Rewards credits -- more than enough for
 a roundtrip ticket. New cardholders are awarded eight A+ Rewards credits
 after their first purchase, and have the ability to earn up to 10 more A+
 Rewards credits for balance transfers. In addition, cardholders earn two
 points for every dollar spent on AirTran Airways purchases, and one point
 for every dollar spent on all other purchases. There is no limit to the
 number of points that can be earned. The card has a low annual fee of $39.
     The new card also gives business owners the flexibility they need to
 better manage their finances, with simplified expense management, spend
 tracking and reporting tools, and a generous credit line up to $50,000.
 Business owners can request free additional cards for employees, enabling
 them to earn rewards faster, while easily controlling and tracking employee
 spending. The card also offers 100 percent protection against unauthorized
 charges anywhere the card is used -- even online -- with zero liability.
     About AirTran Airways
     AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company, offers passengers more than
 700 affordable, daily flights to 56 destinations throughout the United
 States. The airline is the second-largest carrier at its hub,
 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and one of America's
 largest low-fare airlines. With more than 8,800 friendly Crew Members and
 free online booking on http://www.airtran.com, AirTran Airways makes travel
 both pleasant and convenient. The airline flies America's youngest
 all-Boeing fleet, composed of the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200
 aircraft. AirTran Airways was also the first to install XM Satellite Radio
 on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class seating
 on every flight. For more information, visit http://www.airtran.com.
     About Barclays
     Headquartered in Wilmington, DE, Barclays, the U.S. credit card
 business, has more than 50 credit card partnerships with some of the
 country's most successful travel, entertainment, educational and financial
 institutions including US Airways, AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines,
 Midwest Airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, TiVo, Gulf Oil, Harvard Alumni
 Association, and UBS among others. For more information please visit
 http://www.barclaycardus.com
     Barclays PLC is a major global financial services provider engaged in
 retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth
 management and investment management services. Barclays is one of the
 largest financial services companies in the world by market capitalization.
 With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates
 in over 50 countries and employs 123,000 people. Barclays moves, lends,
 invests and protects money for over 27 million customers and clients
 worldwide. For more information about Barclays PLC, please visit
 http://www.barclays.com
     Media Contacts:  Tad Hutcheson
                      tad.hutcheson@airtran.com
                      678.254.7442
 
                      Judy Graham-Weaver
                      judy.graham-weaver@airtran.com
                      678.254.7448
 
                      Donna Sokolsky, Sparkpr for Barclays
                      donna@sparkpr.com
                      415-962-8200 x222
 
 

SOURCE AirTran Airways
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