AirTran Airways and IHG's Priority Club Rewards Announce New Partnership

Low-Cost Airline Leader and World's Largest Hotel Group Partner to Further Benefit Customers

Oct 07, 2010, 11:10 ET from AirTran Airways

ATLANTA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), and IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) (NYSE: IHG), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced a partnership that will offer benefits to members of their loyalty programs, A+ Rewards and Priority Club® Rewards. IHG is AirTran's first and only global hotel partner to offer A+ Rewards credits for hotel stays at any one of its 4,500 hotels worldwide including InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Express®, Holiday Inn® Club Vacations, Staybridge® Suites and Candlewood® Suites.

"We selected IHG to be AirTran Airways' preferred hotel partner because of its extensive portfolio of well-known brands," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. "Now our frequent fliers can get a bonus for flying and staying whether it's for business or leisure travel."

Effective Oct. 6, 2010, when A+ Rewards members join Priority Club® and designate their earning preference accordingly, members will earn a 1/2 A+ Rewards credit for every qualified IHG hotel stay.   Priority Club® members can redeem 10,000 Priority Club points for two A+ Rewards credits.

"This new partnership with AirTran is a perfect complement to Priority Club's current airline affiliations and further demonstrates how much we value our members' interest in a flexible hotel loyalty program," said Lincoln Barrett, vice president, Guest Marketing & Alliances, IHG. "We are committed to finding new and innovative ways to partner with airlines so that our most loyal guests have more options when planning their travel."

For more information, visit: www.airtran.com/PriorityClub.  

About Priority Club Rewards

With 52 million members globally, IHG's Priority Club Rewards is the first, largest and fastest-growing guest loyalty program in the hotel industry.  Named Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World five years running by Global Traveler magazine and Best Hotel Loyalty Program for three consecutive years by Business Traveler magazine, Priority Club Rewards offers more sought-after benefits and the greatest ease of use of any hotel loyalty program.  In addition to flexible features like No Points Expiration, No Blackout Dates, Points & Cash and Flights Anywhere™, Priority Club Rewards members have more options for point redemption than any other hotel loyalty program. Members can redeem points not only for hotel nights, but also for airline miles on more than 40 partner airlines, for auto rentals, for gift certificates and for hundreds of products available in the Rewards Catalog.  And Priority Club Rewards is the only hotel loyalty program to offer members a Personal Shopper program that allows members to exchange points for items not found in the Rewards Catalog. Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is free. Guests can enroll by logging onto priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 4,500 hotels worldwide.

About AirTran Airways

AirTran is a Fortune 1000 company and has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past three years.  AirTran Airways is the only major airline with Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Our low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit http://www.airtran.com.

About InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, over 4,500 hotels and more than 650,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.  The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 52 million members worldwide. IHG has over 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 160,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

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