American Express AirTran Discount: 5% off + $100 credit

With an American Express business card you can score some serious savings on AirTran flights…

Update for 2013: The current OPEN Savings partners no longer include AirTran. If you’re looking to save on a flight, check out these credit cards that come with free flights in 2013!

As a holder of the AmEx Simply Cash card, I received a brochure mailed to me promoting two different ways you can get a discount on AirTran flights. Here they are…

  • OPEN Savings – automatic 5% discount
    All of the AmEx Business cards are included in the OPEN Savings network, where you get automatic statement credits from participating merchants. Back in 2010, AirTran Airways joined the program and business cardmembers get an automatic 5% discount from them. What’s so great about this offer (as well as all OPEN Savings merchants) is that the discount you get is on top of any other coupons or promotional codes you may be using.

American Express AirTran OPEN Savings

  • $100 statement credit for AirTran purchase of $500+
    Through July 31st, 2011 American Express is offering a great opportunity to their business cardmembers: spend $500 or more on purchases directly from AirTran airlines (either through their website, 1-800-AIR-TRAN, or at the airport) and you will receive a $100 credit on your statement.

When you combine both of these discounts together, in theory you could be saving up to 25% off your flight. Let’s say your roundtrip ticket cost you $500. After you deduct the 5% discount ($25) and the statement credit ($100) the net amount you would end up paying is $375… that’s a savings of 25 percent!

What’s in the fine print?
This $100 offer appears to be pretty straightforward without any surprises in the fine print. Each charge or credit card account can get the $100 rebate one time during the promotional period. Of course, the 5% savings through OPEN is unlimited and you can get that all year long, all the time. I have flown AirTran Airways a few times in the past and liked them (good prices and service). I was surprised to see a more recent map of their routes: 62 destinations covering the continental United States plus Cancun and a few Caribbean islands. So there’s a good chance you could use them.

Which AmEx cards can participate?
As mentioned, I received this offer for my no annual fee Simply Cash card but other American Express business cards are eligible, too. If you would like to compare their cards side-by-side, check out my business credit card reviews. Even if you don’t have a LLC or corporation you can still apply for their cards as a sole proprietor using your Social!

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What was the promo code on your flier? I got oen and threw it away and now Amex is not giving me the $100!!!! Help