Southwest begins integrated booking system with AirTran

Southwest Airlines took another step in completing its integration with AirTran, announcing Monday that customers can purchase tickets to all 97 destinations served by the two carriers in a single transaction.

The newly connected booking network will handle sales for all flights starting April 14.

"With a connected network, we can offer customers more itineraries, more destinations, more low fares," Bob Jordan, chief commercial officer at Southwest Airlines and president of AirTran, said in a statement.

The network will allow customers to add an international AirTran flight to a domestic Southwest itinerary. It also allows customers to earn points in either loyalty program no matter which carrier they fly.

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