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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Welcomes National Car Rental Onboard

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Welcomes National Car Rental Onboard11:00 EDT Thursday, August 23, 2012DALLAS, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today the addition of National Car Rental as a new Partner of the carrier's frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards. Members of Rapid Rewards will receive 600 points per qualifying rental from National.To celebrate the new partnership, now through Nov. 15, 2012, Members can receive triple points and save up to 25 percent on any qualifying rental of three days or more. That's 1,800 points instead of the standard 600 points! In order to receive the bonus points, when booking a rental car on southwest.com, Members should enter Contract ID 5030346 and provide their Rapid Rewards number."This new partnership with National Car Rental is a great enhancement to our Rapid Rewards program," said Jonathan Clarkson, Southwest's Director of Rapid Rewards.  "This is yet another way we can provide our Members with opportunities to earn Rapid Rewards Points throughout the entirety of their travel experience."Southwest's Rapid Rewards Program, with unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don't expire*, makes it fast and easy for Members to earn reward flights!  That's why Rapid Rewards was recently ranked as having the best reward seat availability of any U.S. carrier** for the third year in a row.* Applies to point transactions.  Points don't expire as long as Member has flight or Partner earning activity every 24 months.**As reported in the 2012 Idea Works Company's Worldwide Report of Rewards Availability.ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers by providing a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service.  Including wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways, the Company now serves 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, six near-international countries, and employs more than 46,000 People.Visit southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report? and see how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen while underscoring a commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines, one of the most honored airlines in the world, is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.  Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and serves the communities around 76 airports in Southwest's network of domestic destinations.  To book a flight, visit southwest.com.AirTran AirwaysAirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., has been ranked the top airline in the Airline Quality Rating study three times in the past five years. AirTran offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with nearly 700 flights a day on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. The airline's low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating and Business Class. To book a flight, visit airtran.com.ABOUT NATIONAL CAR RENTALFounded in 1947, National Car Rental is a premium, internationally recognized brand serving the daily rental needs of the frequent airport traveler throughout the world. With National, time-sensitive customers in the United States are able to quickly choose their own vehicles, based upon their advance reservation and requested car class, and then simply drive away from the airport. National ? which launched the car rental industry's first comprehensive frequent-renter program ? further expedites the rental process for Emerald Club members by offering counter bypass as well as access to National's "Emerald Aisle," an exclusive section of the lot where members can select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized car. In addition, Emerald Club members can choose to receive  EmeraldAlerts(SM) ? emailed communications that include Arrival and Return Alerts, and Drop & Go(SM) service with convenient eReceipts. southwest.com SOURCE Southwest AirlinesFor further information: Public Relations, +1-214-792-4847