a sad day for the frugal student traveller
i just received the following email from Southwest Airlines that tugs at my financial pursestrings, infuriates the i-want-the-best-deal aspect of my existence, and is deprivilegizing my travel choices:
As an active participant in the College Rapid Rewards program, we wanted to make you aware of some changes effective July 15, 2009.
The College Rapid Rewards program will be discontinued, and new enrollments will not be processed. However, as a current Member, you will continue to earn bonus credit through October 15, 2009.
Beginning October 16, 2009, all former College Rapid Rewards Members will earn Rapid Rewards credit at a standard rate, consistent with the general program.
Despite this change, there are still lots of ways to earn credit as a Rapid Rewards Member, both in the air and on the ground! Just visit RapidRewards101.com for information about Rapid Rewards Preferred Partners and ways to get to an Award faster than ever.
We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you onboard soon!
Your Friends at Rapid Rewards
no more are the days where, because of interviews, i can rack up a free round trip in a matter of months! no more are the days where i feel like just cause i’m young and have to fly home for breaks, am i getting treats (like free drink tickets and the occassional free flight). no more are the days when..
oh. now i’ll just be like everyone else and earn my free flights more slowly. i’m almost out of the age range anyway, so perhaps this is a timely notice.
forget i started ranting 😉
(btw, a recommendation to people going on GC or job interviews.. DEFINITELY sign up for flight rewards programs before you make your trips – so you can start building up your miles! in my 6 years of school away from home, i’ve already received three round-trip rewards flights!)