AirTran Airways Offers Travel Protection Services to Its Customers In the Event of a Disruption to their Travel Plans

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today announced that the airline has teamed up with AEGON Direct Marketing Services, Inc. (ADMS) to offer the most comprehensive, highest value travel protection product in the market*. The product, available for a nominal fee to anyone who purchases a ticket on the airline’s web site, will help customers recover the costs of any expenses incurred due to a delayed trip, such as rental cars, lodging, or other expenses, change and cancel fees in the event of a forced cancellation, or additional transportation costs to resume an interrupted trip, up to a maximum benefit amount.

The insurance product reimburses a customer for air ticket costs if the customer’s trip is cancelled, additional transportation expenses incurred to resume an interrupted trip or other expenses incurred during a delayed trip due to events such as sudden illness or injury; weather delays; natural disasters; being subpoenaed or called to jury duty; documented theft of passports or visas; fire, flood, or natural disaster affecting the client’s home; or a domestic or international terrorist incident.

The product, available for $14.99 per passenger, can be purchased at the same time the customer purchases their ticket through AirTran Airways and includes coverage for trip interruption, trip cancellation, travel delays greater than 12 hours, baggage loss and delay, and medical evacuation. A basic product can be purchased for a reduced cost of $12.99 that includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage. Both product options also provide customers 24-hour access to worldwide emergency assistance services while traveling.

“This program will cover a customer’s entire travel itinerary and provides real value and protection to the customer,” said AirTran Airways vice president of planning Kevin Healy. “AirTran Airways understands that our customers’ travel plans may be interrupted for various reasons, and this new service provides those customers with the peace of mind that they will not lose the money they’ve spent on those plans. We’re pleased to partner with Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company and AEGON Direct Marketing to offer this service to our customers.”

“Stonebridge Casualty and AEGON Direct Marketing Services, Inc. are excited to be partnering with a travel supplier the caliber of AirTran Airways,” added Mark Thornton, Senior Vice President of ADMS. “Our organizations share a commitment of delivering great value at economic prices to our customers. The economical, fixed premium for our Travel Protection products further demonstrates our shared dedication to providing a valuable service to AirTran Airways customers at a low price.”

About AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, one of America’s largest low-fare airlines with 6,700 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 500 daily flights to 49 destinations. The airline’s hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

About AEGON Direct Marketing Services, Inc.

Stonebridge Travel Protection is underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, offered through AEGON Direct Marketing Services, Inc., and administered by CSA Insurance Services. ADMS is a premier direct marketer of life and supplemental health insurance products and fee-based continuity programs. It has over forty years of expertise in developing product-specific direct response campaigns and designing products specifically for the direct response and point of sale channels. ADMS markets its products through two distinct channels: directly to consumers and through endorsements of sponsoring partners such as financial institutions, associations, employer groups, auto dealers, and retailers. AEGON Direct Marketing Services, Inc. and Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company are members of the AEGON Group, one of the world’s largest insurance organizations. For more information, visit the ADMS website at

* Based on a survey of the travel insurance offerings of several domestic airlines and online travel agencies.

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