January 16, 2007

SunTrust and AirTran Airways Give Customers Free* Flights You Can Bank On

ATLANTA, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SunTrust Banks, Inc. today announced a promotion with AirTran Airways that offers new and existing clients an easy way to earn free* round-trip flights.

With a minimum deposit of $10,000 into a new or existing Premium Money Market Performance Account, clients earn AirTran A+ Rewards credits equal to one round-trip flight anywhere AirTran Airways flies.

Business clients can participate as well by depositing a minimum of $25,000 into a new or existing Premium Business Interest Account.

The funds must be from a source other than an existing SunTrust account, and must be maintained in the account for at least 90 days.

Once these requirements are met, clients simply complete a redemption certificate on suntrust.com/airtran and the A+ Rewards credits will be deposited into their AirTran Airways A+ Rewards account ready for ticket redemption.

The new promotion is scheduled to run from January 14 through March 9, 2007. More complete information on the promotion can be found at http://www.suntrust.com/airtran.

"SunTrust is constantly looking for ways to bring value to new customers and to reward our loyal clients in line with our corporate focus on deposit generation," said C. Gene Kirby, corporate executive vice president and head of Retail Banking. "By finding innovative partners and offering exciting incentives, we can provide the type of relationship banking that brings the most benefits to our clients."

"AirTran Airways is pleased to partner with SunTrust, a respected bank with a strong customer base and a significant brand," said Tad Hutcheson, AirTran Airways vice president of marketing and sales. "Like AirTran Airways, SunTrust is a very innovative company with a strong focus on customer service. The AirTran-SunTrust partnership will be a win-win situation for our mutual customers."

About SunTrust

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2006, SunTrust had total assets of $183.1 billion and total deposits of $124.4 billion. The Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high- growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, equipment leasing and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com.

About AirTran Airways:

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low- fare airlines with 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates nearly 700 daily flights to 52 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways' aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717- 200 to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).


Deposit $10,000 or more of new money into a Premium Money Market Performance Account or $25,000 or more of new money into a Premium Business Interest Account by March 9, 2007. New money is defined as funds not currently on deposit with SunTrust. You must be an AirTran Airways A+ Rewards member. A+ Rewards membership is free. Visit aplusrewards.com to join. Complete redemption certificate by March 31, 2007. Duplicate or incomplete redemption certificates will not be processed. 16 A+ Rewards credits - which qualify you for a free* round-trip flight - will be credited to your A+ Rewards account 10 - 12 weeks after your redemption certificate is received and validated. Premium Money Market Performance Account clients must maintain a minimum incremental balance of $10,000 for 90 days from the date of deposit. Limit one ticket per household. Premium Business Interest Account clients must maintain a minimum incremental balance of $25,000 (or $50,000) for 90 days from the date of deposit. For $25,000 deposited, you will receive one roundtrip ticket. For $50,000 deposited, you will receive two round-trip tickets. Limit two tickets per business. To open a Premium Money Market Performance Account, you must open or already have an existing Smart Solution Plus or Signature Advantage checking account. To open a Premium Business Interest Account, you must open or already have a Total Business Banking or Select Business checking account. Premiums on money market and business interest accounts may be reported as interest income to the IRS and the account holder will be responsible for applicable taxes. Account holders must be U.S. residents and 18 years of age or older. Offer good while supplies last. Offer subject to withdrawal without notice and may not be combined with any other offers. SunTrust checking is available to residents in the following states: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV. Void where prohibited by law. The interest rate earned on a Premium Money Market Performance Account is based on the following balance tiers: $.01-$2,499.99 earns 0.45% APY; $2,500-$9,999.99 earns 0.45% APY; $10,000-$24,999.99 earns 2.25% APY; $25,000-$49,999.99 earns 3.25% APY; $50,000-$99,999.99 earns 3.40% APY; $100,000+ earns 3.45% APY. Annual Percentage Yields are accurate as of 12/18/2006 and are subject to change at any time and without notice. APYs may vary by geography. Minimum balance to open a Premium Money Market Performance Account is $2,500. Offer in conjunction with the Premium Money Market Performance Account good for consumers only; fees may reduce earnings; and transaction limits apply.

*Reward seats are subject to availability and blackout dates. Taxes and fees are extra. The September 11th security fee of up to $2.50 per segment is not included. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Passengers traveling to/from Grand Bahama Island are subject to U.S. and Bahamian taxes of $91.20.

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

CONTACT: Hugh Suhr of SunTrust, +1-404-827-6813, [email protected]; or Tad Hutcheson, +1-678-254-7442, [email protected], or Judy Graham-Weaver, +1-678-254-7448, [email protected], both of AirTran Airways

Web site: http://www.suntrust.com/http://suntrust.com/airtranhttp://aplusrewards.com/