Protecting short data frames by turbo coding is a challenging task because of the small interleaver size and the need for transmission efficiency. In this letter, turbo-decoding-metrics aided short cyclic redundancy check codes are applied to novel tailbiting encoded trellis codes with a twofold purpose: to stop the iterative decoding processes to achieve low-power design and to reduce fractional coding-rate loss. Significant coding gains can be achieved by actually increasing the transmission rate with a negligible increase in power consumption. Performance improvement is demonstrated over additive white Gaussian noise channels. The savings is up to 21.4% for the transmission throughput and 21.5% for the energy consumption of the turbo decoder when frame size 49 is used.