Does each member of your family have a separate Southwest Rapid Rewards account? Have each of them earned some of their own Southwest points? If you ever plan to transfer Southwest points to someone else, such as your spouse, to book a flight, be forewarned, it’s not cheap!
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While I generally collect all Southwest Rapid Rewards points through my account and then book all flights for my family through my account (which is what I would recommend if you’re booking most flights on points), there have been a few instances where it made sense to pay for a flight for both my husband and I to write it off as a business expense.
In these cases, since we paid for the flights, my husband earned his own Southwest points, which went into his account. I thought it was no big deal, because we could just transfer those points over to me. When I went to make the transfer, I discovered it costs $10 for every 1000 points you want to transfer! While this is much less than buying Southwest points, it still seems a high price to pay just to transfer points, so avoid this if you can.
How to Transfer Southwest Points to Another Account
- Log in to the Southwest Rapid Rewards account of the person whose points you want to transfer
- Select Rapid Rewards and under Manage, choose Buy or Transfer Points
- Choose Transfer Points on this page
- Select the number of points you’d like to transfer (minimum 2000 points required)
- Enter the name, Rapid Rewards account number and email address of the person you are transferring the points to
- Enter payment information
- Confirm the purchase and transfer
- Note: Transferred Southwest points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass (which lets you fly one person free for up to two years after earning 110,000 Rapid Rewards points), but you CAN use them to book flights for FREE travel.
Why to Transfer Southwest Points to Someone Else
If you are like us and fly on points (ie nearly FREE!) most of the time, then you rarely collect Southwest Rapid Rewards points on flights. Instead, we earn most of our points by everyday spending on our Southwest credit cards, the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve and through referral points.
We pretty much pool all of those points into one account (mine), because we need high numbers of points to book flights. The small amount of points you earn by paying for a flight, even a Southwest business fare, which earns more points per dollar, is rarely enough to book a subsequent flight.
So when one of us DOES pay for a flight and earns their own points, we’d like to move it into the larger pool which has more purchase power.
To Sum It Up
If you DO decide to pay for a flight, be aware of this constraint: that IT COSTS to transfer Southwest points. You can either pay the funds and consider it part of the cost of flying free or wait until that person has enough points in their account to book a flight on their own.
Have you had to transfer points between Southwest accounts?