Need to top off your Southwest Rapid Rewards account to hit a certain number of points to book a flight? You can buy Southwest points in increments of 1,000 points, starting at a minimum of 2,000 points. Right now it costs 30% less to buy 5,000 or more Southwest points. This sale is good through August 13, 2018.

How to Buy Southwest Points

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Southwest Points Costs

Here are some sample sale prices for various point amounts:

  • 2,000 points for $60 (not on sale)
  • 5,000 points for $96.25 (regularly $137.50)
  • 10,000 points for $192.50 (regularly $275)
  • 20,000 points for $385 (regularly $550)
  • 50,000 points for $962.50 (regularly $1,375)

To Buy or Not to Buy Southwest Points?

In general, I don’t recommend that you buy Southwest points unless it’s the only way to quickly get you to a total number of points needed to book a flight almost free. Spending $100 to get you to the total number of points required is better than paying for the entire ticket!

And, of course, it’s best to buy points, if you can, when they are on sale, allowing you to purchase MORE points for less.

Early on, when we were working to earn our first Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly free with you for up to two years after earning 110,000 qualifying Southwest points, we purchased some points to get us to our first free flights.

I factored this cost, along with the Southwest credit card annual fees and $5.60 security fee per person per way, into the cost of flying almost free. We ended up flying to six destinations within one year for less than $100 per flight for ALL four of us. Not bad! But we could have done it for even less had we avoided purchasing points.

Download my free guide below that shows you exactly how to earn the Companion Pass in as few as two steps.

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The Value of a Southwest Point

The value of Southwest points vary. I calculate it by dividing a given fare price in cash by the number of points it costs. This can vary from 1.6 to 3.3 cents per point. Sometimes the points price is much lower than the equivalent cash price.

With the current point sale, you’d be paying around 1.9 cents per point, which is a pretty good deal and roughly their average value.

RewardExpert.com offers a handy Southwest calculator, as well, to help you figure out the value of a Southwest point.

Additionally, Southwest reduced the value of each point in April 2018. This is why it’s always good to spend the points you have rather than holding on to them. They DO lose value over time!

Of course, if you can earn points for free — through ordinary spending on the Southwest credit cards or in the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal, etc. — that is better.

How to Buy Southwest Points

To buy Southwest points, visit Southwest.com/account/rapidrewards/points/buy-points.

  1. Select the number of Rapid Rewards points you want to buy from the dropdown list.
  2. Enter your payment details.
  3. Select Pay Now.

Note: Purchased points DO NOT count toward the 110,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

Have you ever purchased Southwest Rapid Rewards points? Do you think it’s a good deal? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.

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