So, what would you do to get 50,000 points on a Southwest credit card without spending the required $12,000 they are asking currently to get you to 60,000 points?
This is a super smart move that a Go to Travel Gal reader shared recently in case you want to do likewise :).
How Maya Scored 50,000 Points for a Southwest Personal Card
Reader Maya commented on my post, 9 airports where you can get the 50,000-point Southwest card offer, with her genius idea.
There are a handful of airports across the country that have kiosks where you can sign-up for a Southwest personal card and get 50,000 points after meeting a $2,000 minimum spend, but they are behind security, so you’d have to have a boarding pass to get to them.
Maya booked a super cheap one-way Southwest flight from Burbank to San Franciso for $61 just to get to the kiosk.
After she applied for the card, she cancelled her flight (you can cancel a flight up to 10 minutes before the departure time on Southwest) and went home :).
Maya would have been refunded the $61 in the form of an Unused Travel Fund, which is good for 1 year from the date of issue. To use the funds, you need to have the original confirmation number they were associated with and it must be for the person they were associated with, as well.
My Get Organized: Miles and Points Toolkit can help you keep track of Unused Travel Funds.
If you book with points and cancel, the points go right back into your Rapid Rewards account for immediate use.
Maya said all this cost her was a $5 parking fee!
What did she do next? She applied and was approved for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Chase Business Visa, netting her 60,000 points after a $3,000 minimum spend.
Says Maya, “So because of my good timing (end of 2018), if you do the math 60k + 50k = 110k = Companion Pass for 2019 and 2020. You’re welcome.” 😉
We absolutely love it! You go, Maya!