One of the easiest ways to earn more Southwest points is by starting your online shopping in the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal. It costs nothing extra and can allow you to earn up to 20 points per dollar spent at some retailers. You can even order your items online and then pick them up at the store at places like Target, CVS, Walmart and Best Buy.

Southwest has added a great new feature for users of the Google Chrome browser,  which is a button, also called an “extension,” that you can add to your browser that makes Southwest shopping even easier.

Typically, you have to first go TO the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal by typing in, but now, once the button is added, it will pop up when you’re shopping at an online retailer that partcipates in the Southwest program. No need to first go to the portal!

Rapid Rewards Shopping Button Best Buy

The button will ask if you’d like to activate Rapid Rewards Shopping at that retailer and you simply click the Activate button. Then any purchases you make from that retailer will magically result in Southwest points appearing in your account :).

How to Get the Rapid Rewards Shopping Button/Extension

  1. Go to
  2. Click the gold “Get the Button” box.
  3. A box will pop up and you’ll need to select Add Extension.
  4. Make sure you have the extension activated. You can check this by typing Chrome://extensions into your browser bar, and then scroll down to make sure the extension called Rapid Rewards Shopping Button has a check box next to Enabled.

Rapid Rewards Shopping Button Chrome Extension

Benefits of the Button

One of my biggest challenges is actually REMEMBERING to start my shopping at the Southwest portal. With the button, you’ll automatically be reminded! Yea!

You’ll also know instantly how many points per dollar you’ll be able to earn.

You can also click the button in your browser at any time to see your recent earnings.

Points earned through the Southwest Shopping Portal almost always count toward the Southwest Companion Pass, which you can earn after collecting 110,000 qualifying points so one person can fly free with you for up to two years, making this a super easy way to quickly accumulate points on items you would already be purchasing anyway.

In Conclusion

If you don’t use Google Chrome — and you want to earn as many Southwest points as possible — I’d highly recommend making a switch and installing this handy tool.

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