Looking for the best Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping deals to earn even MORE points for FREE flights? Rapid Rewards Shopping is one of the BEST ways to earn Southwest points that also qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass. Not all points qualify but most do!
The portal allows you to earn points on purchases you would already be making for NO additional cost. And sometimes you can score a bank of points just for a cheap subscription to a newspaper, website or email!
Just don’t forget to cancel subscriptions after the promotional offers end, so you don’t pay a higher non-promotional subscription fee.
Here is a list, updated weekly, of the top points-earning opportunities on the portal.
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Our Assessment for the Week (Updated April 16, 2019)
Whew … Tax Day is over for this year, so time to shift our gaze onto some shopping deals — maybe some of your purchases might be tax deductible for next year 😉
Motley Fool is now 5,400 points (up from 3,600 points). You’ll have to shell out for a one-year, $99 subscription to their Stock Advisor email newsletter to get the points. This can be a great way to earn a BUNCH of points that count toward earning your Southwest Companion Pass. If you bought 6,000 points from Southwest, it would cost you $165, so you’re coming out better here. Plus, purchased points DO NOT qualify for the Companion Pass.
Hulu is available to earn 1,100 points for a minimum $7.99 monthly subscription. There is no mention of a minimum amount of time you need to subscribe. We already have Hulu and really enjoy it for watching existing TV shows, as well as Hulu-produced TV shows and movies. And, while CBS All Access still offers a steady 300 points, it may be worth getting if you’re a Twilight Zone fan and want to see new episodes.
The Economist remains at 900 points for a $12 subscription for 12 weeks.
WSJ and Barron’s are still 700 points each. Barron’s is $1 for an 8-week subscription. The Wall Street Journal’s deal is $1 for 2 months. This is for their All Access Digital option, but remember to cancel on time, or it’ll be $38.99+ thereafter.
For online shopping deals, Adidas, Clinique and Levi’s all have marked increases. And, now that the weather is getting better, maybe it’s time to dine al fresco and take advantage of Restaurant.com’s 4-points-per- $1 deal. Yum.
Even if a store doesn’t have an increased offer, still start your shopping for the store at the portal. Almost everything is on here except Amazon!
- Walmart (Note: Go to Travel Gal reader Crystal just noticed and informed us that most categories are EXCLUDED from earning Rapid Rewards Shopping Points at Walmart.com, like groceries, etc., so buyer beware on this one 🙂 Thanks Crystal!)
- Best Buy
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Dollar General
- Home Depot and so many more!
Check back every week for the best deals!
The Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal
The Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal lets you earn “free” points by starting online shopping at the portal and then clicking through to a specific retailer’s website.
Generally these offers allow you to earn a set number of points per dollar spent.
You can also earn a set number of points not dependent on the dollar amount on a variety of items, which include print and digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions or even subscriptions to Weight Watchers, Blue Apron meal preparation program or CBS All Access.
Here you can get step-by-step instructions for how to use the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal to ensure you never miss a point!
If you accumulate 110,000 qualifying Southwest points (anything marked as “bonus” points in the portal do NOT qualify but can be used for free travel), you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly free with up for up to two years.
Top Rapid Rewards Shopping Deals Updated April 16
Here are the best Rapid Rewards Shopping deals we could find in terms of points per dollars spent and/or usefulness of the item as of April 16, 2019.
Best Deals of the Week
The Motley Fool, 5,400 points, $99
Wall Street Journal & Barron’s, 700 points, $1 for 2 months /8 weeks
Set Point Amounts
- Motley Fool – 5,400 points (up from 3,600 points) – 1-year $99 subscription
- Verizon Wireless – 3,600 points
- AT&T TV & Internet – 2,700 points
- Find Your Trainer – 1,800 points (up from 1,400 points) – This is a service that sends a personal trainer to your home for the number of sessions you select. The lowest option is four sessions at $43 each, but there is a coupon code on the portal to save $20 off your first session. I really like this concept if you’re looking to get fit!
- Vinesse Wines – 1,400 points
- Hulu – 1,100 points – Just $7.99/month and it doesn’t say any minimum length of time for the subscription. We already have Hulu and really enjoy it.
- The Economist – 900 points (up from 550 points), 12 weeks for $12
- Be sure to cancel this on the deadline as it renews at $45!! New subscriptions only; 1 per household; must be active 60 days
- SiriusXM – 900 points (up from 550 points), $29.94 for 6 months
- New subscriptions, active 30 days
- Sprint – 900 points (down from 2,900 points)
- Babbel Language App – 700 points (up from 550 points) – As cheap as $20.25 for 3 months, cancel at any time; no minimum subscription time required; works for any purchase; must be a new subscription.
- Barron’s – 700 points (up from 350 points), $1 for 8 weeks
- Must be active for 45 days, 1 per household, can’t have been a subscriber in the last 180 days/6 months
- Thrive Market – 700 points with any order! Thrive Market is an online grocery retailer with organic products.
- Wall Street Journal – 700 points (up from 350 points)
- $1 for 2 months
- 1 per household, can’t have been a subscriber in the last 180 days/6 months
- Blue Apron – 550 points – This is a meal delivery service that sends you recipes and ingredients to prepare several meals weekly. Starts at ~$48 weekly with first week free. Must be active for 45 days. See the post about how Lyn got these points without spending a dime!
- Yahoo Small Business – 450 points – Web hosting service
- AT&T Wireless – 350 points
- HelloFresh – 350 points (though it has been as high as 700 points, so you may want to wait until it goes back up) – A meal delivery service similar to Blue Apron, which we use and love! ~$39.95 for three meals weekly for the first two weeks then $59.95. You can also try Lyn’s secret tip above for HelloFresh. Lyn also has some free HelloFresh trials, so email her if you’d like one.
- Home Chef – 350 points, this is also a meal-delivery service that provides what you need to prepare meals at home.
- HostGator – 350 points, hosting packages of 6 months or longer at $3.95/month
- WeightWatchers.com (now rebranded as “WW”) – 350 points, the three-month digital plan is $3.07 per week.
- New accounts only (so use a new email if you’ve been a member in the past)
- Note: They charge costly early termination fees if you cancel before the end of the term you selected.
- CBS All Access – 300 points, cost not available (must try it free first)
- New memberships, 1 per household, active 30 days
Points Per Dollar
- Xfinity TV Internet and Voice – 25 points per $1
- DiscountMags.com – 20 points per $1
- McAfee.com – 20 points per $1 (up from 9 points)
- Magazineline.com – 15 points per $1
- ValueMags.com – 15 points per $1
- Harry’s – 9 points per $1
- Airport Parking Reservations – 7 points per $1
- Michael Kors – 5 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- P0lar (exercise equipment) – 5 points per $1
- Adidas – 4 points per $1 (up from .5 point): Run — no, sprint — and take advantage of this deal!🏃🏼♂️
- Avon – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Body Shop – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Clinique – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Coleman – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Elizabeth Arden – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- JCPenney – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Kiehl’s – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Levi’s – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Lord & Taylor – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- lululemon – 4 points per $1 (up from .5 point)
- Macy’s – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Marmot – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Nautica – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Neiman-Marcus – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- New York & Company – 4 points per $1 (up from .5 point)
- Restaurant.com (discounted restaurant gift certificates) – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Sonos – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Sunglass Hut – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points): Sun’s out. Time to get some cool shades🌞
- Uniqlo – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Banana Republic – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Coach – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- DKNY – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Eagle Creek – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- iRobot.com – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Lands’ End – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- RalphLauren.com – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Bose – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 point)
- Forever 21 – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Madewell – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 point)
- StubHub – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Eddie Bauer – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 point)
- NFLShop.com – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 point)
- Lowe’s – .5 points per $1
Here is the full list of offers.
Which will you take advantage of?