Looking for the best Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping deals to earn 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. Sometimes you might score a boatload of points for a cheap subscription to a newspaper, website or email!
Just please don’t forget to cancel subscriptions after the promotional offers end, so you don’t pay a higher non-promotional subscription fee, if you don’t really want the subscription.
If you want to be reminded when you are shopping to go through the Southwest portal, GET THIS BUTTON which will automatically activate points directly at more than 850 different stores while you do your online shopping.
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 March 25, 2020)
Any of the following offers can be a great way to earn a BUNCH of points that count toward the 125,000 qualifying points you need to earn your Southwest Companion Pass.
Note: There are a few deals described as “bonus” points. Anything described as a “bonus” point DOES NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.
Medical Alert’s 5,400 points is again at the top of the list (it does require an annual subscription, so you’ll want to read all of the fine print before signing up). Motley Fool is down this week, but still offering a generous number of points at 2,700 (this does require a 1-year, $99 subscription). Also, AT&T TV and Internet went way up this week offering 4,500 points and Verizon Wireless is offering 3,600 points.
Something new to consider for yourself, for parents or grandparents is GreatCall, offering 2,700 points. GreatCall offers cell phones, cell phone plans and medical alert services to help you stay in communication.
Gwynnie Bee, which lets you “borrow” stylish clothes to wear for a month, is hanging on at 2,000 points (Lyn recently signed up for this one and spent just $36!), and BistroMD has increased to 2,000 points, as well.
The Economist has a new deal to earn 2,100 points with HALF off of a digital subscription. It will cost you $95 for the year, however, but this is the highest we can ever remember seeing their points offer!
Although we’ve been given an extension to pay our taxes, now is a great time to knock them out. TurboTax is offering 1,000 points on select products.
If getting in shape or losing weight are on your list right now, be sure to check out WeightWatchers (rebranded as WW), which you can do at home using their app, at 350 points.
Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal remain steady at 700 points. The WSJ deal is $12 for 12 weeks. And Barron’s offer is $1 for 8 weeks — it doesn’t get cheaper than that! Remember to cancel on time, or it’ll be $38.99+ thereafter!! Make a note on your to-do list and don’t forget ;-).
You may have heard of Sun Basket, but weren’t sure what it was. At 2,700 points, we decided to find out. This is a meal delivery service, which is all organic and delivers right to your door. They also have options for chef-selected and dietitian-approved a la carte options for breakfast, lunch and snacking. It’s similar to the meal delivery services listed below, but a great point redemption and organic! [See other options for earning points on meal delivery here].
Lyn and Go to Travel Gal team member Nancy both subscribed to Sun Basket. Lyn paid just a bit more than $30 for two meals for one week (there’s a discount coupon you get when signing up through Southwest, as well). Paying $30 for 2,700 points is a pretty stinkin’ good deal at about 1 cent per point — way less than Southwest’s average 1.9 cents per point ;-).
Another meal delivery option in the portal is Freshly, offering chef-prepared meals delivered to your door (you do NOTHING!). At 1,100 points, it might be worth checking out.
Unfortunately, Blue Apron and Hello Fresh have dropped out of the portal for now. They seem overwhelmed with demand at the moment…
Some other stores worth a look include:
- StitchFix – 20 points
- Lululemon – 5 points
- J Crew – 3 points
- Old Navy – 2 points
- Best Buy – 1 point (up from .5 points)
- Home Depot – 1 point
Even if a store doesn’t have an increased offer, remember to ALWAYS start your shopping for the store at the Southwest Shopping portal to earn even more points. So many stores are on here except Amazon!
- Walmart (Note: most categories are EXCLUDED from earning Rapid Rewards Shopping Points at Walmart.com, like groceries, household goods, etc., so buyer beware on this one 🙂
- Target (The same note above also holds true for Target; that means no grocery points 🙁 )
- Best Buy
- CVS/Walgreens (Walgreens has NO shipping fee at the moment, but also excludes groceries and household goods!)
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Dollar General
- Home Depot and so many more!
Check back every week for the best deals!
How the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal Works
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, Sun Basket meal preparation program or the Disney+ streaming service.
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 125,000 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 March 25
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 March 25, 2020.
Best Deals of the Week
Sun Basket, 2,700 points, ~$30
Economist – 2,100 points, $95
Barron’s, 700 points for $1
Set Point Amounts
- Medical Alert – 5,400 points requires a one-year subscription with plans starting at $18.29/mo, but if your loved one needs a service like this anyway, you might as well earn a ton of points!
- AT&T TV & Internet – 4,500 points (up from 2,700 points)
- Verizon Wireless – 3,600 points (down from 4,500 points)
- Sprint – 2,900 points (down from 4,500 points)
- GreatCall – 2,700 points – Cell phone plans and phones as well as medical alert. Eligible for new customers on purchases of Jitterbug Smart, Jitterbug Flip and Lively.
- Motley Fool – 2,700 points (down from 5,400 points) – 1-year $99 subscription, must be active for 60 days
- Sun Basket – 2,700 points – Organic meal delivery service. Eligible for new customers only. $35 off first order. (costs roughly ~$30 for 2 meals for 1 week) See more meal delivery options here
- The Economist – 2,100 points (up from 1,400 points), 50% off a 1 year digital subscription, $95
- This is a NEW offer. Requires one year subscription for $95
- New subscriptions only; 1 per loyalty number; must be active 60 days
- BistroMD – 2,000 points (up from 1,600 points) – Doctor-designed meal delivery plan. New customers only. Programs starting at $98.
- Gwynnie Bee – 2,000 points (up from 1,600 points) – A subscription service that allows you to “borrow” stylish clothing for women; requires a new subscription, which must be active for 60 days. Save up to $79 on your first month. (costs roughly ~$36 for your first month/box)
- DentalPlans.com – 1,800 points – Save 10-60% on dental care with DentalPlans.com; new customers only
- Verizon Fios (TV & Internet) – 1,600 points (down from 3,000 points)
- Winc Wines – 1,400 points – (down from 1,800 points) Monthly wine subscription service (Now is a great time to have your wine delivered!) [Read about 8 wine delivery services that let you earn Southwest points]
- Freshly – 1,100 points (up from 550) Prepared meals delivered to your door. First time purchases only. $60 off first five orders and other discounts.
- SiriusXM – 1,100 points (down from 1,300 points) Google Nest + 6 months Sirius for $69.
- New subscriptions, active 30 days
- Bright Cellars – 1,000 points (down from 1,300 points) – Give the gift of personalized wine! Eligible only on first-time wine club new memberships.
- Turbo Tax – 1,000 points (up from 700 points) – Go ahead and knock out those taxes!
- Babbel – 7oo points – Learn a new language for your travels and score 700 points, too!
- Barron’s – 700 points, $1 for 8 weeks, then $14.99/mo.
- Must be active for 45 days, 1 per household, one subscription per Southwest Rapid Rewards account.
- Wall Street Journal – 700 points, $12 for 12 weeks
- 1 per household, 1 offer per loyalty account; must be active 45 days.
- Good Sam Travel Assist – 450 points – Emergency medical and travel assistance with plans starting at ~$60 per year.
- Yahoo Small Business – 450 points – Web hosting service
- Home Chef – 350 points – This is also a meal-delivery service. Use the shopping portal coupon code for 3 free meals and other discounts!
- HostGator – 350 points, hosting packages as low as $2.75 a month. Eligible for new customers with plans of 6 months or longer.
- Hulu – 350 points, (We’ve seen this higher, but if you’re looking for more streaming options, this might be the time to get Hulu!) [Read about 6 streaming options that let you earn Southwest points]
- WeightWatchers.com (now rebranded as “WW”) – 350 points – Digital plan $3.23/week, Workshop + Digital Plan $6.92/week, Coaching + Digital Plan $12.69/week. Current offer – pay ZERO until summer: get your first three months FREE!
- New accounts only (so use a new email if you’ve been a member in the past)
- CBS All Access – 300 points, cost not available (must try it free first) – Time for March Madness!!
- New memberships, 1 per household, active 90 days
Points Per Dollar
Many clothing and other retailers have closed their physical stores for now, but you can still shop them online!
- Xfinity TV Internet and Voice – 25 points per $1
- DiscountMags.com – 20 points per $1 (great time to buy magazines to help pass the time or to gift to elderly friends and family!)
- StitchFix – 20 points per $1
- Restaurant.com (discounted restaurant gift certificates) – 15 points per $1
- ValueMags.com – 15 points per $1
- Proactiv – 11 points per $1
- Burberry – 7 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Aeropostale – 6 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Medifast – 6 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Things Remembered – 6 points per $1
- Bass Pro Shops – 5 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Hugo Boss – 5 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Lululemon – 5 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Adidas – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Alloy Apparel – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- BCBG Generation – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Christian Dior – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Columbia Sportswear – 4 points per $1
- Cutter and Buck – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- iRobot – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Marmot – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Melissa and Doug – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Vineyard Vines – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point) – Get your preppy on!
- Ace Hardware – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Bed Bath & Beyond – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Bissell – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Crocs – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Hunter – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Hush Puppies – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- J Crew – 3 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Game Stop – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Looking4Parking – 2 points per $1
- Nine West – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- NFLShop.com – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Old Navy – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- OshKosh B’Gosh – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- BestBuy.com – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Eddie Bauer – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Home Depot – 1 point per $1 – Get some home improvement projects done while you’re stuck indoors this winter!
- Soma Intimates – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
Here is the full list of offers.
Let us know in the comments below if you are able to take advantage of one of these great offers!
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