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 November 20, 2019)
Any of the following offers can be a great way to earn a BUNCH of points that count toward the 110,000-125,000 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 — no surprise — is at the top of the heap (it does require an annual subscription, so you’ll want to read all of the fine print before signing up). If you feel like switching to Sprint, you can earn 4,500 points right now. Plus, AT&T TV and Internet and Verizon Wireless are tied with a hefty 3,600 points. Motley Fool has dropped back down to 2,700 points for a $99 subscription, and Gwynnie Bee (2,000 points, up from 1,600) and Find Your Trainer (1,800 points, up from 700!) round out the top tier with nice offers of their own.
The Economist has increased to 1,400 points which is the highest we can ever remember seeing it! This is for a $12 subscription for 12 weeks for print, print + digital or just digital if you want. You can also subscribe to Sirius XM satellite radio for just $30 for 6 months or $8 per month and score a sweet 1,100 points.
Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal remain steady at 700 points and each only cost $1! The WSJ deal is $1 for 2 months for their digital package. And Barron’s offer is $1 for 8 weeks. Remember to cancel on time, or it’ll be $38.99+ thereafter!! Make a note on your to-do list and don’t forget ;-).
Hungry? Order for the first time from Thrive, an online grocery delivery service, through the portal, spending a minimum of $49 (plus use a 25% off coupon code, so it’s actually less) and score 1,100 points right now. It’s normally only 700 points. Blue Apron also remains a tasty deal at 550 points, and there’s a nifty way you might be able to score these points totally FREE! (One Go to Travel Gal reader recently shared she scored more than a thousands points with a very small order on Thrive, too!)
Some other lookers include:
- StitchFix – 20 points
- Coach – 7 points
- Sephora – 4 points
- Bed Bath & Beyond – 3 points
- Old Navy – 2 points
- Lowe’s – 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. Almost everything is on here except Amazon!
- Walmart (Note: most categories are EXCLUDED from earning Rapid Rewards Shopping Points at Walmart.com, like groceries, etc., so buyer beware on this one 🙂
- Target (The same note above also holds true for Target; that means no grocery points 🙁 )
- Best Buy
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Dollar General
- Lowe’s 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, 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 110,000-125,000 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 November 20
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 November 20, 2019.
Best Deals of the Week
The Economist, 1,400 points ($12)
Sirius XM, 1,100 points (max $30)
Thrive Market, 1,100 points (minimum $49 order, but you get 25% off)
Set Point Amounts
- Medical Alert – 5,400 points requires a one year subscription with the lowest being $219.45, but if your loved one needs a service like this anyway, you might as well earn a ton of points!
- Sprint – 4,500 points
- AT&T TV & Internet – 3,600 points
- Verizon Wireless – 3,600 points
- Motley Fool – 2,700 points – 1-year $99 subscription
- Gwynnie Bee – 2,000 points (up from 1,600) – A subscription service offering hand-picked stylish clothing for women; requires a new subscription, which must be active for 60 days.
- Find Your Trainer – 1,800 points (up from 700 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 $54 each, but there is a coupon code on the portal to save $50 off your first order.
- Verizon Fios (TV & Internet) – 1,600 points
- Winc Wines – 1,400 points – Monthly wine subscription service
- Vinesse Wines – 1,400 points – Monthly wine subscription service
- The Economist – 1,100 points (up from 550 points), 12 weeks for $12, print+digital
- 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 – 1,100 points (up from 550 points) , $30 for 6 months, free activation.
- New subscriptions, active 30 days
- Thrive Market – 1,100 points (up from 700 points). Thrive Market is an online grocery retailer with organic products. Free 30-day trial membership, minimum $49 order, but you also can use a 25% off coupon.
- Bright Cellars – 1,000 points (up from 6 points/$1) – Give the gift of personalized wine! Eligible only on first-time wine club new memberships.
- Blue Apron – 900 points (up from 550) – This is a meal delivery service that sends you recipes and ingredients to prepare several meals weekly. Get $60 off first three boxes. Must be active for 45 days. See the post about how Lyn got these points without spending a dime!
- Babbel – 7oo points – Learn a new language for your travels and score 700 points, too!
- Barron’s – 700 points, $1 for 8 weeks
- Must be active for 45 days, 1 per household, one subscription per Southwest Rapid Rewards account
- Wall Street Journal – 700 points, $1 for 2 months
- 1 per household, 1 offer per loyalty account; must be active 45 days.
- Good Sam Travel Assist (NEW!) – 450 points – Emergency medical and travel assistance with plans starting at $45 per year.
- Yahoo Small Business – 450 points – Web hosting service
- Home Chef – 350 points – This is also a meal-delivery service that provides what you need to prepare meals at home. Enjoy meals with $30 off your first order and $10 off your second with meals as low as $7.99 and free shipping with a $49 purchase. Why not give it a try if you’re pressed for time?
- HostGator – 350 points, hosting packages as low as $2.75 a month.
- Hulu – 350 (down from 1,100; this normally sits around 700, so I’d wait until it goes back up again) – Just $5.99/month, paid subscription must be active for 45 days. Enjoy watching the “Handmaid’s Tale,” “Fixer Upper” and “The Great British Baking Show” ;-).
- WeightWatchers.com (now rebranded as “WW”) – 350 points – Digital plan $ 3.07/week, Workshop plan $6.92/week, Coaching $12.69/week.
- 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)
- New memberships, 1 per household, active 90 days
Points Per Dollar
- Xfinity TV Internet and Voice – 25 points per $1
- DiscountMags.com – 20 points per $1
- LifeLock – 20 points per $1
- Magazines.com – 20 points (up from 11 points)
- Stitch Fix – 20 points per $1
- Magazineline.com – 15 points per $1
- Restaurant.com (discounted restaurant gift certificates) – 15 point per $1
- ValueMags.com – 15 points per $1
- McAfee.com – 7 points per $1
- Coach – 7 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- CVS Photo – 6 points per $1 (for all those photo calendars and canvas photos you’ll be giving this year)
- Things Remembered – 6 points per $1
- eBags – 5 points per $1
- Shutterstock – 5 points per $1 (up from 4 points)
- Advance Auto Parts – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Avon – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Bugatchi – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Calendars.com – 4 points per $1
- Clinique -4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Coleman – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Cutter & Buck – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Elizabeth Arden – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Lands’ End – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Lucky Brand – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Lululemon – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Macys.com – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Marmot – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Melissa & Doug – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point) – Great for early holiday shopping for the kids
- My M&Ms – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- S’well Bottle – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 point)
- Saks OFF FIFTH – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Sephora.com – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- The Body Shop – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- The MET – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Vineyard Vines – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point) – Get your preppy on!
- VistaPrint.com – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points) – anyone need new business cards?!
- Wilsons Leather – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Aeropostale – 3 point per $1 (.5 points)
- Banana Republic – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Bed Bath & Beyond – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Coldwater Creek – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- DKNY – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- ECCO – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Guess – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Graco – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Hush Puppies – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Kohl’s – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- LOFT – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Men’s Warehouse – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Pier 1 – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Rack Room Shoes – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- StubHub – 3 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Kenneth Cole – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Michaels Stores – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Old Navy – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Overstock.com – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- shopDisney – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Vitamix – 2 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Anthropologie – 1 point 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)
- Foot Locker – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
- J.Crew – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
- J.Crew Factory – 1 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Lowe’s – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points) – Load up on fall mums and Christmas trees won’t be far behind!
- NFLShop.com – 1 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
- 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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