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 January 15, 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). Also, Motley Fool is back up to an incredible 4,500 points, but does require a one year, $99 subscription. Additionally, Verizon Wireless is up to 4,500 points and AT&T TV and Internet is offering 3,600 points.
Gwynnie Bee is hanging on at 2,000 points, and Find Your Trainer is up to 1,800 points (from 700!).
The Economist is STILL at 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. Grab it before it goes away!
Also, a new addition is Turbo Tax at 1,000 points. Tax time will be here before you know it!
And it’s that time of the year for New Year’s resolutions, so if getting in shape or losing weight make it on your list, be sure to check out Find Your Trainer at 1,800 points (they send a personal trainer to your home :)) and WeightWatchers (rebranded as WW) for 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 — what a deal! Remember to cancel on time, or it’ll be $38.99+ thereafter!! Make a note on your to-do list and don’t forget ;-).
Blue Apron and HelloFresh meal-delivery services are both tasty deals at 550 points, and there’s a nifty way you might be able to score these points totally FREE! Lyn does have some free trials for HelloFresh, so send her an email or comment below if you’d like one.
Some other stores worth a look include:
- Stitch Fix – 20 points
- McAfee – 7 points
- Ace Hardware – 3 points
- Looking4Parking – 2 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. 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
- 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, 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 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 January 15
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 January 15, 2020.
Best Deals of the Week
The Economist, 1,400 points for $12
Turbo Tax, 1,000 points
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!
- Motley Fool – 4,500 points (up from 2,700) – 1-year $99 subscription, must be active for 60 days
- Verizon Wireless – 4,500 points (up from 3,600)
- AT&T TV & Internet – 3,600 points (down from 4,500)
- Sprint – 2,900 points (down from 4,500)
- BistroMD – 2,000 points (up from 1,600) #1 Doctor designed meal delivery plan. New customers only. Programs starting at $98.
- 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. Save up to $79 on your first month.
- 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. Eligible on new customers first paid and completed session. $50 off your first order.
- Verizon Fios (TV & Internet) – 1,600 points (down from 2,900 points)
- The Economist – 1,400 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
- Vinesse Wines – 1,400 points – Monthly wine subscription service
- Winc Wines – 1,400 points – (down from 2,100) Monthly wine subscription service
- 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) – Tax time will be here before you know it!
- 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
- Thrive Market – 700 points (down from 1,100 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.
- Wall Street Journal – 700 points, $12 for 12 weeks
- 1 per household, 1 offer per loyalty account; must be active 45 days.
- Blue Apron – 550 points (down from 900 points) – 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!
- HelloFresh – 550 points (down from 900 points) – This is Lyn’s FAVORITE meal delivery service. Her family orders it about once a month to get 3 meals to prepare and she has some FREE trials to give away (comment below or email her to get one). You *may* be able to earn the 550 points even with the free trial. See article on Blue Apron. Otherwise, it’s regularly $60 for 3 meals (each with high-quality meat; consider the grocery savings there) for the week. Current special: $90 off and free shipping.
- Good Sam Travel Assist – 450 points – Emergency medical and travel assistance with plans starting at $59.99 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. Use the shopping portal 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.
- WeightWatchers.com (now rebranded as “WW”) – 350 points – Digital plan $3.23/week, Workshop + Digital Plan $6.69/week, Coaching Plan $10.39/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
- Stitch Fix – 20 points per $1
- Magazineline.com – 15 points per $1
- Restaurant.com (discounted restaurant gift certificates) – 15 points per $1
- ValueMags.com – 15 points per $1
- Magazines.com – 11 points per $1
- McAfee.com – 7 points per $1
- Things Remembered – 6 points per $1
- Backcountry – 5 points per $1 (up from 4 points)
- Burberry – 5 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Hugo Boss – 5 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Alloy Apparel – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Clarks – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Cutter and Buck – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- JCPenny – 4 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Kate Spade – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Lands’ End – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Lululemon – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Marmot – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Vineyard Vines – 4 points per $1 (up from 1 point) – Get your preppy on!
- Wilsons Leather – 4 points per $1 (up from 3 points)
- Ace Hardware – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Athleta – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- 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)
- Hush Puppies – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Kohl’s – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Office Depot – 3 points per $1 (up from 2 points)
- Old Navy – 3 points per $1 (up from 1 point)
- Looking4Parking – 2 points per $1
- NFLShop.com – 2 point per $1 (up from .5 points)
- Michaels – 2 points per $1 (up from .5 points)
- 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)
- Home Depot – 1 point per $1
- 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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