Car Rental Southwest Miles

If you’re a frequent traveler, an easy way to earn Southwest miles or points is via car rentals. There are currently eight different car rental companies that allow you to earn between 1200 and 2400 Southwest Rapid Rewards points when you rent a car starting at Some Southwest car rental partners also provide you a discount in addition to points!

8 Southwest Car Rental Partners

Southwest car rental partners include:

  • Alamo – Up to 2400 points
  • Avis – Up to 2400 points + 35% savings
  • Budget – Up to 2400 points
  • Dollar – 1200 points
  • Hertz – Up to 2400 points
  • National – Up to 2400 points
  • Payless – 1200 points + 10% off
  • Thrifty – 1200 points + 10% off

Most of these deals are good through January 31, 2018. The first 600 points you earn on each rental do qualify for the 110,000 points you will need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly nearly free with you for up to two years. Download my free ebook to find out how easy it is to earn the pass! The remaining points are considered bonus points, which DO NOT count toward the Companion Pass, but can be used for free travel.

Note: For Payless and Thrifty the fine print does not state that any of the points are considered bonus points, so the entire 1200 points may qualify for the Companion Pass.

How to Earn Southwest Points When You Rent a Car

  1. Visit the links above or go to and click on your car rental company of choice.
  2. Enter your desired dates and rent your car through the Southwest website.
  3. To earn the points, you will be charged an additional fee (what they call a surcharge) per day between $1-$1.50 and up to  a maximum $8.
  4. Make sure you meet the requirements of the promotion, such as number of days required and type of car.
  5. Pay with your Southwest credit cards and earn even more points! The Southwest cards let you earn double points on car rental purchases.
  6. When you go to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your Southwest Rapid Rewards number and be sure the rental agent has entered it into the system. You’ll also want to have any promo code that comes up on the screen when you click the car rental booking link.
  7. Your points should show up within a few weeks of completing your car rental.


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