Southwest has a new targeted promotion for holders of a Southwest credit card that can allow you to earn up to 25,000 Southwest points that DO qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but read on to see if I really think this is a good deal.
Keep in mind that everyone who had a Southwest Rapid Rewards account as of April 1, 2020 now has a Southwest-gifted 25,000 points toward the 125,000 points they need to earn their Southwest Companion Pass, this offer COULD supplement that gift.
Readers are finding the offer under the My Account/Promotions section of their account at Southwest.com. We’ll show you how to check and see if you’ve been targeted further below.
We had a similar offer earlier this year running from April to June and they held a similar promotion last fall. The spring offer only earned you a 25% bonus on points, however, meaning you had to spend MORE on your card to net the max 25,000 points. So this IS an improvement.
Southwest Credit Card Promotion Details
Southwest is offering the following to targeted Southwest Rapid Rewards members who are also Southwest credit card holders:
- Earn at least 6,000 Southwest “credit card” points (ie, those earned via spending on a credit card) between August 1 and October 31, 2020.
- Get a 30% point bonus of up to 25,000 Southwest points on qualifying points.
- Register between July 1 and October 31 to participate (note: qualifying points don’t start until AUGUST 1).
For this promotion, if you earn the minimum 6,000 points by October 31, you’d earn an additional 1,800 Southwest points.
To earn the maximum 25,000 points, you’d need to earn ~83,000+ credit card points (mostly likely by spending ~$83,000 on your Southwest card! Read on to see why this may not be a good plan 😉). This is however better than the spring offer where you would have had to have spent $100,000 on your card!
These bonus points DO qualify for the 125,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly free with you. Normally, bonus points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.
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The Fine Print
There are some KEY fine print items to note here. First, you must REGISTER in order to get your points. More on how to do that below.
Namely, the points MUST POST to your Rapid Rewards account by October 31. Because points earned via credit card spending do not post until after the card’s close date, you’ll want to be sure you complete all spending to earn the bonus points BEFORE your October card close date.
If you don’t know your card close date, it’s printed on your monthly statement or if you haven’t gotten a monthly statement yet, you can message Chase from within your card account and ask them.
Additionally, your card must be OPEN and not in default on October 31, 2020 to receive your points.
It will take up to 8 weeks after the end of the promotional period (ie October 31) to receive your “bonus” points.
Points earned via a credit card sign up bonus do NOT qualify for this promotion, and the promotion is only valid for the person to whom it was offered.
Points DO qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but DO NOT qualify for A-List or A-List Preferred Elite Status.
How to Take Advantage of This Southwest Credit Card Promotion
To see if you are eligible for this promotion, click this link and then input your name and Rapid Rewards number and then select the orange Register Now button.
You can alternately log into your Rapid Rewards account at Southwest.com.
Then click on My Account.
Finally, scroll down to the Promotions tab on the left hand side and click. See if you have this promotion listed.
If you do, you’ll need click the orange button to “Register Now” in order to earn your bonus points.
Is This Even a Good Deal? Eh, Depends…
I’m going to weigh in that I don’t think this is necessarily a good deal.
- I do like that points qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but there are plenty of other ways to earn Southwest points that qualify for the Companion Pass. Just have a look at our Rapid Rewards Shopping Deals page for many options that add up quickly or you can book a hotel on SouthwestHotels.com and earn up to 10,000 points per night.
- You’d also be better off to take advantage of a sign-on bonus on one of Southwest’s 3 personal credit card options [compare them here].
- To earn the points, you will likely have to spend between $6,000 and $100,000 on the card, as most expenditures earn 1 point per $1 on the Southwest cards, except for Southwest purchases and those with car rental and hotel partners. That’s a BIG spend.
- If you’re going to spend that much and want Southwest points, I think you’d be better off using Chase Sapphire Preferred (my FAVORITE travel credit card; read my full review of this card) or Chase Sapphire Reserve (read my full review of this card), which at least earn you DOUBLE and TRIPLE points on travel and dining expenses. Then you can INSTANTLY transfer them to Southwest points at a 1:1 ratio. However, these cards’ points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.
- I’d rather see you earn your Companion Pass-qualifying points in a simpler, cheaper way.
If you don’t have either of the Chase Sapphire cards and don’t want one (even though these are my FAVORITE travel cards :)), and you’d like some more Southwest Companion Pass-qualifying points AND you have $6,000-$100,000 to responsibly spend, then go for it!
What say you? Were you targeted with the promotion?
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