Southwest has a new targeted promotion for holders of a Southwest credit card that you may want to consider, but I’m not sure it’s really the best use of your spending.
I discovered this offer under the My Account/Promotions section of my account at Southwest.com on Friday, June 7. I’ll show you how to check and see if you’ve been targeted further below.
Southwest Credit Card Promotion Details
Southwest is offering the following to targeted Rapid Rewards members and Southwest credit card holders:
- Earn at least 10,000 Southwest “credit card” points (ie, those earned via spending on a credit card) between July 1 and October 31, 2019.
- Get a 25% point bonus of up to 10,000 Southwest points on qualifying points.
- Register between June 7 and October 31 to participate.
There was a similar targeted Southwest credit card promotion in January, which granted you up to 15,000 “bonus” points if you earned 35,000 Southwest “credit card” points within a similar time frame.
So for THIS promotion, if you earn the minimum 10,000 points by October 31, you’d earn an additional 2,500 Southwest points. These bonus points DO qualify for the 110,000 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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You could earn up to 40,000 points through spending on your credit card in order to earn the full 10,000 “bonus” points allowed (2,500 bonus points for each 10,000 points you earn on the card). That would give you a maximum total of 50,000 earned through this promotion.
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 10,000 points BEFORE your October card close date.
If you don’t know your card close date, it’s printed on your monthly statement.
Additionally, your card must be OPEN on October 31, 2019 to receive your points.
It will take up to 8 weeks 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, log into your Rapid Rewards account at Southwest.com.
Then click on My Account.
Finally, scroll down to the Promotions tab on the lefthand side and click. See if you have this promotion listed.
If you do, you’ll need click the yellow/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 a good deal UNLESS you are using your Southwest card to earn points that qualify for a Southwest Companion Pass good through the end of this year. Here’s why:
- There are plenty of other ways to earn Southwest points that qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass. Just have a look at my 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.
- To earn the points, you will likely have to spend between $10,000 and $40,000 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.
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 $10,000-$40,000 to responsibly spend, then go for it!
What say you? Were you targeted with the promotion?
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