The Southwest Performance Business bonus is a very HIGH bonus for a Southwest credit card, and it’s a great option if you want TONS of easy points.
You can use the 80,000 points (after a $5,000 minimum spend in 3 months) to book free flights on Southwest OR if you want 80,000 of the 125,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass lets ONE person fly FREE with you for the life of the pass, which is good from the time you earn it until the end of the FOLLOWING year.
You’ll need to earn 125,000 qualifying points to score a full Companion Pass good through the end of 2021.
Because this is such a GREAT bonus, I’ve compiled 7 ways you can you the Southwest Performance Business card’s 80,000 Southwest points for FREE trips around the U.S. and the Caribbean.
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7 Ways to Use the Southwest Performance Business Bonus
From exotic vacations to trips to see family, here are some super fun ways to use the 80,000 points bonus (after $5,000 spend in 3 months) on the Southwest Business Performance card.
1. Earn the Southwest Companion Pass
Hands down, the BEST use of these points is to earn them so they count toward the 125,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
Not only do the QUALIFY for the points you need to earn the pass, you can ALSO use them to book FREE flights!
Pair this card with a personal Southwest credit card, all of which are offering a 40,000-point bonus after a $1,000 spend in 3 months, OR the Southwest Premier Business card (you CAN hold 2 Southwest business cards, but only 1 Southwest personal card), which has a 60,000-point bonus after a $3,000 minimum spend in 3 months, and you’ll have ALL the points you need for a Southwest Companion Pass good through the end of 2022!
Already have a Companion Pass? No worries.
Just use the points for free flights.
125,000 points on Southwest goes A LONG WAY.
2. Discover Hawaii
Southwest now flies to Hawaii nonstop from five California airports.
You could easily use these points PLUS a Companion Pass to get at least 2-3 people to Hawaii!
I recently flew my family from Chicago to Maui for 30,000 points for 4 people!!
Be sure to read our 13 Incredible Not-to-Miss Things to do in Hawaii.
3. Warm up in the Caribbean
Southwest flies to MANY great Caribbean destinations if you want to soak up some sun and gaze at the turquoise blue Caribbean seas.
Here are our top destination posts on Southwest Caribbean destinations from Mexico to the Bahamas to the Cayman Islands.
- Top 10 Unforgettable Things to Do in Nassau, Bahamas
- 10 Carefree Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas
- How We Flew 4 to Grand Cayman for $260/Person
- 10 Amazingly Sunny Things to Do in Cozumel
4. Visit a National Park
Want to see some of America’s most beautiful landscapes?
Then start visiting our incredible National Parks.
Southwest flies to many cities that are near to top National Parks like Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Zion and Glacier, so you can check them off of your bucket list.
Check the Go to Travel Gal team’s National Park Ultimate Guide posts:
- Ultimate Guide to Yellowstone National Park
- Ultimate Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park
- Ultimate Guide to Zion National Park
- Ultimate Guide to Grand Teton National Park
- Ultimate Guide to Bryce Canyon National Park
- One Day at the Grand Canyon South Rim Itinerary
- 7 Top Tips for Visiting US National Parks
5. See Your Favorite Football or Baseball Team
Use your points to see your favorite college or professional football or baseball team play live and in person this fall.
There’s nothing quite like the experience of a football game day at America’s colleges or watching a baseball game in historic stadiums like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.
We’re Notre Dame fans, so we always make the trek up to South Bend (I’d advise flying into Chicago on Southwest) every year to watch the Irish play and there IS NOTHING LIKE IT! So fun!
My family even used Starwood Preferred Guest points (now merged into Marriott Rewards) to watch the Chicago Cubs play from a luxury suite at Wrigley Field the year they won the World Series.
You can still use Marriott Rewards points to book a similar experience.
6. See the Grandkids
Miss your grandkids’ chubby cheeks? Want to catch your grandson or daughter playing their favorite sport?
Use your points to book a flight to visit for a few days and be sure to offer to babysit.
Their parents will THANK YOU!
I know many of my readers like to use their Southwest points to visit grandkids as often as possible :).
7. Fly to a Departure City to Get to Europe
Want to fly to Europe in the near future?
In my Families Fly Free membership, I teach a way to fly to Europe on miles, but it might require you to get to a larger city like Washington, D.C., Chicago or New York.
This can be a great use of your points to get you to a departure city where you can take advantage of lower rewards flights or even a cheaper cash fare to your favorite European city.
Reader Denis B. and his wife like to use their points EXACTLY for this purpose for their international travels.
How would you use the Southwest Business Performance‘s 80,000 points?
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