NOTE: This offer has EXPIRED and is no longer available from Southwest or Chase.
Southwest has updated the offers on the Southwest personal cards to grant holders up to 60,000 points within the first year after applying and getting approved for the card.
The deal ends October 16, 2019.
But, while I think you should DEFINITELY go for the 40,000 point-offer, I DON’T think you should opt for ALL 60,000 points.
Here’s why and a complete look at the NEW Southwest card offers.
The NEW Southwest Personal Card Offers
Previously, the Southwest personal credit cards each offered a maximum 40,000-point bonus after you are approved for the card and spend $1,000 on the card in the first 3 months.
The NEW offer allows you to earn up to 60,000 points on each personal card. Here’s how it works:
- Earn 40,000 points after a $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months
- Earn an additional 20,000 points after a $12,000 spend within the first year
End Date: October 16, 2019
The deal is good on all THREE personal cards, which include:
- Southwest Priority ($149 annual fee, 7,500 yearly anniversary points)
- Southwest Premier ($99 annual fee, 6,000 yearly anniversary points)
- Southwest Plus ($69 annual fee, 3,000 yearly anniversary points)
Read a full analysis and comparison of ALL Southwest cards HERE.
Why I Don’t Recommend Going for All 60,000 Points
Sure, 60,000 points sounds a lot better than 40,000 points, right?
And it is.
But … there are OTHER ways you can get those extra 20,000 points WITHOUT spending $12,000!!!
First off, if you have the ability to spend $12,000 in a year AND put it on a credit card without going into debt, I would MUCH rather see you use a card that earns you MORE points per $1.
For example, Chase Sapphire Preferred (read my full review of this card) lets you earn 2X points for dining and travel expenses, and Chase Sapphire Reserve (read my full review of this card) lets you earn 3X points for dining and travel. Then, you can move those points DIRECTLY over to Southwest to use to book free flights. THEY DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE SOUTHWEST COMPANION PASS, HOWEVER.
Other option (and there are many) would be to use Capital One Venture Rewards (it’s part of my recommended Travel Credit Card Plan), to earn 2X points on ALL purchases. You can then use those points as a credit toward ANY travel expense, including vacation rentals, car rentals, boutique hotels without loyalty programs, etc.
That’s a MUCH better return on your $12,000 in my opinion. Because, if you REALLY want those 20,000 Southwest points that qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass … you can still get them for A LOT less.
How to Alternately Earn 20,000 Southwest Points That Qualify for the Companion Pass
You TOTALLY do NOT have to spend $12,000 to earn 20,000 Southwest Companion Pass-qualifying points!
What IS the Southwest Companion Pass? It’s an AMAZING pass that lets 1 person fly FREE with you on Southwest from the time you earn it until the END of the FOLLOWING year.
Download my free guide with 10 things you MUST know to earn the Southwest Companion Pass below:
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Here’s an easy plan for earning another 20,000 Southwest points that ALSO qualify for the Companion Pass without spending $12,000:
- Book a hotel through SouthwestHotels.com, and choose one that earns 10,000 points per night (If you find a lower price elsewhere online, they will match it!) Price estimate roughly $175 for 1 night – 10,000 points!
- Subscribe to Motley Fool for $99 in the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal (see more deals like this on my weekly Rapid Rewards Shopping Deals round-up) – 5,400 points (points range from 3,600 to 5,400 points for this deal
- Subscribe to the Economist for $12 in the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal – 1,100 points (ranges from 900 to 1,100 points for this deal)
- Subscribe to Barron’s for $12 in the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal – 700 points
- Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal for $1 in the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal – 700 points
- Subscribe to Winc Wines monthly wine delivery service for roughly $40 for your first box (You get $20 off through Southwest) – 2,100 points
Total points: 20,000
Total spent: Roughly $340
That’s a LOT better than $12,000 AND you still got your 20,000 qualifying Southwest points. Just sayin’ ;-).
Better Yet, Here’s How to Easily Earn 80,000 Southwest Points for Less
You know what? You can ALSO earn 80,000 Southwest points for a LOT less than $12,000! But this deal, too, ENDS October 16, 2019.
The NEW Southwest Performance Business card currently has an 80,000-point bonus after spending $5,000 in the first three months. It comes with a $199 annual fee.
That is the HIGHEST offer we’ve ever seen on a Southwest card.
I mean, $5,000 (plus $199 for the annual fee) isn’t chump change, but it’s less than half of $12,000 AND it nets you FOUR times as many points!
Don’t think you’re eligible for a business card? Think again!
Read my full review of this card and how ANYONE can be approved!!
AND… here’s 7 amazing ways to use those 80,000 points :-).
So what do you think of this deal?
Better than the other one?
Let’s hear what you think!
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