Wondering how you can transfer Southwest points to someone else?
Perhaps different members of your family have separate Southwest Rapid Rewards accounts where they’ve earned their own points.
Curious about how you can group them all together?
I’d got news for you: You don’t need to! And in fact, you don’t want to!
It’s not cheap!
But, good news, there’s also a trick you can use to avoid transferring points. I’ll tell you about that in a minute.
First, let’s talk about transferring points…
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How to Avoid Transferring Southwest Points as Much as Possible
If you want to avoid the nasty fee (more on that later) to transfer Southwest points, you first need to do one thing.
Collect most of your points in ONE family member’s account.
For my family, I collect most of our points in MY account. Why?
Southwest lets you book ANYONE with your points, so it’s much simpler (and I’m all about keeping it simple) to pool points in one account and book everyone from there.
Plus, if you book from one account, you’ll have one confirmation number, which means you’ll only have to check in once.
Very handy as opposed to checking multiple confirmation numbers at exactly the 24-hour mark before your flight departs!
While I try to collect most points in my account, there are times when my family earns their own points.
For example, sometimes we pay in dollars for a super cheap flight instead of using our points.
Or we might all take advantage of great Rapid Rewards Shopping deals in the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal to earn those points in our own Rapid Rewards accounts, like subscribing to the Wall Street Journal for $1 to earn 700 points.
In those cases, my family members each end up with points in their own accounts, which we, of course, would like to use for free flights, because Southwest points never expire.
The Cost to Transfer Southwest Points
At first, I thought it was no big deal that they accumulated some points in their own accounts, because I assumed we could just transfer those points over to me.
But when I went to make the transfer, I discovered it costs…
In fact, it costs $10 for every 1,000 Southwest points you want to transfer to someone else!
While this is much less than buying Southwest points, it still seems a very high price to pay just to transfer points.
With the value of a Southwest point sitting around 1.5 cents, that means it costs $10 to transfer $15 worth of points.
That’s crazy, so you want to avoid this if you can.
I’ll show you how…
2 Tricks to Avoid Transferring Points
If you want to avoid that unpleasant fee to transfer points, you can do one of two things:
1. Collect enough points in one account to book at least a one-way fare or one round-trip fare
This is what we try to do with my husband’s account.
Get enough points in there so that he can book at least one of the four of us on a one-way or one round-trip fare.
He is often my companion for the Southwest Companion Pass, so sometimes we use his points to book one of our kids’ flights.
He also holds the Chase Sapphire Reserve card (read my full review of that card) in our family, and we use that card to earn triple points on dining and travel expenses, so he usually has Chase Ultimate Rewards points that we transfer to his Southwest account to top him off to whatever we need to book a ticket.
2. Book a ticket for YOU and then add THEM as the Companion
Let’s say it’s just the two of us flying, instead of bringing our kids with us, but my husband is my companion so we don’t need to use his points to book a flight for him, since he flies FREE.
Instead, HE could book MY flight with HIS points and then I can still go into my account and add HIM as MY companion for that flight. Nifty trick, huh?
But there may be a time where you really want to transfer points to someone.
If that’s the case, beware the fee and here’s how to do it…
How to Transfer Southwest Points to Another Account
1. Log in to the Southwest Rapid Rewards account of the person whose points you want to transfer at Southwest.com
2. Select Rapid Rewards and under Manage, choose Buy or Transfer Points
3. Choose Transfer Points
4. Select the number of points you’d like to transfer (minimum 2,000 points required)
5. Enter the name, Rapid Rewards account number and email address of the person you are transferring the points to
6. Enter payment information
7. Confirm the purchase
8. Click to transfer Southwest points
Note: Transferred Southwest points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass (which lets you fly one person free for up to two years after earning 125,000 Rapid Rewards points), but you CAN use them to book flights for FREE travel.
Need more Southwest points? Here are my top tips for earning more points for FREE flights…
How to Earn Southwest Points
If you are like us and fly on points (ie nearly FREE!) most of the time, then you rarely collect Southwest points by paying for flights.
Instead, we earn most of our points in the following ways…
- Everyday spending on our Southwest credit cards
- Purchases and subscriptions in the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal
- Everyday spending on Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Rapid Rewards Dining
- Earning credit card referral points
Want more ideas? Check out my post below.
Earning Southwest Points With Travel Credit Cards
Did you know you can earn up to 140,000 Southwest points by applying for just two Southwest credit cards (1 personal and 1 business OR 2 business) and another 100,000 points, which can be instantly transferred to Southwest by applying for my favorite travel credit card, Chase Sapphire Preferred (read my full review of this card)?
You can also earn the Southwest Companion Pass by accumulating 125,000 qualifying Southwest points (including points earned from Southwest credit card bonuses).
The pass lets one person fly free with you for up to two years and is one of the ways my family flies free nearly everywhere in the U.S. on Southwest.
To Sum It Up
If you DO decide to pay for a flight and earn points in an account that doesn’t usually collect points, be aware of this constraint: IT COSTS to transfer Southwest points.
You can either pay the fee and consider it part of the cost of flying free or wait until that person has enough points in their account to book a flight on their own.
Have you had to transfer points between Southwest accounts? Did you pay the fee?
Want a quick way to get more points to book free flights on Southwest?
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- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Performance Business card (Small business: 80,000 points after a $5,000 minimum spend in 3 months; $199 annual fee)
- Chase Southwest Premier Business card (Small business: 60,000 points after a $3,000 minimum spend in 3 months; $99 annual fee)
These points also qualify for the 125,000 points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, so one person can fly free with you for up to two years.
Keep in mind you can only hold ONE personal Southwest card at a time, though you can hold two Southwest business cards.
My Favorite Travel Credit Card: Chase Sapphire Preferred
You can earn even MORE points for FREE Southwest flights by taking advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred, my FAVORITE travel credit card.
Its points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but can be transferred instantly to Southwest at 1:1 ratio and used to book flights.
- Flexible points transfer to Southwest instantly
- Earn 3X points on dining
- Earn 2X points on travel
- Get 60,000 points after meeting a $4,000 minimum spend in 3 months
- Pay only a $95 annual fee!
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