Want to earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points so you, friends and family can travel free? One of the quickest and easiest ways to earn a batch of points is to sign up for a travel credit card offering a big sign-on bonus.
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But which travel credit cards allow you to earn points or miles toward Southwest flights? Here’s a list for you:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier (40-60,000 point bonus offer)
- Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Premier Business (60,000 point bonus offer)
- Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Plus (40-60,000 point bonus offer)
- Chase Sapphire Preferred (50,000 point bonus offer)
- Chase Ink Business Preferred (business card, 80,000-point offer)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve ($550 annual fee, 100,000 point offer)
Southwest Credit Cards
If you are working toward earning your Southwest Companion Pass, so one person can fly free with you for up to two years, only the Southwest-branded credit cards offer you Rapid Rewards points (Southwest’s frequent flyer program) that COUNT toward earning the pass. You’ll need 125,000 points to secure the pass.
Please download my free guide, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning your Southwest Companion Pass and Travel Free Around the U.S.” for more details.
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Other Travel Credit Cards
The other cards listed will earn you points, which you can transfer to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio (1 point = 1 mile) and redeem for flights. These are key to free travel once you have earned the Southwest card bonuses when they hit their peak offer of 40-60,000 points after spending $1000-$2000 on the card in the first three months.
After you have spent your 100,000+ miles on those cards, you can extend your free travel by signing up for one of the below cards when they are offering a bonus.
Note: Chase has only allowed me to hold three of their credit cards, so in case that happens to you, choose wisely. You will definitely need two Southwest Rapid Rewards card and then carefully consider which of the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Ink, you’d ideally like to have as your third card.
Many of the Chase cards offer more than 1 point per dollar spent on certain items, such as gas, gift cards and dining. So if you use these for your everyday expenses, you can continue to accumulate points for free travel beyond the card bonuses.
Using the two Southwest cards and Chase Sapphire Preferred, my family of four has traveled to six destinations in one year for less than $100 spent for all four of us per flight. I explain in more detail in the above free ebook.
Which card will you sign up for next?
- Everything You Want to Know About Chase Sapphire Preferred
- TV Version of How to Fly Free on Southwest
- Why It’s Easy to Fly Free on Southwest
- Southwest Credit Cards with 50,000-Point Bonuses
- 11 Ways to Meet the Minimum Spend on Your Southwest Credit Card
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