By Lisa Whitlaw
Now that we’re all staying at home more, we’re looking for ways to entertain ourselves, enjoy our families and our time together.
I’ve noticed that many of us are getting outside and enjoying the spring weather by taking walks, hiking or doing yard work. I, for one, am also enjoying a glass of wine on my deck with my husband in the evenings. It’s been so nice to chat, drink some vino and try to forget what’s happening around us for a little while. We have even had some neighbors stop by to wave and chat from 6 feet away :)!
Wouldn’t it be great if we could earn Southwest points for drinking wine? Well, you can!
With life as we know it changing rapidly, home delivery is becoming the way we do business for groceries, meals and WINE? Why not? There are many wine delivery options, and you might as well be earning Southwest points while enjoying your wine deliveries.
I’ve put together 8 wine delivery services that let you earn Southwest points when you’re a new subscriber. Seven of these options earn points that qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly free with you for up to two years. Only one option has points that are classified as “bonus” points, which means they do NOT qualify for the Companion Pass.
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If you earn your pass this year by collecting 125,000 qualifying points (read here how you can do that in just TWO steps!), it would be good until the end of 2021, giving you plenty of time to travel after we’re done being stuck at home ;-).
Using the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal
To earn points for subscribing to wine delivery services, simply go to the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal (learn more about how to use the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal HERE), make sure you’re logged into your Rapid Rewards account and type the wine delivery service in the search bar. Then, click through to the service from the portal in order to earn your Southwest points at no additional cost!
Points typically credit to your Southwest account within three to five days, but Southwest recommends reaching out to them if you don’t see them within about 15 days. Clicking “Contact Us” at the bottom of the portal to reach out to Southwest.
Also, be sure NOT to use coupon codes other than the ones provided on the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal; otherwise, you won’t get your points and that would be a bummer :(.
8 Wine Delivery Services That Let You Earn Southwest Points
Note: Points fluctuate in the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal, so they may have changed by the time you read this. Verify the number of points within the portal itself.
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1. Bright Cellars – 1,000 points
This company was founded by two MIT grads. Of course, they created an algorithm that matches you to unique wines based on your specific tastes! They even guarantee that you will love your wines or they will send you a free replacement :).
2. Winc Wine – 1,400 points
Take the guess work out of choosing wine. Complete a “quiz” and determine wines suited to your taste. Get 30% off your first wine delivery in the Southwest portal.
3. Wine Access – 4 points per $1
Wine Access say they have years of experience cultivating relationships with winemakers, giving you access to out-of-reach wines. Choose from red, white, sparkling, rose and even sake. Currently 15% off all wines when you start at the Southwest portal.
4. Wine.com – 4 points per $1
Wine.com offers a selection with thousands of wines from around the world at budget-friendly prices. You can even chat online with expert sommeliers. $10 off orders of $75 with code from the Southwest portal.
5. WSJ Wine – 5 points per $1
Specializing in small production wines picked by experts from from the Wall Street Journal, WSJ Wine lets you subscribe and receive 12 wines for $69.99. You also get two bonus 98-point red wines with glasses, and they give you tasting notes and serving tips with every wine.
6. Vinesse Wine – 1,400 points
This company specializes in hand-selected, limited production wines. They send wine tasting notes with each bottle and a guarantee that if you don’t enjoy it, they will replace it. Pricing is 6 wines for $6.99 per bottle plus 1¢ shipping.
7. Firstleaf – 900 Points
Using customer ratings to guide the learning process, the system they use can predict wines that match your tastes. Your tasting profile updates each time you rate a wine you’ve tasted. If you’re unhappy with any purchase, they will give you a credit. Member pricing is $90 ($15/bottle) per shipment, including shipping.
8. Laithwaites – 2,000 “bonus” points
This option is NOT available through the Rapid Rewards shopping portal, but is available through Southwest.com. And its points DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, because they are described as “bonus” points.
Simply go to Southwest.com, and log in to your account. Then click on Rapid Rewards at the top right of the screen and then Promotions. Finally, select Partners/Shop & Dine/Laithwaites. Phew! Got all that?
You receive 2,000 bonus points on an introductory wine club case of 6 top-estate wines for $39.99 plus $9.99 shipping and tax. You also get 2 bonus wines and 2 stemless glasses. Future club cases earn 1,000 additional points, as well as 3 points per $1 spent on non-club purchases.
Interested in getting wine delivered and earning Southwest points? Which option sounds best to you?