Chase Southwest 50,000 Points (~$835 in flights) Credit Card is Back! [Expired]

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Many thank to Million Mile Secrets reader Shawn for letting me know that the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus personal and Rapid Rewards Plus business credit cards are again offering a 50,000 point sign-up bonus!

As always, I updated the Airline Credit Card tab so that you only find the best credit card offers on Million Mile Secrets.

Unfortunately, the minimum spending requirement has increased from $1,000 to $2,000 within 3 months.  Also, the Southwest Premier cards are still offering a 25,000 point sign-up bonus.

I love the Southwest cards because ~$835 in free Southwest flights makes this the card with the best sign-on bonus for domestic US travel!

Even better, the points from the credit card sign-up bonus have been counting towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best airline perk because it lets a companion travel with you for free whenever you travel on Southwest.  It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies free!

You need 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass.  I earned my Companion Pass in 2011 from 2 Chase Southwest credit card sign-up bonuses of 50,000 points each and from transferring hotel points to earn the balance 10,000 points.

Her’s an earlier post on how get the extra 10,000 points for the companion pass, once you get 100,000 Southwest points from the credit card sign-up bonus.

Companion Pass Strategy:

If you don’t have the companion pass currently, you can complete the minimum spending in January 2013 so that the points post to your Southwest account in 2013.  If you earn the Companion Pass in January 2013 it will be valid for the whole of 2013 and up to the end of 2014 for close to 2 years of free flying!

Of course, we don’t know if the points from the credit card sign-up bonus will continue to count towards the Companion Pass in 2013, but it has been counting so far.

If you already earned 50,000 Southwest points this year (2012), you could get another 50,000 points from a credit card and earn the remaining 10,000 points to earn the Companion Pass this year.  Companion Passes earned in 2012 will be valid up to the end of 2013.

The Companion Pass counter resets on the 1st of the year, so you’ll have to start from scratch even if you already earned 50,000 points in 2012.

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167 responses to “Chase Southwest 50,000 Points (~$835 in flights) Credit Card is Back! [Expired]

  1. How long do I need to keep my southwest cards? I applied in December 2012 and just received the companion pass. I am concerned that if I cancel too soon it will disrupt my companion pass-but I feel like I need to close them because I want to apply for two Ink cards. I am worried that having five southwest credit cards with chase will make me ineligible for two chase Ink cards. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • @BAM – They usually match to better offers within 3 months so send a secure message or call as soon as possible that you saw a 50K offer and can they please match to that offer.

      @Aly – How do you have 5 Southwest cards?! If you got the Companion Pass and the miles in your account, you can cancel the card, but I’d keep it open longer since you just got it. Perhaps you could close the Southwest cards you opened earlier instead.

  2. How long do you have to wait from having a prior Chase SW card (but having closed it down) until you are eligible for bonus miles again? I had one about 20 months ago I closed….thanks!

  3. In reply to rilys post that in January you got everything, I called SouthWest agent today and they said in the Terms and Conditions bonus points for signing for a card DO NOT count towards Companion Pass. Are you saying the agent on the phone was wrong, or maybe this is something they just added recently? I want to get both cards (I have a business too) but am worried I’ll do it all for naught.

    • @JT – Don’t call, but it still works. But ymmv.

      @AC – If you book revenue tickets, you get a credit (without any penalty), but have to use the credit within 12 months. If you book a ticket using points, you get the points back in your account.

  4. I don’t want to seem repetitive but my question is: If I cancel the SW Plus card I have now, will I be able to apply to get a new one and get the 50,000 points? Otherwise i will have to go for the Premier card and only get the 25,000 points and find a way to make up the other 25,000 points. or do I wait until the Premier card goes back to a 50,000 bonus? What do you think?

    • @MMFow – If you have the personal Plus card, you can’t cancel and get the bonus again. But you could get the business Plus card. I’d wait for the Premier card to have 50K points before applying. It usually happens every 3 to 4 months.

  5. I just read on DansDeals that in order to apply and receive the 50K bonus points for the personal and biz cards = 100k combined – you should ideally apply with two different RR numbers.
    What are your thoughts on this ?

  6. When applying for a Chase SW credit card for my wife, can I put my Rapid Rewards number in the box to get the rewards in one account?

  7. Hi –

    Does anyone know when this will expire?


  8. @Cory – It was expanded to include the Premier cards today, as well as the Plus version.

  9. Kenny –
    Thanks for that news! Do you have a link to the offer(s)?

  10. I got the personal Premier card in November but the 50k bonus points posted in January. A lot of people are mentioning getting multiple cards but aren’t always specific about which flavors they’re getting. I’d love to get the companion pass, but was under the impression that going for BOTH the Plus and Premier PERSONAL cards wasn’t going to cut it. I don’t have a valid excuse for a business card, so am I stuck trying to rack up the extra 60k points through spending/mileage bonuses?

  11. Hi- I am into this thread late so pardon my basic question.
    It looks like I should apply for the Premier and Busines Premier cards at the same time. Earlier in this thread “tryingtotravel” spoke of the “two screen method”. Assuming this means having both card apps open and applying at the same time in different windows, is the is the best way?
    It did not work for them.

    • @Al– You can apply for the cards one after the other, but will need to call the reconsideration department to get approved for the cards.

      @Daniel W – You can get the Plus vs Premier and business vs. personal cards.

  12. Does anyone know if Chase SW cards are churnable at all?

  13. @Daraius

    But can you ever get the bonus again for the same type (e.g. personal) and version (e.g. premier) of the card?

    For example, if I had applied for the Personal Premier and gotten the bonus. I could still apply and get the bonus for any of the other 3 SW cards, but I could never get the bonus again for the Personal Premier even if I cancelled it and then waited a set period of time (e.g. 12 months) before applying again. Correct?

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  15. Thanks Daraius!

  16. I think i might be confusing myself, but which 2 cards do I need to apply for to get the 100,000 miles. I know I’m suppose to apply for the SW Rapid Reward Premier card that has a 99 dollars annual fee, but which one is the second card that I’m suppose to apply for?



  17. I just successfully applied for both the Personal Plus and Premier card and received instant approval. 100,000 points with just $4,000 total spend, pretty cool !

  18. I already have 1 Chase card (Amazon) & just applied for the Premier card but not sure my next move. I thought I could sandbag points till Jan then cross the finish line to maximise this deal. But I realize now it’s per calendar year. Should I;

    1. Apply straight away also for the Plus & just go for it now this calendar year.
    2. Wait a period of time before applying for the 2nd card to up my chances of being approved for 3 Chase cards (I have excellent credit)?
    3. Cancel/Decline the Premier, then re-apply for both cards in Jan.
    4. Keep the Premier but not activate it till mid Oct, then not spend all $3000 until Jan 1st rolls around. Thus the 50k points aren’t “earned” until Jan therefore starting my companion pass calendar year in Jan. Is that possible?

    PS – Trying to use to pay my mortgage with a credit card but my biller Pennymac isn’t on their list. Do you know another way to hack this?

    Great blog! Many thanks in advance!

    • @AK – You could get the Premier business card or a Plus personal card as a 2nd card depending on your needs.

      @Tom – I’d go with either #1 or #2. YOu can’t do #4, because you have to complete the minimum spending within 3 months from when you are approved for the card. You could use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads to pay your mortgage bill.

  19. Thanks for the advise. I just got approved but I decided to gamble on option 3 except apply for both cards in Nov making it easier to hit the spending requirements in come Jan.

    I don’t have a business, which 2 cards would you recommend applying for and is it better to not apply for 2 cards at the same time?

  20. If you need the 50k miles bonus, I have an invitation for you. email me at This will help you get the 50k miles and help me take my kids on vacation this year.