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Update: Offer has expired.
Link: Southwest Credit Card
Per Slickdeals, today is the last day for 50K points on the Southwest Premiere cards….
The Southwest website says that it is the “Last Chance” to get the cards with the 50,000 point offer after spending $2,000 within 3 months.
The heading of the the 1st post on the FlyerTalk thread on the Southwest card says “Alive until 3/27/2013: Chase Southwest Visa 50,000 Rapid Reward points offer”
And this SlickDeals post says “Last day to get on this deal.”
What’s the Deal?
The Southwest credit cards are my favorite cards for domestic travel and are a great way for many folks to have Big Travel with Small Money within the US!
Emily and I travel almost entirely on Southwest within the US. And I earned a Companion Pass up to the end of 2014 which will let Emily fly with me for free ($2.50 security fee per segment) on both paid and award tickets!
We earned the Companion Pass in January 2013 and it is valid up to the end of 2014. Check out this post for all you need to know about the Southwest Companion pass.
You need to earn 110,000 points (within 1 calendar year from January 1 to December 31) to qualify for the Companion Pass.
The best way to get the Companion Pass is to apply for 1 Southwest personal card and 1 Southwest business card (for 50,000 points each) and then get the extra 6,000 points needed — after accounting for the $2,000 in minimum spending which earns points — to get the total 110,000 points for the Southwest Companion Pass.
2 Southwest 50,000 point credit cards and 10,000 transferred points can get you at least ~$3,332 in free flights if you redeem your points to travel with a companion!
Is it Really Ending?
My usual advice to folks is that the Southwest 50,000 point offers have been around officially on the Southwest website every 3 to 4 months for about the last 2 years! And there has been an active 50,000 point link to the Plus version of the card since about November 2012. So I wouldn’t go out of my way to apply for the cards today.
That said, I don’t know for sure if the 50,000 point offer will still be available on ALL 4 cards (personal and business Plus & Premier versions) in the next few days. The Premier version of the card seems to have the 50,000 point sign-up bonus less frequently than the Plus version.
I don’t know for sure if ALL the 50,000 point offers will still be available, but I’m pretty sure that at least 1 card will still offer a 50,000 point bonus.
But I don’t know which version of the Southwest card will still offer 50,000 points. If you’re after a particular version of the card, it could be worth applying now, unless you’re willing to wait for 3 to 4 months (which isn’t a long time away).