23% to 43% Discount on Southwest Flights for Southwest Card Holders

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Link:   Southwest Double Points Promotion

Earn double points if you pay for your Southwest flights with your Southwest credit card!  You have to fly between July 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013.

Southwest Double Points Promotion

Double Points for Chase Southwest Cardholders!

Banks want folks to use & keep their cards, but realize that they have to provide benefits  such as free nights, points on renewal, free checked bags etc. to justify the annual fee.  So I expect that we’ll see more offers like this which reward folks for keeping and using their credit cards.

You earn:

  • 12 points (instead of 6 points) per $1 on Wanna Get Away fares + 2 points per $1 for using the Southwest credit card
  • 20 points (instead of 10 points) per $1 on Anytime Fares + 2 points per $1 for using the Southwest credit card
  • 24 points per $1 on Business Select Fares + 2 points for using the Southwest credit card

Each Southwest point is worth 1.67 cents towards the cheapest Wanna Get Away fares, so you’re getting 23 cents back per $1 spent or a 23% discount – 14 Southwest points (12 base points + 2 points for using the Southwest credit card) X 1.67 cents per Southwest point-  for booking the cheapest Wanna Get Away fares.

This increases to a 43% discount if you book a Southwest Business Select fare, and use the points earned for the cheapest Wanna Getaway Fares!

$700 in Wanna Get Away tickets will earn an extra 4,200 Southwest points ($700 X 6 Southwest points).

4,200 Southwest points are worth ~$70 (4,200 Southwest points X 1.67 cents per point), which makes up for the $69 annual fee on the Southwest Plus business and personal card!

Restrictions

You can register & buy flights from June 19, 2013, BUT only flights flown from July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013 qualify for double points.

You have to register BEFORE your travel starts and you HAVE to use your Southwest credit card to book the travel on the Southwest website.

How to Register?

You can register by clicking on this link.  Or:

Step 1 – Log-on to Your Southwest Account

Click here to log-on to your Southwest account

Step 2 – Click “My Account”

Click on “My Account” in the right side of the screen.

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Click “My Account” on the Right

Step 3 – Click “My Rapid Rewards”

Click on “My Rapid Rewards” on the top of the screen

Click on "My Rapid Rewards" on The Top

Click on “My Rapid Rewards” on The Top

Step 4 – Click on “View All”

Click on the “View All” to see your eligible promotions.  If you don’t click on the “View All” you will only see 1 or 2 promotions.

Click "View All"

Click “View All”

Step 5 – Register

Register for the “Cardmember Double Points Promotion

Register for Double Points Promotion

Register for Double Points Promotion

You will see a confirmation after you register.

Register For Promotion

Successful Registration!

Bottom Line

Don’t forget to register for the double points promotion if you have a Southwest credit card and will be buying a ticket to fly between July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013.

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15 responses to “23% to 43% Discount on Southwest Flights for Southwest Card Holders

  1. travel can be booked now! from the small print: . Travel must be booked through Southwest Airlines between June 19, 2013 and August 31, 2013 with your Rapid Rewards Credit Card.

  2. Not sure if you care but your last name is showing on 2 of the pictures you posted.

    • @jb – I see “Purchase your flights through Southwest® with your Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card for travel between July 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013.” in the terms and conditions so you can register before July 1, but have to purchase the flight after July 1, 2013.

      @Jim M – My full name is on the “About Me” page too!

  3. The SWA CC will probably be my next Chase CC in my AOR. Gotta love SWA.

  4. Nope, JB is right. You can book travel now. Here are the terms at the bottom of the page:

    “Travel must be booked through Southwest Airlines between June 19, 2013 and August 31, 2013 with your Rapid Rewards Credit Card. Travel must be completed between July 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013.”

    Your quote can be read 2 ways: the travel must be completed between July 1 and August 31 or purchase between July 1 and August 31 so I think that’s where the confusion lies. The T&Cs at the bottom clarify this.

  5. Where are you seeing the Terms and Conditions? In the fine print on the promotion page it says: “Travel must be booked through Southwest Airlines between June 19, 2013 and August 31, 2013 with your Rapid Rewards Credit Card.” which seems to contradict the T&C.

  6. In a similar vein, I’ve received two emails in the last few weeks with messages enticing me to keep using certain credits cards this summer:

    Chase AirTran offering 4 credits for $1000 spending in July-August.
    Citi AA Gold offering 15,000 miles for $750 spending in each month of July, August, September.

    Neither is awesome, but each adds some reason to use these cards over any other if you don’t have a new card to spend on.

  7. @D, what do you think of the Chase Ink partnership with Expedia Business rewards program? http://travelwithgrant.com/2013/06/25/exclusive-chase-ink-cardholder-offer-expedia-business-rewards/

  8. Thank you. That will be very beneficial for Fall travel. Appreciate the step by step.

  9. Southwest has 4 separate promos going on right now. It appears you can stack them, but I haven’t tried yet. Fine print doesn’t mention any issues with stacking. If you were to book cities strategically, you could theoretically get 40-80% of the value back in bonus points, assuming you’re allowed to stack several of these. If SW gives one more promo, we can actually turn this into a profit center!

    Here are the promos:

    Into and out of Atlanta through July 25th – Double points

    Into and out of Denver or Milwaukee thru Aug 15th – Double points and double tier qualifying points

    Into and out of Wichita thru july 25th – Double points

    Rapid Rewards Cardmembers july 1st thru aug 31st – Double points – Member will receive 12 bonus points per dollar spent on Business Select Fares, ten bonus points per dollar spent on Anytime Fares, and six bonus points per dollar spent on Wanna Get Away Fares. Bonus points are in addition to the standard flight points earned through Rapid Rewards.

    PLUS:
    2% thru topcashback

    Sample itinerary I put together the other day:

    ATL-DEN
    $396 round trip Wanna Get Away

    Base fare + excise = $374

    $374 x (6 regular + 6 denver + 6 Atlanta + 6 cardmember + 2 for card usage = 26) = 9724 points ($156 worth of airfare) + $8 topcashback = $164 value returned to you after booking at $374 wannagetaway fare.

    Spend $396 get $164 back!

    Or same itinerary as a Business Select Fare, $718 cost, $696 is fare+excise

    12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 2 = 50 x 696 = 34,800 ($557 worth of airfare + $14 back from topcashback = $571)

    Spend $718, get $571 back, or 80%. THATS INSANE. You could look at it as flying for 20% of the normal cost.

    All this being said, I can’t guarantee that you can stack all of these, I’d ask a rep first, but I haven’t read ANYTHING suggesting you can’t. I know you can definitely stack one of the flights + the card, that’s a given, but the others are definitely worth trying if you’ve been thinking about flying to/from Atlanta, Wichita, Denver, or Milwaukee!

    Jake

  10. @Jake, if you begin to consider A-list bonuses and companion pass, this could actually produce some net gains depending on your travel frequency with WN.

  11. I have to take exception to the math. 23% back is a 1-1/1.23=18.7% discount.

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