Credit Card Updates – Southwest 50,000 Point (Expired) Card Ends in 4 Days & More

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1.   Southwest 50,000 Points Ends in 4 Days

The 50,000 signup bonus for all 4 of the Southwest credit cards ends on August 6, 2013, i.e. in 4 days!

Our Companion Pass!

Our Companion Pass!

All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards have a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $2,000 within 3 months.

50,000 Southwest points is worth ~$835 in Southwest flights.  There are no blackout dates when you redeem points on Southwest, so you can book as many seats as Southwest is selling!

Points from the Southwest credit card currently count towards the Southwest Companion Pass – the best airline perk – because your companion can fly with you for free on both paid or award tickets.

See this post for everything you need to know about the Southwest companion pass.  I suspect that these cards will return around Thanksgiving, but I can’t guarantee that they will be back.

If you already have, say, 50,000 Southwest points which you earned in 2013, you are better off getting the Companion Pass in 2013.

If you don’t have any Southwest cards, you could wait until later this year to get the cards and have your points count towards the Companion Pass in 2014.  See this post on whether to get the Southwest card now or later in the year.  Though the points from the sign-up bonus could stop counting towards the Companion Pass at anytime.

 2.  50,000 Avios Points British Airways Card 

The Chase British Airways Visa has a 50,000 Avios point bonus after spending $2,000 within 3 months and now waives the $95 fee for the FIRST year.  This link doesn’t (currently) earn me a commission, but it could be useful for some.

Avios are good for short distance travel within the US, but they are quirky to use, so make sure the card is right for you before applying.  You could also wait for an offer with a larger sign-up bonus, but those usually have much higher spending requirements.

3.  Citi Thank You Preferred With 20,000 Points 

You get 20,000 points after spending $1,500 within the first 3 months on the Citi Thank You Preferred card.  The card has no annual fee, so it is a card which you can keep for a long time and build a relationship with Citi.  You also get 2x points on dining and entertainment, but I’d prefer earning 2X points on my Chase Sapphire Preferred for dining.

Each Thank You point is worth at least 1 cent when you redeem for gift cards or travel from the Citi Thank You portal, so that’s $200 in gift cards or travel.

There is a 0% APR for Balance Transfers and Purchases for the 1st 12 months.  However, there is a 3% balance transfer fee.  Please read this post on why you should be VERY careful with 0% APR offers.  You shouldn’t carry a balance on your credit cards unless you know what you’re doing!

You can use these points to buy flights up to any value, just as you would if you pay cash.  This is great for those occasions where you can’t use miles and points (inter-island flights in French Polynesia) or where you have no flexibility with your travel plans.

To be clear, this isn’t a card for folks new to miles and points since there are better cards to get started with.  But it could be interesting to some folks looking for something different.

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16 responses to “Credit Card Updates – Southwest 50,000 Point (Expired) Card Ends in 4 Days & More

  1. Daraius, regarding the Citi ThankYou card, there’s also a targeted offer in the mail for 25,000 pts when you spend 1k in 3 months.

  2. +1 to the C TY card for 25,000 pts

  3. How do you use “quirky” Avios points for domestic travel? Thanks much!

  4. Can SWA points be transferred to other airlines/hotels, or are they just good on SWA?

    And, I’d like to know about the “quirky” British Avios. Are they quirky for travel to Europe also?

    • @Fishing4Deals – You can redeem for flights within the US on American Airlines.

      @Nancy – While you can use Southwest flights for international tickets, they are best used for domestic flights.

      @Ian – I meant to say that it isn’t the best sign-up bonus card, but it certainly is a card worth keeping for a long time.

  5. “To be clear, this [Citi TY Preferred] isn’t a card for folks new to miles and points since there are better cards to get started with. ”

    Hi Darius, I’m not sure I agree. Having a few no annual fee cards you can hold long term for credit score and bank relationship is important. As you point out, this is a good card for that. Since the gist of the points/miles game is churn, or repeatedly cancelling cards, having a few cards you’ll hold from the start is something I would want if I were new to points. And this seems a good card for it.

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  7. Avios: they’re quirky because they are distance-based, rather than zone-based. So LAX to Puerto Vallarta is 17.5K Avios (via DFW) or 17.5K United miles. But DFW to PVR is only 7.5K Avios, while it’s still 17.5K United miles. Another example is LAX to Hawaii: 12.5K Avios vs. 20K United miles.

  8. Darius, on these credit cards that are waived/ free for the first year, then a annual fee the second year, can you just cancel the credit card at the 11 month mark, or does it somehow effect the bonuses/mileage you earned on the card? If you have already received and used the bonus miles for a flight, is there a penalty? Thanks!

  9. Hi Darius! my friend told me about you blog, it very helpful! i was gonna apply for southwest 50000 points but it expired already. please let me know when they have it again? thank you and have a great travel!

  10. I just got a targeted offer (email) that they just started a new round of this offer. It says:

    After you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account1 – as of July 1, 2013, 50,000 points is enough for 2 average roundtrip fares when redeemed for Southwest®’s Wanna Get Away® Fares. Government fees as low as $10 not included. Some roundtrip flights are not available for 25,000 points. $99 Annual Fee applied to your first billing statement.†

    DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER.
    Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card before September 15, 2013.4

    I should note that when I click the link it asks for offer number, etc.

  11. How often does SW have the 50K bonus? I want 2 flights for next March and was hoping to get the 50K sign up bonus before then. Would it be worth it to transfer pt from my ultimate rewards account?