Southwest 50,000 Point Offer (~$850 in Flights or ~$500 in Gift Cards) Ends Tomorrow (Expired)

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Link:  Southwest Credit Card

Link:   All You Need To Know About the Southwest Companion Pass

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!

All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.  You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~$850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.

Our Companion Pass!

Our Companion Pass!

Emily and I travel almost exclusively 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.

That said, see this post whether you should get the Southwest Companion Pass now…or at the end of the year.

Last Chance According to the Southwest Website

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 official end date – according to emails and Southwest DING – is August 6, 2013 i.e. Tuesday (though sometimes a few links do live on).

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!  So they should be back in a few months.  And sometimes, even though the official links on the Southwest website aren’t for 50,000 points, there are links for a 50,000 point offer on FlyerTalk.

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.

Bottom Line

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).

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18 responses to “Southwest 50,000 Point Offer (~$850 in Flights or ~$500 in Gift Cards) Ends Tomorrow (Expired)

  1. I already have 3 chase cards (freedom, CSP, BP Rewards – only keep BP b/c it’s my oldest card.) Do I have any chance at getting this?

  2. Offer will be back in a few months.

    • @Mike – I can’t comment specifically, but if you don’t have any Southwest cards, it could be better to apply towards the end of the year to get the most out of the Companion Pass.

      @Dan – I mention that in the post!

  3. Does the three months start when the card was activated or mailed out? My wife applied for a RR card, but we were on vacation when it showed up, so the card wasn’t activated until a number of days until after it was sent. I tried to find an answer on the website, but no luck. I’m trying to figure out how much time we have to run the $2k through her card, as I’m also working towards CP on my own card but want to make sure we get the bonus on her card as well.


  4. Where is your SPG 30,000 points sign up offer instead of crappy SW 50,000 points?

  5. Husband and I are both retired we substantial income through investments/pensions, we already have to personal card, can we apply for a business card without being employed?

  6. Hi Darius. I love your website and have shared it with friends and family. I have applied for 2 SWA premier cards (personal & business), and they are under consideration. What reasons can I give the reconcideration line to issue me a new premier card for personal and business? I have had a regular SWA rapid rewards plus card from Chase, both the personal and business cards, since May 2013, but no premier cards. I also have the following cards from Chase opened within the past 12 months: Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Priority Club, Marriott, United, Airtran. The only difference I see between the regular and premier card is a higher sign up and bigger anniversary bonus (6,000 vs. 3,000 miles) I always pay my bills on time and spend a total of about $2,000/ month on cards. Thanks so much.

  7. Hi Daraius – When signing up for multiple cards (from different banks), is it best to sign up all at once during a brief period of time (e.g., 24 hours, or even less)? I recently signed up for 4 cards but I signed up hesitantly, one after the other, over the course of 5 weeks. My credit score then took a 9 point drop. Does signing up in an app-o-rama help with credit score impacts? Thanks.

    • @JD – It starts from when you are approved for the card!

      @dee – You should have a business or plan on starting one to be eligible for a business card.

      @Jeff – Thanks! The Premier card is better b/c there are no foreign transaction fees and you get a higher sign-up bonus. THat said, you do have a lot of cards, so it could be hard getting approved for these.

      @Steve – If you do 1 or 2 cards it shouldn’t matter when you sign-up.

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  9. how soon can you use the points? right after the 3 months? are there blackout dates? if not do you think this can be applied towards holiday travel in december?

    • @thestinger777 – You can use the points as soon as they are in your account. There are no blackout dates with Southwest, so you should be able to use them for Holiday flights in December (as long as they are not sold out).

  10. FYI you can still get the offer thru the chase website. Just go to, products & services, rewards credit cards, travel. Both the SW cards should be there with the 50k reward bonus. I just signed up for both the personal plus & the premier. I called SW to ask them to expedite the shipping of the cards (going out of town next week) and she expedited it to 3-4 days and also confirmed the bonus rewards on both cards. Thanks for your tips 🙂

  11. Daraious,
    I just started looking into free air miles 2 months ago and found your site. Thanks to your great info I applied for two personal SW CC. I had a lot of big purchases coming up so it worked out perfectly. My first statement just closed and I got my companion pass, my husband and I are going to Las Vegas in October and many more trips with our pass.. I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH! I have so much more to learn so keep up the great work and thanks for saving me money 🙂

  12. Does anyone know when Southwest will open up booking for Summer 2014? Currently you can only book until March 7, 2014.

  13. I applied for Southwest Card on 50,000 point online application, but was approved after August 6. I presume I will still get the 50,000 points, but nothing in the literature I received with card says anything about 50,000 points – should I be worried?

    • @Lele – Thanks! But the 50K offer is no longer available, but glad you were able to get it.

      @JM – That’s awesome and thanks for sharing!

      @nate – I don’t know the exact date, but will post when it is updated.

      @Roger – You will get the 50K offer if that’s what you applied for. You can confirm the sign-up bonus when you call to activate the card.

  14. Hello –

    Thanks for all the great info on your website! I signed up and was approved for both an individual and business Southwest Chase credit card. I’m one month into meeting the spending requirements, plan to be completed with them in September. My goal is to earn the Companion Pass. Here’s my question – I need to fly 3 people for Christmas from BWI to STL. Right now flights are about $250 RT or 15k points. If I completed my spending in Sept, when would I get the companion pass? Assuming it would be before Christmas, how much do you think the flights will go up between now and then? For instance, if by the time I get the pass, the cost of flights has doubled and are 30k points, I would spend 60k points on two flights and one free via companion pass, whereas, I’d spend only 45k points to buy all three now. Issue is, I don’t have 45k points and won’t have until my credit card bonuses come through. Is there an option for me to pay with cash now then get a refund by exchanging to points in the future? Do you have any other suggestions or insights to offer me? Thanks in advance,