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Update: Offer has expired.
Link: Southwest Credit Card
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.
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.
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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