[Disclosure: Emily and I get a commission for the Southwest cards in this post, but not for the Delta targeted offer (which is better than my link for only 30,000 miles). As always, the link is to the best offers for the card regardless of whether it pays a commission or not. You don't have to use our links, but we are grateful when you do!]
Update: The 50,000 point Southwest offer expired on October 30, 2013.
1. 50,000 Point Southwest Card
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
Thanks to all the readers for sending me a link to the 50,000 point Southwest card!
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.
2 Southwest credit cards and 10,000 extra points can get you $3,666 in Southwest travel and a Southwest Companion pass so that your companion can fly free (pay just the $2.50 security fee) for up to two years!
The offer is likely to be around until October 30, 2013. That said, you’re better off waiting to apply for the card until the 2nd or 3rd week of October.
That way, you have until the 2nd or 3rd week of January to complete the $2,000 minimum spending. This means that the 50,000 point bonus counts towards the Companion Pass in 2014 and if you earn the remaining 60,000 points in 2014, your Companion Pass is valid until the end of 2015!
But you can apply now if you have already earned, say, 50,000 Southwest points in 2013 so that you can get the Companion Pass in 2013. Or you can apply now if you’re not after the Companion Pass (but why?!)
There are 4 versions of the cards and each is considered a different product!
2. 50,000 Mile (Targeted) Delta Gold
I wrote yesterday about a targeted Delta offer for 50,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months. I also said that the current offer which pays me a commission isn’t such a great deal because you only get 30,000 miles and a $50 statement credit for any Delta purchase after spending $1,000 within 3 months.
I didn’t receive a targeted email, but I checked my targeted offer at DeltaAmexCard and was offered 50,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 3 month and a $50 statement credit after a Delta purchase!
This is the most generous Delta offer which I’ve seen! The Card Match tool used to have an offer for 45,000 miles after spending $5,000 within 6 months, which isn’t as good as my targeted offer.
50,000 Delta miles should get you at least 1 domestic ticket on Delta or $500 in travel on ANY Delta flights if you use the pay with points feature.
Emily got an offer for only 35,000 miles so your experience will be different!
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