New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly-Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier!

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It just got easier to earn free Southwest flights all across the US and Caribbean!  

As many of y’all know, I love the Southwest Companion Pass.  Because your designated travel buddy flies with you for nearly free (for up to 2 years!) on all your paid and award Southwest flights.

Now that the sign-up bonus for the Chase Southwest Premier card has increased to 50,000 Southwest points, it’s much easier to earn the Companion Pass!

Even without the Companion Pass, the welcome bonus is worth ~$715 in travel on Southwest.

New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier

Big Travel Is Sweeter With a Friend! Earn the Southwest Companion Pass and Your Friend or Partner Flies With You for Almost Free!

Let’s see what you can get with this card!  And how you can use the bonus for either cheap flights on Southwest or to earn the best deal in domestic travel, the Southwest Companion Pass!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier

Link:   How to Fly (Almost) Free for 2 Years on Southwest!

For a limited time, the sign-up bonus on the Chase Southwest Premier card has increased to 50,000 Southwest points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

You’ll also get:

  • 2 Southwest points per $1 you spend on Southwest, hotel partners, car rental partners, and points purchases
  • 1 Southwest point per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 6,000 Southwest points each year on your card anniversary
  • 1,500 tier-qualifying points after each $10,000 in purchases (up to 15,000 tier-qualifying points per calendar year)
  • No foreign transaction fees

The $99 annual fee is NOT waived for the 1st year.

New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier

Where Will You Go With 50,000 Southwest Points?

Note:   Each version of the Southwest card is considered a different card product, so you CAN get the Chase Southwest Premier if you already have the Chase Southwest Plus, for example.

And you can earn the bonus again if you’ve had this card in the past.  But only if you’ve cancelled it and you received the bonus more than 24 months ago.

If you recently (within the last ~3 months) applied for this card with the lower 25,000 point bonus, it’s worth calling Chase to see if they’ll match you to the better offer!

What Can You Do With 50,000 Southwest Points?

Link:   How Will Southwest’s New Award Pricing Impact You?

Southwest’s frequent flyer program is revenue-based, which means the number of points required for an award ticket depends on the cost of a paid flight.  And Southwest points are worth between ~1.25 and ~1.43 cents each, depending on the route and the date.

So 50,000 Southwest points is worth ~$625 to ~$715 in Southwest flights.  And almost double that if you have the Southwest Companion Pass!

New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier

Use Your Points to Fly to 1 of Southwest’s New International Destinations, Like the Bahamas

To qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.  And the Chase Southwest card sign-up bonuses count!

By signing-up for 2 cards which earn 50,000 points each, you’ll have 104,000 Southwest points (100,000 points in sign-up bonuses + 4,000 points from minimum spending).

You do NOT have to spend $6,000 to earn the remaining 6,000 points!  That’s because there easy ways to earn the extra 6,000 Southwest points!  Just make sure you do NOT make these 3 mistakes.

New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier

Share Your LUV of Travel When You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

With 110,000 Southwest points you can get ~$1,375 to ~$1,573 in free travel.  But because your companion flies with you for (almost) free, you’ll get double the value (worth up to ~$3,146).

That’s an incredible deal!  It’s 1 of the main reasons we fly Southwest almost exclusively in the US.

Plus, everyone always gets 2 free checked bags!  And if you need to cancel or change your flight, there are no fees.  If you cancel, you’ll receive a credit towards Southwest travel good for 1 year.

Remember, you’ll earn the bonus on Southwest cards only after the statement in which you completed the minimum spending closes.  Check out my post on how to best time your spending to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

If you miss the offer this time, the increased bonus usually comes around again every few months.  That said, 50,000 points is typically the highest sign-up bonus offered for this card.

Other Ways to Save With the Southwest Premier Card

Earning the Southwest Companion Pass with the Southwest Premier card also effectively doubles the value of the airline credit perk you get with the Citi Prestige card.

That’s because with the Citi Prestige, you get $250 in statement credits toward airline fees each calendar year.  Including airfare!

New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier

Use the Citi Prestige to Pay for Southwest Flights and Effectively Double the Value of Your Yearly $250 Airline Credit When You Have the Southwest Companion Pass

Because your companion flies with you for almost free, it’s like getting $500 worth of Southwest airfare credit when you pay for Southwest tickets with the Citi Prestige.

And because the Southwest Premier card is a Visa, you’ll have access to Visa Discounts.  Current deals include 15% off at Kohl’s and JCPenney.

Bottom Line

The sign-up bonus on the Chase Southwest Premier card has been increased to 50,000 Southwest points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

You’ll get ~$625 to ~$715 in Southwest flights from the sign-up bonus.  And double that if you have the Southwest Companion Pass!

This is a terrific deal for folks trying to earn nearly-free flights with Southwest Companion Pass!  Combined with another 50,000 point card, like the Chase Southwest Premier Business, you’ll get most of the way to the 110,000 Southwest points you need in a calendar year.

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17 responses to “New 50,000 Point Offer Makes Earning Nearly-Free Flights With Southwest Companion Pass Much Easier!

  1. When do you think this will run to, for those of us that want to wait till the end cause we just applied for a card(s), and want to cross threshhold in January anyway. Thanks!

  2. Any idea when and if the Southwest PLUS card will increase to 50,000?

  3. Program Terms and Conditions
    From the Southwest Airlines website:

    Points purchased for personal use or as a gift, transferred points, points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and Partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass Qualifying Points.

    Am I misinterpreting this section? Sounds to me like program enrollment points don’t count.

  4. There is absolutely no reason to be applying for this right now. Why would you get it now, when you can wait until December, get the card, and then start putting spend on it in January of next year? Then once you get the companion pass, you’ll essentially have it for 2 years instead of a year and maybe 2-3 months.

  5. Is there any easy way to call Chase and find out the last time one had this card? I don’t remember the credit card number and wanted to know if it had been more than 24 months since I got the card/bonus.

  6. Do you know the finer points on reapplying for these cards if you’ve had them before? Website says 24 months since you last received the bonus. Is it 24 months since the actual bonus hit your account, or 24 months since you last applied?

    I applied for two Southwest cards in October, 2013 and finished the $2,000 spend requirement in very early January 2014, earning my Companion Pass status with more spend later in January. Should I wait until February to apply again, or am I good to go in November–25 months since last applying?

  7. @Charles Amodeo – “Am I misinterpreting this section? Sounds to me like program enrollment points don’t count.” Yes, this part is what applies “(with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase)”. We got the Companion Pass this year by getting the Plus and Premier Cards when they had the 50,000 bonus.

  8. You can get the card in September to help qualify for the Companion Pass in January, if you do it right. Apply for it at the very end of September, your first statement will close in October, pay attention to the statement closing date and wait until your December statement closes, then finish your minimum spending. That will make you earn the bonus points when the January statement closes. Your 90 days start the day you apply, make sure you meet minimum spend in time for the charges to post to your account, sometimes charges will show as pending for a few days before they post.

  9. Can me and my spouse both get the card and have the 50k bonus credited to the same account and earn the companion pass this way?

  10. Hi I m a little confused and need some clarification about companion pass. If I apply for the cards now and don’t meet my 110k points Til jan 2016, is my pass still valid for 2016 and 2017? I know I will get my 104k points in 2015, spend additional 6k in January 2016, then I get my companion pass?

  11. Just checked the southwest website. when you click on the 50000 point offer for the Premier card halfway down that page is a place to click that asks “Not the card for you? See which Southwest Airlines Reward credit card is best for you.” When you click learn how it takes you to a page showing the Southwest Plus card version is now also offering 50000 bonus points.

  12. Hi I love your blogs. Last year after reading your blogs I applied for southwest premier and business card and got companion pass.
    Just wanted to thank you for all the efforts you and Emily put into this.

  13. you mention 3 different southwest cards but i only see two listed, the premier and the plus. what is the 3rd card?

    thanks.

    jackie

  14. Question: Is there a way to tell when the 50k bonuses will end? I really want to wait a bit longer before applying so I can have more time after the Dec. statements close. Or, do you think the offer will come back again by the end of 2015?

    Love this site, thanks so much!

  15. I received an email from Southwest stating the offer end October 7, 2015.

  16. For anybody still monitoring this thread, this link for the Premier card with the 50K bonus was displayed on an ad when using Southwest’s in-flight wifi:

    https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/mobileinflight?CELL=6WBN

  17. I applied for the business card, but I got denied. They said I opened up too many cards and I don’t have a valid business. What should I do? But I did get the Southwest premier card