How to Get Big Travel on Southwest With the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

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Through August 20, 2016, when you sign-up in-branch for the Chase Ink Plus and meet the minimum spending requirement, you can earn 70,000 bonus points. 

Or with our link you can earn 60,000 bonus points.  Then message Chase requesting a match to the 70,000 points.  Although I can’t guarantee they will!

And you can get double the value (over $1,900!) when you have the Southwest Companion Pass!

How To Get Big Travel On Southwest With The Chase Ink Plus 70000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Pack Your Bags Because I’ll Show You How to Get Big Travel With the Ink Plus Card and Southwest!

I’ll show you how to use the bonus for over $950 in flights on Southwest to visit family in the US, take a skiing vacation, a Caribbean getaway, and more!

The Chase Ink Plus Card

Link:   My Review of the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Offer

Link:   How to Fill Out a Chase Business Card Application

With the current in-branch offer for the Ink Plus card you can:

Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

And also:

Earn 5 points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year.  Earn 2 points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel each account anniversary year.  Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases – with no limit to the amount you can earn.

For folks who don’t live near a Chase branch or prefer online applications, the 60,000 point online offer is still a great deal.  

And don’t forget, you don’t need a million dollar business to get the card.  Having a for-profit venture such as regularly selling items on eBay, blogging, or being a freelance photographer could qualify as a small business.  So as long as you’re aiming to make a profit with your growing small business, it’s worth applying.  Because this is a great deal!

It can also be a good card to start with if you’re thinking about applying for other cards.  Because with Chase’s tougher approval rules, if you’ve opened more than ~5 credit cards within the past 24 months from ANY bank, it’s likely you will NOT be approved for most Chase cards.

Just remember, AMEX small business cards do NOT appear on your personal credit report, so they won’t hurt your chances of being approved for Chase cards.

And if you don’t have a small business, I’d suggest getting the Chase Sapphire Preferred instead.  It’s the #1 card I recommend for folks new to miles & points.  And here’s how to use its 50,000 Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus for Big Travel on Southwest!

Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Big Travel on Southwest

Emily and I love to fly Southwest, because everyone gets 2 free checked bags, they don’t charge change or cancellation fees, and there are no blackout dates on award flights.

And with the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can fly with you for almost free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years!  That’s why I think it’s the best deal in travel!  It has saved us thousands of dollars over the years.

How To Get Big Travel On Southwest With The Chase Ink Plus 70000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Using the Sign-Up Bonus From the Ink Plus Along With the Southwest Companion Pass Makes for an Amazing Deal!

You can get ~$973 in Southwest flights with the 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points sign-up bonus from the Ink Plus.  And almost double that if you have the Companion Pass!

And the Companion Pass is an especially great deal for folks in certain cities served by Southwest.

Because when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest, each point is worth between ~1.25 and ~1.43 cents, depending on when and where you’re flying.  You’ll also pay fewer points for an award seat when Southwest has a sale, because the number of points you pay is tied to the price of the ticket.

It’s also a great time to get the Companion Pass.  Because all 3 Southwest cards, including the Southwest Premier personal and small business versions and the Southwest Plus card, are offering increased sign-up bonuses.  You can read more about the Chase Southwest cards here.

Unfortunately, any Chase Ultimate Rewards points you transfer directly to Southwest will NOT count towards the companion pass.

Fun Ways to Use Your Southwest Points

Link:   Cities Where You Can Fly With Southwest 

You can fly on Southwest to over 97 destinations in the US.  And fly internationally to places like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico.  Here are ideas to spark your imagination!

Ski Trip to Colorado

How about a long weekend ski trip?

For example, I found a non-stop, round-trip flight leaving Atlanta on November 30, 2016, and returning from Denver on December 4, 2016, for only 11,370 Southwest points and ~$11.

How To Get Big Travel On Southwest With The Chase Ink Plus 70000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Use Southwest Points to Fly to Colorado and Enjoy a Weekend of Fun on the Slopes

With 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you’d have enough points to fly 5 friends or family members out to join in on the fun!  That’s because 6 tickets would cost 68,220 Southwest points plus ~$67 in taxes.

Those same 6 tickets would cost ~$1,189 if you paid in cash.  So you’re saving a lot of money with just 1 credit card sign-up bonus!

Escaping the Cold in Cancun

Want to visit the beach this winter?  You could fly from Baltimore to Cancun on Southwest using the sign-up bonus from the Ink Plus card.

How To Get Big Travel On Southwest With The Chase Ink Plus 70000 Point Sign Up Bonus

70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Is Enough to Fly Your Family to Cancun With Southwest

I found a round-trip non-stop flight out of Baltimore on December 2, 2016, returning from Cancun on December 9, 2016, for 19,584 Southwest points and ~$74 per person.  So the 70,000 point bonus is enough for 3 friends or family members to fly to Mexico (19,584 points X 3 = 58,752 Southwest points).  And you’d pay ~$222 in taxes and fees with a few miles to spare. 😉

The same 3 tickets would cost ~$1,127.  Meaning using Southwest points would save you ~$905!

A similar flight on United Airlines from Baltimore costs 35,000 United Airlines miles and ~$79 per person And it isn’t even non-stop!

One-Way Flights

One-way flights can be very expensive on airlines like United Airlines, Delta, and American Airlines, but not necessarily on Southwest.

For example, a one-way ticket from Houston to Las Vegas on August 27, 2016, costs 6,355 Southwest points and ~$11.

How To Get Big Travel On Southwest With The Chase Ink Plus 70000 Point Sign Up Bonus

A One-Way Ticket to Las Vegas on Southwest Will Cost About Half of the Miles You’d Spend Flying on Delta, United Airlines, or American Airlines

A one-way flight that same day on United Airlines would cost 12,500 United Airlines miles and ~$6 in taxes, or ~$133 cash.

With American Airlines, a one-way flight between Houston and Las Vegas costs ~$117+ or 12,500 American Airlines miles and ~$6.

And with Delta, ~$182 or 13,500 Delta miles and ~$6 in taxes.

Bottom Line

You’ll earn 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you sign-up for the Ink Plus card in-branch and meet the minimum spending requirements.

That’s enough for up to ~$1,000 worth of Southwest flights when you transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest!  

And using the Ink Plus sign-up bonus with the Companion Pass makes it an even better deal.  Because you’ll get almost double the value!

Check out Southwest’s route map to see where you can go!

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5 responses to “How to Get Big Travel on Southwest With the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

  1. Hi Daraius….. fascinating suggestion [edited] for the 60k chase/SW business offer [edited]. Understand you can’t guarantee that’ll work, yet do hope that readers who try this approach will report back here and let us know if it worked for them.

  2. I applied for the Ink Plus back before they extended the offer (and before they started hammering down their 4/24 rule for this card as well). I spoke with someone who assured me that I would be eligible for the match for whatever offer was available at the time of my approval. My statement closes in a few days and I’ll ask then about the match. I believe others have had luck with this approach thus far.

    That being said, even though I have the Companion Pass, I’m growing more and more upset with Southwest lately as it’s becoming all too common for flights to be delayed two hours. I feel like the only way to avoid that is by taking the first flights out, perhaps… Still a great value, but makes it hard to plan a trip around when you have to account for delays and possible missed connections. Craigslist has a section dedicated to Southwest.

  3. Hi! Do business cards counts towards the limit of 5 cards in 24 months? Or does Chase only look at personal cards for that limit?

    Thank you!

  4. @Mike it really depends. As is pointed out in the article, and I can add data points to confirm, Amex business cards do not show up on any of the three major bureau reports. But I also have a CitiBusiness Platinum Select card that does not show up on my credit reports. Now I had a Chase SW Business card back in 2013 that did show up on my report, but my Chase Ink Plus hasn’t so far (only a couple months old though). Either way I would count any Chase business cards toward the limit since Chase likely counts those regardless, but I haven’t seen any data points to suggest anything definitively.

  5. @Anthony Thank you for all the details! Much appreciated!