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Great news! Via Deals We Like, you can now earn 50,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, and Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card cards after meeting minimum spending requirements.
Signing-up for 2 of these cards is one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn the Southwest Companion Pass – my favorite travel deal! Because a friend or family member can fly with you for (almost) free for up to 2 years!
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I’ll explain more about these cards and how they can help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Offers
You can earn 50,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier (Personal), Chase Southwest Premier (Business), and Chase Southwest Plus (Personal) cards when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
With all 3 cards, you’ll earn 2X Southwest points per $1 spent on Southwest, hotel partners, car rental partners, and points purchases. And 1X Southwest point per $1 spent on everything else.
Here are the details and perks that come with each card:
|Card Features||Chase Southwest Premier||Chase Southwest Premier Business||Chase Southwest Plus|
|Sign-Up Bonus||50,000 points||60,000 points||50,000 points|
|Minimum Spending||$2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account||$3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account||$2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account|
|Anniversary Bonus||6,000 points||6,000 points||3,000 points|
|Foreign Transaction Fees||0||0||3%|
|Annual Fee||$99 NOT waived the 1st year||$99 NOT waived the 1st year||$69 NOT waived the 1st year|
But Chase is unlikely to approve most folks for 2 personal cards at the same time.
And you can earn the bonus again from the SAME card if you no longer have it and you received the bonus more than 24 months ago.
Remember, Chase has tightened their application rules. That is, if you’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months (excluding certain business cards, like the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN), it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for most Chase cards.
Great Timing: Earn Almost Enough for the Southwest Companion Pass With 2 Card Bonuses!
With the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or loved one can fly with you for (nearly!) free for up to 2 years! It’s the reason both Emily and I fly Southwest almost exclusively within the US.
To get the Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year. And the sign-up bonus you earn with the Chase Southwest cards counts.
So, if you sign-up for 2 cards and earn 50,000 Southwest points each, you’ll have 104,000 Southwest points (100,000 points in sign-up bonuses + 4,000 points from minimum spending). Which is just shy of the points you need for the Companion Pass!
I’ve written about tips on 6 easy ways to earn the extra 6,000 points. And make sure you do NOT make these 3 mistakes!
Timing Is Important!
Just remember, the best way to earn the Companion Pass is to apply for these cards now because it’s late in the year, but make sure you complete the minimum spending in 2017. So that the points post to your account in 2017 – which will get you the Companion Pass for close to 2 years!
The timing is important! If all the points post to your account early in 2017, your Companion Pass will be valid until December 31, 2018. That’s almost 2 years of Big Travel with Small Money!
Have more questions about the timing of the Southwest Companion Pass? Check out these posts:
- Confused About Timing Your Spending for the Southwest Companion Pass?
- Stop! Don’t Make This Mistake With the Southwest Companion Pass!
- Why Now Is a Great Time to Get the Southwest Companion Pass (2 for 1 Flights!)
- Timing Your Spending to Get the Southwest Companion Pass for ~2 Years Instead of One!
- 10 Questions & Answers About the Southwest Companion Pass
- To Get the Southwest Companion Pass, It’s When You Earn the Points, NOT When You Spend the Money!
And don’t forget to read my post about how to use the Southwest cards’ 50,000 point bonus to these 11 international destinations!
Signing-up for 2 of these cards is almost enough points to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. With the Southwest Companion Pass, your favorite person can fly with you on paid and award tickets. It’s one of the best deals in travel!
And because it’s December, you can time your minimum spending so that the sign-up bonuses post to your account in early 2017. By earning the Companion Pass early in the year, you’ll get almost 2 years of nearly free travel, because the pass will be valid until December 21, 2018.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission on these cards, but we always tell you about the best offers!