Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
The 50,000 points offer on the Southwest credit cards was supposed to end on October 30, 2013, but thanks to readers for writing in that the links are still active!
This is my favorite travel perk and is the number 1 offer on my Hot Deals list!
50,000 Points Offer Extended
Link: Southwest Credit Cards
Now’s the best time to apply for the Southwest credit cards, because just 2 cards and a few extra points will get you a Southwest Companion Pass which is valid up to December 31, 2015. This means that your companion can fly on Southwest tickets (both paid and award tickets) for only $2.50 per segment!
You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass points (within 1 calendar year from January 1 to December 31) to qualify for the Companion Pass. And currently the 50,000 point sign-up bonus is counting towards the Companion Pass.
Here’s how you can get the extra 6,000 points for your Companion Pass once you complete the minimum spending on 2 Southwest cards.
All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months. Note that the Plus versions (at the bottom of the page) have a lower annual fee ($69) compared to $99 for the Premier version of the card.
You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for $710 to ~$850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.
Southwest Companion Pass
The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best ways to save money on airline tickets for travel in the US.
Why? Because your companion flies with you for free when you fly Southwest. You can book your flight with points or pay for with cash and your companion flies free (~$2.50 in taxes and fees)!
Southwest only offers economy seats, but in my opinion, Southwest is the best domestic airline. They have more non-stop flights, 2 free checked bags, friendly flight attendants, and large comfortable planes (no regional jets!)
It’s easy to redeem points for flights on Southwest because if a seat is available, you can book it with points!
You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st) to earn a Companion Pass.
However, the 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards are currently counting towards the Companion Pass (though this could change at any time).
The 50,000 points Southwest card offer is still active. I expect it to last until the middle of November based on the offer expiration date in the targeted emails which Southwest has sent to readers.
Now is the best time to apply for the Southwest credit card so that you can get the Companion Pass for the longest possible time – i.e. close to 2 years of almost free flying!