We asked how you use Southwest points to get Big Travel. And we received a lot of enthusiastic responses!
The giveaway is now closed. But if you’re looking for ideas for how to use your Southwest points, here are some suggestions from Million Mile Secrets readers!
Best Uses of Southwest Points
Southwest points are some of the best points you can earn for domestic travel. And even some international travel around the Caribbean and Central America! That’s because Southwest usually charges fewer points than other airlines.
And Million Mile Secrets readers know how to get the most from Southwest points! Lots of folks use them for trips for things like Disney vacations and business commuting.
They’re easy to earn, so they’re great for folks on a budget.
Reader Eric uses Southwest points to fly his wife to another city for a date!
And Asha plans to give her mom a much needed vacation.
Here are some more of your stories and ideas for using Southwest points!
I love that y’all like to use Southwest points to visit family. Emily and I like to do the same!
Lots of us have loved ones scattered around the US. Southwest points are a cheap way to visit them more often!
Million Mile Secrets reader Stan uses his points selflessly to book flights for his friends and family!
Kevin uses Southwest points to visit his new wife a few states away. And take her on surprise vacations! 🙂
And Dee uses Southwest points to help her family reunite once every couple years, despite a tight budget.
2. Companion Pass
Emily and I consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the best deal in travel. That’s because you can bring a friend along whenever you fly Southwest for just the cost of taxes & fees! That makes your Southwest points (or cash) worth nearly twice as much when flying Southwest.
Reader Michele uses the Companion Pass for fun weekends with her daughter.
Michael and his girlfriend use their Southwest points to support friends and family.
3. Beach Vacation
You can’t use Southwest points for flights to Bora Bora or the Maldives because Southwest doesn’t fly to many areas outside the US. But they still serve plenty of warm destinations down south!
Million Mile Secrets readers love using Southwest points for beach vacations.
Reader Nina plans to avoid the expensive Labor Day flights to Havana by using Southwest points. Great idea!
Other popular destinations include Aruba, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Florida, and the soon-to-be-added Grand Cayman!
Southwest gives travelers lots of travel flexibility. You can book flights long in advance and cancel them 10 minutes before takeoff for a full refund!
Reader Jennifer uses Southwest points for her grandmother’s fickle plans 🙂
And Shonuffharlem uses Southwest points to book his flights to Las Vegas. That way he can extend his stay if he’s on a roll!
Southwest also doesn’t charge fees for booking too close to your departure date. So you can use your points for spontaneous fun trips without paying extra!
5. Positioning Flights
Southwest flies to most gateway cities. That’s helpful for folks who like to book cheap international flights from major cities and need a way to get there.
For example, if you took advantage of the recent ~$224 round-trip flights to Europe, you can use Southwest points to fly cheaply to the cities participating in the sale.
Readers Becky and Mimi especially like to fly to Los Angeles and New York City to catch their international flights.
6. Transporting Equipment
Southwest gives each traveler 2 free checked bags. That’s a great perk, especially for folks who are carrying lots of equipment!
Reader Brian chooses Southwest when he plans a distant camping trip.
And Tari flies with Southwest when carrying scuba diving equipment!
Want More Southwest Points?
Remember, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio to Southwest if you have the:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- Chase Ink Plus (no longer available)
- Chase Ink Bold (no longer available)
So it’s easy to top off your account if you’re close to an award flight! Just remember, points transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest do NOT count toward the Companion Pass!
Plus, Chase has 3 Southwest credit cards:
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
- Chase Southwest Premier (small business)
The points you earn from these credit cards DO count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
Note: If you’ve applied for 5+ credit cards in the past 24 months, you will likely NOT be approved for any of these Chase cards.
Thanks to reader Chris for the positivity! Hopefully other folks will be inspired by fellow readers, too. 🙂
Thanks everyone for all your feedback, and showing other readers how useful Southwest points are!
What’s your favorite way to use Southwest points?