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New Trick: Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool!

New Trick: Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool!

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Lyn writes about how to fly almost free on Southwest at GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free guide to walk you through how to earn the coveted Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.  I asked her to share the latest feature on the Southwest Shopping Portal to help you earn even more Southwest points!

Lyn:   Southwest introduced new features that make it even EASIER to shop on the portal.  This comes at a great time as we approach the holiday season where many of us will be purchasing more than normal to earn as many points as possible to use toward future award flights on Southwest!

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
The New Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal Button Reminds You When You’re on a Retailer Website That Earns Southwest Points

Shopping through the online Southwest shopping portal is one of my favorite ways to earn Southwest points!  It is super easy, and allows you to earn points on items you buy anyway.  You can even stack points by making your purchases with a Southwest credit card.  Plus, unless they are described as BONUS points, the points count toward the 110,000 Southwest points you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Button

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Button

Southwest developed a button, or extension, you can add to your Google Chrome web browser to make shopping through the portal even more of a no-brainer.  It does NOT work for other web browsers, like Safari, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.

Whenever you are shopping at a website that allows you to earn Southwest points, the button pops up as a reminder and asks if you’d like to earn Southwest points.  Simply click “Activate, and any purchases you make from that retailer will credit at their Southwest points earning rate.

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
The Shopping Button Pops up When Visiting a Retailer’s Website. Simply Click “Activate” to Begin Earning Southwest Points!

Retailers typically offer between 1 to 20 Southwest points per $1 spent.  And when the button pops up, it will show the earn rate.

The button also appears in your Google results when searching for items.  It will list the earning rate next to participating retailers who show up in the search results.

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
Compare the Earn Rate at Different Retailers When the Button Appears in Your Google Results

How to Install the Button

Step 1.   Add the Button to Your Browser

If you use the Google Chrome web browser, visit this page on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal and then select “Get the button.”

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
Select “Get the Button” to Install It to Your Browser

At this point, you will see another pop-up that tells you to select “Add extension.”

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
Click “Add Extension” in the Pop-Up That Appears

Step 2.  Check If It’s Installed

You should be all set, but to double check, type Chrome://Extensions in your web browser, scroll down to the Rapid Rewards Shopping Button and make sure the box labeled “Enabled” is checked.  You can always disable or delete the button at any time by visiting this page.

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
Make Sure This Box Is Checked on the Chrome Extensions Page

Step 3.   Track Your Points!

Finally, you can click on the button on the top right of your browser at any time to see your recent purchases and the number of Southwest points you’ve earned.

New Trick Earn Southwest Points Shopping Online EASIER Than Ever With This Tool
Click the Button to See Recent Transactions and Points Earned

I use Google Chrome and love this button, because it helps me, who seemingly forgets everything :), remember to USE the shopping portal when I’m shopping online.  Why would I want to let free Southwest points pass me by?!

If you need help like I do to keep track of your online shopping portal purchases, check out my Southwest Toolkit, which includes a spreadsheet to track your purchases and the date by which your points should credit to your Southwest account.  That way, if they don’t credit, you can reach out to Southwest and check on the status.

Find the Best Deals on the Southwest Shopping Portal

Link:   Southwest Shopping Portal

Every Monday this fall, Southwest is offering increased points per dollar spent on different retailers.  Check back each week to see who’s featured.

Here are some of the other top deals on the Southwest portal:

Bottom Line

Don’t leave Southwest points on the table because you forgot to start your shopping at the Southwest shopping portal!  Download the new button if you have Google Chrome, and never forget to earn free points when you shop online! 🙂

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Earn unlimited points that don't expire as long as your card account is open
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions, Bags fly free® and no change fees
  • Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, gift cards, access to events and more

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