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!
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
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.
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.
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.”
At this point, you will see another pop-up that tells you to select “Add extension.”
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.
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.
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
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:
- Texture Digital Magazine App – 1,100 points, $9 for 3 months
- Barron’s – 700 points, $12 for 12 weeks
- Wall Street Journal – 700 points, $12 for 12 weeks
- New York Times – 700 points, ~$23 for 3 months
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! 🙂