Can You Use 25,000 Chase Freedom Points for a $335 Ticket…On Southwest?

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Can You Use 25,000 Chase Freedom Points for a $335 Ticket…On Southwest?

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Million Mile Secrets reader DJ comments:

Can Chase book tickets on Southwest using the 25,000 points for up to $335 value ticket?

DJ is referring to the Chase Freedom airline ticket booking trick, which lets you use 25,000 Chase Freedom points to book a paid, round-trip ticket worth up to $335.

You Can Use 25,000 Chase Freedom Points for a Flight Worth up to $335…but Can You Book on Southwest?

How Does It Work?

Link:   Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom Airline Ticket Booking Trick

Normally, Chase Freedom points are worth 1 cent each when used for travel.  But according to the card’s terms and conditions:

In addition, credit card customers may redeem 25,000 points for one round-trip scheduled airline ticket valued at up to $335 through our toll-free number, where permitted by law.  Redemptions for this specific item have the service fee waived.

If booked online, a $335 ticket would usually cost 33,500 Chase Freedom points ($335 cost of ticket x 1 cent per point).  So this is a good deal!  Remember, you have to call Chase at 866-951-6592 to redeem points this way.

And if the airline ticket is more than $335, you can pay the rest with points (at 1 cent per point) or with a Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card such as your Chase Freedom.

But DJ wants to know if you can use this trick to book flights on Southwest.  That’s because you generally can NOT book Southwest flights through any 3rd party website (including the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal).  And they don’t even show up on search engines like Google Flights.

Southwest Prefers You Book Their Flights Directly Through Them, NOT 3rd Party Websites

I double checked the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal and indeed, Southwest is NOT included in search results.

I Called and Asked…and Guess What?

I called the number for booking travel using Chase Freedom points (866-951-6592).  In fact, I called twice just to make sure.  And both times, the agent confirmed that you CAN redeem 25,000 Chase Freedom points for an up to $335 round-trip ticket on Southwest.

Yes! You CAN Use 25,000 Chase Freedom Points for up to $335 in Airfare From Southwest!

One agent reminded me this could not be done online.  But booking this way over the phone, they’re able to buy the tickets for you directly from Southwest, then apply a credit using your 25,000 Chase Freedom points.

I learned something new today!

Is This Worth It?

Well, that depends.

If the Chase Freedom is your (AND your partner’s) ONLY Chase Ultimate Rewards point-earning card, then yes.  Because you’d normally only get a value of 1 cent per point for travel redemptions through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal.

With this deal, your points are worth at most ~1.34 cents each (assuming a $335 ticket / 25,000 points).

However, if you (or your partner) have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus cards, you can transfer your Chase Freedom points to 1 of those accounts and then transfer them to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.  And because Southwest points are worth ~1.43 cents each (sometimes more), you’re getting a better value.

Bottom Line

You CAN use the Chase Freedom 25,000 point booking trick for a ticket worth up to $335 on scheduled airlines, including Southwest!

Normally, Southwest flights are excluded from the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal, and other 3rd-party online booking sites.  But you can book them if you call Chase at 866-951-6592.

Thanks for a great question, DJ!

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If you can book on SW using UR points, then because Southwest does not impose any cancellation fee, it should be possible to use the full ticket value from cancelling a $335 SW ticket obtained using UR points for another ticket or tickets by applying the credit to the price of such ticket(s). As long as the credit doesn’t go to the travel agency or under its control, this should work.

CH – I have two Freedom cards, and I think I’ve read on the blogs of others with more than that. However, I didn’t apply for my second – I converted an unused Slate card via secure message. Unsure if you can apply for two; possibly (likely?) if your first is a MC when they are issuing Visa’s (or vise versa). Good luck.

Ever heard of anybody getting 2 freedom cards to take advantage of the 5x cats like gas for those of us with heavy commutes.

Remember, if your Southwest flight is booked via a travel agency (essentially what this would be) then any changes made to your flight would need to be via phone; you can not make the change as easily as you can direct on the website. Still, that probably wouldn’t be a big issue for most people, it’s just slightly inconvenient.

If the ticket purchased with these points EARNS points, then I think you should factor that into the calculations. A $335 business select fare could earn about 4000 points, which could be worth as much as $56. This significantly changes the calculations. Also, I assume these points would count towards a companion pass?

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