Chase Southwest 50,000 Points (~$835 in flights) Credit Card is Back! [Expired]

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Chase Southwest 50,000 Points (~$835 in flights) Credit Card is Back! [Expired]

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Many thank to Million Mile Secrets reader Shawn for letting me know that the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Business Credit Card cards are again offering a 50,000 point sign-up bonus!

As always, I updated the Airline Credit Card tab so that you only find the best credit card offers on Million Mile Secrets.

Unfortunately, the minimum spending requirement has increased from $1,000 to $2,000 within 3 months.  Also, the Southwest Premier cards are still offering a 25,000 point sign-up bonus.

I love the Southwest cards because ~$835 in free Southwest flights makes this the card with the best sign-on bonus for domestic US travel!

Even better, the points from the credit card sign-up bonus have been counting towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best airline perk because it lets a companion travel with you for free whenever you travel on Southwest.  It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies free!

You need 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass.  I earned my Companion Pass in 2011 from 2 Chase Southwest credit card sign-up bonuses of 50,000 points each and from transferring hotel points to earn the balance 10,000 points.

Her’s an earlier post on how get the extra 10,000 points for the companion pass, once you get 100,000 Southwest points from the credit card sign-up bonus.

Companion Pass Strategy:

If you don’t have the companion pass currently, you can complete the minimum spending in January 2013 so that the points post to your Southwest account in 2013.  If you earn the Companion Pass in January 2013 it will be valid for the whole of 2013 and up to the end of 2014 for close to 2 years of free flying!

Of course, we don’t know if the points from the credit card sign-up bonus will continue to count towards the Companion Pass in 2013, but it has been counting so far.

If you already earned 50,000 Southwest points this year (2012), you could get another 50,000 points from a credit card and earn the remaining 10,000 points to earn the Companion Pass this year.  Companion Passes earned in 2012 will be valid up to the end of 2013.

The Companion Pass counter resets on the 1st of the year, so you’ll have to start from scratch even if you already earned 50,000 points in 2012.

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If you need the 50k miles bonus, I have an invitation for you. email me at This will help you get the 50k miles and help me take my kids on vacation this year.


Thanks for the advise. I just got approved but I decided to gamble on option 3 except apply for both cards in Nov making it easier to hit the spending requirements in come Jan.

I don’t have a business, which 2 cards would you recommend applying for and is it better to not apply for 2 cards at the same time?

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@Tom – If you don’t have a business, you can only apply for the Plus and Premier Southwest cards.

I already have 1 Chase card (Amazon) & just applied for the Premier card but not sure my next move. I thought I could sandbag points till Jan then cross the finish line to maximise this deal. But I realize now it’s per calendar year. Should I;

1. Apply straight away also for the Plus & just go for it now this calendar year.

2. Wait a period of time before applying for the 2nd card to up my chances of being approved for 3 Chase cards (I have excellent credit)?

3. Cancel/Decline the Premier, then re-apply for both cards in Jan.

4. Keep the Premier but not activate it till mid Oct, then not spend all $3000 until Jan 1st rolls around. Thus the 50k points aren’t “earned” until Jan therefore starting my companion pass calendar year in Jan. Is that possible?

PS – Trying to use to pay my mortgage with a credit card but my biller Pennymac isn’t on their list. Do you know another way to hack this?

Great blog! Many thanks in advance!

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@AK – You could get the Premier business card or a Plus personal card as a 2nd card depending on your needs.

@Tom – I’d go with either #1 or #2. YOu can’t do #4, because you have to complete the minimum spending within 3 months from when you are approved for the card. You could use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads to pay your mortgage bill.

I just successfully applied for both the Personal Plus and Premier card and received instant approval. 100,000 points with just $4,000 total spend, pretty cool !

I think i might be confusing myself, but which 2 cards do I need to apply for to get the 100,000 miles. I know I’m suppose to apply for the SW Rapid Reward Premier card that has a 99 dollars annual fee, but which one is the second card that I’m suppose to apply for?



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