Why is Everyone Applying for the Southwest 50,000 Point Card?

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Why is Everyone Applying for the Southwest 50,000 Point Card?

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I’m always curious to see which credit cards get the most clicks and for which cards folks are getting approved.

I don’t get your name or any of the personal information which you fill out on the application (that goes straight to the banks!), but I do know how often a link is clicked on and the number of folks approved for a particular card.

Why Is Everyone Applying For The Southwest Card
Emily Flies for Only $2.50 Per Flight With Our Southwest Companion Pass

Not surprisingly,  LOTS of folks are applying and getting approved for the Southwest 50,000 point cards from Chase.  Because now is the best time to apply!

The Southwest 50,000 point sign-up bonus ends in 1 week on October 31, 2013.

 Why Does Everyone Want the Southwest Companion Pass?

Link:   Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Everything You Should Know About the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best ways to save money on airline tickets for travel within the US.

Why?  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 (~$2.50 in taxes and fees)!

Some folks scoff at Southwest because they have only economy seats, but in my opinion Southwest is the best domestic airline.  What’s not to like about more non-stop flights, 2 free bags, friendly flight attendants, and large comfortable planes (no regional jets!)

Oh, and it is really easy to redeem points for flights on Southwest because if a seat is available, you can book it with points!

You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st).

However, the 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards are currently counting towards the companion pass (though this could change at any time).

All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.  You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for $710 to ~$850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.

2 Southwest credit cards and 10,000 extra points can get you ~$2,840 to $3,400 in Southwest travel and a Southwest Companion pass so that your companion can fly free (pay just the $2.50 security fee) for up to two years!

You get the Companion Pass after earning 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points a calendar year.

This is The Best Time to Apply


Because if you time it right and get all the 110,000 Southwest points to post to your Southwest account in 2014 (and NOT in 2013), you will earn the Southwest Companion Pass until the end of 2015.

That’s close to 2 years of almost free flying for your companion on both paid and award tickets! I earned my second Companion Pass on January 22, 2013 and it is valid up to December 31, 2014!

See this post for more details on how to time the minimum spending on the card to make the most out of your Southwest Companion Pass.

Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal for travel within the US and many Million Mile Secrets readers are applying and getting approved for the card.

Now’s the best time to apply for any of the Southwest credit cards because all 4 versions offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus which counts towards the Companion Pass.  And if you earn the companion pass in 2014, it is valid until the end of 2015.

Even if you don’t want the Southwest Companion Pass, just one Southwest card can get you $710 to $850 in flights or $500 in gift cards!

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I was approved for the Premier but was rejected for the business card. Called Southwest and lowered my credit line to $7000 on the card, applied for the second personal card and was just approved for Southwest Plus. My question as long as the final $2000 spend reaches the January statement, I am approved for the 50,000 per card. Will I have 4000 points from my spend on these two credit card? Do I then transfer points (from Marriott) to reach my 110,000 in January? Once I accumulate 110,000 points in my account in January, do they automatically send me the companion pass or do I have to do something?

me too… denied for applying too close together…I just got approved for the personal(yay) and denied the business…(boo) but I wouldn’t cancel the other, this isn’t about hurt feelings or anything….. (?)

I applied for the Personal Plus card a few days ago. Instantly accepted. Great!

I waited and 2 days ago, I applied for the Biz Plus card. I wasn’t instantly approved. Bummer.

I only had one other card with Chase, a Sapphire Preferred.

Not a big deal, I can transfer some of the credit line from the CSP and the new SW personal to the biz card. Right?

I call the appropriate number and amazingly I was denied for having two applications close together?!?!

I was so upset, I immediately called and just simply canceled the personal card even before getting it in the mail. Even if my credit score takes a hit from that I did not care. I wanted to spite them.

Maybe my problem was calling in the evening, 9pm, and the smarter and nicer reps have gone home for the day?

if you can remember which fee you paid, either 69.00 or 99.00 that would tell you which card you had,or by the color. you did pay the fee when you opened the card.

Another potential clue, did the annual fee used to be waived for these cards? If so, do you know when they stopped waiving the annual fee? We can’t remember if we paid the annual fee or not, but if there was one I am sure we would have applied for the cheaper card.

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