[EXPIRED] 50,000 Points With All 4 Southwest Credit Cards = Lots of Flying!

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[EXPIRED] 50,000 Points With All 4 Southwest Credit Cards = Lots of Flying!

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Link:   All You Need To Know About the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest credit cards are my favorite cards for domestic travel and are a great way for many folks to have Big Travel with Small Money within the US!  Emily and I travel almost entirely on Southwest within the US.  And I just earned a Companion Pass up to the end of 2014 which will let Emily fly with me for free ($2.50 security fee per segment) on both paid and award tickets!

50,000 Point Southwest Premiere & Companion Pass
Our Southwest Companion Pass

Even if you’re not willing to apply for many credit cards, 1 or 2 Southwest credit cards can get you a lot of travel.  Just make sure that Southwest flies to an airport close to you.

The Southwest Plus (personal & business) credit cards have offered a 50,000 point bonus since November 2012, but the Rapid Rewards Premier cards (personal & business) only recently went back up to 50,000 points from 25,000 points.  You have to spend $2,000 within 3 months to get the 50,000 point sign-up bonus on any of the 4 Southwest credit cards.

What Are 50,000 Points Worth?

You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~$833 worth of travel on Southwest’s cheapest Wanna Get Away fares. 

$833 worth of flights on Southwest from just 1 credit card sign-up bonus is a great deal by itself.  Southwest has no black-out dates or restrictions so you can easily redeem points for Southwest flights.

Or you can redeem 50,000 points for ~$500 in gift cards.

Don’t Forget The Southwest Companion Pass!

But it gets MUCH better, because the sign-up bonus from the credit card (currently) counts towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

Emily and I have a Companion Pass and this is perhaps the best miles and points perk which we have.  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!

We earned the Companion Pass in January 2013 and it is valid up to the end of 2014.

Southwest flies to a lot of US cities, and will fly to Puerto Rico in 2013, and will eventually fly to a few international destinations as it absorbs Air Tran routes and to Hawaii later on.

How Do I Get a Companion Pass?

You need to earn 110,000 points (within 1 calendar year from January 1 to December 31) to qualify for the Companion Pass.

The best way to get the Companion Pass is to apply for 1 Southwest personal card and 1 Southwest business card (for 50,000 points each) and then get the extra 6,000 points needed — after accounting for the $2,000 in minimum spending which earns points — to get the total 110,000 points for the Southwest Companion Pass.

2 Southwest 50,000 point credit cards and 10,000 transferred points can get you at least ~$3,332 in free flights if you redeem your points to travel with a companion!

Check out this post on all you need to know about the Southwest Companion Pass which has got 409 comments so far.  Feel free to comment if you have a question which isn’t answered in the post!

Southwest Premier vs. Plus

The Southwest Premier card has a $99 annual fee, but gets you 6,000 Southwest points each anniversary compared to 3,000 Southwest points with the Plus version of the card.  The Premier card also has no foreign transaction fees unlike the Plus version which does charge foreign transaction fees.

Bottom Line

The Southwest credit cards are one of the best deals for domestic US flying if Southwest flies to your city.  Doubling your travel with the Companion Pass makes it even better!

Southwest is flying to Puerto Rico in 2013, and will fly to a few international destinations as it absorbs Air Tran routes and eventually Hawaii (possibly in 2015 or 2016).

At the very least, you will get ~$833 in airfare on Southwest with 1 credit card and with 2 cards, you’ve got 100,000 points out of the 110,000 points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Check out my post on the Southwest Companion Pass and leave a comment if you still have questions!

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Another question… do points I transfer from my Chase Sap Pref also count towards the 110? Just like how RR bonus points count…. thanks!

I just had a quick question…

I currently have 81k points towards a CP but it states that I have to meet the 110k goal by 12/31/13… I saw in your post you were able to meet the 110K in Jan and thus have a CP for 2 years (rest of 2013 and 2014)… how did you do the timing for that? If I meet the goal by the end of the year… would I also get the CP for two years? or would it just be for 1 year. Thank you for the clarification and help!

Really love all the work you have done here. Just a few questions…

So I have had the personal premier card for a while now and it is still active. I have not had the companion pass, and sadly i was not aware of it when i first signed up for the card.

My wife has applied for the personal premier (was accepted, card is here) but was denied for the business card (we have called recon twice and they are still not open to giving her the credit). Here are my options, I would like to hear your thoughts on them, any help would be great: 1. have my wife keep calling recon to see if they’ll change their mind; 2. have my wife apply for the plus personal card and try her luck at that; 3. apply myself for the business card and put her rr# on the app (haven’t seen much on this issue); or 4. apply myself for the plus personal and business card?

Thank you in advance!!!

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@petey – Your wife could just apply for the other card next year when the offer comes back. As long as the points post in 2014 from the card which you applied for now (start spending after your December statement closes), you can earn the remaining points in 2014.

Does anyone have an idea how long it takes for the bonus points to credit to the Rapid Rewards account? Awhile back I got a SW card with a 50,000 bonus . . . . . . I completed the qualifying spending one month ago. I still haven’t seen the bonus points credit to my Rapid Rewards account. I’d like to use the bonus points to book some Thanksgiving travel . . . . . but of course, the longer I wait for the points to credit, the higher the points cost of the award flights.


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@Chad – Check your Chase card statement online and see if the bonus has posted. If so, check to see that the Southwest number on the front of your credit card matches your Southwest number (sometimes they open a new account for you).

I applied for both cards earlier this year… Inexplicably got denied on one, but confirmed on another. I have since gotten two other SW offers in the mail. Am I only allowed to have two SW cards open at a time? Or is three a possibility if they are all different?

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@Morgan – There are 4 different Southwest cards – Plus and Premier with business and personal versions and I believe you can get the bonus for each type.

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