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My favorite credit cards are back! You can get 50,000 points or ~$710 to $850 in travel on Southwest airlines from the Southwest Premier card.
And all 4 versions are currently offering 50,000 points! Southwest has clarified that the sign-up bonus from the 50,000 points Southwest credit cards does count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
50,000 Point Southwest Cards
Link: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card
Link: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Business Credit Card
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards are currently offering 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 $3,666 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!
I just transferred Wyndham & Marriott hotel points to my Southwest account and they counted towards the Southwest Companion Pass! Note that some readers are finding that Choice hotel points are no longer counting towards the Companion Pass status. I’m digging into this and will post an update later.
There are 4 versions of the cards and each is considered a different product!
Note that you can’t get the sign-on bonus for the SAME card if you’ve had it in the previous two years.
For example, if you had the Southwest Plus card one year ago, you won’t be able to get the bonus for the same version i.e. the Southwest Plus card again. But there are 3 other versions of the Southwest card to choose from!
Southwest Premier vs. Plus
You pay a $99 annual fee for the Southwest Premier card, but you get 6,000 Southwest points each anniversary. Whereas you only get 3,000 Southwest points for a $69 annual fee with the Southwest Plus version of the card.
You pay no foreign transaction fees with the Southwest Premier card, but will pay foreign transaction fees with the Southwest Plus card.
The Southwest credit cards are my favorite cards! And one of the best deals for flying in the US, if Southwest flies to your city. Being able to bring a partner along for free with the Companion Pass makes it even better!
You can get ~$710 to $850 in airfare on Southwest, if you apply for 1 credit card. And if you apply for 2 cards, you’ll have 100,000 points towards the 110,000 points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass.