Credit Card Updates: Southwest 50,000 Points (Expired) & US Air 50,000 (Really 40,000) Miles

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Credit Card Updates:  Southwest 50,000 Points (Expired) & US Air 50,000 (Really 40,000) Miles

Million Mile SecretsCredit Card Updates:  Southwest 50,000 Points (Expired) & US Air 50,000 (Really 40,000) MilesMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Disclosure:  The Southwest 50,000 point offer is better than the 25,000 points offer on the Southwest website.  The US Air 40,000 mile offer isn’t as good as the 35,000 mile offer, but BOTH are better than the 35,000 mile offer (which earns me a commission, but which you should NOT apply for).

1.   Southwest 50,000 Point Cards

On Wednesday, I wrote that the Southwest 50,000 point offers would soon not be available.  By Thursday evening all 4 cards were offering the usual 25,000 points instead of 50,000 points.

I wrote that “I don’t know for sure if ALL the 50,000 point offers will still be available, but I’m pretty sure that at least 1 card will still offer a 50,000 point bonus.

Well, it turns out that 2 out of the 4 cards are still offering 50,000 points!  As always, I updated the Airline Credit Card tab with the links yesterday.

I also wrote “The Premier version of the card seems to have the 50,000 point sign-up bonus less frequently than the Plus version.

And sure enough, there are links to the Plus personal and business cards with 50,000 points.  But not to the Premier version!

Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Colt for letting me know that the links on Mommy Points were still working for the Southwest Plus!

I can’t say how long these links will last, but you almost always get the sign-up bonus on the application page.

2.   US Airways 40,000 Offer

Million Mile Secrets reader Rob & Forrest (thanks!) emailed me with a link to a US Air card which offered 40,000 miles after your 1st purchase, but which doesn’t waive the $89 fee.

But the links to the 35,000 mile offer in this FlyerTalk post (& in the Airline credit card tab) are MUCH better for a number of reasons.

Firstly, you get the full 35,000 miles regardless of which version of the credit card you apply for.  With the 40,000 mile version, you risk being approved for a lower version and getting only 15,000 miles.

Secondly, the 35,000 mile offer waives the $89 annual fee.  That said, paying an extra $89 for 5,000 US Air miles could be worth it for some, but do the math for yourself.

Lastly, the 35,000 mile promises an anniversary bonus (though Barclays may not be issuing the credit card in a year because of the US Air & American Airlines merger).

BOTH these offers are better than my commission earning link for 30,000 miles.

PS:  I’m traveling so I won’t be able to get to the comments quickly!

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Hi Darius,

Just got a notice that the 50,000 points won’t be awarded, even though we spent the $2000, Because “the premium is available to new card members. Since you have taken advantage of this offer within the past 2 years you are not eligible”.

Any way around this?? Thanks!!

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@Kevin – I can’t really comment on whether you will be approved or not, but the current Southwest cards are different products than the ones which earned credits.

@jeff – You should be able to get a new version of each different type of card, but NOT for the same type of card again.

Thanks for your website. I’ve been reading for quite some time. I do have a question regarding the SW cards that I have not seen answered. I first obtained the Plus card before Southwest made the switch to points. I understand that you can get the 50k points since it is technically a different card according to Chase. My question is that if I were to cancel my card now, would I be able to reapply by the end of the deadline and still be approved? My last app for chase was on June 1st. Thanks for any help!

Thanks to your website, 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 !

How can I get approved for the Business Southwest card? I already have the premier standard.

Thank you! We weren’t going to get my companion pass 2014. This really helps.

Lisa

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