Credit Card Updates: Southwest 50,000 points, Hilton 50,000 points, & Virgin Atlantic 65,000 miles

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It is not all doom and gloom with credit card sign-up bonuses, despite one version of the British Airways 100,000 point card ending today.  Here are a few updates, and I’m sure there will be more good news soon.

1. 50,000 points Chase Southwest cards.  Traveling For Free lets us know that one of my favorite credit card offers – the 50,000 point Southwest offer is back!

The only difference is that you have to spend $1,000 on each card within 3 months (previously you received the points after the 1st purchase) to get the 50,000 point sign-up bonus which is worth $835 in free travel on Southwest.  The annual fee is not waived for the 1st year.

For most folks, this is the best sign-up bonus for domestic travel within the US, and Southwest is likely to fly to Hawaii and Mexico in the next few years.  With Southwest, you can book any seat available for sale using points, so it is very easy to use Southwest points.

Even better, the credit card sign-up bonus likely still counts towards the Companion Pass status which, in my opinion, is the best airline perk available.  So 1 business and 1 personal card could get you 100,000 points towards the 110,000 points needed for a Southwest Companion Pass.

Emily and I will be using our Southwest Companion Pass for 6 consecutive weekends this summer!

I’ve updated the Airline credit card tab with links to the 50,000 point personal Southwest Plus and Premier cards and the business versions as well.  It doesn’t hurt to ask to get matched to the higher offer if you applied for a version with a lower sign-on bonus within the last 3 months.

2.  50,000 point American Express Hilton Honors.  FreeFrequentFlyerMiles found an offer for a 50,000 point American Express Hilton card which expires on August 31, 2o12 & is better than the regular 40,000 point version.  As always, I updated the Hotel Credit Card page as soon as I found the link.

I like this card because it doesn’t have an annual fee and it gets me access to discounted Hilton VIP and AXON awards.

3.   65,000 miles (50,000 miles really) Virgin Atlantic.   I updated the link to the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic credit card.  You get 20,000 Virgin Atlantic miles after your 1st purchase, another 25,000 after spending $2,500 within 3 months and another 5,000 miles for adding 2 users to your card.

You can then transfer 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles to 100,000 Hilton hotel points.

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