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

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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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@Ying Long: the same thing happened to me. I spent over 1K in my first month, but I did not get my bonus points on my 1st statement. I called the number on the back of the card, and the rep told me that it should appear on my 2nd statement. It did appear on my 2nd statement. I think your sister would get her bonus points on the 2nd statement. Credit card reps sometimes are very inconsistent since they only read what the terms say, and it does say 6-8 weeks for bonus points to post.

My sister applied the southwest rapid award card, and after first statement, she used more than $1000. However, her first statement did not show the 50,000 bounus offer points. She phoned Chase, they told her she needs to wait for 6 – 8 weeks, do you know any number at chase that we can call to expedit the process? we are waiting for the points to book a trip to FL.



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@Jacob – You’re welcome!

@Ying Long – If you spent the $1K towards the end of the statement, it will usually post on the next statement. I don’t know of any way to expedite it.

Awesome, thanks! (and thanks for your blog… you’ve helped me to nearly 500k airline pts since March!)

Is the Virgin Atlantic Link dead?

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@Charles @utdad76 – Thanks for confirming that the points still count towards the Companion Pass status.

@Jacob – It appears to be dead for now, but I’m hoping a better link will surface soon!

“Companion Pass Qualifying Points are earned from…points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards.” 50,000 points are issued to the SWA RR CC when the $1,000 minimum threshold is met.
This statement makes it clear that ANY points ISSUED on your RR CC will automatically count towards the Companion Pass.
This is why everyone who gets the 50,000 bonus points are seeing it count towards the Companion Pass:)

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