The Easiest Southwest Points You’ll Ever Earn

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The Easiest Southwest Points You’ll Ever Earn

Scott LiebermanThe Easiest Southwest Points You’ll Ever EarnMillion Mile Secrets Team

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I can’t believe more Southwest flyers don’t do this.  It’s so simple.  Just enter your credit cards into the Southwest Dining program.  And each time you buy a meal with your connected card at participating restaurants and bars — you’ll earn Southwest points!

I’m doing this and Southwest points roll in whenever I happen to eat at a place in the program.  Not only does this add to my Southwest points stash, it counts as earning activity and prevents my Southwest points from expiring.

Before I explain how many points you can earn with the Dining Program, here’s how to really ramp up the points.  Consider these credit cards for your restaurant spending:

You’ll earn the bonus when you meet the minimum spending requirement.

So the deal here is: when you pay with one of those cards, you get a bonus at restaurants.  AND you can enter the digits into the Southwest Dining program to earn Southwest points!

What’s great about the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® in particular is the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with them can be transferred over to Southwest.  So when you earn 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can instantly transform them into 1,000 Southwest points towards your next free flight!

I Collect Southwest Points in Many Ways, Including With the Dining Rewards Program. I Took This Photo in Cancun After Flying There With Points on Southwest

How to Earn Southwest Points with Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining

  • You enter your credit card numbers into the site.
  • You go to any restaurant on the list.
  • You pay with the card.
  • You earn Southwest points!

Two options:

  • 3 Southwest points earned per $1 when you sign up for email notifications from Rapid Rewards Dining or
  • 1 Southwest point earned per $2 when you don’t opt in.

Plus there’s a limited-time offer going on now:  Join Rapid Rewards Dining and earn up to 1,000 Southwest bonus points…  sign-up, opt into Rapid Rewards Dining emails, register your credit card, and within the first 30 days:

  • Earn 500 bonus points by spending $25 or more on your first participating restaurant visit.
  • Earn 250 bonus points by spending $25 or more on your second participating restaurant visit.
  • Earn 250 bonus points by spending $25 or more on your third participating restaurant visit.

Completing an online review is required within 30 days of each restaurant visit to earn bonus points.  (These are super easy.)

 

As an Example, Earn Southwest Points at ~800 Restaurants in the New York City Area.  I’m Proud/Ashamed to Have Eaten at Half of The Places on This Snippet of the List

Go here to join the Southwest Dining Program.

Bottom Line

Eat.  Earn points.  Enjoy free flights on Southwest.

Double-up on this promotion by paying with credit cards that earn bonus points at restaurants:

All 3 of these are great credit cards so you really can’t go wrong.  Everyone on our team here has either the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.  And I must say, that Savor card is really tempting me.  Also, none of these cards have foreign transaction fees so they’re great to use when flying Southwest to places like Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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You kind of missed the big picture here. The Dining Rewards Network serves ALL the major airlines programs. Same program, same restaurants. So you can earn Skymiles through the Skymiles Dining program, United miles through the MileagePlus Dining program, AA miles through the AAdvantage Dining program, Alaska miles through the MileagePlan Dining program, etc. There is also a Hilton Honors Dining and and IHg Dining.

Same restaurants same program. 5 meals (going on memory here.) will boost you to 3x miles per meal/11 meals will boost you to 5x miles per meal. There is an additional signup bonus, usually a few thousand miles/points, if you eat 3x within the first 30 days of signup. So DON’T sign up for all of them at once. Do them one at a time. You can also swap out credit cards as well.

Add authorized user cards to your list. For example, my dad eats out at least 10 times a month as my authorized user. Because he is a VIP user I earn 10 times UR points on his dining. Last year he earned me 60k points!!!

When doing the survey, ALWAYS say that you went to the restaurant because they were in the program. This keeps them wanting to be in the program. I never pay attention to it other than sign up and occasionally get some surprise points that I gladly take.

Thank you Mike for sharing this tip!

Having signed up for Rapid Rewards dining, and United’s Mileage Plus dining for a number of years, (they both feature the same restaurants) I’ve found I rarely eat at any of those establishments. I kind of started feeling like they were telling me where we should go to eat, instead of going wherever we really wanted to go.

Every so often, when we’re on vacation, I’ll find out later that we ate at one of the connected restaurants…in that regard, it works well, and is a nice surprise.

Hi Harry!

I think this is how I’d use it too. I’d sign up, but not necessarily use it as a primary source for deciding where to eat. And if I end up eating someplace that was on the list and earned me bonus points, I’d just take it as a nice surprise too.

I take a similar approach with special offers on my cards like Chase Offers or AMEX offers. I’m a pretty lazy guy, so even if I see an offer like “earn X bonus points for dining at XYZ restaurant”, I usually don’t see it worth my time to go out of my way to drive to that restaurant for bonus points that may only be worth a few dollars.

To each their own though. On the flip side, those few dollars worth of points can add up over the course of a year! My laziness just tends to get the better of me sometimes