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Via Go to Travel Gal, on October 4, 2017, the limited-time increased sign-up bonuses on the Chase Southwest Plus and Chase Southwest Premier cards are ending.  And we’ve confirmed this news with Chase representatives.

So if you’re thinking about applying for either of the cards to earn the coveted Southwest Companion Pass, you must do so sooner rather than later!

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Southwest 60,000 Point Offers Ending Soon

Link:   Easily Earn the Southwest Companion Pass! All 3 Southwest Cards Offering 60,000 Points

Link:   Southwest Companion Pass

The increased sign-up bonuses on the Chase Southwest Plus and Chase Southwest Premier personal cards are ending October 4, 2017.  And without the bigger bonuses, it will be harder to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

With the current deals on the Chase Southwest Plus and Chase Southwest Premier cards (ending October 4, 2017!), you’ll earn 60,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.

And with the Chase Southwest Premier small business card, you’ll earn 60,000 Southwest points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

By earning the bigger bonus from 1 personal and 1 small business Southwest card, you’ll have more than the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  Which I consider to be the best deal in travel!

The annual fees for these cards are NOT waived the first year.  Here’s a reminder of what to expect with each card:

 Southwest Premier CardSouthwest Premier Business CardSouthwest Plus CardSouthwest Priority Card
Spending• 2X Southwest points with Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
• 1X Southwest points on all other purchases
• 2X Southwest points with Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
• 1X Southwest points on all other purchases
• 2X Southwest points with Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
• 1X Southwest points on all other purchases
• 2X points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards car and hotel purchases
• 1X point per $1 on all other purchases
Anniversary Points6,0006,0003,0007,500
Foreign Transaction FeesNoneNone3%None
Annual Fee$99$99$69$149
Note:   If you’ve opened 5+ cards from any bank (NOT counting Chase business cards and these other business cards) in the past 24 months, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for this offer.

Earning the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   Step-by-Step Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass

With the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can travel with you for (nearly) free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years!

To qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, you’ll need to earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points in a calendar year.

So by opening 2 Chase Southwest cards with increased 60,000 Southwest point bonuses,  you’ll have more than enough Southwest points to qualify for the Companion Pass (60,000 point bonus X 2 cards = 120,000 Southwest points).

Bottom Line

The increased 60,000 Southwest point offers for both Chase Southwest personal credit cards will end on October 4, 2017.  So there are only a few weeks left to apply!

By opening 2 cards, you’ll earn more than enough Southwest points to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.  And with the Companion Pass, a friend or family member can fly with you for nearly free for up to 2 years.

It’s the best deal in travel!

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Would it work to apply for the cards on Oct 2/3 and then wait until January 1/2 to put all the spend on the cards? That way you could have the pass for nearly 2 years!

Also, Chase is giving people 115 days to get signup bonuses. I just got a CSP on 9/18 and have until 1/11 to get my 4k spend.

To be clear, you don’t have to wait to start using the card….. just make sure you don’t tip over the $2000 ($3000 for business cards) minspend threshold until the Jan statement, so that the bonus points hit in January…. right? (Unless you have a major purchase and can hit the minspend quickly so that everything hits in Jan)

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Y’all are right! Thanks for sharing your expertise too, Renee.

Is the 3 month period typically exactly 90 days? and how would you suggest approaching the applications? Business card then personal or vice versa?

You could apply in October and wait until your December statement closes, then make your minumum spend. For instance if your statement closes December 18th, then on the 19th you can begin making your spend. Those points earned after your December statement closes will not hit your account until you January statement closes. If your statement closes late in the month, and you want your points to post early in January, you can request that Chase change your statement closing date to 2nd or 3rd of the month.

If you apply oct 2,3,4 would your Nov statement be more like Nov 4, then Dec 4 or few days later anyway??

So will I have 2yrs of comp pass this way? 2018/19

Needed to spend $1900 more than spending to hit spending targets to earn the 110k points for a companion pass. Its achievable!

I took advantage of this offer for my first mileage reward plan.

Oddly enough, I didn’t hit 110k miles with the spending for bonuses alone.

It turned out to be needing $1900 more to earn the companion pass, but charging one large purchase took care of that.

I applied and was approved for the plus and the premiere card today, October 1. Does that mean January 1 is when a final purchase on each card is needed to for the bonus points to go in January? Can I use the card and spend close to the the $2000 prior to that?

I just applied and my application is pending review. If they approve AFTER the promotion ends, do I still get the 60k points or the promotion at the time of approval?

Yes, you get the deal that was current the time you applied. Even if they deny you and you go through reconsideration to get approved you get the signup offer from when you first applied. The company is required to follow the terms from when you apply

What are my chances of getting approved for both cards if I applied for both of them only 1 day apart from each other? One card on October 2, and the other card on October 3?

I applied for two cards within seconds of each other, and I got approved for both instantly. It’s definitely possible!

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