Official: Southwest 50,000 Point Cards End June 29, 2014

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Official:  Southwest 50,000 Point Cards End June 29, 2014

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The Southwest 50,000 point cards have been back for several weeks, and I wrote that they’d be ending soon.  But Southwest has now let us know this offer will end on June 29, 2014.

These cards come back every few months, and there’s usually at least 1 version of the card available, but if you want to earn 100,000 points towards the Southwest Companion Pass quickly, you should apply soon!  The Companion Pass allows your companion to fly with you nearly free on every Southwest flight!  

Official: Southwest 50,000 Point Cards End June 29, 2014
The Southwest 50,000 Point Offer Ends June 29, 2014

Which Southwest Card Should You Apply For?

Link:   Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

These cards are usually offered every 2 to 3 months.  When you sign-up for 2 cards, you’ll get 104,000 points (100,000 sign-up bonus + 4,000 points from spending).  This means that you only need to earn 6,000 more points to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, which you’ll get when you earn 110,000 points in a calendar year.

According to Million Mile Secrets’ readers, you can get all 4 versions of the Southwest cards because they’re each considered a different card product.  But you can’t get them all at once.  Chase normally limits folks to 1 personal and 1 business version in the same round of applications.

And generally, you can NOT get the sign-up bonus for the SAME card if you’ve had it before.

With the Southwest Premier card (personal and business) you get:

  • 6,000 Southwest points each card anniversary
  • No foreign currency fees
  • Annual fee of $99, NOT waived for the 1st year

The Southwest Plus card (personal and business) gets you:

  • 3,000 Southwest points each card anniversary
  • 3% foreign currency fees
  • Annual fee of $69, NOT waived for the 1st year

The extra $30 in annual fees for the Southwest Premier card is worth it if you travel outside the US a lot, because you don’t get charged foreign transaction fees.  Plus, you get more points on your card anniversary, which almost makes up for the annual fee.

Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   Southwest Companion Pass

If you get 2 Southwest credit cards, you’ll be very close to earning $3,124 in travel on Southwest and a Southwest Companion pass so that your companion can fly almost free for up to 2 years!

This is still the best deal for domestic travel.   Emily and I use our Companion Pass frequently and it’s saved us so much money.  It’s like a buy 1 get 1 free ticket, every time!

Official: Southwest 50,000 Point Cards End June 29, 2014
Southwest Companion Pass: Save a Ton on Domestic Flights

Bottom Line

You’ll get 50,000 Southwest points or $710 in travel on Southwest from the Southwest Premier (personal), Southwest Premier (business), Southwest Plus (personal), and Southwest Plus (business) card after you meet the minimum spending.  But these offers are ending June 29, 2014.

The 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus counts towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

With the Southwest Companion Pass, your companion travels with you for free for up to 2 years if you time it right.  That said, if you apply now, you still get the Companion Pass for ~1.5 years which is a very good deal!

I think the Southwest Premier card is worth the $99 fee for the anniversary bonus points and no foreign transaction fees.

These offers usually (no guarantees!) come back every few months.  So if you’re not ready to apply now, you should be able to later in the year.

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Daraius, I’m confused on how to get the extra 10,000 points after getting 2 cards (which accounts for 100,000 pointers) to qualify for the Companion Pass?

You said:

The best way to get the Companion Pass is to apply for 1 Southwest personal card and 1 Southwest business card and then get the extra 6,000 points needed — after accounting for the $2,000 in minimum spending which earns points — to get the 110,000 points for the Southwest Companion Pass.

But the 6000 points is Anniversary Points, which means if I apply now I have to wait till June 2015 to get it, but by then, my 100,000 signup bonus points is not in the same calendar year anymore.

Thanks in advance.

Million Mile Secrets

@Matt – You can apply for the cards with a few months gap.

@ Tom – The links work for me. Which card were you trying to apply for?

@ nonrevking – I’d wait until you CP expires, so that you can try for another ~2 years for the CP.

@ Chris – See this post on how to get the extra 6K points.

I foresee multiple upcoming blog posts for the rest of the month from the airline miles blogging community about this 50k offer going away…and how we all need to click the referral links!

Am been denied new SW cards stating since we already have a personal and business card for hubby & self.

Should we cancel now and then wait for the next promotion. I doubt weʻd get approved for the one for this month since we have been turned down 2x.

I have CP status already. Does it makes sense to get the remaining SW card(s) just for the 50k bonus ASSUMING there will be a new branded card after AirTran merger in 2015? Your thoughts? If not, I’ll wait until 2015 and apply for the other two cards that I’ve never owned.

Darius – tried applying with all for links and I’m getting a webpage not available error when clicking apply from the chase landing page.

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