The Best Deal for US Travel (~ $710 to $850 in Flights Or ~ $500 in Gift Cards) Ends Tomorrow!

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The Best Deal for US Travel (~ $710 to $850 in Flights Or ~ $500 in Gift Cards) Ends Tomorrow!

Million Mile SecretsThe Best Deal for US Travel (~ $710 to $850 in Flights Or ~ $500 in Gift Cards) Ends Tomorrow!Million Mile Secrets Team

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The Southwest credit cards are my favorite cards for domestic travel and are a great way for many folks to have Big Travel with Small Money within the US!

Southwest 50000 Point Card 710 To 850 In Flights Or 500 In Gift Cards Ends Tomorrow
2 Cards & A Few Extra Points Got Us a Southwest Companion Pass!

2 Cards Will Almost Get You a Companion Pass

Link:   Southwest Credit Card

Link:   All You Need To Know About the Southwest Companion Pass

All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards (scroll to the bottom of the link to see other offers) currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.  You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~$710 to $850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.

Emily and I travel almost exclusively on Southwest within the US.  I earned a Companion Pass valid through the end of 2014 which lets Emily fly with me for free ($2.50 security fee per segment) on both paid and award tickets!

We earned the Companion Pass – for the 2nd time – in January 2013 and it is valid until the end of 2014.  Our last trip was a quick visit to Key West in Florida.

Our Last Trip With The Companion Pass Was To Key West

Check out this post on how to time the minimum spending to get up to two years of travel for your companion with the Southwest Companion Pass

You have to earn 110,000 points (within 1 calendar year from January 1 to December 31) to qualify for the Companion Pass.  And currently the 50,000 point sign-up bonus is counting towards the Companion Pass.

Here’s how you can get the extra 6,000 points for your Companion Pass.

Only 1 Day Left

The Southwest 50,000 points offer officially ends – according to the application – on October 30, 2013 i.e. Wednesday (though sometimes a few links do live on, so check the Southwest website if you can’t find it on the blog!)

The Southwest 50,000 points offers comes and goes every 3 to 4 months (sometimes FlyerTalk has links sooner), so it should be available again.

But now’s the best time to get the cards if you’re looking to get the Southwest Companion Pass as early as possible i.e. in January 2014, so that you have almost 2 years of the Companion Pass up to December 31, 2105.

That said, I don’t know for sure if the 50,000 point offer will still be available on ALL 4 cards (personal and business Plus & Premier versions).

If you’ve already got 1 Southwest card in 2013 and need another Southwest card to get the Companion Pass in 2013 (which will be valid until the end of 2014), you should apply for the card now.

That’s because if you apply for the card now, and complete the minimum spending as soon as possible, you should have the 50,000 points post to your Southwest account in 2013.

Remember that your Companion Pass points resets to Z-E-R-O points on January 1, 2014, so you have to start from the beginning!  Here’s an easy way to see how many Companion Pass points you have in your account.

If you don’t have any Companion Pass points, you’re better off having the points post to your account in January 2014, so that you can get the Companion Pass up to 2015.

Bottom Line

The Southwest 50,000 point offers ends tomorrow.  This is my favorite miles and points deal for travel within the US because Southwest makes it much easier to redeem points for flights than other airlines.

And because we have the Companion Pass means that I only redeem points or pay for ONE ticket instead of two!


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Hi Darius,

I just received my Southwest credit cards and is it normal that neither of them mention the 50,000 Bonus when spending $2,000 in the first 3 months? Additionally, can you confirm that I can pay down my bill each month, as long as I just reach the $2,000 TOTAL spend in January? I don’t need to have an open balance to pay back in $2,000 in January right? I just need to have spent that much leading up to that point correct?

Appreciate you helping everyone with all of these questions!!

Million Mile Secrets

@Forrest – You’ll get the bonus for the cards which you applied for!

@Viktor – You can confirm the bonus when you call to activate the cards. It usually isn’t mentioned in the literature you get with the card.

@Jay – Yes, if you complete the spending by November 18, you will get the bonus points by November 28 2013. Assuming you have the remaining 60K points in your account, you will get the pass in 2013.

@Jaime – That’s normal and you can confirm the bonus when you call to activate the card. You’re right that you should complete the $2K spending by January 2014. It doesn’t matter what your open balance is.

Hi Darius, I received my personal SW card a few days ago and my first statement closing date is November 28th. Based on what you suggested, If I complete the minimum spending at least by November 18th, will the bonus points post before December 31st and will I get the Companion Pass in 2013?

I asked this question to the Chase SW card rep and he said it won’t post by December 31st, even if I change the closing date to an earlier date. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

I got my southwest credit cards in the mail today and activated them. I was looking through the literature and found no mention of the 50,000 point signup bonus. Is there somewhere (on the website maybe?) I can look to make sure I am signed up to receive the bonus?

P.S. Contrary to a comment above, Chase moved some personal credit line ($5k) to the business one to approve it after I called.

It turns out that my application “received” times are on Oct. 31. However the 50,000 mile promo was still being advertised as I applied. Any thoughts on whether I am likely to get promo miles and whether it might be easy to get them to extend the promo a few hours if not?


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