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This 50,000 point offer will end on Monday (via MileValue and emails from Southwest), but I expect it to come back at some point.
All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.
This offer ends on Monday, November 18, 2013. And the Chase website says that the offer is available for only a limited time.
Scroll down the application page to see other versions of the offer. Note that the Plus versions (at the bottom of the page) have a lower annual fee ($69) compared to $99 for the Premier version of the card.
WHAT IS THE SOUTHWEST COMPANION PASS
Link: Southwest Credit Cards
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
Why? Because it lets a companion fly with you for free whenever you fly on Southwest. And it doesn’t matter if you pay for your flight with points or cash – your companion flies free (~$10 in taxes and fees) either way!
You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st) to get the Companion Pass.
The 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards count towards the companion pass, which makes it very easy to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
And Southwest has clarified that the 50,000 point sign-up bonus does count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal for travel within the US. Now’s the best time to apply for any of the Southwest credit cards because all 4 versions offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus which currently counts towards the Companion Pass.
And if you earn the companion pass in 2014 (see this post on how to time it right!), it is valid until the end of 2015.
That said, I wouldn’t worry about missing the offer, because I’m pretty sure that we’ll see the 50,000 point offer back at some point.