Southwest Airlines: Sometimes Their Crazy Cheap Fares (With Free Bags!) Aren’t As Good As They Seem — Here’s What I Mean

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Southwest Airlines: Sometimes Their Crazy Cheap Fares (With Free Bags!) Aren’t As Good As They Seem — Here’s What I Mean

EmilySouthwest Airlines: Sometimes Their Crazy Cheap Fares (With Free Bags!) Aren’t As Good As They Seem — Here’s What I MeanMillion Mile Secrets Team

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I recently booked my $10 flights home for the holidays thanks to Chase Ultimate Rewards points and the Southwest Companion Pass.  The flights for my partner and me to fly cost only 19,000 points TOTAL, and I’ll be bringing my daughter as a lap child.  But as I was searching for flights, I realized that Southwest Airlines has a pretty strong hold on me.  Why?

Because paying 9,500 points (19,000 points total/ 2 people = 9,500 each) for a round-trip flight on Southwest Airlines is amazingly cheap.

Especially because you can transfer the entire sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card into Southwest points.  So you’d have 50,000 Southwest points after you meet that card’s spending requirement.

No other airline can even come close to comparing to Southwest.

Lap Child Costs For Award Flights
The Southwest Companion Pass Is a Pretty Sweet Deal Because Your Partner Flies With You for Free!

When Looking at Southwest Airlines Flights, Consider the Routing

I’m such a thrifty points saver that I even pass up airlines that have non-stop flights to my destination.  And a non-stop flight is a BIG luxury when you’re bringing your child.  Heck, a non-stop flight is a luxury when you’re traveling alone!

So you might want to look at other airlines that cost more points or cash but have non-stop flights.

Still, I haven’t brought myself to cancel my insanely cheap holiday flights and rebook one of those non-stop flights.  The tickets would end up costing at least 50,000 miles for 2 round-trip tickets on American Airlines, or at least ~50,000 miles for 2 round-trip tickets on United Airlines.

Here’s how I amassed my Chase Ultimate Rewards points fortune.  And here’s everything you need to know about the best deal in travel, the Southwest Companion Pass.

And Southwest, if you are reading this, please add a non-stop flight from Austin to Detroit! 😉

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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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What a bunch of blog spam. Seriously people, quality content or just skip it altogether. The FACTS are that Southwest’s nonstop fares are usually less expensive than the ones with stops.

I applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 6 weeks ago and still haven’t received notification. First email message said that I would be told by U.S. mail and that it could take up to 30 days. Then I was asked to call a Chase number and was instructed that I would need to mail them a copy of my driver’s license and proof of address. After I did that, I was sent another letter and told that the copy was too dark and I would need to send in another copy, which I did two weeks ago. By the way, the first copy was perfectly legible. I’m still waiting . What’s up with Chase?

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So sorry to hear that you’re having to wait so long for an answer. I would try calling Chase again, and if the agent isn’t helpful, try politely hanging up and try calling back to get another agent who can help you. You can also try sending a secure message from your Chase online account. Good luck and keep us updated!