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INSIDER SECRET: Southwest doesn’t have blackout dates for award flights, but be aware that the points price is linked to the cash price so more expensive flights will cost more points.
You only have until June 10, 2019, to apply for an increased Southwest credit card welcome offer. You can earn 60,000 Southwest points after meeting minimum spending requirements with these cards:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
Southwest points are generally worth ~1.5 cents each toward travel. So 60,000 Southwest points are worth ~$900 in Southwest flights. And don’t forget that Southwest doesn’t just fly domestically, they also serve 10 Caribbean & Central American countries, including Aruba, Jamaica, Belize, Costa Rica and the Bahamas.
Chase Southwest Credit Card 60,000 Point Offers
When you apply for the Southwest Plus Credit Card, Southwest Premier Credit Card, or Southwest Priority Credit Card, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 60,000 Southwest points after you spend $2,000 within the first three months of account opening.
(The previous bonus for these cards was 40,000 points after meeting minimum spending. So the opportunity to earn an extra 20,000 points is fantastic.)
Southwest Companion Pass
Read our full Southwest Companion Pass guide
These increased deals are extra enticing because they can help you to earn the holy grail of travel, the Southwest Companion Pass, more easily.
With the Southwest Companion Pass, you can bring a friend or family member with you for just the cost of taxes and fees. It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies with you for just the cost of taxes. That means your points are worth effectively twice as much.
One way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass is to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year. The quickest and simplest method to do this is by opening one personal card along with the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card when sign-up bonuses are 50,000 points or higher. That way you’ll earn almost all (if not all) 110,000 points you need for the Southwest Companion Pass.
Just remember, you can only hold one Southwest personal credit card at a time. So if you’ve opened a Southwest card in the past and the account is still open, you won’t be eligible to open another Southwest personal card. And these cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule, so if you’ve opened 5 or more cards from any bank in the past 24 months (except for certain business cards) you won’t be eligible for these offers.
Want to learn more about Southwest Airlines points? Check out these guides:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Review
- Southwest Points Value
- Southwest Status
- Best Way to Use Southwest Points
- How to Use the Southwest Companion Pass
- How to Earn Southwest Points
- How to Setup a Southwest Account
- How to Use Southwest Points
- Southwest Award Chart
- Do Southwest Points Expire?
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