Southwest 50,000 Point Offer Credit Card Signup Bonus is Back, And You Should Check it Out

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card is back offering 50,000 points after $2000 in spending on purchases within 3 months of account opening.

The Southwest credit card 50,000 point offer is up from the standard offer of 25,000 points (after $1000 in spend).

50,000 points are worth $500 in gift cards, or can be worth over $700 in Southwest travel. The card also comes with 6000 points after each cardmember anniversary and has no foreign transaction fees. It has a $99 annual fee.

With the major airlines devaluing their programs, I’m finding Southwest more attractive. I flew them last week back from Las Vegas. They’ve got great schedules for me in Austin, and the experience was great for a 1090 mile flight. And of course my checked bag was free.

Indeed, members voted Southwest Rapid Rewards ‘Program of the Year’ in the Freddie Awards, which was held last week.

I’m a fan of two key elements of the Southwest program:

  1. no change or redeposit fees on awards
  2. a ‘companion pass’ after earning 110,000 points in a year (and credit card spend and signup bonuses count towards this).

The most intriguing aspect of the Southwest Rapid Rewards program is the companion pass and the signup bonus gets you a good chunk of the way there. When you earn 110,000 points in a year in the Southwest program you can earn a pass that allows someone to travel with you for free whenever you travel — whether you are traveling on paid tickets or on awards.

In addition to the 50,000 bonus points for signup, you earn points towards the companion pass by flying and through credit card spend. Transfers into Southwest from Chase Ultimate Rewards do not count. However, transfers from hotel programs do. So moving points from Chase to Hyatt to Southwest would do the trick.

Clicking on ‘Are you a business owner?’ on the application link shows that the business card also features the Southwest 50000 bonus point offer.

If you’ve had these cards before and are interested in coming back, consider applying if you haven’t received a bonus for them in the last 24 months.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

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  1. if u could guarantee an approval, will use your link, haha. received a mail / invitation but not sure if guaranteed an approva; chase recently declined my appl for co-brand hotels

  2. Both my my wife and my companions passes expire Dec 2016:(
    To to reset and try again next year . We took full advantage of the companion passes with our kids. A great deal for those who have not received the bonus

  3. I was planning to after both the SW Premiere and SW Business at the same time this fall. I have had 3 cards issued this year and 1 the prior year. Do you think Chase will deny or are they only that strict on their cards like Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, Ink, etc.?

  4. Applied for Chase Sapphire Preferred; got 10 day letter response. Called reconsideration line. Told my credit history shows 11 new cards in 24 months. Definite reject, no reconsideration.

    Applied for Chase SW +; got 10 day letter response. Did not call reconsideration line because flyertalk says you might get approved if you don’t call. No letter received yet after 6 days.

  5. I think the easiest way to keep a companion pass is 110 orders of truffles @$29.99+tax with 1-800-flowers. The cost with tax is about $3250. Donate the stuff to charity and your cost is reduced at least 20% and likely a lot more.
    Assuming a 20% tax deduction, the Companion Pass is $2600 , and timed correctly is valid for 2 years. The 110,000 points are worth around $1500. Your net cost is then $1100 for two years of bringing a companion if my math is correct. Of course, this assumes no devaluation during the 2 years.
    That’s likely well worth it if you travel often.
    Of course, you could just eat the 100 boxes of truffles. Then you would not fit in one seat, and could utilize WN’s policy of letting “persons of size ” buy 2 tickets and get refunded on the second, effectively creating your own premium economy seat on Southwest.
    I wonder how this would work if both parties are “persons of size”
    I’m getting close to being able to test that out.

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