Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus, Premier, Priority Credit Card Review

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Chase and Southwest have expanded their personal credit card line-up to three cards. Here are the highlights which you can compare and contrast the bolded benefits.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card

  • 40,000 Rapid Rewards points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 within your first year.
  • 3,000 bonus points after each Cardmember anniversary.
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • $69 annual fee.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card

  • 40,000 Rapid Rewards points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 within your first year.
  • 6,000 bonus points after each Cardmember anniversary.
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • $99 annual fee.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card

  • 40,000 Rapid Rewards points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 within your first year.
  • 7,500 bonus points after each Cardmember anniversary.
  • $75 Southwest annual travel credit.
  • Four Upgraded Boardings per year when available.
  • 20% back on inflight drinks, WiFi, messaging, and movies.
  • Earn tier qualifying points towards A-list status.
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • $149 annual fee.

* Had this card before? You can get the bonus again if it has been 24 months since you got your last bonus:

This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.

Restrictions. All of these Southwest credit cards are subject to “5/24” restrictions, which means that your application will be automatically denied if you have opened 5 or more credit cards in the last 24 months (check your credit reports). Our household strategy is to have one person only apply for Chase 5/24 cards, and the other person applies for everything else. There is also this language on the consumer card:

The product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapid Rewards® Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months. This does not apply to Cardmembers of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Card and Employee Credit Card products.

Basically, you can get one sign-up bonus from a Southwest consumer card once every 24 months. You can also get one sign-up bonus from a Southwest business card once every 24 months. (Previously, you might apply for both a Plus and a Premier close together for example.)

60,000 Rapid Rewards points redemptions vary in a narrow range, but a reasonable approximation from my experience is over $900 in Wanna Get Away airfare (you are still liable for taxes and fees from $5.60 one-way). Importantly, Southwest does NOT have blackout dates or seat restrictions when you redeem with points. If $900 would have theoretically covered 8 free one-way flights, then with the Companion Pass you’d now be getting 8 free one-way flights for two people! You also can’t forget that Southwest still has the customer-friendly perk of two free checked bags per person. That’s a lot of free and flexible travel.

Another option to consider is gift card redemptions. You can still redeem 5,000 points for a $50 a or Wal-Mart gift certificate. That makes 50,000 points still worth $500 in Amazon or Walmart gift cards.

Our family policy is to not try out a new credit card unless it offers us $500 in total value. Just the free award flights from the points from any one of these cards is enough to satisfy that rule, and then you can add on the value of potentially qualifying for the Southwest Companion Pass.

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  1. Does anyone know when the first annual fee would apply? I’m wondering if I could apply for this card, get the reward points, use them up and cancel the card before I get hit for the fee. Thanks.

  2. I have the Southwest Plus card that has a $59 annual fee. The first year fee was not waived – it was charged on the first bill.

    I wonder if I can move to the premier card and get the 50,000 points?

  3. This has a $99 annual fee. I was about to apply for it and that kind of stopped me in my tracks.

  4. Jeez. Another card I’m tempted to apply for, which would make it the fourth application in six months. Chase: y u give me so much free money

  5. Going for the Companion Pass is tempting but daunting. So after the 50,000 points bonus to get the Companion Pass you’d have to spend $60,000 using the credit card by the end of this year? Unless I am able to rack lots of points flying Southwest this year. Am I interpreting the offer correctly?

  6. supersandy says:

    I have a question for Jonathan? If you say, you apply to 3-4 cards every rolling 6 months, how often do you cancel them? Unless you end up having some 30 credit cards..

    Won’t the canceling hurt your credit score.. I’m surprised you’ve never been denied so far!

  7. Yes, this card has a $99 annual fee and it is not waived the first year. Most likely, it is charged in the beginning. You just have to weigh that along with the included $500-$800 bonus value.

    Canceling cards is not a big deal to me at all. I cancel whenever I need to avoid annual fees I don’t wish to pay. Some cards are worth the annual fee to me. I don’t always get 3-4 cards every six months, it just depends on what is out there to get. Check out these older posts but with valid info:

    I think I have been denied for having too many of one type of card (i.e. Chase) but after calling them and canceling the extra card, they approved me.

    @Daniel – Yes, you have to earn the points by credit card spend (see all the ways to rack up spending like US Mint in old posts), actual flying (6 points per dollar spent on Wanna Get Away, 10 pts on Anytime, 12 pts on Biz Select), or by using their partners (hotels, car rentals, online shopping). It’s not easy unless you already fly SW regularly.

  8. The 50,000 bonus points are not tier qualifying, so I don’t think they will count towards the Companion Pass.

    Also, there is a business version of this card with the same 50,000 point promotion. Is it possible to apply for both?

  9. I’ve added 4 CCs over the last 9 months, but only one shows up as a “hard pull” on my credit reports which I checked yesterday (all 3 agencies via So, while adding credit cards “might” hurt your score a little, there’s a chance it won’t show up as a hard pull – especially if you’re responding to a preapproved offer (where the CC company has already done a soft pull of your report). My list of soft pulls by the various banks is a whopping 2 pages long, but they don’t count against your score.

    Also, just because you cancel a credit card doesn’t mean the information falls off your report. Most CC’s will stay on for 10 years. The only problem might be if you cancel too many cards and your “utilization rate” increases because your available credit decreases. Not really a problem for me since at last calculation, I have 120K in credit limits and don’t carry a balance.

  10. @Me – This is what the Southwest site says:

    Companion Pass Qualifying Points are earned from revenue flights, points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.

    You should be able to get both, that’s a really good point. Oh man, if I could take off an entire year and travel the country on Southwest…

  11. Are you sure that you can redeem the 50,000 points for a gift card? I don’t see that anywhere. I just need to be sure about this before I apply for the card and commit to the $99 fee for the first year.

    Guess I’ll call them up tomorrow, but just wondering if there’s some fine print somewhere that I’m missing which explains this.

  12. It says right on the application page:

    Exclusive Cardmember Benefits
    Redeem For:

    International Travel to over 800 destinations on 50+ global carriers.
    Stays at over 70,000 hotels worldwide.
    Car rentals from major brands.
    Gift cards to all your favorite stores.
    Amazing getaways, including resorts, cruises, and theme parks.

    Specific inventory can be found on which redirects you to the fulfillment site It won’t let me direct link, but here is a screenshot.

  13. Another great offer but they all seem to be lining up from Chase. Got in on the $500 bonus for Chase Sapphire and the Continental One Pass as while ago. But to get the Sapphire, had to cancel one of my other Chase cards. Not a big deal as that was one that didn’t have many benefits and I wasn’t using. But they also took a closer look at credit lines and it took a bit of negotiating to keep them from reducing one or two of them.

    Unfortunately over the years, cards I had from different banks/financial institutions have all ended up being acquired by Chase.

    Not a deal breaker but after the recent Sapphire offer, might have to wait a while on this one.

  14. This card really looks appealing to me. I will be traveling quite a bit on Southwest in the next few months and your post really came in handy!

  15. Some folks aren’t too happy with how this program is designed —

    I was going to apply, but it’s not worth it to risk having to fly in the middle of the night.

  16. MileCards says:

    Interesting loophole there for the companion pass qualifying points. For most airlines, ‘qualifying points’ don’t include credit card spend. And for Southwest ‘tier qualifying points’ for things link A-list status don’t include credit card spend. But companion pass specifically does…fascinating…

  17. the annual fee applies right away. By the way, “Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.” The 50k points don’t apply to the Companion Pass.

  18. Eric Walton says:

    I have a stellar credit score and very little open credit in comparison with my income but applied and was denied for this card. I received a denial letter in the mail from Chase stating I have too many cards with them. I have the Freedom and Sapphire already. I had never received a denial like this before and thought it was strange. It seems I’m on their radar!

  19. @Eric Walton – Call the Chase credit reconsideration line at 1-888-245-0625. Ask them politely for the exact reason why you were denied. If you have a Chase card you are willing to close, they may very well allow you to close that one and open this Southwest card. Chase does have a set limit on the # of cards they allow people at one time.

  20. For whatever reason, my annual fee for this card is set at only $69.

  21. Did the fee for this card show up immediately? I’ve had the card for around 2 weeks and so far don’t see the annual fee for it listed.

  22. Effective the 25th of July the US mint no longer accepts credit cards for purchases of coins. Well, it was nice while it lasted.

  23. When are the points credited to your account.Is it when you make your first purchase
    or when the statement period ends?

  24. @Jonathan, thanks for posting the Chase reconsideration line! I spoke with them after I was rejected, and they were able to approve me after splitting my $20k credit from my existing Chase British Airways Visa card to $10k for each BA and SWA card.

  25. Are the points different than award flights? I know they switched about a year ago, so maybe they improved it, because I keep hearing “free flights can be used for any seat that’s available”, or some variation of that, while the award flights were essentially impossible to use on any flight anyone who works during the middle of the week would ever want to take.

    I get the feeling that the catch is that it’s not really any seat that can be used for the free flights, but the cheapest seats… each flight it seems like has a limited number of the cheapest tickets available, sometimes it seems like there are a VERY limited number, as in none at all. They just put the box there and show it sold out to make the customer think they’re just sold out, when really they probably didn’t sell them in the first place. So any of those flights also can’t be bought with the free flight points (as I said, that’s how the award flights seemed to work anyway).

    I just wasted two awards on two flights I’m most likely not going to even take, because they were going to expire in January and the only times available are ridiculously inconvenient. Even taking days off work doesn’t really help, because the days you take off are spent flying at a bad time. Like you’d think “okay, I’ll take friday off and fly thursday night, and get an extra day of vacation.” but it turns out no flights are available thursday evening/night, so you’ll also have to take thursday off.

  26. Alexandria says:

    Bummer! I had my dh sign up for the card with $69 fee – was 25,000 points. Should have waited a few more weeks.

    I did this deal earlier in the year. They credited the points the first statement. I did not mind the $99 fee for the rewards (Have earned about $2800 in credit card rewards this year, otherwise, so didn’t mind the investment. I usually would never pay a fee for any reward).

    Interestingly? I just closed my Southwest Chase and they refunded the $99 fee. No idea why – I didn’t ask them too. I have also had luck in the past asking to have this kind of fee waived. So, for all these reasons I wouldn’t get too caught up in the annual fee. Of course, I closed the card as soon as I received my rewards.

  27. Right now you can cash out points for gift cards at a discount. What was 5,000 points is now 4,000 points. So, 48,000 points yields $600 in gift cards.

  28. If you find the points aren’t worth enough to you in airfare for whatever reason, still sign up and convert the points to gift cards. $500 in gift cards to a store like Wal-Mart converts to cash through Plastic Jungle or the like at a rate of ~90%.

    500 * .90 – 99.00 annual fee still leaves you with a pretty $350 just for signing up.

  29. @Brent212 – Southwest is actually really easy in this regard because it is revenue based and not a flat point amount. Did you see my previous article ranking the airlines? In the study, it has over a 99% redemption rate.

    Basically, just go to and search for any trip, and you can see the Wanna Get Away rate, and then multiply by 60 for the amount of RR points needed.

    @Alexandria – In this case, definitely ask for consideration to get the extra 25,000 points. I would try once on the phone, and then once via secure online message. Point out the current active promo and that you just missed it by days. I think you have a good chance of getting the difference, even without threatening to cancel or anything.

    Good tip about annual fee!

    @MAC – Good tip about the gift cards! That’s a 20% bonus.

    @Cody – Definitely, Walmart cards are something like 97% when converted to as well.

  30. How many Chase cc’s can you have before they say no? I have 4. One biz and two consumer, plus the Chase Sapphire I just applied for and was approved half an hour ago :p

    If I apply for a 5th Chase card, will I get rejected? Don’t want to risk another hard pull AND get a rejection.

  31. Yeah, I saw that article, although it’s not exactly clear what the percentage means. You’d think it means that it’s the percentage of the time that someone gets the flight they would get if they were using cash instead of miles/points/awards/whatever, but as far as I could see, it wasn’t stated, so it could mean that it’s the percentage of the time the miles/points/awards/whatever get used, which is worthless, since as with my situation, you can always use them for a flight you don’t actually want or that is much more inconvenient than a flight you’d buy with cash.

    But regardless, I did go to the SW site and see that their new points system looks much better than the award system, since it appears that any flight can be purchased with points, whereas with the awards, in most cases they just couldn’t be used for any good flights.

  32. Arrg, I just applied for the SW card but got a “Decision Pending” from Chase. This is about an hour after I applied and got approved for the Chase Sapphire card.

    “Thanks for Applying.

    We have received your application. Our analysts are currently reviewing your application, and our goal is to notify you within 10 days of this application. Notifications are usually sent within this time, but in some circumstances it may take up to 30 days for processing.

    Please do not resubmit your application.”

    So…does it mean it’s highly likely that I’d be rejected? I have 3 consumer and 1 biz card with Chase already. What’s the limit on the # of Chase cc’s you can have?

  33. @Victoria – They do have some sort of limit, although I’ve heard varying reports from different people on the exact number. However, the most important thing is to remember the reconsideration line 1-888-245-0625. It’s unlikely you need 4 consumer cards at one time, so you can work with them to close an account or lower credit lines if needed.

    However, I got deferred notification my last 2 times around with Chase, and eventually got approved without having to call. Took a few days.

  34. Victoria, I got that the same reply the other day, and a few days later I got a letter in the mail saying that I had too many cards with Chase already so I wasn’t approved. I only have two other cards with Chase though, a Chase Freedom card and the Southwest card (I was applying for the Sapphire Preferred card).

  35. @Mike – Call 1-888-245-0625 and talk to a human about it with your actual history in front of them. I have yet to hear of an instance where someone called and something was not able to be worked out. Check out the comments above. I think it’s definitely worth the effort if you’ve already applied.

  36. I have excellent credit score and I am interested in applying for this card. But my main concern is, if I apply for this card, how much would my credit score go down ? I have plans to buy house within next 6 months. How much will it impact my mortgate rate ?

  37. @Mike and @Jonathan,

    So if I get rejected and call the reconsideration line, it might backfire and it’s possible they’ll want to reduce my credit lines? (@Mike- “But to get the Sapphire, had to cancel one of my other Chase cards. Not a big deal as that was one that didn’t have many benefits and I wasn’t using. But they also took a closer look at credit lines and it took a bit of negotiating to keep them from reducing one or two of them.”)

    @Jonathan- what do you mean by deferred notification? You mean you got the decision pending but when you got the letter in the mail, you were approved?

  38. I used this card bonus to pay for Christmas plane tickets. I was thrilled to save the $800! Thanks, Jonathan!

  39. Thanks for the advice Jonathan, I called the number and they approved my card. They lowered the limit on my Southwest card to make up for this, which is just fine, since I’m planning on closing that card once I redeem the rewards.

  40. @SaRa – Applying for new credit will affect your credit score temporarily, estimated is about 5-8 points for 6 months, then decreasing down to zero affect in 12-18 months. As long as your credit score is high enough, it won’t affect your mortgage rate, but I can’t say what will happen in any specific situation. If you really were to buy a house in 6 months and don’t have an 750+ score, I would probably wait just in case. That is the safe route. But I just refi’d with no issues, and had 3 new cards in last 12 months.

    @Victoria – Yes, I got a pending decision, that ended up being an approval. Actually happens to me about half the time, the other half is instant approval. A deferral is not a sure rejection.

    As for the reconsideration line, they may want something “in trade” for an approval. Let’s say you had 50k total credit, and they didn’t want to give you more than that. They might reduce your existing lines by 5k, and then allow you this new card with 5k credit limit. I’d say that’s worth the sign-up and other perks of the card.

    @Amy F – I usually use my card perks to pay for family travel as well. Flights are definitely more expensive this year!

    @Mike – Sweet, glad it worked out well for you. It’s always good to get a manual reconsideration, the initial application is mostly just a computerized decision.

  41. Thanks Jonathan! I do hope I get this approved in the end. $500 extra bucks sound good to me 😛

  42. Thanks Jonathan. I kind of thought about it after the fact. Thinks for the tip to ask twice. My spouse was just going to call and ask so I came to look up the deal.

  43. I got this card lasttime and cashed in the points. They tried to hit me with the annual fee but as luck would have it an offer arrived in the mail without the annual fee. Chase withdrew the fee. Gotta rember to cancel the card… $500 free dollars for a few credit points. Good deal.

    Should get the wife to sign up…

  44. Chase: 800-432-3117 (App status & check your credit limit)

  45. Vince Thorne says:

    Nice juicy offering. This is one airline which is never on my no-fly list so I guess it makes sense to have this card. The annual reward offset most of the fees so it almost pays for itself.

  46. Ooh, thanks for the info LSD!

  47. Decisions decisions. Liquidate points for $600 in Amazon Gift cards or save for $800+ in airfare?

  48. Alexandria says:

    Hey, we got the extra points. So, thank you again! We are up about $3600 this year in rewards. Unreal! (When I tried to close my Citi card, they offered me $100 to keep it open 1-2 more months – no purchase necessary – and the random Southwest Chase annual fee refund was very unexpected. So anyway, it keeps adding up).

    To top it off, Southwest rewards are on sale today – FYI.

  49. Just saw this on the southwest award website.
    $50 Gift Card
    Was: 5,000 Points
    Now: 4,000 Points

    Alas, I have already redeemed my 50000 points. Could have redeemed now for $125 more!

  50. NM, I saw the same thing in an email they send out. Could have redeemed for 20% more which is the extra $125. Ouch.

  51. Guys, may be this is a dumb question. I already have chase southwest card my rewards statement says i have 50000 points credited. Now how do i redeem it. I went and created a southwest account, now how to get this 50000 points to the southwest website account?. please help

  52. Anyone else having issues redeeming the point for Amazon Gift cards?

    Via the SWA site I get to the site, when I try to add the Amazon GiftCard to my cart, I get sent to this screen, despite the fact that I am logged in:

    In order to add items to your cart you must be a Rapid Rewards Credit Cardmember.
    1. If you are already a Cardmember, but are not logged into your Rapid Rewards account, click here to login.
    2. If you are not a Cardmember and would like to learn more about the benefits of the card, click here.

  53. I signed up for this card a couple months ago when they had the same deal, but with a $99 annual fee. I just wrote to Chase to ask them to refund $30 to me now that they are offering it with a $69 annual fee, or switch me over to those terms. I’ll report back if they go for it.

  54. Following up on my earlier post about $69 vs $99 annual fee. I got a response from Chase, but it wasn’t so good. They said the card I signed up for a couple months ago (with the same sign-up offer) was the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards card. But this card now (with the same sign-up offer) is the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card. Hmmm. So they were not willing to refund $30 of the annual fee, or switch me to the new terms. They said the account would have to be open one full year before I can switch to the other card “due to federal regulations.” (what a crock.)

  55. Grah, I applied for the Sapphire card and the SW card on the same day. Approved for the Sapphire card but denied the SW card.

    I called the reconsideration line and they wanted me to close my Sapphire card if I wanted the SW card. The CSR on the phone won’t let me close one of my other cards that I don’t use anymore, only “the most recent account.” 🙁

  56. Wooo! I called again and spoke to someone else and she let me open the SW card if I canceled one of my older cards with a 15000 CL and gave up 7500 in CL (new SW limit is only 7500). Didn’t want to lose the 7500 in CL or 3 yrs of account history, but……tradeoff for $500 in GC!!

    FYI- Recon line keeps a call log, so if you call again they will know what the CSR told you before.

  57. If you got denied call 888-245-0625 (reconsideration line) and ask to be reconsidered.

  58. Anyone having trouble to redeem the points for Amazon gift cards? I keep getting the message that I should log in (despited being logged in) when adding the Amazon cards to my cart on the website)

  59. There is currently a discount on redeeming rewards right now (as of Nov 1st). I just redeemed 48,000 points for $600 of Walmart gift cards!

  60. For those who dont have a southwest frequent flyer account, sign up with this promo code to get 250 points: GNAVRPDRWDS

  61. Alexandria says:

    @Stef – Yes. We called to redeem. Twice this month. Same issue.

    I can’t believe the rewards are still on sale, since my last comment. We turned potential $250 reward (signed up too early) into $625, with this heads up. (Turned into $500 with bumped up rewards, and added $125 value with rewards sale).

  62. HI. I just signed up the card yesterday. So how long did it take to get the reward points after the purchase? is the redeeming the amazon gift card instantly? Thanks

  63. @Stef, follow the directions at the bottom of this link. I was having an issue and this worked like a charm;

    @Kevin, Once I activated my card and made my first purchase, the 50,000 points showed up in a week. When I called to activate my card, they told me it would take 6 to 8 weeks to get the points.

  64. I signed up last week and got my card yesterday. I logged in and saw the 20% discount on Gift Cards lasts only until December 15. Chase says 4-6 weeks for rewards to post after first transaction, but I’m hoping it’s quicker so I can make it in before Dec 15 deadline.

  65. what you need to do:
    1. Log into your SW account on any browser.
    2. then go to my account, on the left side, RIGHT CLICK on Redeem for more reward (blue text), select copy link location, or if you are on IE, select Properties, then copy the whole URL
    3. Paste the link into another tab, change the last part ….Flag=False to Flat=true
    4. It should work this way. enjoy~

    Credits go to Yumikogirl from SD.

  66. @Dean. Thanks. Diu you redeem for the gift card?

  67. Hm, did everyone get the points right away? Some people posted they did. I was told I’d get it in 1-2 billing cycles. It’s been 1 billing cycle, no points yet, so I called today and they said points will be credited on Dec 1, after the 2nd billing cycle posts.

    I better get the points by then. To miss the Dec 15 deadline for the extra 20% would suck.

  68. The bonus appears to be back in business if you go through the Southwest website…

  69. Website/Blog Administrator-Can you check the deadline posted at the beginning of this article again? Just as Dan said, it appears the deal is still on through Southwest’s website and through Chase’s website.


  70. Hi. when redeeming the amazon gift cards from Southwest, are these physical cards send in mail or codes send to your email? Thanks.

  71. ananyomous says:

    Chase/Southwest is offering 20% savings when you redeem for gift cards this holiday season. I received an email this morning.

    Go to, login to your Rapid Rewards® account and click on “Explore Rewards”.
    2. Save 20% when you redeem for gift cards between now and December 15, 2011. You’ll automatically see the discount when you redeem.1

  72. Great news for me. I just logged into my Southwest account and all my 50,000 miles were there! I’ve been checking daily. It’s been exactly one week since my first purchase! I had 2,000 bonus miles previously from flying Southwest, so I can now redeem my 52,000 points for $650 in gift cards!! I’ll be closing the card after that, naturally. I hope everyone else is as successful as I’ve been.

  73. got my card last night, made a purchse right away, hopefully points will show up soon.

  74. Just FYI, these are physical cards mailed out to you. I just redeemed for 13 (!) of the $50 ones, and order says they will be mailed first class postage.

  75. thanks, i’m guessing you ordered by phone. im still waiting for points to show up. as of now i only have 500 points in southwest for signing up.

  76. Just went on and saw my points. Ordered 12 $50 amazon giftcards and 1 $25 card for 50400 points. Stoked.

  77. should i expect my points after 1 week of purchase? i made the purchase on 17th this month.

  78. Hey everyone – when I closed my Southwest choice, I already mentioned I was credited annual fee. (It had been more than 60 days – I read elsewhere they will refund before 30 or 60 days). Anyway, we just closed my spouse’s Southwest card and they did not automatically refund. So I simply asked if they were going to refund it, and they did. Yay! So ask ask ask! I never would have thought to ask this except of the automatic refund on the first card.

    Secondly, my experience with points is this. They credit the points at the end of the billing cycle, and it takes about a week to transfer them over to Southwest. That said, my dh’s points did not transfer and we had to call to get that squared away. I knew it wasn’t right because my experience had been different. Once we called it took them 2-3 days for the points to show up. Then we had to call to redeem those points because we had same issues redeeming as many others commented. I suppose it was worth the hassle since the points were on sale. Phew! (When I had redeemed my own points, it was very easy and none of this hassle).

  79. got my card on the 17th of this month, made a purchase right away. called in yesterday, because i didnt have a rr acount when signing up. got a response, “will mail a new card linked to my rr account”. not sure points will be transferred after the new card gets here or sometime next week. today is exactly a week since i got the card, maybe thanksgiving is delaying my points!!!

  80. The 50,000 point deal is back.

    I just applied, but unfortunately, I forgot to add my Rapid Rewards number at the time of application.

    Am I screwed?

  81. To Nathan, it’s fine, but it will delay your points I think, I didn’t enter my rr number, I had to contact chase and give them my rr account and ask to link them. They said I will receive a new card. Got my card, on the 17′ still waiting for the bonus.

  82. I used my first purchase to buy plane tickets in october. I received my first month statement which had the plane tixs but no annual fee listed yet. My points show up in my RR account. Should I cancel the card to avoid the annual fee. Will my points still be usable from my RR account?

  83. Hello,
    I cannot add the $50 Amazon GC. The url for the quick fix has changed to and I can no longer alter it to get it to work. I called SWRR customer support and they said that I cannot purchase the card on the phone because the Terms & Conditions have changed. Please help!! Thank you 🙂

  84. I got my 50,000 points and purchased 12 $50.00 amazon gift cards.

    To redeem for amazon gift cards:
    Sign in to your account then click “my account” , then click on Redeem for more reward, you’ll see the tab for gift cards/gift certificates. HTH

    Thanks, Jonathan!

  85. michelle moravec says:


    I am SO lucky that Virgin Airlines is now flying out of PHL and that the United/USairways/Continental group can now beat prices, because Southwest has now lost my business for good. I signed up for their credit card right before the ridiculous rewards program conversion. In the process I never saw my “flight segment” old award system arrive. All I could ever find was reference to their damn “points” After CHASE the credit card company finally told me where to find the “flight segment” aka ‘old’ awards I did only to see that they expire in a month. I explained to southwest that I found their redesign quite confusing etc only to get an auto response that POLICY IS POLICY I am SO disappointed and always expected more for Southwest. Sad to see them acting like other airlines, which will now be getting a lot more of my business

  86. Richart says:

    Sounds like a dumb question; but it seems like I remember prompts of this card coming up when I was making a ticket purchase. You don’t actually get approved instantly and able to use the account right away do you? I assume you are just applying and you’ll get your card in the mail weeks later; and can’t use until then right?

  87. This is one of my favourite offers. Does anyone know Chase’s updated standard for “new accounts”? IE: how many months does it have to be since an account was closed to qualify for this offer again?

  88. Can you do this more than once? I signed up for a this deal last year in November got my 50,000 points and then cancelled my card this summer. If I sign up again will I get another 50,000 points or just be out the upfront annual fee.

    Thanks for the help!

  89. Jonathan: Can 2 people in same household (husband & wife) apply separately and get $1,600 in reward totals?

  90. @Travis @Chuck – Some people have reported success after signing up again using a new Southwest Rapid Rewards number. After you get the 50k points, you can merge two existing accounts if you wish.

    @Tyler – Yes, definitely, credit cards are issued on individuals and based on individual credit histories. I do this all the time for the best bonuses.

  91. Jonathan: You may want to add to the listing the possibility of earning a companion pass at 110,000 miles in a calendar year, allowing someone to fly with you for free on flights up to two years. Two cards (Personal and Business) plus a little bit of spend could mean free flights for the significant other for up to two years.

  92. @InACents – Good point!

  93. Was very excited at first, but now I see the “$2000 in 3 months” spending requirement. Last time you got the bonus after the first purchase of any size! I guess that Chase/Southwest learned their lesson…too bad.

    Now I need to figure out if enough of my wife’s and my spending can be shifted around to meet the req…we’re pretty thrifty. Jonathon, didn’t you have a post about creative ways to hit a spending requirement for circumstances like this?

  94. @Mike – Taken from another post, it should be doable to make the ~$700 a month in spending needed by time-shifting your purchases or with the following tips:

    You can try to buy AMEX gift cards to help spread out the purchases over time (you can buy with Visa/Mastercard, I have codes to reduce fees), buy gas or grocery or Costco gift cards, prepay utility bills or insurance premiums, use the personal version of Amazon Webpay to pay others or send money to family/spouse/friends with no fee ($1,000 per month max), load money on American Express Serve cards using a credit card with no fee ($25 bonus, $100 max load per day, $250/500 month max), and I’ve even bought some Forever postage stamps to put me over the top.

  95. I tried to apply today and after filling out the application and submitting it, it came back with the message that the offer no longer exists. However, the card offer is still listed on the Chase website. 🙁

  96. I took advantage of this promotion last year and redeemed all the points for gift cards. I had a few Home Depot gift cards remaining and just this week tried to use them–seems their individual $50 value is now $44.31. The gift cards are just about one year old. What gives? I thought merchants were no longer able to deduct fees on gift cards? What can I do about the declining value (any way to get it back?).

  97. I took this promotion last year, and spent a grand total of $1.50 on the card before collecting my bonus and canceling it. So far I’ve used my points for 2 trips and $150 of Amazon GCs, and still have $150 in GC/$250 in airfare leftover 🙂

    What are the odds that Chase/Southwest lets me do it all over *again*?

  98. Another note for Southwest flyers: you are only able to redeem points for gift cards if you have a Southwest credit card. So a regular frequent flyer can really only use points for flights, but if you get this card it opens the possibility of using up all your points accrued from flights to get gift cards.

  99. Damn, I was looking for this a month ago but they were no longer offering it. Had to pay vehicle insurance for my wife and I, so the $3k in 3 months was doable. Instead I signed up for the chase sapphire preferred to get 40k points. Not as good.

  100. @Dan – Chase has been pretty strict on being able to repeat these bonuses, especially within a year. Mostly, when I want to get in on a deal again I get Mrs. MMB to sign up for it since credit cards are issued to individuals. 🙂

    @Andy – Really? I didn’t know that.

    @Brent – Well, you can get $500 towards “any” airfare with the 40k points from Preferred so you do get flexibility although not as much towards Southwest airfare definitely.

  101. @Jon, I was approved for my repeat application for this card, despite having most recently gotten one just over a year ago, and despite the lack of a Mrs. 🙂

    According to the Fatwallet page on this card, it’s considered a different “model” from the previous “Plus” card (with the $69 fee), so perhaps that’s why they let me do it twice. So anyone else who had the Plus card and wants to get the same deal again ought to try applying again!

  102. Aleucard says:

    Did anyone get instant approval for their recent application? I did not…instead, I got an email saying that the application is being reviewed and that I will be informed of Chase’s decision. It has been nearly a week…still waiting. :/

  103. Victoria says:

    According to the fine print: “This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal Cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal Cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.”

    Did they change the rules recently? Anyone get the Plus card before and applied for the Premier card and get the points this year?

    I got the Plus card a year and a half ago, so if I get the Premier card, would I be able to get the 50,000 points? Would the points show up right away (so I know not to spend using this card if I may not get the points).


  104. I noticed there is a Premiere Card ($99 fee) and their “regular” card ($69 fee). Must i have the Premiere Card to get the 50000 points after charging $2000 within 3 months? Also, do they count the fee toward the $2000?

    Thank you.

  105. @Victoria – The way the fine print is worded, it looks like they won’t let you get both a Plus and Premier, but I’m not 100% sure myself.

    @Jimmy – If you’re referring to the “Plus” card, usually they do have the same upfront bonus, but the ongoing perks are a little different (3,000 points on anniversary vs. 6,000 points), and so on. Southwest changes the bonus on an ongoing basis, so as long as that’s the upfront offer on your application, you should be fine. You can call them up or secure message them online about it if you want. If you didn’t this time, in the future I recommend making PDF printouts of the offer pages. Good luck!

  106. What about that $69 fee…… does that count toward the required $2000…… any anecdotal evidence here as I can’t find that info in the small print.

  107. Jimmy,

    The fee does not count.

  108. I agree, I don’t think the annual fee counts as a purchase.

  109. @Victoria,
    I had the Plus card before and got the Premier card this year. Sure enough, I got the 50k bonus points again after spending $2k on the Premier card within 2 months and making the 2nd payment on the card.

    So it looks like you *can* double-up despite the somewhat ambiguous language you pointed out (“This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-
    time Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal Cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal Cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.”)

  110. Victoria says:

    Good to hear Dan! I did get the card and am at $1400/$2000 so far, so hopefully I make it to 2k by the end of the month. Do we get the points as soon as we reach 2k or do we have to wait 1 or 2 billing cycles? Thanks!

  111. @Victoria, I got the points at the end of the billing cycle in which I met the minimum spending requirement. I believe that’s the experience I’ve had with all Chase cards with such a requirement.

  112. Is it true that Chase will refund the $69 fee (or $99 for premiere) if I cancel my card?

    My $500 in Walmart cards have arrived…. I assume those will still work even if I cancel the account.

  113. Can the points be used to buy tickets for someone else. eg. two round trip tickets for me and a friend for the same trip?

  114. @Kevin, yes. They’re the same as ordinary Southwest points and you can use them to buy tickets for anyone.

  115. Got my own account 3 months ago……….. used my account for $500 in Walmart Gift Cards……

    Today, just signed up my wife…….. looking forward to another $500 (we buy lots of diapers) 🙂

  116. My wife and I were banned from Chase Bank for life in connection with the deal on this card:

  117. @Kevin – Yes, as Dan said.

    @Jimmy – That’s what we did, just make sure she has her own RR number (see below).

    @Mike – Sorry to hear that, although I’d agree (given the info you provided) that you putting the same Southwest Rapid Rewards card on both cards is probably why they cancelled your accounts. I know it seems innocuous but that is against their rules. Getting every bonus once for yourself and once for your wife is not, I haven’t had any issues with having many, many Chase cards.

  118. Hi Jonathan,

    Is 99 dollar fee waived for the first year? I did not get that information anywhere.

    After 1st year I will be charged 99 dollar and given 6000 points? Is that the way it works. Would appreciate if you can make that clear

    • @JR The fee is not waived, or at least I have never seen or experienced it being waived. I have paid it 5 times now (personal/spouse/family), and it is well worth it in my opinion.

  119. Thanks – this is a great deal! Was approved right away. $99 fee is charged right away. Thinking of this as 2 flights for $99…

  120. For the current offer, the $99 annual fee will be charge immediately or at least by the second bill. If you want to renew for the 2nd year, you’ll get 6,000 points and charged $99. You can close the card without losing the miles/points.

  121. Hi Jonathan – just applied and received the $69 card from the links you provided. Thanks for the info, and I hope you get something back.

  122. Add this to the three Marriott cards this summer and you’ve got a nice little Vacation. Marriott #1- 70,000 pts. Marriott #2- 30,000. Marriott #3(in the wife’s name)- 50,000pts.
    150,000 free points for $3,000 in spend.
    You also receive a few free nights for each card.
    This SW card now gives you the free flights to take advantage of the Marriott Rooms we just earned!!!

  123. Anyone with more experience converting these points to AirTran to travel internationally? I opened this last time this offer ran. Seems like I just need to open an AirTran account (free), check out the Air Tran credits needed, transfer, then buy. AirTran flies to Mexico/Caribbean, but mostly touristic/all-inclusive spots like Punta Cana and Cancun. I’ll let Jonathan know if I do it but wanted to see if any MMB readers have experience with this. Thanks in advance.

  124. Airtran can be difficult to get free flights, especially international destinations, unlike Southwest’s more liberal policy.

    On my recent Chase bank statements is a message that they are no longer selling Gift Cards anymore, so beware if that is your route to spend the requirement.

  125. Sweet. Glad to see the 50k bonus is back. I just applied and was approved for the Plus card. Same 50k bonus points but only a $69 fee. I would only get 3k anniversary points, but I don’t plan on paying a second annual fee on this card.

  126. Link to chase gift cards does not seem to be working.

  127. Who has experience getting the points for more than one Southwest card? I applied in 2011 for either a Plus or Premier personal card, can’t remember. I got my 50k points and I canceled it in 2012. Looking at getting another. Looks like a Business version Southwest card should work fine, but looking for verification. Thanks.

    • @Nick I am on my third Southwest card, two non-business and one business, and I have gotten the 50k bonus on all three. After next month’s statement, I will have the companion pass through the end of December 2015.

  128. @mosambi – I just checked and it worked for me. Perhaps remove the https and just go with http?

  129. So I got an email from Chase saying that rather than 60 points per dollar redeemed on flights, it will now cost 70.

    This comes after another similar increase on my PenFed card. Looks like rewards are starting to dry up.

  130. My wife and I both applied and had these cards less than a year and half ago.

    Just re-applied tonight and both were approved again. Thanks for the link.

    Great bonus; last time we redeemed for $1200 in Amazon gift cards.

  131. yearzero,

    That is great.. My wife and I did the same thing…….. I wonder how long you have to wait until you are approved again so you can do this all over again??

    I love free money (legally obtained, of course) 🙂

  132. Beware – they seem to have implemented better tracking of repeat applications. I took advantage of this offer successfully in the past, cancelled the card, and then signed up again when I received the same offer in the mail a year later. However, the second time they wouldn’t allow my points to be redeeemed with my second card as I had already taken advantage of the offer the previous year.

  133. Troy Brown says:

    I have had a SW Visa for years. A couple of months ago I received a promotion in the mail for which I had to call in to register. If I spent $2k or $3k by a certain date, I would receive a certain # of bonus points. I only had the hard copy (no email) and I probably threw it out. Problem is, I don’t recall how much I had to spend or when I had to complete it by. Did anyone else receive a similar promo deal in the last few months and know the details?

    I inquired with Chase directly and they were no help at all.

  134. This is a great credit card for domestic travel. 50,000 points are worth
    a lot for short trips inside the United States.

  135. What are nice places to go using SW miles? I just got my companion pass, can I use to go to Caribbean such as DR or Mexico?

  136. Can you get a ticket using points for someone who is the holder (they already burned through the 110K) of the companion pass and then fly with them as their companion? Only asking to see if I can avoid the cost of transferring the points to their account.

    • This is from the SW website:

      Reservations are required for Companion Pass travel. When a reservation is made, the Member must choose the Rapid Rewards Companion Pass booking option on, or notify the Customer Representative that a Rapid Rewards Companion Pass will be used. You must book your flight prior to booking your designated Companion’s flight. The Member and the Companion must checkin together and present the Companion Pass card at the Southwest Airlines’ Ticket Counter, Skycap podium, or Departure Gate in order for the Companion to travel. Valid photo identification for both Member and Companion is required. The Member and his/her Companion must board with their assigned group(s). For A-List and A-List Preferred Members who are also Companion Pass Holders, reserved boarding privileges will not be provided for the Member’s designated Companion unless he/she is also an A-List or A-List Preferred Member.

      It’s not clear to me what the answer is… it seems it might be possible by booking the flights together on the phone through customer service?

  137. As old people retire we find we are suddenly forced to travel to two parties this year, this card will allow us to travel on the cheap. Sweet.

  138. Whoops a reader pointed out the Companion Pass info should be for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015.

    • This is from SW web site – seems to indicate “points earned from program enrollment” are not included – is this indicating the 50,000 bonus points are not included?:

      Companion Pass Qualifying Points are earned from revenue flights booked through Southwest Airlines, points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Points purchased for personal use or as a gift, transferred points, points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not count toward Companion Pass status.

  139. There is a “Plus” card available for $69 which also offers 50k pts. with same purchase requirement. Biggest difference is you don’t get the 0% foreign transaction fee and only 3k reward pts on renewal not 6k. The website says the offer is no longer available, but I called 800-691-1371 and was able to apply by phone.

  140. My wife and I signed up for this card last spring/summer…..then cancelled. How long must I wait until I can do this all over again?

  141. Want to sign up for this card again but saw this in the terms section:

    This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Card cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer. Note: the bonus may be earned on one first-time personal and one first-time business Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card new account.

  142. Lastly, if you sign up and are approved, does this imply that eventually I will receive the 50000 points in the Southwest Airlines program? I’m concerned that I will go through the “charging $2000 in 3 months” and then be told I’m not eligible for these 50000 bonus points. Then, I’ll have that $99 fee to pay as well.

  143. J .. Just call them to apply. I was in the same boat as you. I called them to apply, was approved, and they confirmed I am eligible for the 50K promo.

    I’m sure it will work for you too. I’ve been doing this over and over without them flagging me as a “repeat offender”.

  144. MJ, Thanks for the encouragement. Right after my last post I applied…….both my wife and I for separate accounts. Was approved for both…….

    When you say “them”……do you mean Southwest or Chase?

  145. Update: Received my 50000 points from Southwest and redeemed them for $500 in Walmart cards. I’m hoping when I cancel the card I can get the $99 credited to my account. Next up… wife’s card for another $500. 🙂 I love it when a plan comes together.

  146. Was able to get the the annual fee refunded on my account. However, Southwest sent a notice saying that my wife’s account would not be eligible for the 50000 points as she had signed up within the last 2 years. fyi.

    • I am happy to hear your plan did not come together. It figures that a Walmart shopper would squander the greater value just to waste it on their products.

      • …… you mean a Walmart shopper that uses the funds strictly for items to run a household….. then takes these savings to help pay for things like braces for my 10 year old? Maybe it is this kind of “squandered thinking” that’s allowed for a paid-off home and vehicle………..

  147. Peter Bratt says:

    used this promo in 2011, and got the 50,000 miles reward. I canceled the card later in the year after cashing out the points. I have had this offer hit my mail box again-anyone know if I will get the 50,000 reward again?

    • Based on J’s comment a few above yours, it would appear that if you wait at least 2 years then you’ll be able to sign-up and get the bonus again with the same card.

  148. It’s a great deal to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 1:1 over to Southwest. However, those transferred points do NOT count towards earning a Companion Fare card. They are not treated the same as the points earned directly on the Chase SW credit card (such as the 50k signing bonus). I was all excited thinking I could do this, but in looking at my Rapid Rewards activity and the points I had converted from Ultimate Rewards, they did not show up on the “meter” for points earned towards Companion. Darn!

  149. Alexandria says:

    We were just able to redeem this reward for the second time. Last time was 2011. I was bummed to see that they are not offering any $50 Amazon gift cards today. Is that just a temp thing or are they no longer offering those? They are selling $25 Amazon gift cards for 3,000 points.

  150. I went to cancel my credit card and the representative said I’d lose my points. I wanted to close it due to a fraudUlent charge on my card. He said he’d issue another card and just not mail it to me so I can keep my points. Are our points rewards accounts now directly linked to the card. Do you have to close your rewards to close your credit card? It’s never been this way before.

    • It sounds like either (1) your CSR was misinformed or (2) your CSR was so desperate to keep up their stats (retention center employees get dinged whenever you actually cancel and it hurts their “rescue rate”) that they just lied to you. Unfortunately, my guess is the latter.

    • Are you trying to cancel without paying the annual fee? If you already paid the annual fee and are not trying to get it credited back then the CSR is wrong. If you are trying to get the points and not pay the annual fee then it sounds as though the CSR is right. I have canceled numerous versions of this card and more often than not they do not care about keeping me. Only once have they offered me something valuable enough for me to keep the card and pay the annual fee. Lastly, the points are separate and you do not need the card to keep them, use them, or refresh them (since they do not expire).

  151. I got my sign up bonus for this card in 2011 but only recently closed it 3 months ago. Would I be able to reapply and get the bonus again?

    • So their language says “This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.”

      1. You are not a current cardholder.
      2. You did not receive a sign-up bonus in the past 24 months.

      I would interpret you as able to get a new sign-up bonus. They are opening up their incentive to try and win back your business.

      • Ok – I will give it a shot. Just got approved 🙂

        • I see additional language in the Pricing & Terms section of the offer:

          ” Chase cardmembers who currently have or have had a Chase credit card in any Rewards Program associated with this offer, may not be eligible for a second Chase credit card in the same Rewards Program. Chase cardmembers currently receiving promotional pricing, or Chase cardmembers with a history of only using their current or prior Chase card for promotional pricing offers, are not eligible for a second Chase credit card with promotional pricing.”

          Does anyone know what this means?

  152. I just got my card, but I’m a bit confused by the bonus info wording.
    “You are not a current cardholder”
    I have the reg sw visa w/$69 fee. So am I a current cardholder or is this a different card altogether? Please answer so I can cancel if need be. Thank you!

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