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50,000 Points (up to $833 in Flights) With Chase Southwest Premier Visa Signature Card

by on July 6, 2011 · 53 comments

in Chase, Credit Cards, Southwest

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here.

Chase just launched yet another 50,000 point sign-up bonus, this time for their Southwest co-branded Visa Signature card . Southwest recently revamped their frequent flyer program most notably changing their redemption rates and adding a real elite program. The card comes with a really high sign-up bonus (its normally 20,000) and some cool features, like Tier Qualifying Points and a 6,000 point bonus every year you renew the card. While the card has a $99 annual fee, the 6,000 point annual equates to $100 towards Wanna Get Away fares, essentially making it a wash. I know a lot of you have gotten in on other Chase deals this year, so I recommend you wait at least 30 days in between applications. I’ve been told that this promo will run until August 6 and possibly be extended. Even if you do get declined, Chase has real humans answering their reconsideration line and in most cases will work with you to get you approved. Redeeming: Their new program has three fixed redemption rates – which means you can use points for any flight, but you need to use varying amounts depending on the type of fare you want to “buy” with your points. Points are worth a different amount when you redeem them for their 3 types of fares: Business Select, Anytime and Wanna Get Away.Per their redemption chart, 120 points is $1 towards Business Select, 100 points is $1 towards Anytime and 60 points is $1 towards Wanna Get Away. This means 50,000 points would get you $833.33 worth of Wanna Get Away fares, $500 towards Anytime and $416.67 Business Select.

Southwest Redemption Chart

Earning: -2 points for each $1 of net purchases made directly with Southwest Airlines, including flight, inflight, Southwest giftcards, Jackpot Deals, and Southwest Airlines Vacations package purchases, and at participating Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Hotel and Rental Car Partners. – 1 point for each $1 of all other net purchases. - Elite qualifying purchases: You will earn 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs) for each $10,000 of eligible net purchases, with a max of 15,000 TQPs from credit card spend a year. 35,000 TQPs  gets you free A-list, which gets priority security and boarding,  25% bonus on points and enhanced customer service. -70,000 TQP gets A-list Preferred, which gets all A-list benefits, plus free in-flight wifi, 100% point bonus and higher standby priority. Under normal earning you get 12 TQPs per dollar spent on Business Select, 10 on Anytime and 6 on Wanna Get Away, so the credit card is a nice option to accrue some TQPs needed for status – Companion pass- you can get a free companion pass (so anyone can travel on any flight you are on for a year) if you accrue 110,000 TQPs in a year or fly 100 one-way flights. Some key benefits of Southwest- – 2 free checked bags – Points don’t expire as long as you have any qualifying activity within 24 months – No change fees. If you cancel a flight, you get your money back in the form of a voucher towards a future flight. You can also redeem Southwest points for gift cards, hotels and rental cars,but expect to get about 1 cent per point, so $500 in value from the sign-up bonus. Overall, I think this is a great card if you plan to fly Southwest in the future. Southwest is not in an alliance, but they recently bought Airtran, so their route network will soon be bigger than ever once everything is finalized later this year and into 2012. As always, if you plan to get this card, I’d greatly appreciate if you use my application link – it’s what keeps this site running! Please feel free to comment or ask any questions below.

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  • David

    My god, I’ve already done 3 successful Chase reconsiderations in the last 2 months. How many more will they allow? Does anyone have a sense of whether I’ll get flagged somehow?

    I had to abandon going after the Hyatt Chase card and other hotel cards, given all the airline miles being offered — but there seems to be no sight in end!

  • Drguercio17

    I don’t understand- do you get 50,000 points OR 2 free flights after first purchase? The ad from SW doesn’t mention 50,000 points…..?

  • http://millionmilesecrets.com/ Daraius

    @Drguercio17 – You get 50,000 Bonus points.

    It says “Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Card1 and we’ll get you started with 50,000 Bonus Points after your first purchase”

  • Anonymous

    Its 50,000 points. Since most people are confused by points, I think their marketing team just tried to simplify the language. But since y’all are so savvy I used points to measure the value of the promo. Per the official offer page: Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Card1 and we’ll get you started with 50,000 Bonus Points after your first purchase2 – that’s over $800 in Wanna Get Away® Fares that can be redeemed for 2 FREE ROUNDTRIP FLIGHTS! Start planning your trip today to one of the 70+ destinations Southwest Airlines flies.
    STOP WAITING. APPLY TODAY.

  • Anonymous

    I just met someone with 6 Chase cards. If you have good credit and are a good customer to Chase, I bet they’ll let you have 4 easily. No one will be able to tell you but them!

  • Anonymous

    I just met someone with 6 Chase cards. If you have good credit and you are a good Chase customer, I can easily see have a bunch. At the end of the day, no one will be able to tell you, but Chase, but keep us updated if you go for it!

  • David

    I will let you know. I got initially rejected for BA, Sapphire and Continental cards and approved for all 3 on reconsideration.

    Brian, I hope you get credit when Chase people apply through your link and are accepted only on reconsideration over the phone!

  • hobo13

    Wow, Brian, of the Big 4 bloggers, I think you were the one to break the news on this one! Congrats.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! Do I get extra credit since I’m in Spain right now and it’s 11:40pm? Or does that just mean I need to get a life? :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Ewen/7201791 Nick Ewen

    For what it’s worth, I think that the companion pass on Southwest is one of the best frequent flyer perks out there. I qualified last August and will have it through the end of 2011. My wife and I have taken a bunch of trips using it…they even allow you to bring your companion on award tickets! So far we’ve done roundtrips from Orlando to Nashville, Providence, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Chicago, with upcoming trips to Baltimore and Long Island-Islip. The vast majority of these were award tickets, so $2.50 or $5 for each of us to get thousands of dollars in flights.

    If you travel a lot domestically (hooray for out of town weddings!) and live near a large Southwest airport (MDW, BWI, MCO, BNA, LAS, DEN, PHX, to name a few), this 50,000 point bonus can go a long way towards the companion pass.

  • Mike

    I have the Southwest Visa Sig Card. I did the $500 gift card for $5000 spend deal that was available a ways back. I believe I also rec’d 20k points, will have to go back and look. Wonder if I should try and ask for another 30K with the availability of this new offer, but this “Premier” card looks like a new product. My home airport is SJC and dominated by Southwest and I actually like the points for $ rewards program they have. Its much better than their old program. I do wish they had a cash and points option though.

  • Anonymous

    I think this product is new, so I’d just apply new instead of “only” getting the 30k differential.

    As for Southwest, I used to fly them back and forth from PIT to PHL (in my college days) and I loved how they brought fares on that 300 mile route down from $500 (under US Airways tyranny) to $70. I don’t fly them at all anymore, but there has to be something to that loyal following!

  • Dohbot

    Is it possible to transfer Southwest points to another program?

  • Anonymous

    It is not. You can use them to buy international flights on other airlines, but its not a very good use of points.

  • BrandoNGossett

    TPG – Your elite qualifying points link is broken. Could explain what qualifies?

  • Anonymous

    Fixed and added info. You earn TQPs on dollars spent on fares: 12 per $ on Business Select, 10 on Anytime and 6 on Wanna Get Away. Spending on the Premier card can get you up to 15,000 TQPs which is about half the way to A list

  • Anonymous

    Fixed and added info. You earn TQPs on dollars spent on fares: 12 per $ on Business Select, 10 on Anytime and 6 on Wanna Get Away. Spending on the Premier card can get you up to 15,000 TQPs which is about half the way to A list

  • Anonymous

    To clarify, the first year’s annual fee is NOT waived, correct? So it’s $99 even for the first year. Still a great deal for domestic travel between WN cities.

    I have the BA and Sapphire cards and have reached the spend bonus on both, so I’m looking for any other cards that have great bonuses. This looks like a great card if Chase will let me have 3 new cards in 4 months.

    Also, this isn’t Southwest-related but it is Chase related — I noticed that Chase has a Continental card that I’ve never owned. What is the future of that Continental credit card? Since Continental is merging into United, would that card cease to exist in the future? If so, should we take advantage of any bonus offers before the merger?

  • Anonymous

    To clarify, the first year’s annual fee is NOT waived, correct? So it’s $99 even for the first year. Still a great deal for domestic travel between WN cities.

    I have the BA and Sapphire cards and have reached the spend bonus on both, so I’m looking for any other cards that have great bonuses. This looks like a great card if Chase will let me have 3 new cards in 4 months.

    Also, this isn’t Southwest-related but it is Chase related — I noticed that Chase has a Continental card that I’ve never owned. What is the future of that Continental credit card? Since Continental is merging into United, would that card cease to exist in the future? If so, should we take advantage of any bonus offers before the merger?

  • DJ

    Am I correct in understanding that I could easily just transfer my 50,000 points in to $500 worth of Amazon Gift Cards effectively getting $400 for free? Man, Chase is all over the place with their CCard deals recently if so!

  • Jason

    Any chance they waive the annual fee for the first year? Even if not, $99 for $800+ of travel is still a great deal.

  • Anonymous

    Highly doubt it, though I suppose it couldn’t hurt to ask. Let us know what they say :-)

  • Anonymous

    Correct- most gift cards are 1:1 so 50k = $500

  • Anonymous

    Fee is NOT waived. Still a good deal no matter how you slice it.

    Continental card should be around until this fall then goes away. May make sense to get if you get targeted for 50k. I’m thinking they may come out with one last good promo to push the card and entrench loyalty- especially as Continental leaves Amex Membership Rewards September 30.

  • Jason

    I just got accepted and used your affiliate link. Thanks for telling us of this great offer. I’ll keep you posted about the annual fee possibly being waived.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603041133 Vishal Upadhayay

    I actually saw an ad for the offer on your page 2 or 3 hours before you posted this.

  • David

    I am a fool for missing the 100K Continental Card this year, but I recently got in on the 30K card they were offering. I didn’t want to waste a credit-pull on such an average-sized miles-bonus, but since they’re merging programs with United soon, we are running out of chances to double-dip on the credit card bonuses! I’m not sure when they’ll simply stop offering Continental cards altogether, but I imagine it will be in a few months, no?

  • Anonymous

    I imagine so. I want to get this card (if anyone is like me and has old Rapid Rewards credits, this is a great way to top them off before those old credits expire) but also the Chase CO card (hopefully at a bonus higher than 30K). Guess I’ll have to play reconsideration roulette!

  • animageofmine

    this is a great deal, except that there is a foreign transaction free. I am applying for chase CC for the first time, and have excellent credit score (750+). I am wondering if there are is any better card than this ?

  • Anonymous

    If you seek a card with no foreign transaction fees, I’d highly recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred http://www.thepointsguy.com/go/sapphirepref
    50,000 bonus points as well, $85 annual fee waived the first year and points transfer at a 1:1 to Continental, British Airways, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott and Amtrak. You can also use the points to buy revenue tickets.. 1 point = 1.25 cents so the 50k signup bonus is worth $625 towards flights. Not bad for no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees!

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure I do, so don’t worry about that :-) Really appreciate you using my links!

  • Jeff

    I thought the Companion Pass doesn’t have to be TQP? My understanding is that you can spend $115k on the credit card in a year and get the Companion Pass without ever flying a single flight. Your post suggested that only TQP will qualify you for the CP. Can you confirm? Thanks.

  • GoBlue34z

    If I already have the signature card, I assume I will get declined for this one?

  • 2007rubicon

    I used your affiliate link and was accepted. This is a great deal!

  • AG

    I am a little late to the party with the Chase CC bonuses. Looks like there have been a bunch of promotions lately. Do you know if you can get both the personal and the business cards at the same time for 100k points?

  • SJC Flyer

    I just signed up via one of those nagging guys at the airport. Similar deal … 50,000 bonus miles, but only a $69 annual fee. Not quite as many perks, but the lower annual fee may be attractive to some.

  • Rick

    Can you get the personal & business card at the same time?

    Considering I got the CO 50k in Feb, Sapphire 50k in June.

  • toomanybooks

    From your post:

    “- Companion pass- you can get a free companion pass (so anyone can travel on any flight you are on for a year) if you accrue 110,000 TQPs in a year or fly 100 one-way flights.”

    This is not correct (though you are right about the 100 one-ways). TQPs and Companion-Pass-qualifying points are definitely not the same things.

    TQPs come only from paid flights plus up to 15K per year with the Premier CC, at a rate of 1500 per $10K spend. One assumes WN may have some “double TQPs” offers going forward, but I don’t recall any such thing yet.

    CPQPs are from flights, CC spend, the first 600 pts. per car rental/hotel (not the bonuses) and at least some transfers in from other programs (“hindukid” reports his father got the CP solely by transferring in a slew of Choice points, for example). We don’t know for sure about Marriott packages, or at least no one in the WN or Marriott forum has personally confirmed, and I have asked.

    Furthermore, a CP is good all the rest of the year you get it and all of the next, so up to 2 years if you dump in early January. But we CP-holders got grandfathered until the end of 2011 or 2012 as a one-time thing, so we cannot test this until January on new dumps. And of course they may change the rules.

    It’s also a calendar year now for tier and CP qualification, not the rolling 12 months it used to be.

    We in the WN forum at Flyertalk are still working through all this stuff.

  • Max Porter

    Can anyone help me understand this better? does the card link to your Rapid Rewards account adding the points you earn with the card to the reward points you earn by flying? If that is the case, can the points only be used for one person? for example are the “2 free tickets” only redeemable for 2 different trips, or can they be 2 tickets for for my wife and I on one trip?

  • Mike

    Can anyone find in the T&Cs where it states how long it will be until you get the points in your account to spend? Got a couple flights that I need to book and if it’s a couple weeks fine, if a couple months I’ll just go ahead and book with cash now :)

  • http://www.SiliconPrairieNews.com/ Jeff Slobotski

    Just applied and was accepted today. Heard about your site yesterday from a friend Don Davidson – thanks so much!

    My wife flies back and forth to Chicago quite a bit – assuming it’s pretty easy to redeem as well?

    So the 50K are unrestricted?

    Do you recommend continuing the card even with the $99 fee or personal preference?

    Keep up the great work and thanks again!

  • Jon

    Quick question. I applied for this Southwest card, and received a message that they will let me know within a few weeks whether I’m approved. Should I wait until I hear an official yes or no from Chase, or should I call the reconsideration # before then? I currently have 3 Chase cards, and good credit around 750.

  • Lisa C.

    How long after the first qualifying purchase does it take for your points to post on your Rapid Rewards account?

  • Anonymous

    The points can be used for any flight and you don’t need to use them for only 1 person or even just 2 flights

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  • Jon

    Decided to give the reconsideration # a shot. Great experience. Someone with perfect English picked up immediately, and allowed me to shuffle my Chase credit limits around to get the Southwest card approved. The entire call took less than 5 minutes!

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  • Ngooch86

    What’s the credit limit?

  • Ngooch86

    What’s the credit limit

  • Ngooch86

    What’s the credit limit?

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  • Richie Rich

    Does anyone have any experience with getting the bonus on either the personal or business cards a 2nd time? I had the plus and closed in March 2011. I applied for the premier in November 2011 and that is my current card. Is there a specific amount of time the account has to be closed? Can you apply with a different rapid rewards number?

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