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I’ve been waiting for an airline to match American’s double elite qualifying mile promotion, but I have to say I’m pretty surprised that the first one to match is Southwest!
They just announced that their Rapid Rewards members can earn double Tier Qualifying Points between December 22, 2011 and January 31, 2012. Note: This is not a bonus on companion pass qualifying or regular points- only Tier Qualifying. Registration required.
I hope this announcement forces the other major players (ah hem United and Delta) to jump in the fray and offer at least some sort of similar bonus.
The wording of this promotion excludes all existing reservations, whereas the American promotion specifically included all prior booked trips. However, Southwest does allow risk-free cancellations, so if your fare hasn’t risen dramatically, it may make sense to cancel and rebook so you are eligible for the double tier qualifying points.
Southwest’s elite Tiers are earned by either completing one-way flights or generating enough Tier Points from spend on specific fares (6 points per dollar spend on Wanna Get Away, 10 points on Anytime and 12 points on Business Select). The main benefits of status are:
A-list: Awarded after 25 one-way flights or 35,000 Tier Points
– Priority boarding
– 25% Bonus on points earned
– Priority Check-in and security
– Priority Standby
– Enhanced customer service phone line
A-list Preferred: Awarded after 50 one-ways or 70,000 Tier Points. A-list benefits plus:
– 100% point bonus
– Free in-flight wifi
– Higher boarding and standby priority
Terms and Conditions: Rapid Rewards Member will receive six bonus Tier Qualifying points per dollar spent on Wanna Get Away? Fares, 10 bonus Tier Qualifying points per dollar spent on Anytime Fares, and 12 bonus Tier Qualifying points per dollar spent on Business Select Fares. Bonus Tier Qualifying points are in addition to the standard Tier Qualifying flight points earned through Rapid Rewards. Bonus Tier Qualifying points will count toward A-List and A-List Preferred qualification. Bonus Tier Qualification points will not count toward Companion Pass qualification or reward travel. Member must register for this promotion between December 22, 2011 and January 31, 2012 and registration must be completed prior to commencement of travel. Valid on new reservations only. Member must book between December 22, 2011 and January 31, 2012. Travel must be completed between December 22, 2011 and January 31, 2012. Rapid Rewards account number must be entered at the time of booking. Member will receive bonus Tier Qualifying Points within four days after completion of entire ticket. Award, Companion Pass, Southwest Vacation Packages, Jackpot Deal Packages, and reward travel do not qualify for promotion. Valid on Southwest Airlines published, scheduled service. Changes made to the itinerary after purchase may eliminate qualification for this promotion. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.