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Southwest 50,000 Point Offer Is Back Starting Today

by on September 18, 2013 · 58 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

Southwest.com is now showing a huge banner for the Chase Southwest Visa 50,000 point offer after $2,000 spent within 3 months, and remember, those points count towards the holy grail of travel rewards – the Southwest Companion Pass.

Once you accrue 110,000 Companion Pass Qualifying points, Southwest grants the pass for the remainder of the existing year plus the entire next year! For instance, if you qualify for the pass early in 2014, you can have it for nearly two years! On the application page it looks like the end date of this offer is October 30, 2013.

Looks like it will be around until October 30, 2013

Looks like it will be around until October 30, 2013

Even if you don’t want the companion pass, 50,000 Rapid Rewards points are worth almost $900 in Wanna Get Away fares, so it is one of the most solid credit card offers on the market if you fly Southwest. Check out these posts for more information on maximizing the offer:

Maximize Monday: Southwest Companion Pass FAQ And Strategies
Top 11 Ways To Top Up Your Account For The Southwest Companion Pass
Southwest Points vs. Southwest Credits: When Transferring Makes Sense and How to Check Availability
Can I Get Two Southwest Cards In One Day To Qualify For A Companion Pass?

Companion Pass Basics

How to Qualify:

1) Fly 100 one-way flights within a calendar year

2) Accrue 110,000 points in a calendar year (every January your qualifying points reset to 0) – this includes flights, credit card – including credit card sign-up bonuses and partner activity like hotel stays/transfers and rental cars.

Relevant Rules (Full list here)

1) Your companion can only board with their zone. For example, if you are a top elite, your companion cannot board with you unless they have the same elite status.

2) You cannot use your companion for an extra seat for yourself unless you are a Passenger of Size.

3) You can change your designated Companion and request a new Companion Pass up to three (3) times within the validity period of the Pass.

4) Companion Pass and reward travel is subject to a government-imposed September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 roundtrip

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  • Billy

    I have a Chase Sapphire Ultimate Rewards card. Is there a feasible way to leverage both cards’ opportunities?

  • thepointsguy

    Direct transfers don’t work but you can potentially transfer to Hyatt /Marriott and then onto Southwest as outlined here http://thepointsguy.com/2013/08/can-i-transfer-ultimate-rewards-points-to-my-southwest-account-to-qualify-for-the-companion-pass/

  • Billy

    Duh, I should have searched more. Thanks!

  • Adam C Orfgen

    My SWA credit card earned me 50,000 points but they are not Qualifying points. What did I do wrong? I’m still a lowly A-List’er.

  • Joe

    I owned this card and had my account closed about a year ago. Will I be eligible for the bonus if I apply again?

  • josefismael

    The offer is for 50k points. Are we assuming that I’m getting 2 cards? Or that I have someone else get another card and then transfer the points? Last spring when this offer was on, I remember reading about “browser tricks” that one could use to get multiple cards – is that what we’re assuming should happen here? Asking because I already have an 50k Ink Plus application out there waiting “additional review” (planning to call their reconsideration line today), and I’m worried that Chase is going to look at all these applications and call me on my BS :)

  • Chris

    TPG: Thanks for this one! Can each card point the ANY Rapid Rewards account of my choice, or do the names have to match?

  • Lynn

    There are 2 personal cards and 2 business cards. They will all get the bonus.

  • sam

    There is also an offer for a SW Business card. If you were to apply for both it might help you reach the total. You generally can’t get the bonus on the exact same Chase product twice, so no two-browser trick.

  • Jeremy

    A-List and companion pass are two separate qualifying accounts. To check your qualifying totals for the companion pass Login into your SW account and click the my account link under where it says your name. Then My rapid rewards tab, On the left hand side there are three boxes Tier Status, Companion Pass and recent rewards activity. Check there.

  • Matthew Ender

    I know this has been asked in the past, but I just want to confirm something…If I apply for both the Premier and Plus (personal) cards, after $2000 in spend (on non-Southwest purchases), I’ll have 104,000 points credited…therefore would need to earn another 6000 points (thru flying or purchases) to receive the Companion Pass, correct?

  • Matthew Ender

    In addition, does the Companion Pass apply to AirTran-only itineraries OR shared itineraries (1 leg operated by Southwest and the other leg operated by AirTran)?

  • Adam C Orfgen

    You are correct. Thanks!

  • slumdog007

    Are you saying it did in fact count towards your qualifying totals for the companion pass ?

  • slumdog007

    I think I might has mis-timed things.. I am new to the game and just got approved to Chase Sapphire and Chase Ink yesterday. Is it too early to apply to SWA card ?

  • Adam C Orfgen

    It counted towards Companion Pass but not towards A-List/Preferred Status. I’m actually closer now to Companion then I am to A-List Preferred due to the SWA Card Bonus.

  • Marty

    Yes. You’d need another 6000 points through purchases. I’m not sure about the companion on air-tran. I have a companion pass now but haven’t been able to book through SW directly. I believe it does apply for Air-Train but only if booked through SW. If it directs you to the Air-Tran site, the pass would not work. I may be off here with the pass deal so someone correct me if I am wrong.

  • slumdog007

    thanks for the clarification

  • http://travelwithgrant.com/ Grant

    Yes, you should probably wait 3 months before applying for the SWA card.

  • Lesli

    You can use the companion pass on AirTran flights as long as they are booked through the SW site.

  • Matthew Ender

    Thank you both for your help!

  • Prashant

    I applied and received both Personal and Business Southwest cards when the promotion came along last time in July of this year. At that time I was not aware of the rule where points reset on January 1st otherwise I would have waited to apply for the card in Oct.

    I am wondering if I should close both my cards as soon as I get the Companion Pass valid until Dec 31th 2014 so I can re-reply for them end of next year when the promotion comes back again.

    Or is there a better way to maximize the companion pass validity period?

    I will qualify for the companion pass most likely in Oct of this year.

  • Jeff Wille

    Can i sign up for a card and also have my wife sign up for a card and then in January transfer the funds from one account to another, does that count toward the 110k?

  • Charles

    I need the SW Plus Business card. Is that the only one that is excluded?

  • Charles

    Looks like it is included, after all. I had to click on a different link for it to show up.

  • CDUB

    How crucial is this 3 months? I got the Chase Sapphire in early August. End of October will be just short of 3 months for me.

  • http://travelwithgrant.com/ Grant

    Ideally, you get the card either Oct, Nov, or Dec, but you wait until January to earn all your points and complete the minimum spend.

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  • CDUB

    I was referring the 3 months to apply not the 3 months to hit the bonus. How crucial is waiting for 3 months to apply with Chase again?

  • http://travelwithgrant.com/ Grant

    It is strongly recommend but you can get approved before the 3 month mark, but it may be difficult. It depends on your credit history and the number of cards you currently have and have applied for in the last year.

  • thepointsguy

    There is no hard set rule for time between applications. 30 days is fine in my experience

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  • Mike

    I applied for this card earlier in the spring with the same signup bonus. I earned the miles and cancelled the card. Is it possible/feasible to sign up for the same card again and get the same bonus?

  • lutzy55

    I missed out on this promotion over the summer and was so excited when I saw it was back that I didn’t think it through and applied right away.

    I definitely should’ve waited until October to apply to push the 3 months into January of next year, I’d love to get the companion pass then. As it stands 3 months from my approval (today) will be December 20th…

    1) Once I get my cards is there any way to push the promotion back a couple of weeks? My thinking so far is to wait until December 20th to make the necessary purchases and change my billing date to the 1st of the month. Would this work? I think that would be my 4th statement but I’d think it’d still qualify since the purchases were within 3 months.

    2) When they say “3 Months” do they mean 90 days or the same date 3 months down the road?

  • Olivia D

    Theoretically if I applied for 2 SW cards October 20 I would have 20 days to spend the 4k between both cards starting January 1st 2014 for all the 104,000 to count for the pass, is this correct?

  • Charles

    @lutzy55 Some bloggers say it is 103 days out. That would make it to around January 1st, unless they count the day of approval (Sept. 20th). I would call Chase and find out. Changing the closing date may work. That is definitely worth a try.

  • Charles

    @Mike You cannot sign up for the same card to get the bonus, but you can sign up for the other card to get the bonus. There are two personal cards – the Plus and the Premier.

  • Charles

    @ Olivia- Yes.

  • Charles

    No. But that would be nice.

  • http://continentaldrift.co/ Eli Stoughton

    The fine print says that you can get the bonus once for Personal and once for Business. It does not say that you can get it once for Plus and once for Premier. Though, it’d be nice if this was actually the case.

  • http://continentaldrift.co/ Eli Stoughton

    I think what you want to do is get one personal and one business. They state that you can only get the bonus once for each.

  • http://continentaldrift.co/ Eli Stoughton

    Have you had experience getting 4 bonuses?

  • Charles

    Eli,
    I have received the bonus for the Premier personal and the Plus personal.

  • Charles

    Eli, I have received bonuses for 3 of the 4 cards and plan on going for the 4th in mid-October.

  • Tim

    I have 60,000 points now from the plus card I got last month. I am planning on signing up for the premier card to get 50,000 more ponts. How do I plan it so I can get my companion pass eligibility starting January of 2014, so its good for two years? Because points reset in January, so I assume I will have to spend the $2000 before then to even get the companion pass. But I really don’t want to get in December because its only good for a year then. Any suggestions on when I should sign up, when I should spend the money, so I will get my companion pass January 2014 and not sooner or before they reset points? Thanks

  • Charles

    Tim,
    Since you already have the 60K, you will not be able to get the CP for 2 years starting January 2014. If you want the CP, I suggest signing up for the Premier now and finishing minimum spend ASAP, then you will have CP through end of this year and all of 2014.

  • MiPerroMoby

    I saw a blog that said you could sign up for a personal and a business card and get 100k points.

  • Charles

    That is true.

  • Lesli

    My friend had two personal cards and she got the bonus for each. Not sure how, but she did.

  • WFUDEAC

    When do points post? T&C says allow 6-8 weeks. If I apply now, how do i make sure the points post int Jan/Feb 2014?

  • James

    Same Question

  • Keaton S. Taylor

    Has chase or Southwest stated with this offer will end?

    Within the last 30 days I’ve applied for the Chase Ink Plus and Chase Freedom. Totaling 4 credit inquires on my report in the last 24 months. I want to wait as long as possible before applying for the business and personal versions of the southwest card but don’t want to miss the 50K bonus offer.

    Any advice you may have would be awesome!

  • kyle

    Charles, did you get the bonus for both in the same year?

  • ncaahockeyfan

    i had a chase SWA card under the old program (credits not points), but it never included bonus credits. instead, the promo included $500 in SWA gift cards and a round-trip voucher. i canceled the card about 2 years ago. any idea whether i’d be eligible for any of the new SWA cards? i’d like to apply for biz and personal to earn a companion pass in January.

  • Kris

    I have about 61K Qualifying miles and applied for the SWA card last Friday. Do i need to have 50K points in my account before Dec 31 2013 to be eligible for CP? Chase says it takes 6-8 weeks for the points to be credited.

  • Dave

    FWIW, my girlfriend and I both applied for the card using the same rapid reward # (my RR account) and both cards arrived with the same RR# linked.

  • Khai Nguyen

    Has this worked for you? I’m thinking about doing this since I will probably not get to 110000 points on my own and not interested in getting two cards.

  • Baconba

    I missed this offer. Do you think they’ll run it again any time soon?

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