Amazing Deal Alert: Southwest Visa 50,000 Points Offers Are Back! – Expired

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

Offer expired March 9, 2014.

Chase has relaunched limited-time offers of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas  – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and Business Plus card. To get the full bonus on any of these cards, you must spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening. And remember, these bonus points count towards the holy grail of travel rewards – the Southwest Companion Pass – and now is a great time to accrue the 110,000 points you need to get it since it will be good through the rest of 2014 and 2015.

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Chase periodically runs this bonus, but you never know if it will come back again. Amex used to always run transfer bonuses to Delta, but then stopped on day and we haven’t seen one in almost two years. My guess is that these offers will come back again, but possibly not until later in 2014.

Here are the rest of the details on the Premier card offers:

  • Get 50,000 points for 2 Roundtrip Flights after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account. Government fees as low as $10 not included.
  • Get 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary.
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and AirTran Airways® purchases made directly with the airlines and on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 1,500 Tier points for every $10,000 in purchases up to 15,000 Tier points per calendar year
  • Redeem points for gift cards, car rentals, cruises, hotel stays, and international flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $99 annual fee

And here are the Plus card details:

  • Get 50,000 points for 2 Roundtrip Flights after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account. Government fees as low as $10 not included.
  • Get 3,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary.
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and AirTran Airways® purchases made directly with the airlines and on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Redeem points for gift cards, car rentals, cruises, hotel stays, and international flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.
  • $69 annual fee

The difference between the two cards is that there is a $99 fee on the Premier card and $69 fee on the Plus card. The Premier comes with 6,000 points every anniversary (~$108 in Wanna Get Away fares) and the Plus gets 3,000 ($54 in Wanna Get Away fares).

I’ve written many times about this offer – basically it is marketed as 2 roundtrip flights, but you are actually getting 50,000 Rapid Rewards points. Southwest points cannot be transferred to other frequent flyer or hotel programs and the only partner airline you can redeem on is Airtran, which was acquired by Southwest in 2010.

In terms of redeeming for award seats, with Wanna Get Away fares, 60 points = $1 (until the devaluation March 31, 2014 after which you’ll need 70 points per $1), so that means you can get up to almost $900 in fares with a single sign-up bonus alone.

Chase will allow you to get the sign-up bonus for each card, so you might want to consider also applying for the business version of the Premier or the Business Plus card if you have a small business. Many readers have reported that it is possible to get both in one day, so you can bank up to 100,000 points. Or if you already have one version of a card (the Plus or Premier) you could get the other to bank up 50,000 points.

Where this gets really interesting, though, is that these bonus points count towards Southwest’s Companion Pass qualification, which is one of the best frequent flyer program benefits out there. There are two ways to qualify for a Companion Pass. Either fly 100 one-way flights within a calendar year or 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. So with the $2,000 in minimum spend on two cards plus the 50,000 point bonuses, you’re looking at 104,000 Companion Pass qualifying points and you only need 110,000 to get the pass.

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable frequent flyer benefits out there.

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable frequent flyer benefits out there.

Now is a great time for this strategy in particular because if you do manage to get the Companion Pass quickly, it will be good for almost two years until the end of 2015 – representing a potentially tremendous value in both saved money and points.

What is a Companion Pass worth? The value of your pass is equal to the value of the dollars and points that you would spend on Southwest flights during the valid period of your pass. So if you are only planning a couple trips in the next few years, your value will be limited. However, if you and your companion travel extensively, or if you tend to commute between cities a lot, your pass could be worth thousands of dollars.

To put it in perspective, it would take $18,333 worth of flights in the “Wanna Get Away” fare class to earn the 110,000 points necessary for the Companion Pass just by flying. If you were to pay for those tickets with cash, it would cost an additional $18,333 to add a companion (or more if there is not always another seat available at the same fare class). Therefore, you would save at least $18,333 by starting off with a Companion Pass beforehand.

To look at it another way, if you were to earn the 110,000 points needed for the Companion Pass, and just use all of those points to fly with a companion on Wanna Get Away fares – where your points are worth about 1.8 cents each – then the pass would be worth about $1,800 in free travel. Either way, you’re looking at some great values.

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:

For more information, check out these posts:

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

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  • Nick

    are these churnable? I closed the Plus card in Jan 2013 and the Premier in July 2013.

  • romanhans

    Plus card fine print: “This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Card cardmembers….” Anybody know if it’ll work anyway?

  • Guest

    Question: If you sign up for these cards and then cancel in a year…will you still retain the points or do they disappear?

  • Rob

    Plus card only earns 3K points on anniversary, right? Looks like you have a typo.

  • thepointsguy

    You keep the points

  • thepointsguy

    I don’t believe so- if you’ve had Plus I’d go for premier or business versions

  • Ryan

    I know you’ve done it before, but can you please do a re-post on ideas for meeting $2000 in minimum spend on each card? ie. “Manufactured Spend”

  • Dr. JLo

    If I have a business can I sign up for both on the same day? I can spend $2000 on each card in a month…probably in a week with the house remodel I am doing.

  • lduv143

    tip! i have a question though. i don’t have any version of this card
    already. so i was wondering, if i get the premier card, and the business
    version of the premier card, will i be able to combine the 50,000 sign
    up points from both of them to use
    towards the companion pass? or do i have to accumulate the 110,000
    points on one card to use for the companion pass? hope this question
    makes sense! and hopefully you can provide some clarity. thanks in

  • smartakus

    So – just to be clear – if you already have two Plus cards (business and personal) can you upgrade these cards to Premiere to get 100,000 points? I already have Companion Pass for 2014 but it would be amazing to have it locked in for 2 years.

  • Dr. JLo

    From past post about this card I read about back in Nov/Dec the 50,000 bonus points DO apply towards the 110,000 companion bonus. I have been waiting on this to come back around.

  • lduv143

    thank you. i see that the 50,000 bonus points apply towards the companion pass. but, i want to open 2 of these cards (one business and one personal) and then combine the 50,000 point bonus from each of them to use towards the companion pass. so i need to know if the 100,000 points i get from the 2 cards can be combined to use towards the companion pass? or, do the 110,000 points have to be accumulated on one card to get the pass?

  • Gad

    Maybe something a bit off topic. I just notice today that reward points from Southwest shopping portal no longer count toward companion pass.

  • Travlar

    Can you use the companion pass on rewards flights? Effectively doubling your bonus points?

    Also you can get a tremendous value transferring southwest to AirTran credits s for certain last minute flights.

  • Ben Price

    Data point: applied for 2 personal cards on the same day. Applied in October. Just got both bonuses (104k sitting in account now!). Amen!!

  • Michael Hasan

    As long as you provide the same RR# on each account, you can use 2 different cards and have each bonus go into one account.

  • Seriously?

    do you want him to apply for the cards for you as well? and do the spending for you? geez, people need to stop being so lazy

  • TravelKeys

    Just to clarify: Can you have all four of these cards at once or 2 personal and 1 biz or 1 personal and 1 biz? Thanks

  • thepointsguy

    Yes you can

  • thepointsguy

    Yes you should

  • thepointsguy

    Yes you can- which makes it such an amazing deal

  • thepointsguy

    You can’t upgrade to Premier- you need to apply as new applications to get the signup bonus

  • thepointsguy

    Nice! Enjoy the heck out of the Companion Pass!

  • thepointsguy

    You can have all four

  • tuckles

    My personal SW Visa Signature card that I now have does not say Premier or Plus anywhere on the card. Would you know if this is a Premier or Plus card. I have had this card for a couple of years. In the pictures through your link, “Premier” or “Plus” is located at the top right-hand side of the card

  • lepd

    If I buy Gift cards using this card, will it count towards the $2000?

  • SWKC

    You write that the minimum spend on the premier cards ($2K) converts into Companion Pass points. Are you sure that’s correct? I thought they convert into RR points on a one-to-one basis, but to Companion Pass points on a $10K = 1,500 CP points basis.

  • Adam

    Probably a dumb question, but I want to be sure…

    I don’t have a RR account. When I signed up for the Premier card, it said it would register me automatically. I thought it would give me a number right away but it didn’t.

    If I register for the Plus card, will it give me a new RR account? If so, would I be able to merge the two down the road?

  • Steven Rosson

    I did this successfully last year. Was able to pick up 100,000 RR points and qualified for companion pass. Right now at the beginning of the year is the best time to do this because you’ll qualify for all of 2014 and 2015. The coolest thing is that your companion can help you pay for flights. They can book one way from their RR points in their account for you, and once it shows up in your My Travel page you can add them as a companion. Definitely worthwhile!

  • Elizabeth

    Opened the Personal Premier a couple of days ago. Would you predict that a second personal (the plus) would be approved with the 50,000 bonus (also counting towards the companion pass)? Or, do you recommend trying a business? I’ve never attempted a business cc before. Trying to figure out the fine print a pp alluded to. Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

  • Avi

    Do u know if can have both amex platinum cards ?? Business and private ?

  • Avi

    Can I apply for this 4 cards and will get each card 50k points ?

  • TravelKeys

    Another quick question…is there a way to get the bonus on all four of these at the same time? I have no Southwest cards. I have one other Chase card. I have a sole prop business. Can I apply for 2 personal and 2 biz at the same time? Or should I apply for 2 personal now and then perhaps wait until another promotion and apply for 2 biz later? Just trying to figure out how to maximize these offers. Thanks in advance.

  • Gabriel

    So, of course my 50k bonus points posted on one card and *not* the other that I signed up for. I have flights booked for the end of Jan that I was counting on having the companion pass for. Do you have any ideas how to get Chase to post my 50k bonus points ASAP? The next statement won’t close until after my flight…so I’m getting a little anxious about this….ugh

  • Victoria Fisher

    TPG: Does this card have any value for NYC based leisure travelers? I’m looking at South West and AIrTran route maps and it seems like a lot of connections to get to any destinations of interest.

  • Martin

    The Plus card does charge a 3% foreign transaction fee.

  • Dorothy Bowelman

    I met the purchase requirement 1/2/14 . Statement from Chase showed points earned on 1/4 statement. Now it is 1/17 and Southwest Rewards show credit for those 1/2 purchased points, but not the 50K :(

    How long does it normally take for 50k to show up at Southwest?

  • Kali @ Common Sense Millennial

    This is the information I was looking for! Thanks for providing an answer – wasn’t sure how to combine the bonuses, but I went ahead and signed up for a RR account, then used that account # when I applied for the cards. Thanks again!

  • CRK

    Got dinged on biz card application! – because I applied for both personal and biz card on same day (per Chase that said that was the reason and not my credit scores). So BE AWARE. I called on the ding, and they reversed it (see online including TPG prior posts on what to say when you are appealing this). I also got GRILLED on it as well, so do your research on good answers. I have 700+ credit scores.

  • sonfric

    I signed up for a premiere card about a month ago while the sign on points were 25k, not 50k. Has anyone who signed up right before a point increase tried asking for the extra points? I’ve seen a few posts of chase giving additional points for some other issues, but not this specifically. Thanks!

  • winger13

    Dorothy. I just saw your post. It is now 1/26/2014, are your 50k bonus miles showing up in your SWA acct now? If yes, how long did it take to post (from your 1/4/2014 statement) ?

  • Dorothy Bowelman

    I talked to Chase Friday. They told me the 50k won’t post until my 2/4 statement. I asked why & they claim the info is sent to SWA one time a month BLAH BLAH. I told her my neighbors posted a few days after the purchase points did on SWA. More blah blah that’s why it says 4-6 weeks etc. She said call back if not showing after 2/4 statement.

  • Adam

    Does the 50,000 sign up bonus count as tier qualifying points? I understand it counts towards the companion pass but do i automatically get A-List status when the 50K hits my account?

  • The Judge

    No you only accrue tier points with qualified PURCHASES
    I researched this today

  • thepointsguy

    Correct but the signup does count towardsompanion pass

  • slumdog007

    Did you finally get your 50k sign up bonus ? I am in the same boat .. met the minimum reward within the first week getting the card… no reward on the first statement.. getting the same run around besides they are saying it would take 8-10 weeks.

  • alexk512

    @thepointsguy:disqus I have the CSP and got the 40K sign up bonus. If I transfer those points to my rapid rewards account will they count towards the companion pass? Thanks!

  • thepointsguy


  • Melissa

    If I get the card and my husband applies for his own separate card, can he just earn Rapid Rewards under my RR number? I don’t know if my freelancing actually qualifies for a business card, but I’m trying to take advantage of the 50K x 2.

  • me

    I’m wondering the same thing… I had this card once before for the bonus then closed it down,

  • felix

    Can I mix and match one of these sign up offers and ultimate rewards points to get the companion pass?

  • Diane S.

    Hi, I almost have my spending requirement complete for the personal and business card. With the sign on bonues and spending I am almost at the 110,000 points. Do the cards automatically combine my points from both cards so I qualify for the companion pass or do I have to do something? Also, can I start spending my points BEFORE I reach the 110,000 goal? Thanks!

  • Guest
  • T.M.
  • Guest-cc

    The Southwest Premier 50,000 points (must spent $2000 in 3 months) is still available here:
    I just got mine approved.

  • A.J.

    Does anyone know if this link to the 50K points is still valid?

  • David

    Can you provide more information on “TPG prior posts”? I am not even trying to get the companion pass. I got 50k pts last year on a personal account. Recently applied for a business account, and Chase says I cannot get 50k promo on the business account because I already received the promotion personally. Thanks!

  • Pat Smith
  • katieaz

    Does anyone know if the current offer that expires 9/14 is valid for business cards, I already have personal cards. If anyone has the email offer I sure would appreciate a forward on that—I either did not get the offer or can’t find it.

  • katieaz

    I saw somewhere that you need to “call- in” the current offer—does anyone know the questions they ask re a business account. Thank you.

  • Ttmosby
  • Regina

    Does anyone know if you were to refer someone to the southwest credit card if you would get a bonus for doing so? This person already has Rapid Rewards though.

  • Lisa

    You can apply for each of the cards, there are 2 personal, and 2 business cards, but for each specific card, you can only get the bonus if you have not “applied” for that specific card within the last 24 months. It doesn’t matter if you have had the card open for 24 months, you can close it, then reapply. As long as you have applied for that card over 24 months ago the first time. 4 cards: Personal and Business Premier card ($99 annual fee), and Personal and Business Plus card ($69 annual fee).

  • Sarah

    Can you purchase anything under the sun with this credit card? Or is the $2,000 in purchases to receive the bonus ONLY pertaining to charges for SW Flights or partnerships?

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