50,000 Point Southwest Airlines Credit Card Bonuses Are Back

by on May 15, 2014 · 126 comments

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Though the sign-up bonuses on Chase’s Southwest Airlines credit cards usually hovers around the 25,000-point mark, Chase periodically raises it, and today it 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 cards. To get the full bonus on any of these cards, you must spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening.

Aside from the value of the bonuses on their own, these bonus points count toward one of the most lucrative travel benefits out there – the Southwest Companion Pass – and now is a good time to try to hit the 110,000 Rapid Rewards points you need to qualify for it since if you do, it will be good through the rest of 2014 and 2015 – up to just about 18 months at this point depending on how fast you can meet that minimum spend.

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Chase periodically runs this higher bonus, but you never know if it will come back again and it usually only lasts a few weeks each time. My guess is that these offers will come back again, but possibly not until later in 2014.

Here are the details of the Premier version of the Chase Southwest cards:

  • 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 for the personal and business cards:

  • 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

Which Card(s) To Get?

The main difference between these two cards is the annual fee. The Premier cards will cost you $99 per year, while the Plus cards are just $69 per year. Other than that, The Premier cards earn 6,000 bonus points every cardmember anniversary (worth about $86 in Wanna Get Away fares) and the Plus cards only earn 3,000 anniversary points ($43 in Wanna Get Away fares). The Premier cards also waive foreign transaction fees, which is good for international travelers.

In terms of redeeming for award seats, you now redeem for Wanna Get Away fares at a rate of 70 points = $1 since the devaluation March 31, 2014, so that means you can get around $715 in airfare 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 – and it is possible to get both in one day, so you can potentially bank up to 100,000 points in one go if you can hit the minimum spending for both cards within the allotted time. Also, if you already have one version of one of these cards, say the personal Premier, you can get the other card as well, the Plus in this case, and still get the full bonus.

Apart from the hundreds of dollars in airfare theses bonuses can be worth, the bonus points you earn on this card 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 balance resets to 0 points). You earn Companion Pass Qualifying-points on flights and hotel or car rental partner earning, but also on Southwest’s co-branded credit cards including sign-up bonuses and everyday spending. So with the $2,000 in minimum spend on two cards plus the 50,000 point bonuses, you’re looking at at least 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 a year and a half, until the end of 2015 – 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 decent but 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. Basically, calculate the amount you spend on airfare on Southwest in a year and then add however many more months of use you’ll get out of it in 2014, and you’re looking at a lot of money. Remember, the Companion Pass also counts on award redemptions, so there are even more opportunities.

Using some numbers to put this in perspective, you earn 6x points per $1 on Wanna Get Away fares, so 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). So, you would save at least $18,333 by starting off with a Companion Pass beforehand.

On the other hand, 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 at 70 points per dollar (though the rate is actually higher at times) – then the Pass would be worth about $1,570 in free travel.

Southwest Airlines will enforce a "no show" policy as of today.

50,000 points means a lot of free travel.

Even if you don’t want the companion pass, 50,000 Rapid Rewards points are worth almost $715 in Wanna Get Away fares, so it is one of the most solid credit card offers on the market if you fly Southwest a lot.

There are also some other ways to get the Companion Pass without logging all year on Southwest. I recently helped my parents leverage Marriott’s Flight + Hotel conversions to get a Companion Pass for them while booking a hotel stay for myself through a combination of buying Marriott points at 1.25 cents each and transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points I had racked up on my Ink Bold and Ink Plus (both of which are currently offering high bonuses of 60,000 points each when you spend $5,000 in 3 months, incidentally). By racking up 360,000 Marriott points, I booked what would have been an otherwise prohibitively expensive week-long award stay at the JW Marriott in Cannes and got my dad 120,000 Southwest points – enough for the Companion Pass and then some.

So even if you already have all four of these cards, you still have some options if you think creatively, but these are by far the best, easiest means to rack up Companion Pass qualifying points, and good all-round deals in general, so if you have been considering getting any of the Southwest credit cards, it’s worth doing so while these offers are out there.

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

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  • SteveO

    Is there a link to the 50K Southwest Plus card? You’re link only goes to the Premier card.

  • szuperdan

    The last time you posted this I applied. I received both cards (business and personal) after a phone call to Chase (they initially declined one; I called, had them move around my lines of credit on other cards then they approved). I qualified after a couple of months, got my companion pass and booked 4 round trips for two both domestically and internationally. The cost for the second person? – $2.50/flight domestically and ~ $50 to Cancun (US and Mexican government fees). This is one of the best moves I’ve made for a CC and I owe it all to The Points Guy!

  • Seth Haber | Trek Light Gear

    I’m not seeing the 50K points offer for the business card version – can you provide a link?

  • Shane J.

    It’s linked in the article text; here’s the URL:

    Worked for me. Cheers!

  • London Larry

    Unfortunately, this is an EITHER/OR versus the APPLY FOR THE CARD when purchasing a ticket, right? (I need to buy a RT flight on SWA today and was going to use the link at the payment page). I’m only seeing the standard offer of “Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card2 and we’ll get you started with a $100 statement credit after your first purchase. Please allow 6-8 weeks for statement credit to post to your account.3 Plus get 10,000 bonus points after you spend $500 in the first 3 months of opening your account.4 If you are instantly approved, you can use your new Southwest Credit Card to book your flight today! Your earned points can be redeemed toward your next FLIGHT to any of the 85+ destinations Southwest Airlines® serves.”

  • Seth Haber | Trek Light Gear

    Tried that link, it appears to be for the Personal card only unless I’m missing something.

  • Stacie

    I applied for the Premier Personal and was approved instantly. But I can’t seem to get to the Business version to apply for that one?

  • thepointsguy

    Right.. this offer is much better than that one

  • thepointsguy

    The Companion Pass is incredible if you know how to maximize it- sounds like you do! Congrats

  • thepointsguy

    This link should take you to the Premier Business offer –

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  • Johnny

    If I have the Premier Personal card already, can I apply for the Plus Personal card and receive the 50K bonus?

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  • Yury

    Does anyone know if transferring Chase’s UR points into SW Rapid Rapids can qualify me for the companion pass? I want to transfer 110,000 points.

  • Dan

    I was able to get $100 credit + $450 waived fee for next year to my account. So $550 back essentially.

  • Marlon

    If you transfer directly Chase UR points to SW they won’t count. You’d have to go: Chase UR –> hotel partner —> SW
    Hyatt has the best ratio if you transfer 50,000 points, it’ll equal 30,000 SW points.

  • John Pherrin

    If I have the personal Plus card, would I be eligible to apply for a personal Premier card? Or can you you upgrade from plus to premier and still get this offer? Or should do I need to cancel current Plus and wait a year?

  • Noah

    If I don’t have either could I sign up for the Premier Personal & the Plus Personal? Or can you only get one personal and one business?

  • Guest

    Is the business card only available in the Premier version? Is their a link for business Plus?

  • w

    “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.”

    It doesn’t seem like you can apply and earn the promo for both personal cards. Has anyone tried this?

  • Martin

    I was approved for the Premier Business card earlier this month. Today I met my $2000 spend limit to get the 50,000 bonus points.

  • Martin

    How soon do you get the 50,000 in your experience? Does Chase credit the bonus points a few days after the first statement closing or after payment due date?

  • Sheridan Hitchens

    Two questions (if anyone knows)
    1) I had the Premier Business and Personal last year and cancelled both at beginning of year. Can I get the 50,000 miles each on the Plus now.
    2) Are you saying that just by transferring points from Ultimate Rewards to Southwest, I can qualify for Companion Fare. So if I have 10,000 in SW miles this year, I can just transfer 100K and get companion pass

  • Dummy

    The fee should never be $450

  • thepointsguy

    Shortly after the statement when you hit your spend

  • thepointsguy

    Yes you can- you just can’t get the bonus for the same exact card (like twice for the personal plus)

  • thepointsguy

    You can get both personal

  • thepointsguy

    They do not count

  • C’mon points guy

    You can transfer UR to Marriott and then to southwest and it will count

  • Eric

    Thanks for sharing this great opportunity! Applied for both personal, approved for the Plus but got the following message with the Premiere. Any tips?

    Watch your mailbox; we’ll contact you within 7 to 10 days to let you know what we’ve decided. If we approve your application, we’ll also send your card and other important information in the mail.

  • corey

    Hi…I just read the terms and conditions on the Chase website and it says that “points earned from enrollment do not count towards Companion Pass status.”. What am I missing? Thx

  • MYRflyer

    Eric anytime you signup for two chase cards in the same day, a phone call to reconsideration line will be in order to get that 2nd card approved. There computers are designed to automatically reject the 2nd application. I’ve provided the phone #’s below, being that Brian decided to yank them from TPG website.

    888-245-0625 (personal credit analyst, 7am-10pm EST M-F; 8am-10pm EST Sat. and 9am-9pm Sun.)

    800-453-9719 (business credit analyst, 8am-10pm EST M-F)

    Good luck

  • MYRflyer

    Guest, you should be able to get both the personal & business plus cards after a quick call to chase reconsideration line.

    Pts transferred from UR to SW do not count toward the Companion Pass.

  • MYRflyer

    Actually you can receive the bonus twice for the same exact card, usually you need to wait at least 24 months from the date you cancelled the card to re-apply. YMMV

  • MYRflyer

    John, yes to 1st question. #2 Upgrading would not get you the additional 50k, it needs to be a new signup. #3 Either way

  • Joe Kim

    Oh no! I signed up for Chase’s Southwest Visa yesterday when it was only 25k bonus and was approved. Is there a way I can still somehow get the 50k bonus since the increased bonus was introduced on the same day that I applied? Please help!

  • Steve

    I got both personal versions last year on the same date and received the full 100,000 bonus points. You should not have any issues unless they changed the T&C.

  • Steve

    Oh boy, back to the Companion Pass rodeo for a few weeks. Just remembering the frenzy last fall during this deal and expecting more, although I got both and the companion pass so can’t really complain!

  • thepointsguy

    Call and ask to get the 50k..never hurts!

  • thepointsguy

    Right- I think he is talking about a different card

  • Eric

    Thank you! I called earlier and said that the second card was approved, hopefully it will show up in my Chase account soon!

  • Sonya

    we love this idea but its too late in the year for us to do this. House remodel going on can’t travel much. Do you think they will offer this again say in Jan 2015? I’d like to wait and have more time to get the min spend needed, plus have the time off needed.

  • thepointsguy

    Maybe.. You never know though and in the future there’s no guarantee credit card bonuses will count towards companion pass qualification so it’s definitely a risk

  • Happy at 35K

    For this weeks kind gift, AA cert would be very nice as I am lagging behind in getting my 50K to continue Platinum status

  • phyne

    After a quick call to the reconsideration line, I was approved for the business card. In working these strategies, I transferred 100K UR points to Hyatt and then transferred 50,000 to SWA RR, which, with the bonus should have netted me 30K RR points. I checked my balance today and it said only 24K points transferred and it looks as if they did not apply to my tier qualifying points, as that balance did not change. Do I need to wait longer for the update or is this an issue? I only transferred 50K as I wanted to make sure it would work.

  • phyne

    Correction – looks like the 24K points did get recognized for the companion pass, but not the A-List tier qualifying. Still trying to locate the 6K missing bonus points.

  • kjh83

    Quick question, am I able to apply for both the premier and plus versions of the Southwest visa card? I do not own a small business so I didn’t think that was a logical choice to apply for the business version of the southwest visa card…….the reason I ask is because I just applied for the Premier and was accepted instantly….however, I then attempted to apply for the Plus version but I have been unable to submit the application.

  • Minka

    Is there a quick way to figure out which 2 cards I signed up in past?

  • Ellie

    I currently have the premier card and just applied for the plus. Once I earn the 50,000 bonus points can they be transferred over to my current rapid rewards account or do I have to maintain two rapid reward accounts?

  • phyne

    Called Gold Passport and they said the “Bonus” 6k miles will transfer in 4-6 weeks. Great.

  • Jon P

    Just applied for the Personal Premier. Got a pending notice. Called and was told that I had about $66,000 worth of Chase credit and if I wanted to repurpose some of my credit lines, although not required. Easy peasy.

  • Jon P

    ANNNNND…. my wife just approved. She doesn’t need the HUGE $30k credit limit though.

  • Brit

    How long after applying does it take to be able to use the card? Also if traveling in a group of 3 and two people have companion passes would you be able to book tickets so you only have to pay for one ticket?

  • sly

    I applied for both personal Cards: Plus and Premier and was approved instantly but the second one comes with the lower credit limit. maybe because this one my 4th credit card from Chase (my total cl with them is 39k: freedom, mariott, southwest plus and southwest premier).
    and 3 bonuses: 70k mariott + 2x 50k southwest. sounds good.
    thanks Guys!

  • UT DAD

    I applied again yesterday for the SW Business Plus card, and got a pop-up message that essentially said that Chase “needs more time to think about it”. This is the same message I got when I applied for it back in January, and was eventually declined. A call to Chase back then did not move them to change their mind. But also in January, they immediately approved me for the SW Premier Personal card. Their Reconsideration Line for the Business Card told me that they needed 3-4 months to see how I used/paid for my Personal Card. I have charged $3,000 – $4,000 each month, and paid the balance in full prior to its due date.

    Chase was OK with immediately giving me a personal card, but did not want to give me a card for my business expenses. I even offered to reduce the line of credit on the SW Personal Card.

    My question: How do I get Chase to approve my new application for a SW Business card? What magic words can I use?

  • Chris

    Once you have a Companion Pass, can you purchase one ticket with points and get the other ticket free? Thanks

  • Edgar Perez

    Yes you can!!!!!. This basically doubles the value of the points you earn

  • Edgar Perez

    you can use the card as soon as you get it. If you need it right away, call them and ask they overnight it to you. The CP owner has to book the ticket and the second person would have to their companion for the free ticket.

  • Edgar Perez

    Use your current RR number for it to go to your current one.

  • Terry

    I tried to get both the Plus and Premier cards on the same day, and as was expected the Plus (which was submitted first) was approved instantly and the Premier was held pending further review. I called the number as recommended by MYRflyer and was denied the Premier card because I was trying to get both products on the same day. Apparently those who were successful at doing so “slipped through the cracks”.

  • Anne

    Hi! I recently signed up for this card and was accepted for the Premier version – fabulous. I received it and went about attempting to meet my $2k in three months to get the 50k points. Something just occured to me – when I signed up for the card, I did so through the 50k point portal/landing page that they had up. Since having my card, I can’t find any mention of the 50k points anywhere. (Or even the original 25k point bonus, for that matter.) Does anyone know if there is a section on the website where I can verify that I am working towards the $2k in three months to get the 50k points? Thank you so much!

  • fed-up

    We lost our points…we got our card in November.
    The first bill came in Dec and it was due in Jan. We had not even paid our bill and they put the points on in Dec. So we lost any chance now of getting the companion pass.
    We could have easily waited two more weeks to use it if we had known. All other cards do not give their rewards until after you pay the bill. We were royally screwed!!

  • thepointsguy

    Yikes- most issuers nowadays post points in the month they were earned… At times backdating the transaction. Sorry to hear you got caught with this one!

  • ch

    I read the comments, and actually called chase to clarify this: I was hoping I could open both the personal cards, premier and plus, and get 100,000 points. Some of the commenters seem to have done this successfully last year, but when I called, the lady said that it would not qualify me for two sign up bonuses, even though they’re two different cards. Is it possible she was wrong, has anyone had any recent success with the two personal cards?

  • ch

    Have you been able to verify if you’ll get the 100,000 points by signing up for both the personal cards? the fine print seems to say otherwise, which is why i’ve held off: “Note: the bonus may be earned on one first-time personal and one first-time business Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card new account.”

  • thepointsguy

    Phone reps are notoriously uninformed

  • Justin

    I successfully signed up for the Premier and Plus cards (both personal) within 15 minutes when this deal came out. I’ve since hit both spending limits, so hoping for bonus miles to come through. 2 questions on what to expect:

    1. Has anyone confirmed receiving both bonuses? Worried we may have did this wrong by getting both personal cards.
    2. How soon after hitting spend thresholds has anyone received their bonuses?

  • xc

    I already have the RR Plus card – can I sign up for a Premier card (not an ‘upgrade’) and get the 50k bonus?

  • Tony Hughes

    i’m wondering where it says that the 50,000 point bonus can count towards Companion Pass eligibility? I’m a little foggy on how southwest qualifies Tier Qualifying Points…are these 50,000 bonus points considered TQP’s? Does that mean that A-List Status is reached as well?

  • Anthony S

    Wondering the same thing!

  • jocljoma

    tpg.. do you know which sw cards are still good for 50000 points.. i want to do another one.. just got the premier sw card.. is the business version still available.. if so.. can you link me to it . thanks

  • thepointsguy

    It doesn’t explicitly say it, but they do count. At least per my experience and hundreds of other TPG readers who have reported back.
    Never heard of a situation where they didn’t count

  • Sebastian D.

    Trying to maximize this deal. If I purchase the card and receive my 50k points and my partner does the same thing. Can I transfer my 50k bonus points to her account and now she has 100k. Will Southwest count that 100k points towards the 110k needed to obtain the companion pass?

  • Road1234

    I got 2 cards (Premier and Plus) late last year. I spent the required amounts by January ($3k each, I think) and then spent the extra to get to 110k points. By March, I was granted a companion pass for 2014 AND 2015. Sweet deal. Thanks for the guidance and tips! Loving this option! This works for the companion pass but the points do NOT count toward A-list qualification. I can live with that.

  • Anonymous

    I have an offer from Southwest for the Plus Credit Card. You will get 50000 bonus points. The annual fee is $69.00. There is no blackout dates and you can use the points for other peoples flights if you want. This offer is good till Sept 30, 2014. Please email me at [email protected] and I will email you the offer. 50k is good for two round trip tickets to most places.

  • david

    do you happen to remember which one you applied first? wondering if it matters so the 2nd card would get approved

  • Justin

    Premier and then plus. Had both screens open in different browsers and moved quickly. Not sure if that makes a difference but it worked! Still no bonus points, but should be two weeks before I get worried.

  • George

    Is the 50,000 pt. offer no longer valid? Just 25k?

  • Miguel Senteno

    Did you have the personal cards or was one personal and the other business?

  • Miguel Senteno

    Can you please give an update to us when you receive both bonuses? Or if you just receive just one.

  • pixtagram

    My friend got his this way! And now he takes his wife all over the country for free! I’m going to sign up now to do the same thing :)

  • Bluespringsmom

    I’ve been looking all over the sight where is indicates you get a $100 credit after your first purchase and not sure which card to apply for to get the credit

  • waynewayne

    The 50,000 points did not go towards my status with Southwest. I had 85,000 points towards the companion pass. I thought the 50,000 would go towards it and bring me to 135,000. It did not happen. Has anyone else run into this?

  • MJ

    I signed up for the 50,000 points credit back in January- followed the guidelines to qualify and -zip.
    I’ve made at least four calls and still the points did not show up. Called again today- even asked to speak to a supervisor and was told because it was past the 90 days-I would only get 10,000. Big rip off. I will cancel the card at the end of the year if they do not follow through. I still have the paper work that says 50,000 points!!!!

  • thepointsguy

    It does count towards companion pass status, but not A-list

  • Keegan Klauke

    For the Premier Card do I have to wait the full three months to receive the reward if I am able to put 2k dollars on the card in the first month?

  • Cameron Young

    It looks like the 50k points bonus is no more. Guess I’ll be waiting until it’s back, whenever that is.

  • Peter Bogira

    Just called tonight and played dumb about an expired 50k mailing and they looked up available promos, I got the 50k. This is for the Personal Premier card. So the offer is potentially out there. Can anyone confirm if they’ve applied for more than one of the Personal cards at the same time and received 50k points for both? The people on the phone have been very quick to say that’s “only for first time cardmembers”, but I really thought I was taking the quick route to 100k points! I don’t want to apply for the Plus card if I’m not going to get a bonus out of it.

  • waynewayne

    But the points balance comes from the same place. For instance, you start at A-list then A-list Preferred the Companion pass.There all going to the same pool of points.

  • Kyle

    1) Is there a Plus 50k point bonus link available
    2) Early this year I signed up for the premier, hit the bonus 50k, canceled my card months later. Will the “Plus” 50k point bonus still take effect?

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  • Gin

    I successfully received the companion pass for both my wife and I to help us travel for a family of 4 in Jan/Feb 2013. We used credit cards (personal+business) for the Personal Plus and Business Plus. The passes will expire the end of 2014. Is it possible to apply for the Premiere Plus and Business Plus by the end of this year (with available 50k+ bonuses) with intent on getting the bonuses again in early 2015 to get a new CP? Or is that possible that RR will give the bonus that soon again? Any evidence one way or the other on this type of prior success? Thank you.

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  • Kyle

    I just learned that since I’ve had a personal premier card before, the plus will not work. Anyone have a business card 50k offer?

  • thepointsguy

    You can get the Plus bonus if you’ve never had the Plus before (even if you have had the Premier, it does not disqualify you)

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  • Sean Skanchy

    I applied for the business card on May 15 to get the 50k point bonus but Chase only rewarded me with 25k points. Have you seen this before? I called them and they said they would look into this and send me a letter in 5-10 business days with the results.

  • BB

    I’m wondering this as well. Anyone know?

  • Pat Andersen
  • thehogsters

    Can you get both the plus and premier, or does one have to be a business card?

  • Kyle J

    I got an email to refer people for the card and they would get 50,000 points if anyone is still interested. This is only good until 8/31/2014 . good luck

  • Colleen Wernig

    Pat….I cannot find the link and have been searching. Can you email it to me? I will email u as well?

  • Pat Smith

    I just sent it.


  • Jeffrey T

    Just got you 5000 points!

  • Jeffrey T
  • disqus_nrS3qIqqfX

    I have a companion pass now but have used my 3 switches. If I complete the requirements again this year do you guys think the people switching count resets?

  • Simon Hall

    The link now doesn’t include the 50k points as tier qualifying

  • Catan

    I called today about the SW Plus and they said that since I already have a SW Premier, I would not receive 50k bonus for SW Plus because I’m “not a new customer.” Your post suggests you can get both 50k bonuses for the 2 cards. Perhaps SW or Chase has changed the policy? Can anyone confirm one way or the other from a more recent attempt?

  • Catan

    No, you don’t have to wait. You need to spend the amount at least a week ahead of your statement date so that the 2k posts before your statement date. Then you should have the points come through on your statement date or the day after. Then it might take a couple of days to transfer over to Southwest. (Note: Statement date, not your bill due date, they are different. You should be able to see statement date online or you can call and ask). A bit confusing, but if you follow this, you should be able to get your points fairly quickly.

  • Brooke W.

    I signed up during the 50K point bonus period, spent $8K in the first 3 months and haven’t gotten my points. Any tips on getting them credited to my account?

  • Chris

    Can I apply for these cards in October, spend the $2,000 by the beginning of January to get the earliest completion date for the companion pass or do I need to wait until January to get the card?

    Also, the link at the top of the post still works for 50,000 miles on personal card. Is there a link to the business version with 50,000 miles?

  • Irene

    Two separate supervisors at Chase said that the 50k bonus points from the SWA Premier rewards card cannot count towards Companion Pass. On the SWA FAQ for rapid rewards, it also says that points for Companion Pass are “exclusive of bonuses (unless otherwise noted)”. There is nothing on the Chase SWA Premier card that says anything about the 50k points or whether or not they would count towards companion pass, but both customer service supervisors I spoke with from Chase said they would not. However, at terminal C in ATL where I signed up for the card at the SWA kiosk, the employee and a manager at the kiosk assured that the points would count towards companion pass.

  • Irene

    At the ATL terminal C where I was sold this card, the employee said if I signed up in mid-Sept, the card would start when I called in to confirm receipt of the card, and if I spent the 2k by a week before the closing Dec 2014 date, then the points would go on my RR account 6-8 weeks after, which would be Jan 2015. When I called Chase to confirm this before agreeing to the card, two separate supervisors said the employee at ATL Southwest/Chase Kiosk was completely wrong. They said the 50k points do not count towards the Companion pass, the start date of the card is the date that Chase approves the card (for me, Sept 14 which means its a very close timeline for the 6-8 week posting) and that there was no guarantee it would take 6-8 weeks — it could take 2 weeks (which for me, means the 50k points would post in 2014 and I don’t have enough points in 2014 to get companion pass).

    Could The Points Guy help us and confirm whether or not the Chase and SWA that the 50k bonus points for the Chase Premier SWA Rapid Rewards card count towards the Companion Pass? Their terms and conditions may change anytime, and I see a lot more in the rapid rewards about tier qualifying points and points vs. qualifying points. It is very confusing if the bonus points offered by the card for people who sign up now (Sept 2014 and on) are going to even count for companion pass.

  • Chris

    Is the offer for the plus card still active?

  • Chris

    HI Pat, is the offer still good for the Plus card ?

  • Chris

    Dose anyone have a plus offer?

  • comp_PASS_please

    I just received my Premier card Oct 18 2014 and contacted Chase to see if I could be approved for the Plus card to receive another 50,0000 points after 3 months.
    I am watching my spending on the premier card in order to receive the 50,0000 in Jan 2015 so my companion pass will be good for 2015-2016. I want to hit the $2000 limit the 1st week of Jan 2015. Do the 90 days start at card activation or credit approval? This is my plan and I hope it works, thanks to everyone on this site offering up their experience’s.

  • marcus

    My wife and I are trying to time the bonus points from this offer with the next calendar year. When should we time our 2k in purchases so that the points are eligible for Jan 2015? We will be using Chase points to transfer to Hyatt and then SW in order to get the companion pass but want to time it for January so that we have it for the full 2 years.

  • marcus

    Just found this in Rules/Regs: 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 Rapid Rewards Partner bonuses (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not count toward Companion Pass status.

  • David M

    If I purchase four round trip tickets for my family with my SW Plus card, do I get the points credit for all four tickets, or can I use points earned to purchase four round trip tickets for my family, or is only the card holders ticket covered?

  • Janey Mac

    From the SWA website:

    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 Rapid Rewards Partner bonuses (with the exception of the
    Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not count toward Companion Pass status.

    So the 50K is a bonus from Chase and should be counted toward the Companion Pass.

  • MeartyH

    Hi, I applied for the 50k bonus but when I received the card, it was for the 25k bonus. I called SWA ready to put up a fight, and to my relief, they honored the 50k bonus….

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