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Southwest Premier Personal Card 50K Offer Still Live

by on August 5, 2014 · 34 comments

in Credit Cards, Southwest

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Last week, TPG Special Contributor Jason Steele was on a Southwest flight from New York to Denver, and while rifling through the carrier’s inflight magazine, Spirit, he noticed an advert with a URL for a 50,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier personal card. Via free inflight Wi-Fi, he was able to access the valid link to this 50K offer from the plane (as well as the entire Chase.com site). As the current public offer for this card is 25,000 points, I’m happy to report that the link works on the ground too.

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Chase periodically offers a 50K sign-up bonus on Southwest Rapid Rewards cards, and if you’re working towards the Southwest Companion Pass, grab it while you can.

As we’ve shared in previous posts, Chase periodically offers 50,000-points for both the Plus and Premier Southwest cards (in both personal and business versions), and if you’re a Southwest frequent flyer, I’d recommend taking advantage of it. To get this full bonus on the Southwest Premier personal card, you have to spend $2,000 within 3 months of opening your account. The bonus counts towards the 110,000 points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass 

Aside from this 50,000-point windfall (which doesn’t count towards Southwest A-List elite status), the card’s main benefits are:

  • 6,000 points awarded after your cardmember anniversary
  • 2 points earned 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
  • 1 point earned per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 1,500 Tier points earned for every $10,000 in purchases, up to 15,000 Tier points per calendar year
  • Points can be redeemed for gift cards, car rentals, cruises, hotel stays, and international flights to over 800 destinations on 50+ global carriers
  • No foreign transaction fees

As you can see, the Premier card doesn’t have great earning potential, and comes with a $99 annual fee. However, this annual fee is almost covered by the 6,000-point cardmember anniversary payout, which represents approximately $86 worth of award seats at the Wanna Get Away fare rate (redeemable at a rate of about 70 points per $1). You can use your 50,000 points from the sign-up bonus to score over $700 worth of flights.

The holy grail of frequent flyer awards: the Southwest Companion Pass

The holy grail of frequent flyer awards: the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass really is the best reason to get this card, though, as those 50,000 points will get you almost half way there. Rapid Rewards members generally have to make a big annual spend in order to qualify for the Companion Pass, by either taking 100 one-way flights within a single calendar year or accumulating 110,000 pass-eligible points; fortunately, just about all Southwest Points are companion pass eligible – including those you earn with hotel, rental car and even energy company and bank partners.

You’re limited to earning a single Companion Pass per calendar year no matter how much you fly or how many points you rack up, and that pass will be valid from the day you earn it until the end of the following year. (For example, if you earn the pass by December 31, 2014, it will be valid until December 31, 2015.)

These 50,000-point sign-up bonuses come around periodically, but they don’t always last long and many times the links can be targeted. Luckily this link seems to be available to everyone so if you’re a big Southwest flyer, consider getting this card sooner rather than later.

For more info, see these related 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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  • pintpet

    Can I get the 50K points when upgrading from the base SWA card?

  • Givemelove

    Does it make sense to sign up, spend $2,000; get the bonus; and then cancel the card after that? The objective being to be able to re-apply for a similar offer in 2 years.

    Is that going to significantly impact my credit score if I do that?

  • Givemelove

    Apparently not from what I read in their terms: This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.

  • SeaBee3

    You cannot get the bonus for upgrading, but if you have the Plus version, you can go ahead and get this card (the Premier) as they are different products.

  • SeaBee3

    They are different products so that would not apply.

  • SeaBee3

    You can keep the card until just before you sign up again. According to the current terms, it just has to be 24 months since you got the bonus. You have to cancel the card before applying, but not 24 months before applying again.

  • Givemelove

    But wouldn’t the “Anniversary Bonus” negate that? Since we’re kindly getting 6 (or 7k) anniversary miles; I’m afraid they’re going to reset the counter to that date. In all cases, I just signed up for the card. It’s something we can figure out later :)

  • SeaBee3

    Good for you! No, it is only for the “new cardmember bonus” that would preclude you from getting it within 24 months.

  • Givemelove

    Alright! That’s pretty good news. Thanks for the responses @SeaBee3:disqus

  • PJ

    I remember vividly when I flew SW in early July, I saw the deadline was until Dec 31; glad to see this ALIVE still

  • PJ

    very correct: I was approved on the$69 SW version while I was holding on the$99 SW version.
    Did somebody already found out you CAN get two cards pretty much back to back?

  • Michael

    Oooh, if the dec 31 date is true, this is the first offer ive seen that will work for a full 2015-2016 companion pass term. (Ie, where you can earn the 50k after jan 1)

  • mike mckeever

    I flew southwest last week and it said the deadline was Sept. 30th.

  • skillman_eats

    Is there a business version of this card offering the same 50k bonus as well to get to the 100k + 10k mark?

    I want to extend for another year (through 2015) the companion pass I already got the last year (and it is still current through this year) by signing up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Business and Personal Plus cards when they were running similar bonuses..

  • Tyler Millard

    This post only mentions the Personal card, but when I followed the link the page on chase.com didn’t specify, and I want the Business version also to help qualify for the Companion Pass. Does this offer only apply to the Personal?

  • Tyler Millard

    I just Goggled it, Chase’s site was no help. At this link apparently the Business offer is only 25,000 points right now. Perhaps SWA’s site has more info than Chase. If you find anything else please let me know, I’m trying to get the Companion Pass also.

  • sjkpdx

    I just completed the spend requirements for my new premium card that I had signed up for last month and it was the 25k offer. This was before I got into reading miles/travel hacking blogs. Can I call and get the upgraded offer? What number would I call?

  • Frank

    Can someone confirm when the deadline is?

  • Jac

    I think Chase is good about awarding a newer bonus if the account is still “new” (3 months or less, I think…?). The easiest way to get this would be to use the Secure Message center on your online Chase account and explain that you’ve become aware of the better offer and would like to request that one, because your application was so recent. Good luck!

  • http://jordanpwhite.com jordanpwhite

    Question. My wife and I have been using a card in my name and we got the 50k bonus and we do most of our spending on it now. I’m wondering though, if we get a card in her name, get the bonus, then gift all the 50k to my account if that will count towards the companion pass?

  • Warg

    Do points expire upon cancellation of the card?

  • RD

    I currently have both the premier and plus, so you CAN get both.

  • comeoncompanionpass

    So, does anyone have the link to the 50,000 point PLUS version of the personal card?

  • DB Andersen
  • Pat
  • Brooke W.

    I signed up for th 50K offer but was only awarded 10K points. When I inquired they said my offer was for 10K, I asked to speak with manager and got the same answer. NOT HAPPY.

  • prash
  • comp_PASS_please

    Do You Happen To Have A Referral For The Plus Chase 50K Card? I Already Have The Premier Card.

  • Lisa

    I applied for a personal, and business card this year in my name. I cannot come up with $6,000 worth of purchases more to achieve the 110,000 points for the companion pass. It is already Oct, so I’m worried I will not get my companion pass this year. Am I able to apply for 1 or the 4 credit cards I have not applied for yet (SW Premier Business) and get a third 50,000 points this year, to finish off my companion pass???!!!

  • Lisa

    why don’t comments post by date?

  • Lisa

    you need to make sure you are applying through the correct link, but there are 4 cards out there, 2 personal and 2 business and you can qualify for the 50k points with all 4. Just be sure you don’t use the 25k link when signing up!

  • NP

    I have just signed up for the Premier Personal Card (50K bonus points). Should I now sign up to the Saphire Preferred Card (40K bonus points) to get me close to the Companion Pass, or should I wait for another offer on Premier Business Card to come along? I’m timing my spending so that all points are posted in 2015. Thank you.

  • NP

    please share if you find one.

  • Christina

    I’m interested in signing up for the Rapid Rewards card for the first time. Does anyone have a referral for the 50k points they could send me?

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