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Southwest recently launched a targeted offer where Rapid Rewards members can earn triple points on flights between now and November 20, 2014. You must register by November 20 and then book and fly by that day as well.
The terms are clear that the offer is targeted to recipients of the email that Southwest sent out, but members of Team TPG were able to register for the promotion even though they had not received the email and got the following screen. It reiterates the “only the recipient language,” but appears to show that registration was successful, so you might want to try registering even if you did not receive the email.
With this promotion, your points-earning is bumped to the following levels based on the kinds of fares you purchase:
- Wanna Get Away: 12 bonus points per dollar – for a total of 18 points per dollar
- Anytime: 20 bonus points per dollar – for a total of 30 points per dollar
- Business Select: 24 bonus points per dollar – for a total of 36 points per dollar
In terms of value, you can redeem Southwest points at a rate of 70 per dollar for Wanna Get Away fares, or 1.4 cents each. So the return on your spending with this promotion just on Wanna Get Away fares is right around 25% – not bad!
To earn the bonus points, you must register prior to travel, and it is valid on new reservations booked within the promotional period only. The good thing about Southwest, though, is that all its fares are basically refundable. So if you have already booked travel during that time period and the airfare is still comparable, you can simply cancel your reservation and rebook after you have completed registration to earn the triple points.
Now the bad news. Per the terms, bonus points do not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred or Companion Pass qualification, which is too bad since this could have been a good way to make a final push for 2015 qualification.
Also, you do not earn bonus points on award, Companion Pass, Southwest Vacations Packages, Jackpot Deals or rewards travel, or on Southwest flights booked through AirTran – so be sure to book through Southwest!