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Update: ScoreBig has clarified that these points actually do NOT count toward the Southwest Companion Pass.

Beginning today, ScoreBig is offering some pretty significant Southwest payouts. You can currently earn 2,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points after your first ticket purchase, plus between 3 and 22 points for every dollar you spend. For popular events, you’ll likely see lower points payouts, but there are apparently some tickets that will earn you as many as 22 points per dollar. According to ScoreBig, these points do count toward the Southwest Companion Pass.

3 points per mile for the Spurs.
3 points per mile for the Spurs.

For example, for a San Antonio Spurs game this Saturday, all of the available tickets appear to pay out at 3 points per dollar, or even less for the cheapest tickets above. Still, if you’re new to ScoreBig, you’re guaranteed at least 2,000 Rapid Rewards points. TPG values Southwest points at 1.3 cents each, so those bonus points are worth $26, and then you’ll generally earn at least a 3.9-cent (up to 28.6-cent) return on the ticket price.

Earn 2,000 points with your first purchase.
Earn 2,000 points with your first purchase.

Here are the T&Cs from Southwest:

The 2,000 bonus points offer is valid through November 30, 2015. Member will also earn at least three (3) points, and up to twenty-two (22) points per dollar spent. Per dollar points earn is based on ScoreBig’s ticket inventory and source. To be eligible for the 2,000 bonus points offer, you must (1) complete one purchase (2) be a new customer to ScoreBig; and (3) identify yourself as a Rapid Rewards® Member by including your Rapid Rewards account number at time of purchase. Offer is subject to change without notice. Please allow six to eight weeks for Rapid Rewards Points to be posted to your account. Bonus points do not count towards A-List, A-List Preferred or Companion Pass status.

22 points per dollar sounds pretty fantastic, and can definitely motivate you to pull the trigger on some sports or concert tickets if you’re currently on the fence. In general, you should expect to receive fewer points, however. You can also earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card.

Have you found any events offering a 22 points-per-dollar return? Let us know in the comments!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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