Southwest Airlines 50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus Returns

May 1, 2015

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card

Chase is once again offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 points for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. This standard offer for this card is 40,000 miles. so this larger bonus is more lucrative.

Here are the full details:

  • 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.
  • 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary.
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases made directly with the airline and on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees.

You can also earn 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 you spend on the card, up to 15,000 points annually.

On the downside, Southwest Airlines recently made some changes to the Rapid Rewards program by introducing dynamic award pricing. The changes weren’t as drastic as some frequent flyers feared, but it was enough to make me drop the value of Rapid Rewards slightly in my most recent monthly valuations. Hopefully Southwest won’t continue to devalue its program, since it’s a pretty good option for domestic flights, and increasingly international ones as well.

Chase offers these 50,000 point sign-up bonuses periodically, but you never know if or when they’ll come around, and they usually only last for a few weeks. If the timing isn’t right for you now, my guess is that these offers will come back, but possibly not until the fall of 2015.

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