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In response to long TSA security checkpoint wait times, several airlines have been working to help passengers get through the lines quicker. Delta, American and United all offered their own resources to help the situation, and last week, JetBlue announced that it was targeting Mosaic members with free TSA PreCheck memberships. Now, as of today, Southwest is offering Rapid Rewards members the opportunity to purchase PreCheck in an unconventional way.

Southwest is now allowing Rapid Rewards members to sign up for TSA PreCheck with a payment of 9,000 Rapid Rewards points, rather than the $85 fee required for the membership. Rapids Rewards members who are interested in redeeming 9,000 points for TSA PreCheck should visit the carrier’s “More Rewards” portal and look for the TSA PreCheck option. From there, register to redeem your points for PreCheck and receive an authorization code, fill out a TSA PreCheck application online and schedule an interview appointment. You’ll then need to show your authorization code in order to have the $85 fee waived.

Use 9,000 Rapid Rewards points for free TSA PreCheck.
Redeem 9,000 Rapid Rewards points for free TSA PreCheck.

Note that by redeeming your Rapid Rewards points, you’re not guaranteed acceptance into the TSA PreCheck program. It’s also worth noting that the offer is valid until August 22, 2016, so you have more than a month to take advantage. In addition, you can choose to gift TSA PreCheck to someone else, but keep in mind that each Rapid Rewards account can only redeem points for up to eight codes.

Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, which peg Rapid Rewards points at 1.5 cents apiece, this isn’t the best possible use for your points. The 9,000 points required for this redemption are worth approximately $135 — about $50 more than it would cost you to purchase TSA PreCheck with cash. However, if you have a stash of Rapid Rewards points you’re looking to burn without flying, this could be a good redemption, especially because TSA PreCheck is valid for five years.

If you’re looking to increase your stash of Rapid Rewards points, don’t forget that the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card is offering a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. You could also sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, which comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. With the two sign-up bonuses, you’d be well on your way to getting the Southwest Companion Pass, one of the most lucrative rewards in the industry.

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

With the Southwest Plus credit card you'll earn 3,000 points each year after your cardmember anniversary. Southwest also offers one of the most lucrative airline perks - the Companion Pass. Once you earn 110,000 points in a calendar year, you can add a companion to your flight for the cost of the taxes and fees for the remainder of the first year plus, the entire following calendar year.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • 3,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary.
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® hotel and car rental partner purchases.
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn unlimited points that don't expire as long as your card account is open.
  • All points earned with either card count towards Companion Pass.
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions.
  • Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, gift cards, access to events, and more
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$69
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

 

 

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  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
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  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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