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May 10, 2022
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When Southwest announced that it would be expanding to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Miami International Airport (MIA), it came as a surprise to many. The expansion brought Southwest into the turf of United and American, which maintain hubs at these airports. Both airlines have a major presence at ORD, while United has an IAH hub and American has an MIA hub.

Now, after several months of operating flights to these airports, Southwest is incentivizing customers to fly on flights to/from those three major airports by offering 3 Rapid Rewards points per dollar spent until July 28, 2022. Registration is required.

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How much can you earn with this promotion?

Earn more on Southwest flights to/from select airports. (Photo by Sean Cudahy/The Points Guy)

It’s important to note that the bonus from this promotion is limited to Rapid Rewards points. That means you’ll earn the standard number of points for A-List, A-List Preferred and Companion Pass.

Still, you can leverage this promotion to unlock generous returns on your air travel.

Southwest sells three different fares: Wanna Get Away (6 points per dollar), Anytime (10 points per dollar) and Business Select (12 points per dollar). With the promotion, those earning rates go up to 18, 30 and 36 points per dollar, respectively.

TPG values Rapid Rewards points at 1.5 cents apiece, so earning 36 points per dollar spent is effectively a 54% return on your air travel.

You can also pay for your Southwest flight with a credit card like the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card (3 points per dollar on Southwest flights, 4.5% return) or The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on Southwest flights, 10% return).

By booking a Business Select ticket and using the Amex Platinum card, you’ll earn the most: 41 points per dollar spent (36 points per dollar on Southwest Rapid Rewards and 5 points per dollar with Amex Membership Rewards).

That’s an unbelievable return on your air travel.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

How to register for this promotion

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

To register, you’ll need to log into your Rapid Rewards account and visit the “My Account” screen. Under the “My promotions” tab, you will see a place to register for the promotion. Signing up is easy and you’ll be on your way to earning bonus points.

In our tests, all Rapid Rewards accounts were eligible for the promotion.

Related: What is Southwest Airlines elite status worth in 2022?

Bottom line

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

Thanks to this promotion, you can earn up to 41 points per dollar. Given that it’s rare to see airfare promotions where travelers can earn more than 20 points per dollar, this is an appealing way to accumulate points that can be redeemed across Southwest’s network.

Make sure to register before your flight.

Featured image by Southwest airplane (Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

TPG featured card

Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

1 - 3X points
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points60,000 points
For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases