How to Earn Double Points on Southwest Flights Within California

Aug 26, 2019

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There’s a lot to love about Southwest: Easy flight changes and cancellations, a noblack out award redemption policy, open seating — the list goes on. And today, the airline’s doubling the love by allowing customers to earn double Rapid Rewards points on intra-California flights. According to our TPG valuations, Southwest Rapid Rewards points are worth 1.5 cents apiece. With this promo you could earn 12 points per dollar on Southwest’s cheapest flights, which equates to an 18% return.

Double Points Breakdown:

  • Business Select Fares: 12 points + 12 bonus points
  • Anytime Fares: 10 points + 10 bonus points
  • Wanna Get Away Fares: 6 points + 6 bonus points

All you have to do is register your full name and Rapid Rewards number for the double-points promotion here before Sep. 24, 2019. You’ll then have to take a revenue flight (award flights don’t earn points) within California before Oct. 31 to earn your double points.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Eligible travel must be booked and completed between August 26 – October 31, 2019.
  • The promotion is only valid on revenue (paid) flights. Award flights don’t count.
  • Qualifying flights can be one-way or round-trip, but must depart from and land in California cities.
  • Travel booked or flown before registering for the promotion doesn’t count toward the double points offer.
  • Bonus points do not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification.
  • Travelers will receive bonus Rapid Rewards points within four days after the entire flight is complete.
  • Charter flights, group travel, Companion Pass, Southwest Vacations® packages, and reward travel do not qualify for promotion.

Additional details can be found on the Southwest promotions page.

This is an easy way to boost your stash of Rapid Rewards points if you have any upcoming travel in the West Coast, especially if you’re running low on points toward the end of the year — there’s also no limit on the amount of points you can earn. And this promotion may offer just the right incentive to help you sneak in a final getaway before summer is over.

Related: The Best Southwest Airlines Credit Cards

Unfortunately, the bonus points will not count towards earning the coveted Southwest Companion Pass.

Check out our tips and guides on activities, hotels and road trips to take across California to double-stack your savings, including best-value points hotels in Los Angeles, or Southern California’s best amusement parks. And finally remember to put your purchase on a card that earns bonus points on airfare like The Platinum Card® from American Express or Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Featured photo by Patrick T. Fallon / The Points Guy.

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