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Southwest Airlines promotion: Earn double the points on summer flights from $49 one-way

May 13, 2020
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Southwest Airlines promotion: Earn double the points on summer flights from $49 one-way
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Southwest Airlines has launched a new promotion where it will award summer travelers twice the Rapid Rewards per flight booked now through Aug. 31, 2020. The best part? Fares start at a low of $49 one-way.

Here's a look at some of the deals:

Denver (DEN) to Salt Lake City (SLC) for $49 one-way:

Boise (BOI) to Sacramento (SMF) for $49 one-way:

Atlanta (ATL) to Tampa (TPA) for $49 one-way:

Albuquerque (ABQ) to Phoenix (PHX) for $49 one-way:

Rapid Rewards-earned points are calculated using base fare, so members will earn the following:

  • 12 bonus points per dollar spent on Business Select® fares
  • 10 bonus points per dollar spent on Anytime fares
  • 6 bonus points per dollar spent on Wanna Get Away® fares

Bonus points are in addition to the standard flight points earned through Rapid Rewards, but they will not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred or Companion Pass qualification. However, the double earning is unlimited in this promotion.

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You can register for this promotion on Southwest's website now through Aug. 31.

Related: Airline social distancing policies

If you're not sure you'll feel comfortable enough to fly again this summer, you can book with confidence knowing that Southwest has always had a flexible change and cancellation policy. You can easily delay your trip at no extra cost beyond the ticket price or cancel it altogether and use the funds towards a future trip. If anything, booking a potential summer trip is something positive to look forward to amidst all this uncertainty.

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Should you take advantage of this promotion?

If you're already planning to book post-coronavirus travel with Southwest, you should definitely register for this promotion. TPG values Southwest miles at 1.5 cents per point, so you'll earn $7 worth of miles per one-way flight and $14 per round-trip flight.

On the other hand, we don't recommend booking travel now just to earn bonus miles. While you can always cancel and change Southwest flights fee-free, the airline isn't offering cash refunds on these tickets. Canceling a ticket will only result in future flight credit.

Related: Airline coronavirus change and cancellation policies: A complete list

Keep in mind that holding this flight credit can be risky even if you're a Southwest loyalist. Like much of the travel industry, Southwest isn't in the best financial position right now. It has been forced to slash capacity and request a government bailout in response to the coronavirus-fueled travel downturn. If the airline went belly-up, you could be left with worthless travel credit and no way to get a refund.

Further, we're still not sure when it will be safe to travel again. If the coronavirus outbreak isn't contained quickly, you could be stuck with this credit for a long time.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with Southwest Rapid Rewards

Bottom line

It's nice to see Southwest offer bonus points for booking future travel. The summer still may be too soon to fly, but things are changing on a daily basis, so we'll have to wait and see.

Related: Now may be the time to book future travel

We don't recommend booking travel now solely to earn bonus miles. If earning miles is your goal, check out our complete guide to earning Southwest Rapid Rewards for less risky ways to do it.

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  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
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    The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

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  • Annual Fee

    $695
  • 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
    Good, Excellent

Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
  • Gold status at Marriott and Hilton hotels (enrollment required)
  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.