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Southwest makes earning elite status easier with elite earning on award flights, double tier points

Sept. 21, 2022
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Calling all Southwest Rapid Rewards members: There's a three-prong limited-time status accelerator promotion for Rapid Rewards customers, making it easier to earn tier status through 2023.

As of Sept. 21, Southwest is applying reward flight segments earned since Jan. 1, 2022, toward A-List or A-List Preferred elite status segment requirements. Plus, Southwest loyalty members will temporarily earn flight segment credits for qualifying award travel purchased through November, in addition to earning double tier qualifying points, the Dallas-based airline announced Wednesday.

To register for this limited-time offer, log in to your Rapid Rewards account and search for the Reward Travel Counts promotion under "All promotions."

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To qualify for two of the three status opportunities, Rapid Rewards members must first register online for qualifying travel through Nov. 30.

The first opportunity is to earn flight segment credits — which will count toward A-List or A-List Preferred tier status for 2023 — which are applicable on all flights booked using Rapid Rewards points, Sept. 21-Nov. 30. Expect to see the flight segments in your account online within 72 hours of flight completion.

Secondly, members who register for this promotion and purchase qualifying flights can earn double tier qualifying points toward tier status for next year; this applies to all flights taken now through the end of November.

Read more: 10 easy ways to earn more Southwest Rapid Rewards points

The final part of today's promotion does not require Rapid Rewards members to register. Members may have noticed that qualifying reward flight segments were automatically added to their tier progress on Sept. 13. This is thanks to the airline's announcement that it would apply reward flight segments toward tier status segment requirements for all flights, Jan. 1-Sept. 19.

To ensure your reward flight segments went to your account, go to the "My Account" tab, "My Rapid Rewards" and click on "View Status Details."

Bottom line

This is good news for Southwest flyers attempting to reach the carrier's version of elite status by 2023. As a reminder, A-Listers are entitled to an additional 25% Rapid Rewards points-earning bonus on qualifying flights; they can also benefit from same-day confirmed changes with no fare difference (pending seat availability) as well as priority check-in and boarding for everyone on their reservation, among other perks. A-List Preferred members receive all of those but earn 100% additional points on qualifying flights plus free inflight Wi-Fi.

Flyers can earn A-List Preferred status with 50 one-way qualifying flights or 70,000 qualifying points. You must fly 25 one-way qualifying flights or 35,000 qualifying points for A-List status, in a calendar year.

Be sure to register online to take advantage of this limited-time promo to help expedite your SWA status goals for next year.

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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.

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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    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

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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.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
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  • 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