Watch Now: What You Need to Know About Southwest Rapid Rewards

May 16, 2019

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Southwest may get a lot of attention for its quirky safety announcements and no-frills approach to travel within North America, but the carrier’s Rapid Rewards program carries some solid value for many travelers. If you’re tired of disappearing award charts and want a simpler loyalty scheme, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve just launched a series of videos to help you make the most of your Southwest points. Check out the videos below, and then be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for additional updates.


All the Perks of Southwest Elite Status


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Best Ways to Navigate Cancellations and Changes With Southwest


Make the Most Out of Your Next Award Flight on Southwest


And of course, then there’s the carrier’s Companion Pass, one of the most lucrative options out there. We’ve devoted a separate video to this perk, but you can also check out our guide for how to earn the Companion Pass for additional details.

If you don’t currently have a card that earns Southwest points, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card could be a terrific option. You’ll earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.  The card includes four upgraded boardings per year, 25% off inflight purchases and a $75 annual Southwest travel credit to help offset the $149 annual fee. You’ll even take home 7,500 points when you renew your card each year.

For complete details, check out our full review of the Southwest Priority card.

Featured photo by Patrick Fallon/The Points Guy.

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