Southwest Airlines is offering double Rapid Reward points this summer if you book your flight using their branded credit card. To be eligible for this promotion you must register your card at www.southwest.com/doublepointsThis promotion is for travel between July 1 and August 31, 2013.

With this promotion you will earn the following number of points:

  • Business Select Fares: 24 points (instead of 12 points)
  • Anytime Fares: 20 points (instead of 10 points)
  • Wanna Get Away Fares: 12 points (instead of 6 points)

You can think of this as getting 20% rebate to use on future Southwest travel. Also remember, just by using your Southwest credit card you’ll earn 2 points per $1 spent, so the rebate is even slightly more. While I typically use my Southwest points when booking Southwest flights (due to the extreme flexibility of being able to cancel my flights and have my points redeposited to my account for no fee), with a double point promotion if I am 100% positive on my travel plans, I’d select to pay for my flight instead.

Unfortunately though, like all Southwest promotions, this is valid for new reservations only and for travel booked between June 19 and August 31.

Here is the full terms and conditions: Member must register for this promotion between June 19, 2013 and August 31, 2013, and registration must be completed prior to commencement of travel. Valid on new reservations only. Travel must be booked through Southwest Airlines between June 19, 2013 and August 31, 2013 with your Rapid Rewards Credit Card.  Travel must be completed between July 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013.  Rapid Rewards account number must be entered at the time of booking.  Rapid Rewards earned points are calculated using base fare and excise tax.  Member will receive 12 bonus points per dollar spent on Business Select Fares, ten bonus points per dollar spent on Anytime Fares, and six bonus points per dollar spent on Wanna Get Away Fares.  Bonus points are in addition to the standard flight points earned through Rapid Rewards.  Bonus points do not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred, and Companion Pass qualification.  Member will receive bonus points within four days after completion of entire ticket.  Award, Companion Pass, Southwest Vacations℠ Packages, Jackpot Deals®, reward travel, and flights booked through AirTran® Airways do not qualify for promotion.   Changes made to the itinerary after purchase may eliminate qualification for this promotion. Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.  (Promotion Number:  1-6COO2N)

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