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A few days ago I wrote a post telling readers to get their Southwest Airlines companion pass now! While there are many ways to earn the companion pass, one of the more popular ways is to apply for two of the credit cards since the sign up bonus counts towards the points required to earn the pass. While the Premier Personal and Premier Business version of the card are currently offering 50,000 points after meeting the minimum spend, some folks are not eligible for this card (you cannot have received a sign up bonus in the past 24 months to be eligible again) and are looking to apply for the Plus Personal version of the card.
On most sites, you’ll notice that the Southwest Plus credit card is offering only 25,000 points after meeting the minimum spend, which is definitely NOT a good sign up offer. However, another blogger Running with Miles points out that there is actually a 40,000 point offer available.
On this Southwest credit card site (which is advertising a 40,000 point offer for the Southwest Premier credit card – NOT a good offer btw), if you scroll to the bottom you’ll see an opportunity for the same 40,000 point offer but for the Southwest Plus credit card. Click the more+ button and additional information will appear advertising the Southwest Plus card. You can then click on the Southwest Plus card info and apply from there.
Now, if you’d prefer a 50,000 point offer for the Plus card (who wouldn’t!) there are many referral options available. Some of those that currently have the Southwest Plus card are eligible to send you a referral email for a 50,000 point offer. While I actually have this card, for some reason I am not eligible. However, if you are eligible and want to share your referral info with other readers, feel free to do so in the comments section below. With the referral link, the person applying will receive a 50,000 point offer and the person making the referral will receive a bonus 5,000 points when the other person applies. Definitely a win-win situation!
The Plus card is almost the same as the Premier card, except that it has a $69 annual fee instead of a $99 annual fee (neither waived the first year). The main difference is that the Premier card has no foreign transaction fees, where you’ll be hit with these fees if you use the Plus card internationally.