I am very excited to see that the Southwest Business Premier credit card is now offering a 60,000 point sign up offer! This is up from the previous 50,000 point offer. With this offer, you’ll need to spend $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months of card membership. It also comes with a $99 annual fee that is NOT wavier the first year. You can learn about all Airline credit card offers here.
The other two Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward credit cards, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card, are offering 50,000 points after meeting the same minimum spend requirement. The BEST THING about these offers are that the points earned from the credit card sign up currently count towards the 110,000 point required for the Southwest Companion Pass. For those new to the Southwest Companion Pass, I want to quickly point out that this pass allows another passenger to fly with you for FREE an UNLIMITED number of times! This means that if you get the business card offering 60,000 points and one of the personal cards offering 50,000 points, you’ll immediately earn the companion pass after the points from the sign up offer post to your account. Points post to your account a few days after your statement closes after you meet the minimum spend.
If you are looking to earn the Companion Pass for 2017 and 2018, now is the perfect time to apply. Ideally you’ll want to hit the minimum spend on the card as quickly as possible so you can get the companion pass sooner then later. Getting it quickly can allow you to have the pass for approximately 22-23 months, which is amazing!
I’ve included the links on where you can find the 50,000-60,000 point offers. Be careful when googling or looking up the offer on the Southwest site as they are offering a lower 40,000 point offer.
Unfortunately, these cards are not available to those that have received a bonus within the past 24 months. However, if you applied for one card recently, you are still eligible to earn the bonus points for another card as they are three separate products. Also keep in mind that the Southwest credit cards are subject to Chase’s “5/24” rule.
What are the sign up bonus points worth?
For those who are new to Southwest, 50,000 points is worth a cut and dry $714 and 60,000 points is much worth a cut and dry $840 towards a future “Wanna Getaway” fare. Although, Southwest did implement some changes to the program almost a year ago, on some peak fare flights, you might get a slightly less value when using your points (related post). As mentioned above, there are three versions of the card and you are able to apply for more then one card offer. Remember, the 50,000-60,000 points earned from the credit card sign up after meeting the spend requirements count towards reaching companion pass status, which is by far my favorite aspect of the Southwest program. Also you are not actually redeeming your points for the companion pass, but you are receiving the pass ON TOP of the points earned to redeem for free flights!
Quick recap of the companion pass
The best part of the pass is that a companion is allowed to fly with you on ANY flight. As long as there is one seat available, you can book your companion a ticket. There are NO restrictions and NO blackout dates. Not only that, even if the main passenger is flying on a free ticket with points, you can still use the companion pass! So that means on your first few flights, you can use the sign up bonus points earned from the credit card PLUS a companion can fly with you. So while 110,000 points are worth approx $1,154, if a companion flies with you on these flights, then that is essentially doubling the value of the sign up bonus!
Some things to keep in mind:
- Once you accrue the necessary 110,000 points to earn the companion pass status, the pass will be available for you the entire year it was earned PLUS the entire following calendar year. So if you earn the pass now, your pass with be active for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018
- You cannot combine points between two accounts to count for the companion pass.
- Transferring Chase Ultimate Reward points to Southwest DO NOT count towards the companion pass, but transferring hotel points DO count (through March 31, 2017)
- Your companion can fly with you an UNLIMITED number of times during the life of the pass. You can change your companion 3 times per year.
- The only amount your companion pays is the tax which is $5.60 per one-way. International flights are more and depends on where you are flying to/from.
- You CAN use the companion pass when the main passenger is flying on a free ticket!
- Getting the Southwest Companion Pass
- Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Blog Series
- Southwest Rapid Reward Program Blog Series
Let me know if you have any questions!