All Southwest Credit Cards Offering 60,000 Points!

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UPDATE: This offer has expired.

I am very excited to see that all Southwest credit cards are now offering a 60,000 point sign up offer! This includes three personal cards, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and and one business card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier Credit Card.

Typically, these cards offer anywhere between 25,000-50,000 points, so seeing a 60k offer is awesome! Although I am not loving the high spend threshold to earn the maximum number of points on the three personal cards, it is absolutely obtainable since you have an entire year! Southwest is by far my favorite airline, especially since I’ve had the Companion Pass for 10+ years!

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. And right now is the perfect time to apply to get the Companion Pass for 2019 and 2020!

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 two of these cards, 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 earn the 110,000 points required on January 1 that will earn you the Companion Pass for for 2019 and 2020 — which is very easy to do, just hold off on meeting the minimum spend requirements until 2019! Since Chase put some limitations on the card earlier this year, you can only have one Southwest personal open at a given time. This means you cannot apply for two personal cards to earn the pass. But, you can apply for one personal card and the business card, and that will give you 120,000 points — more than enough to earn the companion pass right away!

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 separate products. Also, 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, 60,000 points is worth approximately $840 towards a future “Wanna Getaway” fare. Remember, the 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. 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 2018 and all of 2019. WAIT TO MEET YOUR MINIMUM SPEND FOR THE POINTS TO POST IN 2019. THAT WILL EARN YOU THE PASS FOR 2019 AND 2020
  • You cannot combine points between two accounts to count for the companion pass.
  • Transferring Chase Ultimate Reward points OR hotel points to Southwest DO NOT count towards the companion pass
  • 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!

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  1. not sure i like this. will now take longer to get to the 110K points need for the CP – if you’re relying on sign up bonuses. anyone know if the inflight application is still at 50K?

  2. I closed a Plus account a few months ago, and was planning to open a Premier account, but got declined with a note saying that I already have the account. Since these are separate products, shouldn’t I be able to do that? It has been a couple years since I last applied for the Plus.

  3. I read this article back in November and based on this article decided to get Southwest’s top card. It arrived right at the end of November with my first statement being issued mid December. I thought that I finally had a chance to get a companion pass. As per what you said and the advertising for this promotion it said it took 6-8 weeks for points to post to your rewards account. However my points were issued in the 2 weeks between my statement and new year so that instead of starting the year with 40,000 points I got 900. I complained nicely to Southwest about this and other previous promotions where I had also been somehow weaseled out of getting the reward that was promoted due to some technicality. My complaint was escalated to someone higher. I only asked 1 question of them and that was “can you tell me why I should continue to trust Southwest?” The response was basically legalized language saying that it was Chase Banks fault and I probably didn’t deserve it anyway. To be honest if their reply was, “you can trust us because we always get you there safely” I would have been happy but now I don’t know why I should trust Southwest. Then to add insult to injury straight after this promotion they basically gave the companion pass away in another promotion.

    • @Junia – I am sorry that Southwest/Chase mislead you. You are correct that it states points will post within 6-8 weeks, that is why in my article I let readers know that this is not the case and that points will post within a few days of the statement closing. (No where in my post do I state that it will take 6-8 weeks). I also recommend readers to wait until January 1st to meet the minimum spend.

      • I’m sorry if you felt I was discrediting your article. I really didn’t mean it that way. I appreciate and enjoy reading your articles. Thank you.

        • @Junia – No problem at all! I agree that the T&C with Chase should be more accurate and am sorry you had to deal with that.

  4. I was approved for the Premier card on Jan 5th. I got my card and have been using it for everything. Does anyone know if I can still earn the 20k points for spending 12k this year since I was approved before the offer expired. Or did I have to spend 12k prior to the offer expiring?

    • @Kaylea – You will receive the points for the offer you applied for. The $12k spend just needs to be spent within the number of months stated in the offer.

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