This is post #10 in a series discussing the Southwest Rapid Rewards program:
This series contains:
- Southwest Credit Card 50,000 Point Offer
- Earning and Redeeming Southwest Rapid Reward Points
- Earning Status with Southwest and the Benefits
- Changing and Canceling a Southwest Ticket
- Earning the Southwest Companion Pass
- Converting Southwest Credits to Free Flights
- Transferring Points to Southwest
- Transferring Points/Credits between AirTran and Southwest
- Extending the Life of Free Flights from Rapid Reward 1.0 Program
- Booking Southwest Flights with Chase Ultimate Reward Points
- Canceling a Flight Booked with Points
- Changing a Flight if Booked as a Roundtrip
- Getting Money Back if the Flight Goes Down in Price
A reader recently emailed me asking:
“What is a better value, using my Chase Ultimate Reward points to book a Southwest flight, or transferring my Ultimate Reward points to Southwest and then booking my flight through Southwest.com”
This is actually a very easy answer without doing the math. Unfortunately, as of today you cannot book a Southwest flight through the Chase Ultimate Reward portal. I did a search from Islip to Ft. Lauderdale (which has a few non-stop Southwest flights a day) and look what it pulled:
So if you’ve accumulated a bunch of Chase Ultimate Reward points with the intentions of using them on Southwest flights, your only option is to transfer them to Southwest and then book through your Southwest account.
While some might be disappointed by this, the good news is that this option actually gives you a better value then booking through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal anyways! When booking through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal each point equals 1.25 cents. However, when transferring your points from Chase to Southwest and booking with Southwest directly, each Chase point actually equals 1.43 cents. Remember, transferring Chase Ultimate Reward points to Southwest does NOT count towards the Southwest Companion Pass (read more about this here).
Keep in mind though with this option you will not earn Southwest points when redeeming for a free flight and you won’t be eligible for any bonus promotions.
Credit card to help earn the companion pass: As mentioned previously, there are three different Southwest cards – ALL of them have the same bonus offer after meeting the minimum spend requirements, but different annual fees and annual bonuses. You can view all three cards and the differences in this prior blog post. You can learn more about all Airline credit card offers here.
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