50,000 Point Offer for the Southwest Credit Cards! Amazing Opportunity to Earn the Companion Pass!

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Last week I wrote about the increased offers for the two Southwest personal credit cards, but unfortunately they seemed to be around for only 48 hours and then the links stopped working! Fortunately though, these offers are back and you can now earn 50,000 points for both the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card (the two personal cards). And if you are eligible for the business version of the card, it is actually offering a 60,000 point bonus!

The BEST THING about the offer is that the points earned from the credit card sign up 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! I’ve gone into detail below about the actual offers, the value of the points earned, and the companion pass overall (which is AMAZING!!!). So if you can sign up for one of the personal cards and the business card and off the bat you’ll earn the pass! Or if you are not eligible for the business card, but only the two personal cards that will earn you 100,000 points towards the pass, leaving you with just 10,000 more points to earn.

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**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.

**The 50,000 point offers for the personal cards are my referral links where I will receive bonus points if you apply and are approved. Thanks in advance!

What are the Bonus Points Worth?

For those who are new to Southwest, 50,000 points is worth about $700 towards a future “Wanna Getaway” fare. And 60,000 points is worth about $840. While Southwest has a relatively fixed redemption (the higher the fare, the more points), during peak fares 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 or 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. And you do not need to “redeem” your points to earn the pass. You can still use the points you earned towards a free flight!

How to get the Southwest Companion Pass

You need a total of 110,000 Qualifying points and then the companion pass is yours. As mentioned, you get 50,000-60,000 points per credit card offer after meeting the minimum spend requirements – these points DO COUNT towards the companion pass. So if you are approved for two cards, that will give you 100,000-110,000 points plus the minimum spend points earned. If you apply for the two personal cards that will give you 104,000 points (100,000 bonus points + 4,000 for meeting the minimum spend), and only 6,000 points shy of earning the pass!!!You can earn the remaining Qualifying Points with credit card spend, Rapid Reward partners (i.e, Marriott, Avis, Hyatt), and flying Southwest. If you apply for either one of the personal cards plus the business car, that will give you 115,000 points which will automatically get you the pass! You can learn about more ways to earn qualifying points towards the pass here.

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 means you are 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. That means you’ll want to earn the 110,000 points and meet the minimum spend as quickly as possible.
  • 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.
  • Transferring 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!

I’ve personally had the Southwest Companion Pass for 10 years and it has saved me thousands of dollar on travel! You can learn more about how I’ve earned the pass year after year here. Feel free to comment below or email me if you have any questions regarding the credit cards or the pass in general!

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  1. Thank for the great post! Quick question…can I apply for the Business card and plus or premier on the same day and if so, which would you recommend applying for first?

    Thanks again!

    • @Tasha – You can absolutely apply on the same day. If you are close to Chase’s “5/24” then apply for the business version of the card first.

    • @Cedric – Many folks who do not technically own a business say they have an ebay business, or are looking to get into real estate, etc. You can always use your SS # and do not need a Tax ID # or EIN.

  2. I applied for a Southwest Chase Plus mid February 2018. At the time I applied I think the promo was spend $3000.00 first 90 days and receive 50,000 or 60,000 bonus points. To date, I have put over $8,000 on this card and paid it in full. Chase awarded me 10,000 bonus points in March and is now telling me that was the promo when I applied. I would of never applied for this card for only 10,000 points. Can you confirm the promo in February 2018 for the Southwest Chase Plus.

    • @D Hudson – There are typically a few different promos going on at any given time and I only write about them when they are between 40,000-60,000 points. I have seen 10,000 point offers in the past (while other higher offers are also available), for very minimal spend. I would absolutely escalate this issue and speak to a supervisor.

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