A few days ago I wrote about an awesome offer for all three Southwest credit cards. All three cards are offering 60,000 bonus points which we’ve never seen before. Typically the offer is 25,000-40,000 points and when a “limited time offer” comes around it is raised to 50,000 points. There are also times where one of the cards might jump to 60,000 points, but this time around it is all three cards with this increased 60,000 point offer!
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card: Earn 60,000 points after spending $2,000 on the card within the first 3 months; $69 annual fee. This card will earn you 3,000 bonus points on your account anniversary. You can learn more about Airline credit cards here.
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card: Earn 60,000 points after spending $2,000 on the card within the first 3 months; $99 annual fee. This card will earn you 6,000 bonus points on your account anniversary. You can learn more about Airline credit cards here.
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card: Earn 60,000 points after spending $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months; $99 annual fee. This card will earn you 6,000 bonus points on your account anniversary. You can learn more about this credit card here.
*If you have any questions on which credit card to apply for, feel free to email me!
While earning this amount of Southwest points is awesome for those looking to increase their Southwest balance to redeem for some free flights, one of the real benefits is that the points earned from the sign up offer DO count towards the points needed to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. For those of you not aware of this Companion Pass, you can read this post here. But essentially, it allows someone to fly with you an unlimited number of times for free (plus taxes/fees) for the life of the pass. The pass expires December 31st the following year you earn it.
So if you are looking to earn the pass, an easy way is to sign up for two Southwest credit cards. Since each card earns you 60,000 points, that will give you a total of 120,000 points. To earn the pass, all you need is 110,000 points. Apply for two cards, get approved, meet the minimum spend, and you are done – the pass is yours! But, you will not earn the pass immediately upon applying for the cards. Remember, you must meet the minimum spend! So that means you must spend $2,000 on each card within three months. Once you meet the minimum spend, the points will post to your Southwest account a few days after your statement close date. So if you meet the minimum spend on the 1st of the month and your statement doesn’t close until the 26th, the points probably will not him your account until around the 30th. So you’ll have to wait until then! This is why knowing your statement close date is important! And to make sure you maximize the length of the pass, it is a good idea to try to spend the $2,000 on each card as soon as possible!
I’ve personally had the Southwest Companion Pass for close to 10 years so if you have any questions about earning the pass or using the pass, let me know!