UPDATE: This offer has expired.
A few days ago, Southwest increased all three personal credit card offers to allow you to earn up to 75,000 bonus points. This is an incredible offer on these cards and the best I’ve seen yet. Originally, the offer was available solely through a referral link, but now it looks like it is publicly available everywhere. The best part of this offer is that all points earned, even bonus points, through the credit cards count towards the amazing Southwest Companion Pass. For those who have never heard of this pass, it ultimately allows a companion to fly with you for free (plus taxes), an unlimited number of times for the life of the pass. Earn the pass now and it will not expire till Dec. 31, 2021.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening, plus an additional 35,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases within your first 6 months of account opening. ($69 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening, plus an additional 35,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases within your first 6 months of account opening. ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening, plus an additional 35,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases within your first 6 months of account opening. ($149 annual fee)
Getting a Bump in Bonus
Prior to the 75,000 point increase, the cards were offering a sub-par 40,000 point offer. Some where able to apply during a 50,000 point offer through Southwest in-flight applications. I’ve had many readers email me that they just recently applied as their goal was to earn the Companion Pass as soon as possible.
Fortunately, if you’ve applied within the past 90 days, Chase is typically pretty good with matching a better offer. (Although I’ve read some reports that it might now only be 30 days). So, if you’ve applied for any of the three Southwest personal cards, I highly suggest reaching out to Chase to request a match.
Steps to request a match:
Sign into your Chase account and in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, click on the three lines menu button. Mid-way through you’ll see the Secure Messages option, which you’ll want to click on.
Click the “New Message” icon on the right-hand side and in the secure message center, select the “I have a question about one of my accounts” option from the drop-down menu.
Select your Southwest account number and in the newly created drop-down menu, select “Rewards inquiry”.
You’ll then want to select the “Send a message” hyperlink message. In the message area, you can include the following message: “To Whom It May Concern: I recently applied for the Southwest personal credit card [insert the exact name of the card] card with the 40,000 point offer [or 50,000 point offer] after meeting the minimum spend requirement, however, I now see that there is a better publicly offer available for 75,000 points. Since I just applied, I am hoping you can give me the better offer once a meet the minimum spend requirements […or if you’ve already hit the increased minimum spend, you can just ask for the 35,000 points to be deposited to your account]. Here is the link for this increased offer [include offer link for your particular Southwest credit card].
I have not yet heard of anyone getting denied of this increased offer if they just recently applied, so I highly suggest asking. It never hurts. They should get back to you pretty quickly too. Sending a secure message is the best way to go about this, do not call as it typically won’t get you anywhere.
With Southwest Rapid Reward points worth about 1.4 cents per point, the extra 35,000 points is worth about $490. The full 75,000 bonus offer is worth about $1,050. Not only that, all points earned from the bonus offer counts as qualifying points towards the pass. This means you are even closer to flying 2-for-1 for almost two years.
If you want to learn more about the card offers and how they will earn you the Southwest Companion Pass, you can read this prior post.
Let me know of your success!
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