All Southwest Airlines credit cards have a 75,000 point welcome offer now
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Demand for summer travel is back and airline ticket prices show it. Luckily, Chase and Southwest have a new welcome offer for their line of co-branded credit cards that will make your summer trip a little easier on your wallet. Late last week, the pair revealed the chance to earn a major welcome bonus on any of their three cards – and one step closer to the coveted Companion Pass – so you have the chance to top up your Rapid balance. Rewards, regardless of benefits or year. price you are interested in.
Here’s an overview of the new offers and how you can put the points to good use.
The welcome offer
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, and Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card all offer new cardholders the opportunity to earn 75,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $5,000 on purchases eligible within the first three months of account opening.
While the offer isn’t as high as some we’ve seen before, the good news is that the spend threshold to get the bonus is lower than it was for past welcome offers.
The other good news? All points earned with the card, including those you get from the sign-up bonus, count towards qualifying for Southwest’s famous Companion Pass, considered one of the best benefits available in the world of points and miles. credit card. With the pass, cardholders can bring a friend or family member on any route they’ve redeemed points or purchased for, for the price of taxes and fees, which start at $5.60 one-way on domestic flights.
To get the companion pass, you’ll need 100 qualifying one-way flights each year or 125,000 points, so the sign-up bonus on one of these cards alone will get you more than halfway there.
Each card in the Chase-Southwest trio also has its own benefits. With the Plus, which has the lowest annual fee at $69, you’ll get 3,000 Rapid Rewards points each year as a birthday gift, two EarlyBird registrations per year, and the chance to earn two points per dollar on purchases with Rapid. rewards. hotel and car partners, local transit and commuting (including carpooling), internet, cable, phone and select streaming services and one point per dollar on all other qualifying purchases.
With the Premier, which sports a $99 annual fee, you’ll get 6,000 birthday points each year, two EarlyBird registrations, and the opportunity to earn three points per dollar on Southwest purchases, plus the same two points per dollar the Plus earns in all its bonus categories and one point per dollar on all other qualifying purchases.
Priority, with a fee of $149 per year, comes with 7,500 anniversary points each year and all the same earning opportunities as Premier. Plus, though, you’ll get $75 Southwest Travel Credit each year and four upgrade boardings per year, putting you at the front of the boarding line.
How to spend 75,000 points
With Southwest, you will generally find that the higher the ticket price, the higher the point price. Still, if you find some good deals, your 75,000 point sign-up bonus can earn you three round trips or even more. If you’re looking to sightsee in the summer, consider domestic destinations that are at their best during the warmer months. Discover new breweries in Portland, Oregon, take an architectural boat tour in Chicago or hike in the Denver area.
If you’re planning later in the year, the bonus can also help you get away from hot weather. True to its name, the Southwest serves cities such as Phoenix, San Diego, and Las Vegas, all of which are especially beautiful in the fall and winter. And if you want to go further, you’ll have the option of visiting Hawaii, Mexico, Belize or Costa Rica, all of which offer round-trip flights well within the range of bonus offers for fall 2022.
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