Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.
The 60,000 point Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card is now live for a limited time, and beats the 50,000 point deal that used to come and go for this card.
The offer is available if you spend $2,000 on the card in the first 3 months, and there’s a $69 annual fee that’s not waived.
For a while the only way to get the 50k or higher Southwest Plus deal was to be referred by a friend, so it’s good to see it back online at an even better 60k points. Otherwise, the typical deal for the card is for just 40,000 points, so this is a big step up that’s sought after.
Other times the 50,000 Plus deal was online, you had to take some extra steps to find it, because the deal was only accessible by clicking through an offer for the main Premier level card, then scrolling down to find the Plus offer.
But this better 60,000 point deal is now front and center online.
Is this worth it?
This is great news if you’re new to Southwest and want to try to earn the Companion Pass, which requires earning 110,000 Qualifying Points in a calendar year. All points earned via a Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card, including introductory sign on bonuses, count toward Companion Pass qualification.
Companion Pass lets you bring a companion along for no additional airfare on every Southwest flight you take for the rest of the year, and all of next year once you qualify. And you can even bring a companion for no additional points on reward reservations.
With the Premier card also offering 60k points right now, you could apply for both the Plus and Premier over time to earn two 60k bonuses, giving you over 120,000 Qualifying Points.
That’s enough to earn the full Companion Pass if you earn the points this year.
We’d recommend applying for the Plus first, as it tends to be less frequently available at the 50,000 point or higher level than the Premier.
There are other reasons to like the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card…
If you don’t like annual fees, and don’t travel abroad, the Plus can be a better choice than the Premier, saving you $30 a year on the annual fee, but with a fee for foreign transactions.
You also miss out on 3,000 points each year as the Premier has a 6,000 point anniversary bonus.
Those 3,000 points could be worth more than $30 in Southwest flights when you redeem your points, so consider the lost opportunity there.
But if you’re looking for a second card to separate your expenses, or trying to hit Southwest Companion Pass status, this is a great opportunity to get in on the biggest deal we typically see for this card, and it’s currently available for all three of the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards (the Premier, Premier Business, and Plus).
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