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 - $85 annual fee.
The 50,000 point Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card is no longer available as of early April via the Southwest site.
Otherwise, the only way to get the 50k Southwest Plus deal now may be if you’re specially targeted via email or were previously referred by a friend like the example below.
Still, the new 40,000 point deal is a lot better than the old base deal of just 25,000 points.
Is this worth it?
This can help you 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 40k points right now, you could apply for both the Plus and Premier over time to earn two 40k bonuses, giving you over 80,000 Qualifying Points.
Then you could continue spending or earn some points from flying to reach the full 110,000 Qualifying Points.
We’d recommend applying for the Plus first, as it has a lower annual fee.
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 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 decent start before you earn points from the other Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards (the Premier and Premier Business). We’re not sure if the 50,000 point deal will be back as a widely public offer anytime soon.
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