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The 40,000 point deal is available for a limited time on the personal Plus and Premier cards, while the Premier Business is continuing along with the 60,000 points it’s been offering for the last several months.
The spending requirements are pretty simple.
Just spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of holding the card for the personal Plus or Premier and you’ll earn 40,000 points, or $3,000 in 3 months for the Business Premier, and you’ll earn the full 60,000 points. You’ll pay the annual fee upfront on all of these cards: $69 for the Plus, and $99 for the Premier and Premier Business.
Southwest Companion Pass status lets you bring a designated companion along on all your Southwest flights for no airfare, just pay the taxes and fees, as many times as you want for all of the rest of this year, and all of next year.
You can earn it by accumulating 110,000 qualifying points in a calendar year (January – December), and all the points you earn from a Rapid Rewards credit card, including introductory bonus points, count as qualifying points.
With the 40,000 point bonuses on the Southwest cards right now, two of those bonuses will earn you over 80,000 points.
Even better, you can use the Companion Pass on tickets you book with points, so all the points you earn can get you double the value – one ticket for you, and one ticket for your companion for no additional points.
Before these 40k offers, earning Companion Pass without flying was more involved. The best offers were for 50k points, leaving you 10k points short of Companion Pass. You could earn those 10k points by flying, using Rapid Rewards partners, or putting more spend on the credit cards. There used to be an option to transfer hotel points to Southwest and earn qualifying points, but that feature ended in March.
With the 40k offers, if you’re new to Companion Pass, you don’t have to worry about those hurdles to earn the extra 10k points.
It’s okay to hold more than one Southwest card and earn a bonus from more than one card.
The catch is if you’ve earned a bonus for a card in the last 24 months, you can’t get a second bonus for that same card.
So if you earned a bonus for a Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card a year ago, you can’t earn it again this year. But if you don’t have a Premier card open, and haven’t earned a bonus for a Premier card in the last two years, you can earn it again.
Chase also counts personal and business cards entirely separately, so you can earn the bonus from both the Premier personal and business cards in the same year.
The other catch is if you’ve opened 5 or more credit card accounts from any bank in the last 2 years, you probably won’t be approved by Chase. Many business cards don’t show up on your credit report, so those won’t count toward the 5 new account threshold if they’re not on the report Chase pulls from the bureau.
If you’re new to Southwest cards, the easiest strategy is to get the Southwest Plus first, which has a lower annual fee, followed by the Premier personal.
If you’re not sure about meeting spending requirements, finish the requirements for one card first, then apply for the second. But if you’re budgeting and planning ahead, you could probably open both cards in short order, and get the spending for both done around the same time to earn the Companion Pass more quickly.
Chase doesn’t have a specific limit about how many cards you can apply for in a month for example, but expect lower odds of approval for your second card than your first one if you’re applying for two in a short amount of time.
Southwest points are good on any Southwest flight.
There are three kinds of Southwest fares, and the best deal with your points is to plan ahead and use them for Wanna Get Away fares.
These are Southwest’s cheapest fares, and they also happen to be the ones where your points buy you the most dollar value.
If you look at point values, Southwest points are worth about 1.5 cents each when you use them to book Wanna Get Away fares, so 40,000 points could get you around $600 in flight value.
While Southwest doesn’t fly to Hawaii yet, it does fly to more and more vacation destinations in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, including:
There’s no special higher award price to book flights to the Caribbean and Mexico – just pay the points price you see on Southwest.com.
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