Southwest Airlines and Chase frequently release a 50,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards® points offer when you sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier credit card. Those points have a value of over $700 in ‘Wanna Get Away’ airfare.
As of November 5, it’s back for all 4 Southwest branded cards, and the deal is available here for the Premier personal card:
You may earn one Personal and one Business offer for each card brand, so if you have the Plus personal, but not the Premier personal you could be eligible for the Premier bonus. Basically it’s possible to eventually get intro points for each of the 4 Southwest cards. If you held a card before, but cancelled, you can get another bonus for the same card if it’s been at least 24 months since you last got the deal on it.
While the points themselves are valuable, Southwest credit card bonuses for Companion Pass status qualification are the real draw for many.
The Marriott and Hyatt options
While Southwest won’t count points transferred from a non-Southwest credit card like a Chase Ultimate Rewards card for Companion Pass, it will count points transferred from hotel partners like Marriott and Hyatt into Southwest toward Companion Pass status.
The conversion rates for Marriott points are as follows
10,000 Marriott = 2,000 Southwest points
20,000 Marriott = 5,000 Southwest
30,000 Marriott = 10,000 Southwest
70,000 Marriott = 25,000 Southwest
140,000 Marriott = 50,000 Southwest
And there are three Marriott credit cards, each with their own sign on bonuses that you can take advantage of if you’re in search of Southwest points. We keep a list of deals here, checked daily by MileCards.com. You can also transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred to Marriott, and then to Southwest and get Companion Pass credit.
If you have a lot of Marriott points your best deal is to get a Hotel + Air package. For example you can get 120,000 Rapid Rewards points (enough for Companion Pass on its own) plus 7 nights at any Category 1-5 Marriott hotel for 270,000 Marriott points. That’s actually cheaper than doing non-package transfers to get 120,000 Southwest points, which would cost 340,000 points, and you get the hotel nights thrown in.
If you already have Southwest credit cards, there are other credit card offers that earn you points you can transfer into your Southwest account with no fees. It’s easy – you can see the MileCards.com guide to how it works here using the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.
You should be aware that transfers from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card don’t count toward Companion Pass. The only credit card points that count toward Companion Pass are those you earn from a Chase credit card that has a Southwest logo on it.
Below are the Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card offers with points you can transfer to your Southwest account – and you can still get the Southwest credit cards for bonuses – it’s okay to hold both.
You can use the MileCards.com CardFinder tool to see which card will earn you the most Southwest points. Just enter your spending habits and it will tell you how many points you’ll earn each year. There’s no login required and we don’t store any of your personal information.
> Offer details: Details TBD.
> Offer value: Details TBD.
The below cards are for small business expenses, though if you are not incorporated and just one person you may still qualify – for example selling items on eBay or babysitting can be considered a business.
> Offer details: 50,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. $0 intro Annual fee the first year. After that $95. There may be a deal with a higher number of points, but with an annual fee. Read here to check its status.
> Offer value: Points transfer 1:1 to Southwest Rapid Rewards points.
> Offer details: Earn 20,000 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. No annual fee.
> Offer value: Note, you must have an Ultimate Rewards credit card that carries an annual fee after the first year, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold®, or Ink Plus®, to be able to transfer points earned from a no annual fee Ink Cash® into Southwest.
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