Where is the Southwest 50,000 Credit Card Offer?

by on Tue July 15, 2014 • 11 Comments
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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.

It’s no longer available as of the date of this MileCards.com post, and the current one is available here:

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You may earn one Personal and one Business offer per card and Chase has allowed some people to apply for two different cards on the same day, making you potentially eligible for two bonuses. However, if you’re already a card holder for one of these cards, it’s impossible to get the bonus again on the same card.

The link above is for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier credit card, but you can sometimes access the applications for the other cards like the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Card – $69 annual fee, or the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Business Card, by clicking the link and scrolling down. You may find them listed with other offers at the bottom of the page.

Earn your way toward Companion Pass

While the points themselves are valuable, Southwest credit card bonuses for Companion Pass status qualification is the real draw for many.

  • Companion Pass allows you bring a companion along for free on every Southwest flight you fly for more than a year. You must pay some modest taxes and airport fees. That includes both flights you pay for in cash and flights you book with points, so your points can effectively have double the value.
  • The Companion Pass status requires 110,000 Rapid Rewards® qualifying points earned in a single calendar year (Jan-Dec), and the qualifying points can be earned via flying, using a Southwest credit card, or using Southwest hotel / car rental partners. It is valid for the rest of the year you qualify as well as the entire following year.
  • (Example: Earn 110,000 points from Feb-April 2014, you will get companion pass status for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015.)
  • If you get 2 Southwest credit cards during a 50,000 point promotion period you could earn over 100,000 points very quickly – and get you very close to the 110,000 points earned in a calendar year you need for Companion Pass.
  • Your bonus points will post with the statement that closes in the month that you meet the spending threshold for your bonus offer.  If you plan to apply for two cards make sure all your bonus points post in the same calendar year to qualify for Companion Pass.
  • As an example, if you open 2 cards in October that require you to spend $2000 in 3 months, you should wait until January to put the last of the $2,000 spend on each card so that all the points will count towards the 110,000 needed for the companion pass in the following year.
  • You wouldn’t want to meet the threshold in November, get 100,000 bonus points but NOT get to 110,000 points in that calendar year, meaning you’d have to start over on your points earning once January rolls around.

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.

Other Cards for Southwest Points

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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card> Offer details: 40,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95

> Offer value: 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be worth over $650 in Wanna Get Away fares when transferred to your Southwest Rapid Rewards® account. You don’t need to use all of the points at once; transfer at any time.

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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.

Ink Plus® Business Card

Chase Ink Plus> Offer details: 50,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. $0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year. After that, $95.

Offer value: Points transfer 1:1 to Southwest Rapid Rewards points.

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Ink Bold® Business Card

Ink Bold from Chase> Offer details: 50,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. $0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year. After that, $95.

> Offer value: Points transfer 1:1 to Southwest Rapid Rewards points.

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Ink Cash® Business Card

Ink Cash> 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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11 thoughts on Where is the Southwest 50,000 Credit Card Offer?

  1. Craig

    I signed up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card during the 50,000 mile promotion. I already spent and paid off over $2,000 in the 2 months but I have not received 50,000 miles yet. Do I have to request anything special? Or does this just take time to show up?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Craig – It should show up after your the statement closes for the month you hit the $2,000. If that was recent, wait until your next statement gets printed to look for them.

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  2. usednavyman

    I have an offer sent to me from Southwest for 50k. Can be shared with friends and family. It is for the Southwest Airlines Plus Credit Card. You will get the 50000 bonus points. The annual fee is $69. There is no blackout dates and you can use the points to book someone else flight if you like. This offer is good till Sept 30, 2014. Please email me at

    patomaha at yahoo.com

    and I will email you the offer.

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    1. MileCards

      @Anita- There are 4 versions of the card – Premier, Plus, Business Premier, and Business Plus. So for example if you had the Premier before, consider applying for the ‘Plus.’ They are considered separate products.

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  3. Jeff H

    FYI I was instantly approved for both the Plus and Premier personal cards for 50,000 points each on the same day! So I’ll be able to earn Companion Pass status with the 100,000 points I earned plus some extra spending.

    Planning to hold off on hitting the $2k spending threshold for each until January so the Companion Pass will be valid for most of 2014 and all of 2015.

    If you’re considering this make sure you don’t let your bonus hit before January otherwise you’ll only get Companion Pass for 2014.

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  4. Mark A.

    Thanks for posting offers like this before they become affiliate links. I did this last year for the southwest companion pass which is a great deal. I’m not sure if I will try it again with a business card, but it was great for a year. My girlfriend and travelled every month somewhere new and we’ve told friends about how this works.

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