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Southwest becomes a Chase Sapphire Preferred 1:1 partner for mile transfer

by on Mon December 19, 2011 • 2 Comments

Southwest Chase SapphireNote: The Chase Ink Bold offer is no longer available.

Great news for Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Bold card holders — Southwest Airlines is a partner of their Ultimate Rewards program effective January 5, 2012.

“*Effective January 5, 2012, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink and Bold Customers will be able to redeem their Ultimate Rewards points for Rapid Rewards Points. Point transfers via Ultimate Rewards are not eligible for status, including A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass Status. Ultimate Rewards points will be converted to Rapid Rewards Points on a 1:1 ratio.”

That means you can instantly transfer your Ultimate Rewards points 1:1 to your or anyone’s Southwest Rapid Rewards account. All the points you’ve earned to date are eligible to be transferred as of January.

It’s also the fastest way to earn Southwest points via credit card spending — all dining and travel purchases earn 2x points per dollar with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, vs 1x for the standard Southwest credit cards.

The only hitch is the transferred points don’t count toward A-list and Companion Pass elite status (those earned via the regular Southwest credit card do). Southwest was a mile transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards until last year, but this is the first time we’ve seen a perfect 1:1 transfer ratio.

If you have a Southwest account you’d like to top off, it’s welcome news. With United / Continental and Southwest, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Bold offer mile transfer to the two largest airlines in the U.S. If you live in California or near Chicago — this is an outstanding combination since the two are so dominant there.

We find Southwest points are most helpful for lower priced tickets under $300. They are worth about 1.7 cents each when used for ‘Wanna Get Away’ fares, which are pretty readily available if you book in advance. It’s not the greatest airline program out there for absolute value, but it’s convenient and we know a lot of you have balances you want to top off.

And you can transfer points 1:1 instantly to United, British Airways, Amtrak, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, and Korean Airlines in addition to Southwest.


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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
Learn more

Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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2 thoughts on Southwest becomes a Chase Sapphire Preferred 1:1 partner for mile transfer

  1. Gary Ware

    I have just received my Chase Sapphire card and should be eligible for the 50,000 bonus points shortly. If I get a Chase Southwest Airlines rewards card, can I combine the points to use for travel? And would they have to be under the Southwest or sapphire terms?


      @Gary – Yes, you can move as few as 1,000 or as many Sapphire points as you want to your Southwest account. You can’t move points from your Southwest account to your Sapphire account though.


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