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Southwest credit card double point bonuses…they run deeper than you think

by on Fri February 10, 2012 • No Comment

One of our beefs about the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit cards was that they only offer a 2x point bonus on travel purchases made with Southwest Airlines and Southwest hotel and car rental partners. At first we thought that meant you would only get the 2x points if you made the purchases through online. Turns out that’s not the case.

You simply need to make the purchase directly with the partner itself. And the list of partners is pretty deep, which means for a lot of you, this card effectively earns 2x points on all of your major travel purchases.

Here’s a list of hotel and car rental partners that qualify for 2x points with the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards:


  • Best Western
  • Choice Hotels
  • Hyatt
  • La Quinta
  • Marriott
  • Starwood (Westin, Sheraton, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Four Points)
  • Venetian / Palazzo
  • Wyndham

Car rental

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • Super Shuttle / Execucar
  • Thrifty

Now, you can also earn Southwest points via the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, and that card has an advantage in that *any* travel provider earns 2x points, as well as 2x points on dining.

The downside is you don’t earn Tier Points which is an exclusive benefit of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier credit card. That card lets you earn 1,500 Tier Points for ever $10,000 you spend, up to 15,000 Tier points per year.

Earning A-list status requires 35,000 Tier points in a year, and gets you

  • Priority boarding
  • Priority security lanes
  • A 25% bonus on miles earned via flying
  • Standby priority

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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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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