Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® or 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs.
Southwest Airlines and Chase from time to time release a 50,000 point Southwest Rapid Rewards® offer when you sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier credit card. Those points have a value of up to $700 in ‘Wanna Get Away’ airfare.
And sometimes the Plus and Premier Business cards get in on the 50k action as well. Otherwise, the biggest bonuses for points you can use on Southwest are with the Chase Sapphire Preferred (50k) and the Ink Business Preferred (80k). They let you transfer points directly into your Southwest account, though they don’t count toward Companion Pass status.
If you want a Southwest card, these are the current offers:
> Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus (50k – $69 annual fee)
> Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier (50k – $99 annual fee)
> Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business (60k – $99 annual fee)
The Rapid Rewards Plus Business Credit Card has been discontinued.
Last year, a record high became 60,000 points available on all three Rapid Rewards credit cards, but now the cards are offering 50,000 points.
Two 60k bonuses earned in one calendar year are enough to earn Southwest Companion Pass status.
In recent years, the Southwest card bonuses have cycled between 25k and 50k points every few months. But in 2017, the pattern that emerged was that 40k is the ‘regular’ offer, and 60k is the higher, limited time offer to watch for. But to start 2018, it looks like 50,000 points is the now the special deal, down from 60,000.
(The information related to some of these cards has been collected by MileCards.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this 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, and getting two of these 60k bonuses this year can earn you Companion Pass for the rest of this year and all of next year.
The Marriott and Hyatt options
Update: As of March 31, 2017, transferring hotel points to Southwest no longer counts toward Companion Pass status.
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: Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
> Offer value: Points transfer 1:1 to Southwest Rapid Rewards points.
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: Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
> Offer value: Points transfer 1:1 to Southwest Rapid Rewards points.
> Offer details: Earn $200 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. No annual fee.
> Offer value: The bonus comes in the form of 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. 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.
(The information related to the Ink Cash Business Credit Card has been collected by MileCards.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.)
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