The New Southwest Business Rewards Card Offer is Better Than I Expected

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card

I’ve been saying since the card launched over the summer that I didn’t expect the new premium Southwest Airlines business card to keep offering its record-breaking 80,000 point initial bonus offer. That was more points than a Southwest co-brand card had ever offered, and it was a new product. I assumed they came out of the gate swinging.

Unsurprisingly that offer has been pulled, but here’s the piece that surprised me. The biggest point offers I’d seen for a Southwest card before was 60,000 points. I consider a ‘normal level’ for their other cards to be 40,000 points (which is mostly what we see now). I assumed that the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card would revert to a 40,000 – 60,000 point offer.

Instead, it’s something better: 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

Cardmembers receive 9000 bonus points each year after cardmember anniversary; a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fees every four years; reimbursement for four upgraded boardings per year (A1 – A15 boarding purchased at the airport); plus inflight wifi credits. That’s a package that makes the card’s $199 annual fee well worth it.

Of course news today is that Southwest Rapid Rewards points no longer expire, and also that a Companion Pass in 2020 will require 100 flights or 125,000 points – up from 110,000 points earned. No doubt the quickest path to get there is with a new Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card, but it’s going to be just a little farther away than before.

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  1. These “four upgraded boardings per year (A1 – A15 boarding purchased at the airport)” aren’t to be confused with A-list. You will get some benefit if you forgot to check in online 24 hours before and have, say, a B or C number then you could take advantage, but if you hate being last you cannot just rely on these upgrades in case there are none left. Still, it’s good where you cannot book in online and are willing to chance it a bit and the prepaid option is gone (72 hours before departure).
    Am I correct?

  2. When you do the upgraded boarding, do you get any other benefits of a business select fare? Such as bonus points, free drink coupon, etc.?

  3. When did the bonus go from 80K to 70K? I applied for the card on 10/10 but did not receive it until 10/17. Did I make it under the wire for the 80K bonus? Thanks.

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