Unlock 85,000 Bonus Points with Chase’s Southwest Cards: Your Ticket to a Companion Pass!

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Chase’s Southwest consumer credit cards have boosted their initial bonus offer to 85,000 points. That’s most of the way to earning a companion pass, in addition to being one of the most valuable bonuses currently on the market.

If you’re a regular Southwest flyer, consider the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card with 85,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

  • Earn 3X points on Southwest® purchases; Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare; earn 2X points on internet, cable, and phone services; select streaming.

  • This $149 annual fee card provides a $75 Southwest® travel credit each year; 25% back on in-flight drinks, WiFi, messaging, and movies; and 4 upgraded boardings per year when available (when A1-15 boarding positions are offered at the gate, buy it and you’ll receive a statement credit for the charge); and 7,500 anniversary points each year.

If you don’t generally fly Southwest, the lower-priced option is the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card which also has an offer to earn 85,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

  • Earn 2X points on Southwest® purchases; Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare; earn 2X points on internet, cable, and phone services; select streaming; Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • You earn 3,000 anniversary points each year, a nice incentive to keep the card. And as with the Priority card all points earned on this $69 annual fee card count towards Companion Pass®.

What I like about Southwest is that they have no change fees, you can use your points even to make a speculative booking. It’s always great to have Southwest points around, even if you book mostly international award tickets. You might need a domestic flight to get to the city your international award ticket leaves from. Or book the Southwest flight, and if award availability opens up to include a domestic flight on your other ticket, great, there’s no change fees. Southwest points are great insurance. They don’t have other fees either like checked bag fees or change fees.

Previously these cards were offering 50,000 bonus points so 85,000 is a huge boost. These offers are advertised as available through June 26, 2024. The Premier card, positioned in the middle of Plus and Priority, has a similar offer but I struggle to see the use case. You’ll get around 1.2 cents apiece towards travel with Southwest points, of course doubled in value if you earn a Companion Pass.

Current cardmembers and those who have received a personal cardmember bonus in the past 24 months are ineligible and presumably 5/24 applies (so if you’ve had 5 or more new cards on your credit report in the last 24 months you’d be ineligible as well).

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Gary-Does the Chase southwest referral bonus of 20,000 points count toward the 135,000 points needed for the companion pass?

  2. In other, and perhaps far more significant Southwest news, the Wall Street Journal reports that Elliott Investment Management has bought $2 billion in Southwest stock – or about 12% of the company
    Elliott is known for forcing change in undervalued companies including ousting executives.

    The WSJ notes that LUV stock has lost half of its value over the past 3 years compared to Delta which is up 8% – still below the overall market – and United – which is down 8%.

  3. “You might need a domestic flight to get to the city your international award ticket leaves from.”

    The problem using Southwest to get to your international gateway airport is that Southwest often only flies to secondary airports in cities where there tend to be greater availability of international award tickets (e.g. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, or San Francisco).

  4. Hey Gary, when are you going to apologize and comment on your post yesterday regarding the MAGA hat Karen? Live and Let’s Fly has all the information you need that it was fake and you were gullible, as usual. Or will you just sit there quietly and post credit card links until you find your next click bait junk that you vett for what, 30 seconds?

    Dude, you are not a thought leader. You are a thought monetizer. Get with the program and don’t be part of the problem.

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