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Update: These offers expire in a few days on February 10, 2020. This post originally published on 1/10/20.
All 3 personal versions of Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card are currently offering 75k bonus points. The usual bonus on these cards is 40k or 60k. Woohoo!
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card –$69 annual fee
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card–$99 annual fee
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Card–$149 annual fee
75,000 points are worth over $1000 in free travel!
Where Can Southwest Points Take You?
Southwest has flights to 101 destinations within the U.S. and in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Last year, Southwest started flying to Hawaii!
My family has used Southwest Rapid Rewards points to fly to Florida, Colorado, New York City, Mexico and more!
What I Love About Flying Southwest Airlines
I love that Southwest doesn’t charge baggage fees. In addition, I love that I can change my flights when the price goes down and get points refunded to my account.
Since I live in Dallas/Fort Worth, I love that Southwest flies out of the less congested airport, Love Field (instead of DFW Airport).
Applying and Getting the Bonus
If you haven’t applied for many new credit cards recently, you’re likely eligible for these cards. Chase has a 5/24 rule in place where it won’t approve folks for a new card if they have gotten 5 or more new cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months. See this post for more information.
The bonus structure on these cards is tiered. Spend $1000 in the first three months to get 40,000 bonus points. Spend $5000 total in the first six months and get an additional 35,000 points. So to get the full 75k bonus, you must spend a total of $5000 in the first six months.
You can only have one Chase Southwest personal card at a time. You won’t be eligible for the bonus if you have received a bonus on any Southwest personal card in the past 24 months.
Earning the Southwest Companion Pass
If you earn 125,000 Southwest Rapid Reward points in a calendar year, you get a Southwest Companion Pass. This pass allows you to bring a companion with you on your flights for free (just pay taxes). Whether you book with cash or points, your companion flies with you for free.
If you own a small business, you can sign up for a business version of the Southwest card to accrue more points towards the companion pass.
My family has earned a Southwest Companion Pass in the past, and it was a great deal for my large family!
Which Southwest Card is Right for Me?
Each Southwest card has its advantages.
The Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card has the lowest annual fee at $69. You get 3000 bonus points each year when you renew.
The Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card has a slightly higher fee ($99), but it comes with 6000 bonus points each year when you renew. It has no foreign transaction fees.
The Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Card has the highest annual fee at $149, but it comes with more benefits. You get 7500 bonus points when you renew the card, plus you get a $75 travel credit each year. The card also gives you 4 upgrade boardings each year and 20% off drinks and WiFi.
I do not know how long this 75k offer will be around. Where will you fly with these points?
Update: These offers expire in a few days on February 10, 2020.
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.