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I just wanted to see if anyone else did this before. I plan on going to California in the summer and I normally fly SWA. I normally use my Southwest Chase Visa Card to get 2 points per dollar spent.

With the Chase Freedom, you get 5% back on Grocery Stores. It seems you can purchase Southwest Gift Cards from certain places like Safeway (Randalls) and Kroger. This would be a better alternative than using the Southwest Card. Anyone try something similar before? Flights to California from Texas are creeping up to $400+ so we'd be looking at a 20$ cash back as apposed to 800 points (equivalent to 8$?).
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I just wanted to see if anyone else did this before. I plan on going to California in the summer and I normally fly SWA. I normally use my Southwest Chase Visa Card to get 2 points per dollar spent.

With the Chase Freedom, you get 5% back on Grocery Stores. It seems you can purchase Southwest Gift Cards from certain places like Safeway (Randalls) and Kroger. This would be a better alternative than using the Southwest Card. Anyone try something similar before? Flights to California from Texas are creeping up to $400+ so we'd be looking at a 20$ cash back as apposed to 800 points (equivalent to 8$?).
Do you also have a Saphhire or Ink Bold card? If so you can transfer pts to southwest miles for 1:1 value. Then go buy some Amex gift cards at the grocery store (use them for whatever), move the miles over to the other account where they can be redeemed for travel at a 1pt:$1.25 value or 1pt:1mile depending on how you want to fly or if you already have pts banked.
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Can't you use your Freedom points for a 25% bump in travel purchases? Or is that just the Ink and Sapphire cards?

What the OP is saying though will work.
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Can't you use your Freedom points for a 25% bump in travel purchases? Or is that just the Ink and Sapphire cards?

What the OP is saying though will work.
Interesting point. Are Chase Freedom card holders able use points to redeem the travel for 25% more? If so, that would be pretty awesome.

I didnt know that points can be transfered to SWA at a 1:1 ratio. This actually makes the Chase Freedom Card completely better than the Southwest Visa Card.
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This actually makes the Chase Freedom Card completely better than the Southwest Visa Card.
Totally. I ended up cancelling my SW card and will stick with the Freedom. That and not having to pay an annual fee is always nice! That and the 5% quarterly bonuses are nice.

I checked and my Freedom points aren't worth anything extra towards a trip. It's just 1 cent/point.
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So it turns out that you cannot convert Chase Freedom points to Southwest points. You have to convert Chase Freedom points into Sapphire Preferred points, in which then you can convert into Southwest points. I just applied for the Sapphire Preferred and got rejected immediately. Called up the Chase Rep and asked her to re-allocate my credit limits in order to get approved and it worked perfectly. I have been using the Costco AMEX for restaurants for 3% back. Im going to use the Sapphire Preferred now that get 2 points per dollar which equates out to 3.33% (1pt = 1.67$) back for Southwest points.

Im going to go to a grocery store, buy 400$ worth of gift cards for SWA and get 2000 points. I will then convert the points to Sapphire Preferred points and then back into Southwest points. 2000 points with this method as apposed to 800 points using the Southwest Card.

Having the Chase Freedom and the Sapphire Preferred card is truly an amazing combination.
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So it turns out that you cannot convert Chase Freedom points to Southwest points. You have to convert Chase Freedom points into Sapphire Preferred points, in which then you can convert into Southwest points. I just applied for the Sapphire Preferred and got rejected immediately. Called up the Chase Rep and asked her to re-allocate my credit limits in order to get approved and it worked perfectly.
What do you mean by reallocating your credit limit? Did you decrease the credit limit on the Chase Freedom?
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What do you mean by reallocating your credit limit? Did you decrease the credit limit on the Chase Freedom?
Apparently, if you have credit cards with Chase, you can re-allocate limit to get you approved. Chase does this which is pretty beneficial for people that have applied for multiple lines of credit in the past. I applied for 4 credit cards, a car loan, and a house loan last year and still got approved for 2 Chase Cards this year.

Example: You have a Chase Freedom Card with a $10k limit. You can ask to reduce the limit to $5k and you can get approved for the Sapphire Preferred with a limit of $5k and still get the signup bonuses.
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Apparently, if you have credit cards with Chase, you can re-allocate limit to get you approved. Chase does this which is pretty beneficial for people that have applied for multiple lines of credit in the past. I applied for 4 credit cards, a car loan, and a house loan last year and still got approved for 2 Chase Cards this year.

Example: You have a Chase Freedom Card with a $10k limit. You can ask to reduce the limit to $5k and you can get approved for the Sapphire Preferred with a limit of $5k and still get the signup bonuses.
This is very informative. Thank you very much.
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Do you earn RR miles on flights purchased with Southwest gift cards?
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I just wanted to see if anyone else did this before. I plan on going to California in the summer and I normally fly SWA. I normally use my Southwest Chase Visa Card to get 2 points per dollar spent.

With the Chase Freedom, you get 5% back on Grocery Stores. It seems you can purchase Southwest Gift Cards from certain places like Safeway (Randalls) and Kroger. This would be a better alternative than using the Southwest Card. Anyone try something similar before? Flights to California from Texas are creeping up to $400+ so we'd be looking at a 20$ cash back as apposed to 800 points (equivalent to 8$?).

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