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Two Roundtrip Flights w/ Southwest Airlines Credit Cards (50k Points w/ $2000 Spent in first 3 months)

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Last Edited by oFlamingo December 9, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Didn't see this posted yet, but it made FP before...see the Nov '13 deal (+153) here and the May '14 deal (+102) here.

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards(R) Plus Card

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards(R) Premier Card

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus(R) Business Card

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards(R) Premier Business Card

Apply for one of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards(R) Personal or Business Cards and get ready to get away. You'll earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months of opening your account - as of October 01, 2014, currently enough for 2 average roundtrip fares when redeemed for Southwest(R)'s Wanna Get Away(R) Fares. Some roundtrip flights are not available for 25,000 points.(airplane icon) This bonus offer is not available to either current or previous rapid reward cardmembers who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.

$69 or $99 annual fee applied to your first billing statement. You'll also receive 3,00 or 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember Anniversary. Start planning your trip to one of the 85+ destinations Southwest Airlines(R) serves.

Additional info
2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines purchases made directly with the airline
2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards(R) Hotel Partner,
Car Rental Partner, and point purchases
1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
3,000 or 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary
No foreign transaction fees on purchases made abroad (Premier cards only)

What are the points worth?
50,000 Rapid Rewards points are worth almost $715 in Wanna Get Away fares

Companion Pass and what is it worth?
By applying for one or both of these cards, and qualifying for your companion pass in January (requires 110,000 Companion Pass eligible points or 100 one-way flights within a single calendar year), your pass would be valid through 2016 because it always lasts the remainder of the year you qualify + the following year. Combined with the points, or on its own, the companion pass is worth as much as you're planning or willing to travel. Effectively you can cut your domestic airfare (for two) in half, or even better if using reward travel.

Here's a great post from TPG on the Southwest Companion Pass [thepointsguy.com]


Thanks to TPG for posting [thepointsguy.com] this excellent info on these cards and how to maximize the value of the bon
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Last Edited by oFlamingo November 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Adding and updating some Wiki content that seems relevant from one of the prior FP threads.

Reminders
-If applying for more than one card, or even just for one, remember to put your SW Rapid Rewards # in during the application(s)

Terms for Companion Pass:

What are the Companion Pass Rules and Regulations?
Companion Pass status is based on taking 100 qualifying one-way flights or earning 110,000 Qualifying Points in a calendar year. A qualifying flight for Rapid Rewards Companion Pass status is a one-way revenue flight on Southwest Airlines from an origin city to a destination city, including any intermediate stops and/or connections on Southwest Airlines. Companion Pass Qualifying Points are earned from revenue flights, points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.

1. To get the companion pass, you need to earn 110,000 points in a calendar year. Each credit card nets you 52,000 points (50,000 bonus points + 2,000 for the spend). If you get 2 cards, you get 104,000 points and need to earn 6,000 more through CC spend, flying, transferring from hotel or other partners, using the shopping portal or other methods. Also, bonus points earned from the Plus can be combined with those earned from the Premier (business and personal can also be combined). They are combined by linked your Rapid Rewards number at card issuance.

2. Find out your card(s) bill post date. The year in which the points post is the calendar year for which they're considered for the companion pass. For example, if you were approved for a card in December 2014, but you received the bonus points on your January 2015 statement, those points are eligible toward earning your companion pass in 2015.

3. The companion pass is valid for the year in which you earn it AND the next year (so 2014 and 2015 if earning now or 2015 through 2016 if earning next year).

4. The companion pass enables 1 companion to fly on your exact itinerary every time you fly on Southwest, regardless of whether you paid with cash or with points, as long as a purchasable fare is still available.

5. You can change your companion 3 times over the life of the pass (though some say it is calendar year in practice). I was told twice now that you can change the companion 3X per calendar year. Please review the terms for more information and the impact of changing the companion designation AFTER companion travel has already been booked but not yet flown.

6. You need to fly with your companion, you cannot just book companion travel and then no show for the flight. I've read examples of companions deplaned for trying to fly solo.

All 4 Southwest Cards are Visa Signature, meaning they also qualify for Visa Signature’s.

FAQs
How do I qualify for a Companion Pass in the All-New Rapid Rewards program?
To qualify for a Companion Pass, you will need to earn 110,000 points from any combination of Southwest Airlines flights and Rapid Rewards Partners per calendar year, or fly 100 Southwest Airlines one-way qualifying flights per calendar year.

How can I track my progress for the companion pass?
1. Login to your SW account at http://www.southwest.com/
2. Click My Account by your name and RR #
3. Click My Rapid Rewards tab in the middle of the page
4. Scroll down to the bottom left to see your Companion Pass progress and Recent Rewards Activity
5. Good luck!

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#3
The link is for premier card. Anybody knows if plus card also have same deal?
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The lower tier card has the same bonus with a lower annual fee...

https://creditcards.chase.com/6000321
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Quote from cheapodeal View Post :
The link is for premier card. Anybody knows if plus card also have same deal?
Quote from aburks View Post :
The lower tier card has the same bonus with a lower annual fee...

https://creditcards.chase.com/6000321
Updated the post, its actually both cards, business and personal versions.
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#6
Can you apply for both at the same time and get 100,000? Assuming you meet the minimum spending on both
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Didn't the previous front page deals have the fees waived for year 1?

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Can you apply for both at the same time and get 100,000? Assuming you meet the minimum spending on both
Yes definitely! I've done it before.
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How do you fulfill the spending requirement, now that Amazon payment is gone?
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Didn't the previous front page deals have the fees waived for year 1?



Yes definitely! I've done it before.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6919514-it-s-back-two-roundtrip-flights-with-new-southwest-airlines-premier-credit-card-approval-for-2000-spent-within-first-3-months-50k-points

Doesn't look like it was waved. So you're basically buying 50,000 points for $69 or $99 depending on which card.

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How do you fulfill the spending requirement, now that Amazon payment is gone?
http://millionmilesecrets.com/201...uirements/
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Anyone with experience with these cards/rewards, would this scenario work?

Get both cards. Charge $2000 on each card and get 100k bonus pts. Get 4k pts from the $2000 spent on each card. Spend an additional $6000 on either card for another 6k in pts. Get companion pass for having 110k pts. Get 4 flights for yourself and a companion.
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For those that are new to this, be sure that you hit the $2000 expenditure mark on both cards in January 2015 (Jan. billing cycle) for the 100,000 points to apply for a companion pass. With that, you will have the pass from Jan 2015 until Dec 31st 2016.

Every year someone posts on here that they missed it by a few days one way or another and for most, that completely defeats the purpose of obtaining these cards. Also, like me, be sure to cancel those cards from last fall or this spring because the annual fees are about to hit.
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Quote from jaggudada View Post :
How do you fulfill the spending requirement, now that Amazon payment is gone?
you buy stuff..
sheesh..
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I smell front page. This is the perfect time to get these.
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Quote from dunkzilla View Post :
Didn't the previous front page deals have the fees waived for year 1?



Yes definitely! I've done it before.
Just to be clear,

can you apply for personal premier and personal plus, meet the combined 4k spend, and get the 100,000 points or do you get the 50k bonus for only one of the personal cards (premier or plus)
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Anyone with experience with these cards/rewards, would this scenario work?

Get both cards. Charge $2000 on each card and get 100k bonus pts. Get 4k pts from the $2000 spent on each card. Spend an additional $6000 on either card for another 6k in pts. Get companion pass for having 110k pts. Get 4 flights for yourself and a companion.
I did that in past. Got both cards. Got 110K points. Got companion pass.
And depending on when and where you fly, it might be more than 4 flights.
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