Thread DetailsLast Edited by MLx3 September 18, 2016 at 12:53 PM
Southwest are offering 2 credit cards (personal as well as 2 Business if you really want to double up) Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier and Plus cards with 50k bonus points each after spending $2000 each in first 3 months. Annual fees are $99 and $69 respectively (billed immediately in your first billing cycle)
Sign up for 2 cards, spend $4000 will give you 104,000 points. a little more spending or secondary users and such... to get you another 6000 points to reach 110,000 for companion pass. If you reach 110k after the turn of new year into 2017. you will be able to take advantage of it for both years 2017 and 2018 which will let you and your "companion" fly together for the price of 1.
Many "wanna get a way" fares come at $150 or 8531 points.
110,000 / 8531 = 12.89 (one-way flights for 2 people)
each flight is worth $150/person -> $300 for 2.
12.9 * $300 = $3868.xx
Not to mention Southwest have free bags ($25 per bag/per person/per flight - potentially another $650) and with the cards priority boarding and other perks from VISA
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extra forums to reference:
Flyertalk SW forums: http://www.flyertalk.c
random miles blog site: http://millionmilesecr
post #9: useful experience from user johannbiermann
Tip on Chases 5/24 rule which will deny applicants that have opened 5 or more credit cards in the 24 months prior to current application. Looks like it applies to these cards LINK .
Tip for applying for business credit card...
Be prepared to discuss this with a Chase Agent prior to getting approved! LINK
Tip on when to apply...
Suggest applying in October and earning the points in the beginning of 2017 to maximize the amount of time you have the pass. Spend just shy of $2,000 in 2016 and get the remaining spend in January.
Tip for using hotel points to transfer to SWRR...
Since the business card may be hard to get, consider transferring hotel points (if you have a bunch) to try and get 57,000 or so of the 110,000 points (the other 53,000 come from the card - 50,000 bonus + 3,000 from the spending to get the bonus). There are many threads out there with people doing this successfully, although SWA terms make this sound like transfer points will not work - see SWA terms about 3/4 down the page LINK .
Tip for using Marriott points to buy hotel + SWRR points packages to transfer to SWRR...
Another option to get extra SWRR points is to buy hotel + SWRR points from Marriott. Packages start at 200,000 Marriott points. See copy of packages HERE . Also note that Marriott allows free transfers of points between spouses and some other programs do too - see tips HERE .