December 5th, 2012
Chase Southwest Airlines VisaDEAD!
-From this link you can access all 4 Southwest credit cards, the Consumer Plus, Consumer Premier and the Business Plus and Business Premier. The Apply Now button will take you to the Premier card and the alternate cards can be found on the bottom of the page. Each of these cards offer 50,000 points for spending $2,000. Points can be converted to Airtran, used on Southwest, used for store Gift Cards, and all count towards the 110,000 points needed in a year to get a free companion pass.
Some DDF members have all 4 versions of the Southwest card, by getting 3 you’ll effectively double the travel value of the 150,000 points from $2,850 to $5,700 due to the free companion pass you’ll get. With Southwest starting to fly internationally and publicly stating that they intend to start service to the stunning island of Hawaii, this is a golden opportunity.
Chase Airtran Visa DEAD!
-Earn 32 Airtran credits and 2 business class upgrades for spending $3,000. Points can be used for 4 free one-ways on Airtran or Southwest, used for a free round-trip on any other airline in the US, or transferred to Southwest credits.
For a limited time you can get 50,000 points when you spend $2,000 within 3 months of getting the Southwest card. They’re marketing this as 2 free flights but in fact it is enough for about $950 of free flying on Southwest, so you can stretch out those points for as many as 15 free flights with Southwest’s low prices.
You can use the points for yourself or book award tickets for anyone else you want to give a ticket to. Plus Southwest allows you to cancel an award flight and redeposit the points in your account for future use without any penalties!
Don’t fly? You can also use 50,000 points to get $500 worth of gift cards to places like Amazon, Avis, Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap, Hyatt, Lowe’s, Macy’s, TJMaxx, Walmart and many others. A $500 gift card to Walmart can always be sold to a place like Cardpool for $460 cash.
With Southwest’s Rapid Rewards “2.0″ program you can redeem points for any seat on any flight. For the regular “wanna get away” fare it costs 60 points for each dollar of airfare. In practical terms this means for example:
A one-way LaGuardia-Chicago flight on 01/08 is $68.80 with tax.
It can also be bought for 3,480 points plus $2.50 tax.
So 3,480 points gets you a value of $66.30 ($68.80 airfare less the $2.50 tax required on the points ticket)
So each point is worth 1.9 cents (66.30/3,480), valid for redemption on all flights.
The value per point will depend on your route, but points always seem to be worth more than 1.8 cents each.
The Southwest card comes with a 50,000 point signup bonus, which at 1.9 cents per point is worth $950 towards Southwest flights just for opening the card and spending $2K.
There is a $99 annual fee but with this card you earn 6,000 points every anniversary that you have the card, which is worth $114 towards Southwest flights!
You get 1 point per dollar on regular purchases, which is equal to a rebate of 1.9%.
You get 2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals via Southwest, which is equal to a rebate of 3.8%
Plus you get a free companion pass if you earn 110,000 points in a year from any source, including earnings from credit card bonuses and credit card spending! If you earn 110,000 Southwest points for example by 02/01/13 the pass will be good until 12/31/14. The pass allows you to bring a companion with you for free when you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free ticket!
Opening 2 Southwest cards (100,000 points) and spending the $2,000 on each (4,000 points) means you’ll be just $6,000 of spending short of the companion pass.
You should wait to finish spending the $2,000 on this card until January so that the points post in 2013 and the pass will be good all the way until the end of 2014!
Points transferred from Ultimate Rewards to Southwest don’t qualify towards companion pass status, but points transferred from Ultimate Rewards into Hyatt and then into Southwest do qualify! So you can transfer 50K Ultimate Rewards points into 50K Hyatt and 50K Hyatt transfers into 30K Southwest.
In other words if you get 50K points from signing up for this credit card you can transfer 100K Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and then into 60K Southwest points, worth about $1,140 towards Southwest travel. Plus then you’ll have a companion pass so that you can bring your companion for free whenever you fly Southwest, so that $1,140 toward Southwest is really doubled to $2,280 because of the free companion ticket. Not a bad value for a 100K Ultimate Rewards transfer.
Transfers to Airtran and Rapid Rewards “1.0″:
You can transfer increments of 1,200 Southwest points into 1 Airtran credit. Here is Airtran’s award chart, which does not price awards according to the cost of the flight. Thus you can get an international round-trip award ticket for just 19,200 Southwest points. These awards are capacity controlled however. A business class upgrade on Airtran is just 4,800 Southwest points.
Once they are in Airtran you can also transfer them back into Southwest’s old Rapid Rewards 1.0 program. In this program awards are just 16 credits (19,200 points) round-trip, no matter how expensive the flight is. These are also capacity controlled, but for some flights you will come out far ahead with this old program.
And as always, Southwest:
-Gives 2 free checked bags per passenger.
-Does not charge change fees to switch your flight. Whether you are on a paid or an award flight you can change without penalty!
-Does not charge a cancellation fee to cancel your flight (you will get Southwest credit for the full amount paid, even on non-refundable wanna get away fares) or to cancel and redeposit your award flight.
-Refunds the fare or point difference if the price of your flight goes down after you buy it, just call to get the credit at any time!
Need other Chase cards to apply at the same time?
All consumer or business cards applied for on the same day count as just 1 credit pull. It’s how I currently have 13 active Chase cards without making a dent to my top-notch credit score. Here are other Chase card offers, almost all of which I’ve successfully churned myself.
-Chase Freedom Mastercard and Chase Freedom Visa, 0% Intro APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers. $100 cash back for spending $500 in the form of 10,000 points. 5% back in rotating categories in the form of 5 points per dollar. Points can be transferred into miles if you have a Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Bold, or Ink Plus card. No annual fee.
-Chase United Explorer Visa, 30K miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months and adding an additional cardholder. Free checked luggage on United. Free Priority boarding with card. Non-expiring miles with card. Expanded Saver award availability. Last seat Standard award availability with card. Free primary Car Rental CDW. 2 annual lounge passes. 10K bonus miles for spending $25K annually. Comp upgrades for elite cardholders on award tickets. Double miles for United purchases. Introductory annual fee of $0 the first year, then $95.
-United Club Visa (Click on Club tab), 1.5 miles per dollar spent. 2 free checked bags on United. Free Premier boarding, security lines, and baggage with card. United lounge membership. Airport Terminal access even when not flying to access United or USAirways clubs. Waived expedite award fees. Non-expiring miles with card. Expanded Saver award availability. Last seat Standard award availability with card. Free primary Car Rental CDW. 2 annual lounge passes. 10K bonus miles for spending $25K annually. Comp upgrades for elite cardholders on award tickets. Double miles for United purchases. $395 annual fee.
-Chase British Airways Visa, 50,000 bonus Avios for spending $1,000, an additional 25,000 bonus Avios for spending $10,000 in 12 months, and another 25,000 Avios for spending $20,000 in 12 months for up to 100,000 bonus Avios. 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases. No Forex fees. Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases, you will earn a free companion ticket when you redeem Avios for a flight on British Airways. $95 annual fee.
-Chase Hyatt Visa, 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide for spending $1,000. Free Hyatt Platinum status. Existing Hyatt Platinums also get 2 free suite upgrades on paid stays. Existing Hyatt Diamonds get the 2 free nights in a suite. No Forex fee. Free automatic annual night at category 1-4 hotels. $75 annual fee.
-Chase Marriott Premier Visa, 50K bonus points and free cat. 1-4 night certificate for spending $1,000 in your first 3 months. Annual free cat. 1-5 night certificate. 15 night elite credit. No Forex fee. Introductory annual fee of $0 the first year, then $85.
-Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, 40K points for spending $3K. 1.07 points per dollar spent, 2.14 points per dollar spent on car rentals, airfare, hotels, and dining. Points redeemable 1:1 for BA, United, Southwest, or Hyatt points or for 1.25 cents each towards airfare. 7% point bonus for all spending. No Forex fee. No fee first year then $95.
-Chase Slate Mastercard, No balance transfer fees for 60 days and 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee.
-Chase Ink Bold Mastercard 50K points for spending $5K in 3 months. Points redeemable 1:1 for BA, CO, or Hyatt points or for 1.25 cents each towards airfare. 5 points per dollar on up to $50K per year on wireless, landline, cable services, and office supplies. 2 points per dollar on gas and hotels. 1 point per dollar elsewhere. 2 free lounge passes per year for all card users. No fee first year then $95.
-Chase Ink Plus Mastercard 50K points for spending $5K in 3 months. Points redeemable 1:1 for BA, CO, or Hyatt points or for 1.25 cents each towards airfare. 5 points per dollar on up to $50K per year on wireless, landline, cable services, and office supplies. 2 points per dollar on gas and hotels. 1 point per dollar elsewhere. 2 free lounge passes per year for all card users. No fee first year then $95.
-Chase Ink Cash Mastercard, 20K points for spending $3K in 3 months. 5 points per dollar on up to $25K per year on wireless, landline, cable services, and office supplies. 2 points per dollar on gas and dining. 1 point per dollar elsewhere. 0% APR for 6 months. Points can be transferred into miles if you have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus card. No annual fee.
-Chase United Explorer Visa (Click on “Are you a business owner” on the top-right), 30K miles for spending $1,000. Free checked luggage on United. Free Priority boarding with card. Non-expiring miles with card. Expanded Saver award availability. Last seat Standard award availability with card. Free primary Car Rental CDW. 2 annual lounge passes. 10K bonus miles for spending $25K annually. Comp upgrades for elite cardholders on award tickets. Double miles for United purchases. No fee first year then $95.