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5 Weeks Left Until Southwest’s Companion Pass Becomes Much Harder To Obtain, Here’s How You Can Take Advantage Before It’s Too Late!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

On 1/1/17 Southwest stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning, removing hotel point transfers as a method to earn Southwest Companion Pass.

After an apparently controversial campaign to write to Southwest, file DoT complaints, and raise awareness of the change on social media, Southwest agreed to give a 3 month grace period to transfer hotel points and have them qualify to earn Companion Pass status. Southwest has posted about their change of heart here.

You can read Southwest’s response to people who filed DoT complaints here.

If you earn 110K Southwest points by 12/31/17 you’ll earn Southwest Companion Pass status that will be valid until 12/31/18. 

With a Southwest Companion Pass you’ll get to bring a companion with you for free on all Southwest paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and Southwest tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest. There is no limit to how many times you can use the companion pass.

Southwest still offers 2 free checked bags. Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight. Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited back to your account!

Until 3/31/17 Southwest will count hotel point transfers towards companion pass status. After that date they will no longer count.


It’s worth noting that points earned from Southwest credit cards will continue to count towards companion pass status, even after 3/31.

You can currently earn 50K points from both the Southwest Consumer Plus and Southwest Consumer Premier cards. You can also earn 60K points from the Southwest Business Premier card. However all are those cards fall under Chase’s 5/24 guidelines which makes them hard to get if you have been approved for 5 consumer cards within the past 24 months.

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After clicking on the Southwest Consumer Plus 50K card offer you can scroll down to find the offers for Southwest Consumer and Business Premier cards as well.


Hotel transfers made by 3/31 will combine with points earned from Southwest credit cards and paid flights to earn companion pass status by earning 110K points by 12/31/17.

In other words if you earn 60K points from hotel transfers by 3/31 and earn 50K points from opening a credit card in April you will still earn Companion Pass status.

Notes about transfers:
-Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards don’t count towards Companion Pass.
-You can’t transfer Starwood points directly to Southwest, but you can transfer Starwood points to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio and then transfer Marriott points to Southwest.
-You can transfer 50K Chase points to 50K Hyatt and 50K Hyatt points into 30K Southwest points and those points will count for Companion Pass status.
-You can transfer Chase points to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio.
-You can transfer points to another Marriott member to complete an award.
-You can transfer points to another Starwood member living at your address.

If you use the regular Marriott Rewards transfer chart you would need 310K Marriott Rewards points to transfer 110K Southwest points.

However you can get a much better deal with Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would give you 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. You’ll also earn Southwest Companion Pass status with that award!

A transfer of 90K Starpoints into 270K Marriott Rewards points will make that happen.

You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights package.

-It will take 2-3 days for the points to reach Southwest and your Southwest account will be updated to Companion Pass status within a few days of the transfer.
-The 7 night electronic hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.
-You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.
-The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights.
-You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
-You can use more Marriott points to get a higher hotel category certificate.
-The 120K Southwest points transfer is the best value, but you can save points with a lower package if you don’t need 110K points for the Companion Pass.
-You can upgrade your hotel certificate by paying the difference in points later on.
-Some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that.

You can view hotels by category and tier via the “find” button on this page.

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-120K Southwest points will net between $1,800-$2,400 of free flights. Thanks to the companion pass you can bring someone along for free, which will mean you can use those points for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights. Plus of course you’ll get a 7 night category 1-5 hotel stay. Not a bad deal for 90K Starpoints!

-If you wanted 7 nights at the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya you would need 420K Marriott or 140K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

-If you wanted 7 nights at the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel you would need 330K Marriott or 110K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

There is also a 5 night hotel+points option that can save you some Marriott points, but officially that’s only available for Marriott timeshare owners. 5 nights and 120K Southwest points would cost 235K Marriott points. That’s 35K fewer Marriott points than are required for the 7 night package. On rare occasions some reps will book the 5 night packages for non-timeshare owners.


Still short on points?

You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Points cost 3.5 cents each. You may be able to buy points for less than that on the grey market.

30K Starpoints would set you back $1,050. If you have a Starwood AMEX you would earn 2.1K Starpoints for the purchase, so effectively you’ll have paid $1,050 for 32.1K Starpoints or 3.27 cents per Starpoint.

32K Starpoints converts into 96K Marriott points.

If you already have most of the Starpoints and will utilize the companion pass then buying some points is a no-brainer.

If you need more than 30K Starpoints you’ll have to buy them with additional Starwood accounts. You can freely transfer Starpoints between Starwood accounts that are located at the same address. Note that you need to wait 14 days from when you open a new Starwood account until you can buy Starpoints.

You can buy 84,500 Starpoints using 3 accounts for $2,957.50. With the Starwood AMEX you’ll also earn 5,916 Starpoints for the purchase, leaving you with 90,416 Starpoints.

Of course you won’t need to spend that much if you already have some Starpoints or Marriott points.

You can convert 90K Starpoints into 270K Marriott points.

Those 270K Marriott points can then be converted into 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel.

You’ll also earn Southwest Companion Pass status with that award and that will make your 120K Southwest points good for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights when you bring along a free companion.


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-Until 4/5 only, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers a 35K point signup bonus.

-Until 4/5 only, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers a 35K point signup bonus.

-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status which will then be matched to Marriott Gold as well!

-The Chase Marriott card offers 87,500 Rewards points (also transferable to 29,167 Starpoints) for spending $3,000 and adding an additional user card. After hitting the signup bonus it’s not worth spending on this card. You’ll get 3 Marriott Rewards points per dollar by spending on a Starwood card instead!
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Should You Buy Starpoints To Earn Southwest Companion Pass Status?

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Related posts (Read these first!):
-Roundup Of Combined Marriott And Starwood Award Charts With Sample Hotels, Extend Your Points Expiration, And More
-Redeem 90K Starpoints For 120K Southwest Points And Get 2 Years Of Southwest Companion Pass Status Plus 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!
-Transfer 18,667 Starpoints Into 25K United Miles Or 90K Starpoints Into 132K United Miles And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!
-Marriott Completes Starwood Buyout; Link Your Accounts To Transfer Points, Match Elite Status, And Take Advantage Of Each Program’s Strengths!
-Don’t Make This Mistake When Transferring Starpoints To Marriott Points


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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months


You can transfer 90K Starpoints into 270K Marriott Rewards points.

With 270K Marriott points you can get 7 nights in a Marriott hotel, 120K Southwest points, and a Southwest Companion Pass. With that pass you’ll get to bring a companion with you for free on all Southwest paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and Southwest tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest. There is no limit to how many times you can use the companion pass. The pass will expire 12/31/18. Hotel points must be transferred by 3/31/17 in order to earn companion pass status. You can read more about this limited time offer here.

120K Southwest points will net between $1,800-$2,400 of free flights. Thanks to the companion pass you can bring someone along for free, which will mean you can use those points for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights. Plus of course you’ll get a 7 night category 1-5 hotel stay.

You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Starpoints were on sale, but that ended on 12/31 and points are currently 3.5 cents each. You may be able to buy points for less than that on the grey market.

30K Starpoints would set you back $1,050. If you have a Starwood AMEX you would earn 2.1K Starpoints for the purchase, so effectively you’ll have paid $1,050 for 32.1K Starpoints or 3.27 cents per Starpoint.

If you already have most of the Starpoints and will utilize the companion pass then buying some points is a no-brainer.

If you need more than 30K Starpoints you’ll have to buy them with additional Starwood accounts. You can freely transfer Starpoints between Starwood accounts that are located at the same address. Note that you need to wait 14 days from when you open a new Starwood account until you can buy Starpoints.

If you have no Starpoints you can open a Starwood consumer AMEX and Starwood business AMEX to rack up points. The signup bonus will post within a few days of completing the $3K or $5K spend threshold.

Otherwise you can purchase 30K Starpoints from 3 accounts to accumulate the required 90K Starpoints. It would set you back some $3,150, but if you’ll use the 7 free nights and take full advantage of the 120K Southwest points and the companion pass it can make sense. If you’re not sure if you’ll be able to use those 120K points with the companion pass then it likely doesn’t make sense unless you already have some Starpoints.

Of course there are other ways to get to 110K companion pass qualifying Southwest points besides buying Starpoints. Those include:
-You can open Chase Southwest or Marriott credit cards.
-You can transfer Marriott points between members for a specific award and then redeem 270K points for the 7 nights+120K points package.
-You can transfer Chase points to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio and then redeem 270K points for the 7 nights+120K points package.
-You can transfer AMEX points to Starwood at a 3:1 ratio and from Starwood to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio and then redeem 270K points for the 7 nights+120K points package.
-You can transfer Chase points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio and Hyatt points to Southwest at a 50K:30K ratio.

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Redeem 90K Starpoints For 120K Southwest Points And Get 2 Years Of Southwest Companion Pass Status Plus 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Related posts (Read these first!):
-Roundup Of Combined Marriott And Starwood Award Charts With Sample Hotels, Extend Your Points Expiration, And More
-Transfer 18,667 Starpoints Into 25K United Miles Or 90K Starpoints Into 132K United Miles And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!
-Marriott Completes Starwood Buyout; Link Your Accounts To Transfer Points, Match Elite Status, And Take Advantage Of Each Program’s Strengths!
-Don’t Make This Mistake When Transferring Starpoints To Marriott Points
-Mileage Expiration And Points Transfer Chart For 54 Loyalty Programs, How To Keep Your Points From Expiring, And How To Bring Them Back To Life After They’ve Expired


On Sunday, Southwest stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning, removing hotel point transfers as a method to earn Southwest Companion Pass.

After an apparently controversial campaign to write to Southwest, file DoT complaints, and raise awareness of the change on social media, Southwest agreed to give a 3 month grace period to transfer hotel points and have them qualify to earn Companion Pass status. Southwest has posted about their change of heart here.

If you earn 110K Southwest points by 12/31/17 you’ll earn Southwest Companion Pass status that will be valid until 12/31/18. 

With Southwest Companion Pass you’ll get to bring a companion with you for free on all Southwest paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and Southwest tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest. There is no limit to how many times you can use the companion pass.

Southwest still offers 2 free checked bags. Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight. Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited back to your account.

Until 3/31/17 Southwest will count hotel point transfers towards companion pass status.

After 3/31/17 only points from the Southwest credit cards, from flying on Southwest, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners will count. However hotel transfers made by 3/31 will combine with points earned from Southwest credit cards and paid flights to earn companion pass status by earning 110K points by 12/31/17.

Note:
-Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards don’t count towards Companion Pass.
-You can’t transfer Starwood points directly to Southwest, but you can transfer Starwood points to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio and then transfer Marriott points to Southwest.
-You can transfer 50K Chase points to 50K Hyatt and 50K Hyatt points into 30K Southwest points and those points will count for Companion Pass status.
-You can transfer Chase points to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio.
-You can earn Companion status from signup up and spending on Southwest credit cards.
-You can transfer points to another Marriott member to complete an award.
-You can transfer points to another Starwood member living at your address.

If you use the regular Marriott Rewards transfer chart you would need 310K Marriott Rewards points to transfer 110K Southwest points.

However it’s a much better deal with Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would give you 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. You’ll also earn Southwest Companion Pass status with that award!

A transfer of 90K Starpoints into 270K Marriott Rewards points will make that happen.

You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights package.

-It will take 2-3 days for the points to reach Southwest and your Southwest account will be updated to Companion Pass status within a few days of the transfer.
-The 7 night electronic hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.
-You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.
-The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights.
-You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
-You can use more Marriott points to get yourself into a higher hotel category or you can save points if you already earned Southwest points this year and don’t need 110K points for the Companion Pass.
-You can upgrade your hotel certificate by paying the difference in points later on.
-Some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that.

You can view hotels by category and tier via the “find” button on this page.

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-120K Southwest points will net between $1,800-$2,400 of free flights. Thanks to the companion pass you can bring someone along for free, which will mean you can use those points for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights. Plus of course you’ll get a 7 night category 1-5 hotel stay. Not a bad deal for 90K Starpoints!

-If you wanted 7 nights at the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya you would need 420K Marriott or 140K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

-If you wanted 7 nights at the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel you would need 330K Marriott or 110K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

There is also a 5 night hotel+points option that can save you some Marriott points, but officially that’s only available for Marriott timeshare owners. 5 nights and 120K Southwest points would cost 235K Marriott points. That’s 35K fewer Marriott points than are required for the 7 night package. On rare occasions some reps will book the 5 night packages for non-timeshare owners.

You can buy Starpoints here if you need some extra points to top off your account.

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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.

-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status which will then be matched to Marriott Gold as well!

-The Chase Marriott card offers 87,500 Rewards points (also transferable to 29,167 Starpoints) for spending $3,000 and adding an additional user card. After hitting the signup bonus it’s not worth spending on this card. You’ll get 3 Marriott Rewards points per dollar by spending on a Starwood card instead!
You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.

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Southwest Relents, Will Allow Hotel Point Transfers To Count For Companion Pass For 3 More Months!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Update: Southwest has now posted this change on their website here.


On Sunday, Southwest stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning, removing hotel point transfers as a method to earn Southwest Companion Pass.

They timed that change exactly to the day when many people were waiting to transfer their hotel points in order to earn 2 full years of companion pass status.

Today they made matters worse by sending out emails congratulating people who didn’t get Companion Pass status for earning Companion Pass. That’s a whole new level of trolling.

I filed an official complaint about Southwest’s unannounced program rules change with the DoT and recommended that readers who felt that Southwest was being deceptive should do the same.

Many others took offense that I suggested taking that course of action. Some people felt so strongly that they even posted expletive filled messages.

Apparently sticking up for your rights and exercising free speech is now a bad thing. Would they feel the same if Southwest cut the value of their points in half without warning?

Others agreed with my approach and some even cancelled their Southwest credit cards due to their behavior.

I’ve had good luck with the DoT in the past. They helped me get a full refund and compensation for my cancelled American Airlines trip to London when they stranded us in JFK overnight.

The DoT responded to me as follows,

“This responds to your communication regarding Southwest Airlines. The U.S. Department of Transportation seeks to ensure that all airline passengers are treated fairly. Complaints from consumers are helpful to us in determining whether the airlines are in compliance with our rules and to track trends or spot areas of concern that warrant further action.

We will forward your complaint to the airline and ask the company to respond directly to you with a copy to us. Airlines are required to acknowledge receipt of a consumer complaint within 30 days and provide a substantive response to the complainant within 60 days. We will review the airline’s response. If you need to contact me, please include your name and case number (see above). I will make every effort to reply to your message within one business day.

If our review of your complaint and the response from the company discloses a potential violation of our rules, we may pursue enforcement action. Generally, we pursue enforcement action on the basis of a number of complaints which may indicate a pattern or practice of violating our rules. Your complaint may be among those considered and may lead to appropriate enforcement action including the assessment of civil penalties. However, we have no authority to order compensation for individual complainants.”

Zach Honig reports that Southwest has decided to relent rather than fight. Here is the statement they sent him,

“As we began the New Year on January 1, we took the opportunity to close a loophole in our Rapid Rewards Companion Pass terms and conditions related to transferred points from our Partners. This was an effort intended to clarify qualification requirements for Companion Pass, one of the best benefits in travel, as well as to protect the integrity and value of the Rapid Rewards program.
In doing so, we updated our terms and conditions which now clearly state that points transferred from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club will no longer count toward qualification for a Companion Pass. Members will continue to earn toward Companion Pass benefits through paid flights flown on Southwest, Points earned through spend with Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners.

Many of you have reached out to us since then, and we greatly appreciate your honest and candid feedback. Because we are a Company that values our Customers and believes in doing the right thing, we are offering a limited window for Customers to earn toward Companion Pass by transferring their loyalty points from these Partners.

To that end, points converted from the above mentioned programs will count towards a Companion Pass until March 31, 2017. This is a hard deadline and we will not be able to make any exceptions beyond March 31. If you have points with these Partners that you wanted to transfer, please do not wait. Make the transfer before the deadline.

We appreciate all of our Customers and look forward to seeing you onboard very soon!”


Sure it was a great opportunity, but personally I fail to see why this was a loophole. Regardless Southwest is well within their rights to change their program terms, provided they give advance notice. I applaud them for coming clean and making their customers whole.

I definitely think that the noise on social media as well as the DoT complaints helped the cause.

So there you have it. If you earn 110K points by 12/31/17 you will be able to take a companion with you for free whenever you fly on Southwest until 12/31/18. Until 3/31/17 it will count hotel point transfers towards companion pass status. After 3/31/17 only points from the Southwest credit cards, from flying on Southwest, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners will count. The companion pass works on paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest.

The best hotel transfer options are:
-Hyatt, where 50K points will earn 30K Southwest points. You can transfer Chase points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.
-Starwood, where 90K points can transfer into 270K points Marriott points which will earn 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel. I’ve written about that option in the pass and will write more about that option shortly.

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Southwest Is Just Trolling Us Now

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

On Sunday we learned that Southwest is no better than the network carriers when they stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning.

I thought that move was dirty pool. Airlines make billions of dollars annually selling their miles to banks, hotels, and other partners. They owe it to consumers to give notice when they want to move the goal posts.

Some commenters felt I was wrong for telling people to write to Southwest executive and to complain to the DoT about Southwest’s change without warning here..
I don’t see what is wrong with asking the DoT their opinion on mileage program changes that are made without warning.

But now Southwest is just trolling us.

This morning they sent out an email to tons of former Companion Pass holders with the subject, “Congrats! You earned Companion Pass”
Lots of DDF members got this email, despite no longer having a companion pass:

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Don’t get your hopes up. Southwest isn’t handing out Companion passes if you got the email and didn’t earn it:

Stay classy there Southwest.

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Southwest Kills Companion Pass Earning Option Without Advance Warning

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Southwest updated their Companion Pass terms and conditions today to exclude point transfers from hotels.

The new paragraph they added into the terms excludes point transfer from hotel partners as Companion Pass qualifying,

“Purchased points, transferred points transferred between members, points converted from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club, points earned from program enrollment, tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass Qualifying Points.”


This effectively kills the 90K Starpoints transfer into 120K Southwest points, companion pass, and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel.

There are still some other great Starwood transfer options including 90K Starpoints for 132K United miles and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel. Or until 1/6/17 you can transfer Starpoints into Alaska miles via Virgin America at an outstanding 1:1.625 ratio.

When I wrote about that deal back in September I wrote,

“If you transfer points now then the Companion Pass status will expire on 12/31/17.
If you wait to do the transfer until 2017 then the Companion Pass status would last until 12/31/18. Then again, it’s always possible for Southwest to stop awarding Companion Pass status for hotel transfers, so you might want to take advantage of this deal while it’s still alive.”


And that’s exactly what Southwest has done. I’m just disappointed that Southwest didn’t give any advance warning. So much for Southwest being different than the network carriers.

#WhereIsTheLuv?

Feel free to Retweet to get Southwest’s attention:

You can also complain to the DoT about Southwest’s change without warning here.

HT: mochjas, via DDF and TPG

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Redeem 90K Starpoints For 120K Southwest Points, Southwest Companion Pass Status, And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Update: DEAD!


If you earn 110K Southwest points in a calendar year you’ll earn Southwest Companion Pass status. With Southwest Companion Pass you’ll get to bring a companion with you for free on all Southwest paid and award flights. Status earned in 2016 will expire 12/31/17.

Note:
-Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards don’t count towards Companion Pass, but points earned on the Southwest card and on transfers from hotels do earn status.
-You can’t transfer Starwood points directly to Southwest, but you can transfer Starwood points to Marriott and then transfer Marriott points to Southwest.
-You can transfer 50K Chase points to Hyatt and 50K Hyatt points into 30K Southwest points and those points will count for Companion Pass status.
-The Chase Southwest card offers 50K points for spending $2,000 witin 3 months and those points will count for Companion Pass status.
You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.

If you use the regular Marriott Rewards transfer chart you would need 310K Marriott Rewards points to transfer 110K Southwest points.

However it’s a much better deal with Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would give you 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. You’ll also earn Southwest Companion Pass status with that award!

A transfer of 90K Starpoints into 270K Marriott Rewards points will make that happen.

The 7 night hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.

You can view hotels by category and tier via the “find” button on this page.

You can also use more Marriott points to get yourself into a higher hotel category or you can save points if you already earned Southwest points this year and don’t need 110K points for the Companion Pass:

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-120K Southwest points will net between $1,800-$2,400 of free flights. Thanks to the companion pass you can bring someone along for free, which will mean you can use those points for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights. Plus of course you’ll get a 7 night category 1-5 hotel stay. Not a bad deal for 90K Starpoints!

-If you wanted 7 nights at the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya you would need 420K Marriott or 140K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

-If you wanted 7 nights at the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel you would need 330K Marriott or 110K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

Southwest still offers 2 free checked bags. Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight. Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited back to your account.

You can buy Starpoints here if you need some extra points to top off your account.

If you transfer points now then the Companion Pass status will expire on 12/31/17.
If you wait to do the transfer until 2017 then the Companion Pass status would last until 12/31/18. Then again, it’s always possible for Southwest to stop awarding Companion Pass status for hotel transfers, so you might want to take advantage of this deal while it’s still alive.

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3 Day Southwest $49, $79, $99 And $129 Sale, Flights From 2,336 Points

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest Route Map

Southwest is having one of their best sales of the year today. Other airlines are also matching their fares.

Southwest still offers 2 free checked bags. Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight. Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to go online to make a change or call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A one-way short-haul flight can be had for just 2,336 points-a value of 1.86 cents per point

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points instantly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.

You can earn 50K points for signing up for the Chase Southwest Visa.

If you have a Chase Ink Cash or Ink Plus card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Southwest gift cards at Staples.

If you have a Southwest companion pass your paid and free travel would be effectively doubled, so you would have $10,000 worth of paid flights plus $3,630 of free flights from points…but that would take a whole lot of Southwest travel!  You can get a companion pass from earning 110,000 points from sources like the Chase Southwest credit card or transfers from hotels programs like Hyatt (50K Chase=50K Hyatt=30K Southwest)

Fare rules:
-Book by 06/09
-Travel between 08/23-12/14.
-Lowest priced flights are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Sale fares are also available on Mondays and Thursdays.
-Seats are limited.

Sample deals on nonstop flights:
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 8/24-8/30 for $97.96 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,672 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.86 cents per Southwest point (86.76/4,672).
-Cleveland-Chicago 8/24-8/30 for $97.96 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,672 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.86 cents per Southwest point (86.76/4,672).
-Los Angeles-Las Vegas 8/24-8/30 for $97.96 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,672 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.86 cents per Southwest point (86.76/4,672).
-LGA-Chicago 8/24-8/30 for $157.96 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 8,690 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.82 cents per Southwest point (157.96/8,690).
-LGA-Kansas City 8/24-8/30 for $197.96 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,370 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.74 cents per Southwest point (197.96/11,370).
-Newark-Las Vegas 9/7-9/13 for $241.96 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 14,316 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (241.96/14,316).

Post what flight deals you find!

HT: keemster26, via DDF

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Southwest: Fly Nonstop Between Philadelphia And Fort Lauderdale For $59 Or 2,923 Points Each Way, LGA-Chicago From 1,946 Points Each Way

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Update: Similarly priced tickets are also available between Fort Lauderdale and Austin or Pittsburgh.

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Southwest has a revenue based mileage program, so when there’s a sale, award prices go down as well.

Currently they have nonstop flights between Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for $59 each way.

Or you can use just 2,923 points plus $5.60 each way, a value of 1.83 cents per point  ($53.40/2,923).

 

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Of course if you have a companion pass from earning 110K Southwest points in a year you’ll pay half of that per person.

With Southwest you get 2 free checked bags and you can get a full refund of your points without paying any penalty.

You can transfer Chase points instantly to Southwest with a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus card.

Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale $59/2,923 point dates:
January 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30
February 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9

Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia $59/2,923 point dates:
January 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10

There are also great Southwest point deals from LGA to Chicago/MDW on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday from February-May:

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Post what other deals you find!

HT: Dan’s the Man

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Southwest: LaGuardia To/From Chicago Midway For 1,751 Points+$5.60 Each Way

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Southwest has a revenue based mileage program, so when there’s a sale (like there is now between NYC and Chicago) award prices go down as well.

With Southwest you get 2 free checked bags and you can get a full refund of your points without paying any penalty.

An $82 flight will be 3,502 points plus $11.20 tax. That’s a value of 2.02 cents per point ($70.80/3,502).

You can transfer Chase points instantly to Southwest if you or your spouse has a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus card.

You can earn 50K points with the Chase Southwest card and if you earn 110K points from Southwest cards in a calendar year you’ll get to bring along a companion for free on all Southwest flights through the end of the following calendar year.

You can also earn 60K points with the Chase Ink Plus or 30K points with the no-annual fee Chase Ink Cash for a limited time only.

LaGuardia to Chicago Midway. 1,751 dates in black. 2,273-2,924 dates in red:
October: 14, 21, 27, 28
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19
December: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16

Chicago Midway to LaGuardia. 1,751 dates in black. 2,273-2,924 dates in red:
October: 13, 14, 20, 27, 28, 31
November: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21
December: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16

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Southwest: Fly Between Chicago Or Dallas And New York, Philadelphia, Or Los Angeles For $41 Or 1,751 Southwest Or Chase Points Each Way

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Southwest.com.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-Southwest offers 2 free bags per passenger.

-Southwest allows free cancellations on award tickets with the point redeposited into your account.

-Chase UR points transfer instantly to Southwest.

A $41 date can be booked for 1,751 points+$5.60. That’s a value of 2.02 cents per point.  If you have a Southwest companion pass from earning 110K points in a year then 2 people can travel for 1,751 points, a value of 4.04 cents per point.

Valid Chicago/MDW-Los Angeles $41 dates:
September: 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 6, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18,

Valid Los Angeles-Chicago/MDW $41 dates:
September: 9, 12, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid Chicago/MDW-LaGuardia $41 dates:
August: 25, 26.
September: 1, 2, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid LaGuardia-Chicago/MDW $41 dates:
August: 25, 26, 29.
September: 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid Chicago/MDW-Philadelphia $41 dates:
August: 25, 26, 29.
September: 1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid Philadelphia-Chicago/MDW $41 dates:
August: 25, 26, 29.
September: 1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid LaGuardia-Dallas/DAL $41 dates:
August: 25, 26, 29.
September: 1, 2, 9, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid Dallas/DAL-LaGuardia $41 dates:
August: 22, 25, 26.
September: 1, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30.
October: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31.
November: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18.

Valid Chicago/MDW-Fort Lauderdale $54 dates:
August: 25, 26, 29.
September: 1, 6, 15, 22, 23, 29.
October: 26.
November: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11.

Valid Fort Lauderdale-Chicago/MDW $54 dates:
September: 15, 16, 23, 24, 29, 30.
October: 6, 7, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29.
November: 3, 4, 5, 11.

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3 Day Southwest $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Update: This sale has been extended until tonight and more cities have been added.
Be sure to check the prices of other airlines, as many have matched the prices of this sale.

Originally posted on 06/02:

Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest Route Map

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to go online to make a change or call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A one-way short-haul flight can be had for just 2,273 points-a value of 1.91 cents per point

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points instantly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.

If you have a Chase Ink Plus or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Southwest gift cards at Staples.

If you have a Southwest companion pass your paid and free travel would be effectively doubled, so you would have $10,000 worth of paid flights plus $3,630 of free flights from points…but that would take a whole lot of Southwest travel!  You can get a companion pass from earning 110,000 points from sources like the Chase Southwest credit card or transfers from hotels programs like Hyatt (50K Chase=50K Hyatt=30K Southwest)

Fare rules:
-Book by 06/04
-Travel between 08/25-12/16.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Blackout Dates Apply: September 3-5, September 7, and November 20 – December 1, 2015.
-Travel to/from Florida or Nevada is valid only on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
-Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico is valid only Mondays through Thursdays
-Seats are limited.

Sample deals on nonstop flights:
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 08/26-09/02 for $98.02 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,546 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (86.82/4,546).
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro, this route is being discontinued effective 11/01) 08/26-09/02 for $98.02 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,546 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (86.82/4,546).
-Washington DC-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro, this route is being discontinued effective 11/01) 08/26-09/02 for $98.02 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,546 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (86.82/4,546).
-Cleveland-Baltimore 08/26-09/02 for $98.02 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,546 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (86.82/4,546).
-Los Angeles-Las Vegas 08/27-09/01 for $98.02 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,546 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (86.82/4,546).
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 08/26-09/02 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,058 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (186.80/11,058).
-LGA-Atlanta 08/26-09/02 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,058 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (186.80/11,058).
-Long Island (ISP)-Fort Lauderdale 08/26-09/02 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,058 Southwest or Chase points+$11.20 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (186.80/11,058).
Post what flight deals you find!

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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Today Is The Last Day To Book Southwest Awards Before Mystery Devaluation

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Today is the last day to book Southwest awards before the mystery devaluation occurs tomorrow.

Southwest originally launched Rapid Rewards 2.0 with 60 points being worth $1 of “wanna get away” fares.  On 03/31/14 they decided that was too generous and adjusted that to make 70 points worth $1 of “wanna get away” fares.

Varying taxes can make Southwest points worth anywhere from 1.6-1.9 cents each.

Now they are moving away from a set value completely and will move towards the JetBlue model where there is a greater variance in what their points are worth based on a non-published formula.

Or in their own words,

“We created Rapid Rewards because we think you deserve to actually feel rewarded. And, from time to time we must make some updates to our program. Beginning April 17, 2015, the number of Rapid Rewards Points needed to redeem for certain flights will vary based on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare class, and other factors. However, there are still many flights which will stay at the current redemption rate. And don’t forget that when fares go on sale, so do the points needed for redeeming for a reward flight on those fares.”

That’s about as opaque as they could possibly get.

It’s bizarre that fixed value programs need to devalue. The thinking behind devaluations in traditional mileage programs is that as airfares climb, so should the mileage required. But when each mile has a set value, why is there ever a need to devalue?

Personally I chase the aspirational aspect of miles, which means I focus on the programs that offer outsized value for premium cabin awards. And I love the BA program which offers great flat-rate awards for short-haul flights.

But people do love the Southwest program for its baggage policy and for its companion pass program. When you earn 110K points in a calendar year you can bring along a companion for free on paid and award tickets until the end of the following calendar year.

The best part of the program is that they allow free redepositing of awards. Take advantage of that now to lock in award travel at current rates. Worst case is that you can always redeposit those points if you can’t take the trip.

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3 Day Southwest Systemwide $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest Route Map

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A one-way short-haul flight can be had for just 2,214 points-a value of 1.91 cents per point

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points instantly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.

If you have an Ink Plus or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying Southwest gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

If you travel Southwest a lot, open a new Ink Plus card, and buy $5,000 in Southwest gift cards from Staples you would get a total of 95,000 points and $50 cash back.  If you use those 95K points for Southwest flights worth 1.91 cents each you would have $1,815 worth of free flights.

If you have a Southwest companion pass your paid and free travel would be effectively doubled, so you would have $10,000 worth of paid flights plus $3,630 of free flights from points…but that would take a whole lot of Southwest travel!  You can get a companion pass from earning 110,000 points from sources like the Southwest credit card or transfers from hotels programs like Hyatt (50K Chase=50K Hyatt=30K Southwest)

The network carriers will also likely be matching these fares throughout the day in case you care more about earning traditional airline miles than the free bags and cancellation policy.

Fare rules:
-Book by 10/16.
-Travel between 12/03-12/17 or 01/06-02/11.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only.
-Seats are limited.

Sample deals on nonstop flights:
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 12/08-12/10 for $96.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,428 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (84.60/4,428).
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro) 12/08-12/10 for $96.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,428 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (84.60/4,428).
-Cleveland-Baltimore 12/08-12/10 for $96.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,428 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.91 cents per Southwest point (84.60/4,428).
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 12/09-12/11 for $196.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,940 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (184.60/10,940).
-LGA-Atltanta 12/08-12/11 for $196.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,940 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (184.60/10,940).
-Long Island (ISP)-Fort Lauderdale 12/07-12/10 for $196.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,940 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (184.60/10,940).
-Long Island (ISP)-Orlando 12/07-12/10 for $196.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,940 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (184.60/10,940).
-Philadelphia-Fort Lauderdale 12/07-12/10 for $196.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,940 Southwest or Chase points+$11.60 tax.  That’s a value of 1.69 cents per Southwest point (184.60/10,940).
-Newark-Phoenix 01/15-01/20 for $296.20 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 17,472 points+$11.60 tax. That’s a value of 1.63 cents per Southwest point (284.60/17,472).

Post what flight deals you find!

HT: Ari Chi town, via DDF

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3 Day Southwest Systemwide $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred, or 2 points per dollar on the Chase Southwest Visa

If you have an Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying Southwest gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

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Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest Route Map

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A one-way short-haul flight can be had for just 2,475 points-a value of 1.88 cents per point.  If you have an unlimited use companion pass thanks to opening 2 Southwest cards you would get a value of over 3.7 cents per point making a 50,000 point bonus worth over $1,850.

The Southwest Airlines Premier Visa gives 50,000 bonus points for spending $2,000.

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points instantly to Southwest.

The network carriers are also matching these fares in case you care more about earning traditional airline miles than the free bags and cancellation policy. A United flight from Cleveland to Chicago has just dropped to $98 and similar drops can be found nationwide.

Fare rules:
-Book by 06/05.
-Travel between 08/25-12/17.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Seats are limited.

Sample deals on nonstop flights:
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro) 08/26-09/02 for $98 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,950 Southwest or Chase points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 1.88 cents per Southwest point (93/4,560).
-Cleveland-Baltimore 08/26-09/02 for $98 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,950 points+$5 tax. That’s a value of 1.88 cents per Southwest point (93/4,560).
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 08/26-09/02 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,460 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 1.68 cents per Southwest point (193/11,460).
-Long Island (ISP)-Fort Lauderdale 12/09-12/16 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,460 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 1.68 cents per Southwest point (193/11,460).
-Long Island (ISP)-Orlando 12/09-12/16 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,460 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 1.68 cents per Southwest point (193/11,460).
-Philadelphia-Fort Lauderdale 12/09-12/16 for $198 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 11,460 points+$5 tax. That’s a value of 1.68 cents per Southwest point (193/11,460).
-Newark-Phoenix 12/09-12/16 for $298 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 17,972 points+$5 tax. That’s a value of 1.63 cents per Southwest point (293/17,972).

Post what flight deals you find!

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Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Update: Book Southwest tickets by Sunday, 03/30, to lock in lower rates before they are devalued.  You can always cancel for free later on if you need to. Note that you can still transfer Southwest points to Airtran or to the old Southwest program (as described below) which isn’t being devalued.

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Originally posted on 09/23/13:

Apparently Southwest realized that their program might be a bit too generous.  Effective for tickets purchased on 03/31/14 you’ll need 70 points per dollar instead of 60 points per dollar.

What does that mean?

The ticket pictured below is $48 plus tax. 48×60=2,880 which is the amount of points that you need now.

When you book an award the tax goes down to just $2.50 per leg, so in this case you can either pay $58.90 or 2,880 points plus $2.50.  So 2,880 points saves you $56.40 or a value of 1.96 cents per point.  If you have the annual companion pass then 2,880 points will save you $112.80 or a value of 3.92 cents per point.

Starting on 03/31/14 this ticket would need 48×70=3,360 points. So 3,360 points saves you $56.40 or a value of 1.68 cents per point.  If you have the annual companion pass then 3,360 points will save you $112.80 or a value of 3.08 cents per point.  That a 14.3% devaluation (2,880/3,360) though you can lock in future travel by just booking before 03/31.

The exact value per point will vary based on the route.

You will still be able to redeem points for gift cards for hundreds of stores a 1 cent per point to 50K points=$500 gift card.

You can also transfer 19,200 Southwest points to Airtran where they will be enough for 2 one-way flights or 4 business class upgrades.  From Airtran they can be transferred back into Southwest’s old program where they can also be used for a free round-trip.  However the Airtran and old Southwest program are subject to capacity controls while the new program has no capacity controls.

And of course you can still cancel and change awards for free, something that can set you back hundreds of dollar with other programs.  And you still get 2 free checked bags per person.

 

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Card: Get 50,000 Points

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

From the Southwest blog:
-More international Airtran flights switch to Southwest-which makes them eligible for redemption and companion pass usage.  And the international expansion is only just beginning.
A companion pass lowers the cost of a nonstop flight from NYC/Islip to Fort Lauderdale for example from under 11,000 points round-trip per person to under 5,500 points round-trip per person. (Sample date 03/31-04/07)
-You can now book flights through October. You can always redeem points now and rebook if the price drops or cancel if your plans change, all without paying any fees.
-Yisrael LUVs Southwest and catches their attention.
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Originally posted on 01/09/14:

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Chase Visa Signature Card

Signup offer and anniversary bonus:

You can get 50,000 points when you spend $2,000 within 3 months of getting the card. They’re marketing this as 2 roundtrip flights but in fact it is enough for up to $970 of flights on Southwest.

For example a one-way Los Angeles-Las Vegas flight on 05/07/14 is $62 with tax.
It can also be bought for 3,060 points plus $2.50 tax.
So 3,060 points gets you a value of $59.50 ($59.50 airfare less the $2.50 tax required on the points ticket)
So each point is worth 1.94 cents (59.50/3,060), valid for redemption on all flights. so you can stretch out those 50K points points for as many as 16 flights with Southwest’s low prices or 32 flights if you earn a companion pass.

Note that effective for booking made on or after 03/31 the value of Southwest points will be going down.  For the flight in the example above you will need 3,570 points.  For that route the value per point will be 1.67 cents (59.50/3,570).  However you can still transfer points into the old program which isn’t being devalued-see below for more.

Free changes and cancellations. Lock in low fares with no penalty:

While other mileage currencies now charge $200 to cancel an award ticket, Southwest continues to allow you to cancel an award flight and redeposit the points in your account for future use without any penalties! Coupled with 2 free bags per person and that’s a lot of added value. A family of 4 needing to cancel award tickets on another airline would set you back $800 versus it being a free change on Southwest. A family of 4 checking 2 bags each would run $480 round-trip on another airline versus paying nothing on Southwest.

Thinking of taking a trip but not 100% sure about it? With Southwest points you can lock in a good rate and just cancel the trip free of charge at any point before the flight if you can’t make it!

You can use the points for yourself or book award tickets for anyone else you want to give a ticket to.

Airtran flights:

You can also use your points for Airtran flights as well! Plus because you will be booking the Airtran flights via Southwest.com you will get 2 free bags and free changes and flight cancellations as well!

Don’t fly?

You can also use 50,000 points to get $500 worth of gift cards to places like Alamo, Amazon, Avis, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Budget, Carnival Cruises, Children’s Place, Express, Fairmont, Gap, Hertz, Hyatt, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Marriott, Motherhood Maternity, National, Nike, Office Depot, Saks, Sea World, Sears, Shutterfly, Staples, Starbucks, Toys R Us, TJMaxx, Walmart, Zappos and many others.

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With Southwest’s Rapid Rewards “2.0” program you can redeem points for any seat on any flight. There are no blackout dates or capacity controls.

The value per point will depend on your route, but points always seem to be worth more than 1.8 cents each for discounted fares.

When Southwest has a fare sale the amount of points go on sale as well as it tracks to the price of the ticket. Best of all Southwest will refund your points if the price of your award ticket falls!  Just rebook your trip online for the same dates or give them a call for the credit.

You get 1 point per dollar on regular purchases and 2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals via Southwest.

Companion pass:

Plus you get a free companion pass if you earn 110,000 points in a year from most sources, including earnings from credit card signups and credit card spending! If you earn 110,000 Southwest points in 2014 the pass will be good until 12/31/15. The pass allows you to bring a companion with you for free whenever you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free ticket! There is no limit to the number of free companion flights that you can take.

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 $1,170 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 $1,170 toward Southwest is really doubled to $2,340 because of the free companion ticket. Not a bad value for a 100K Ultimate Rewards transfer.

See this post for more info on the Ultimate Rewards program and associated credit cards.

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 before your flight!

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Other Chase consumer cards you can get at the time as the Southwest card include the Chase Sapphire Preferred (40K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, no fee the first year, plus 2.14 points per dollar on travel and dining with no Foreign Exchange fees), Chase British Airways , Chase Freedom (which gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories and 10% bonus points if you have a Chase checking account), and the Chase United Explorer (which gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance in most countries worldwide besides Israel, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more).

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold business cards both give 50,000 signup points and offer 5 points per dollar on telecom, cable, and office supply stores, 2 points per dollar for gas and lodging, no foreign exchange fees, free lounge visits, and a waived annual fee for the first year.

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Card: Get 50,000 Points!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Update: This offer will be ending at some point tomorrow, 11/18.
Now is the best time to get these cards as with just 2 Southwest cards you can get over $4,200 of free travel thanks to an unlimited use companion pass that will be valid for both paid and award tickets throughout the entire 2014 and 2015 if you play you cards right, read on for more info!
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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Chase Visa Signature Card Linky

With just 2 Southwest cards you can get over $4,200 of flights thanks to an unlimited use companion pass that will be valid throughout 2014 and 2015 if you play you cards right, read on for more info!

Signup offer and anniversary bonus:

You can get 50,000 points when you spend $2,000 within 3 months of getting the card.  They’re marketing this as 2 roundtrip flights but in fact it is enough for as much as $975 of flights on Southwest, so you can stretch out those 50K points points for as many as 15 flights with Southwest’s low prices or 30 flights if you earn a companion pass.

There are in fact 4 unique Southwest credit cards that are all offering 50,000 points for spending $2,000.  There is the consumer Plus and Premier cards and the business Plus and Premier cards. You can access them all at the bottom of the application link under “Additional Southwest Airlines Credit Cards”

The difference is that the plus cards have a $69 annual fee and offer 3,000 bonus points (~$57 towards travel) every year as an anniversary bonus.  The premier cards have a $99 annual fee, have no foreign exchange fees, and offer 6,000 bonus points (~$114 towards travel) every year as an anniversary bonus.

Free changes and cancellations. Lock in low fares with no penalty!

While other mileage currencies now charge $200 to cancel an award ticket, Southwest continues to allow you to cancel an award flight and redeposit the points in your account for future use without any penalties!  Coupled with 2 free bags per person and that’s a lot of added value. A family of 4 needing to cancel award tickets on another airline would set you back $800 versus it being a free change on Southwest.  A family of 4 checking 2 bags each would run $480 round-trip on another airline versus paying nothing on Southwest.

Thinking of taking a trip but not 100% sure about it? With Southwest points you can lock in a good rate and just cancel the trip free of charge at any point before the flight if you can’t make it!

You can use the points for yourself or book award tickets for anyone else you want to give a ticket to.

Airtran flights:

You can also use your points for Airtran flights as well! Plus because you will be booking the Airtran flights via Southwest.com you will get 2 free bags and free changes and flight cancellations as well!

Don’t fly?

You can also use 50,000 points to get $500 worth of gift cards to places like Alamo, Amazon, Avis, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Budget, Carnival Cruises, Children’s Place, Express, Fairmont, Gap, Hertz, Hyatt, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Marriott, Motherhood Maternity, National, Nike, Office Depot, Saks, Sea World, Sears, Shutterfly, Staples, Starbucks, Toys R Us, TJMaxx, Walmart, Zappos  and many others.

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With Southwest’s Rapid Rewards “2.0” program you can redeem points for any seat on any flight.  There are no blackout dates or capacity controls. 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 Los Angeles-San Francisco flight on 10/15 is $58.90 with tax.
It can also be bought for 2,880 points plus $2.50 tax.
So 2,880 points gets you a value of $56.40 ($58.90 airfare less the $2.50 tax required on the points ticket)
So each point is worth 1.95 cents (56.40/2,880), 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 for discounted fares.

When Southwest has a fare sale the amount of points go on sale as well as it tracks to the price of the ticket.  Best of all Southwest just like Southwest will give you a credit if the price of your paid ticket falls they will refund your points if the price of your award ticket falls!

You get 1 point per dollar on regular purchases, which is equal to a rebate of 1.95%.
You get 2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals via Southwest, which is equal to a rebate of 3.9%

Companion pass:

Plus you get a free companion pass if you earn 110,000 points in a year from most sources, including earnings from credit card signups and credit card spending! If you earn 110,000 Southwest points in 2013 the pass will be good until 12/31/14. The pass allows you to bring a companion with you for free whenever you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free ticket!  There is no limit to the number of free companion flights that you can take.

You can open 2 versions of the Southwest card to get to the 110,000 points in a year.  If you open 2 cards and spend $5,000 on each you’ll have 110,000 points.  That’s $4,290 worth of flights due to the free companion pass!

If the 110,000 points post to your account in 2014 then the free companion pass will be valid through 12/31/15!  If you’re going for a companion pass you’ll want to wait to finish your $2,000 in spending until after your mid-December statement closes. The signup points post on the statement after you complete the $2,000 in spending.  You have 103 days from when your account is approved to complete that spending.

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 $1,170 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 $1,170 toward Southwest is really doubled to $2,340 because of the free companion ticket.  Not a bad value for a 100K Ultimate Rewards transfer.

See this post for more info on the Ultimate Rewards program and associated credit cards.

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!

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Other Chase consumer cards you can get at the time as the Southwest card include the Chase Sapphire Preferred (40K signup points, no fee the first year, plus 2.14 points per dollar on travel and dining with no Foreign Exchange fees), Chase British Airways (50K signup points, 1.25 Avios per dollar, and an annual companion award ticket if you spend $30K+ in a  year). Chase Freedom (which gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories and 10% bonus points if you have a Chase checking account), and the Chase United Explorer (which gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance in most countries worldwide besides Israel, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more).

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold business cards both give 50,000 signup points and offer 5 points per dollar on telecom, cable, and office supply stores, 2 points per dollar for gas and lodging, no foreign exchange fees, free lounge visits, and a waived annual fee for the first year.

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3 Day Southwest And Airtran Systemwide $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Update: This sale ends tonight!

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Originally posted on 10/08:

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred, or 2 points per dollar on the Chase Southwest Visa

If you have an Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Southwest gift cards at Office Max or Staples.

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Southwest Sale Linky

Southwest/Airtran Route Map

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

If you have previously booked Southwest tickets with cash or points and the price has gone down be sure to call to get a refund for the difference!

When Southwest has a sale the points needed for a free flight also go on sale as Rapid Rewards is a revenue based program.  A round-trip short-haul flight can be had for just 4,560 points-a value of over 2 cents per point.  If you have an unlimited use companion pass thanks to opening 2 Southwest cards you would get a value of over 4 cents per point making a 50,000 point bonus worth over $2,000.

Through 10/31 the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Chase Visa Signature Card gives 50,000 bonus points for spending $2,000.  There are 2 consumer and 2 business versions of the card that each give 50,000 points. Those cards can be accessed at the bottom of the application link where it says “Additional Southwest Airlines Credit Cards.”  Read more in this post.

The network carriers are also matching these fares in case you care more about earning traditional airline miles than the free bags and cancellation policy
For example a United flight from Cleveland to Kansas City has just dropped from $506 to $196 connecting or $218 nonstop. Southwest doesn’t fly nonstop on that route but United has matched with a great nonstop price.
-A United flight from LGA to Cleveland can be had for $98 round-trip (or $95 with the United.com discount code I posted last week.).

Fare rules:
-Book by 10/10.
-Travel between 12/04-12/18 or 01/07-02/12.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Valid on nonstops only
-Seats are limited.

-Flights 0-500 miles=$49 each way.
-Flights 501-1,000 miles=$99 each way.
-Flights 1,001-1,500 miles=$129 each way.
-Flights 1,501+ miles=$149 each way.

Sample deals:
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro) 12/04-12/11 for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 01/14-01/21 for $197.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax.
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 01/14-01/21 for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-Chicago (MDW)-Cleveland 01/14-01/21 for for $97.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax. Or you can use 4,560 points+$5 tax.  That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Southwest point (92.80/4,560).
-Long Island (ISP)-Orlando 01/14-01/21 $197.80 round-trip with tax. Or you can use 10,561 points+$5 tax.

HT: Yosef, via DDF

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Signup For Dish Emails And Get 500 Southwest Points

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Signup For Dish Emails And Get 500 Southwest Points

Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill out the black form with your Southwest mileage number to get 500 points for free.  Of course you’ll be signing up to get spam from them, so it’s always a good idea to have a dedicated spam email address for offers like these.

“Limited-time offer. 500 Rapid Rewards Points will be applied approximately 8-10 weeks from submission. Offer available once per valid Rapid Rewards account.”

HT: schach325 and Gary

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3 Day Southwest And Airtran Systemwide $49, $99, $129 And $149 Sale!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Update: The Southwest sale ends tonight but expect the matched airfares from other carriers to end this afternoon!

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Originally posted on 06/11:

– Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Southwest gift cards at Office Max or Staples.

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Southwest Sale Linky

As always you get 2 free checked bags if booked on Southwest.com.  Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight.  Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited.

All of the major airlines will be matching these fares, so if you care more about the miles than the free bags just keep watching for fares to drop during the Southwest sale dates.
For example a United flight from Cleveland to Kansas City that I’ve been monitoring has just dropped from $506 to $196 connecting or $218 nonstop. Southwest doesn’t fly nonstop on that route but United has matched with a great nonstop price.

-Book by 06/13.
-Travel between 08/26-12/18.
-Blackout dates: 09/02, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/01, 12/02, and 12/03.
-Travel not valid on Fridays and Sundays.
-Valid on nonstops only
-Seats are limited.

-Flights 0-500 miles=$49 each way.
-Flights 501-1,250 miles=$99 each way.
-Flights 1,251-1,750 miles=$129 each way.
-Flights 1,751+ miles=$149 each way.

Sample deals:
-LGA-Akron/Canton, OH (Cleveland Metro) 09/17-09/30 (Sukkot) for $97.80 round-trip with tax.
-LGA-Chicago (MDW) 09/17-09/30 (Sukkot) for $197.80 round-trip with tax.
-Long Island (ISP)-Baltimore 11/25-12/05 (Chanukah) for $97.80 round-trip with tax.
-Chicago (MDW)-Cleveland 11/25-12/04 (Chanukah) for $197.80 round-trip with tax.

HT Yosef, via DDF

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Southwest.com Now Selling All Domestic Airtran Flights

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Related: Read more about the current limited time Southwest Airlines credit card promotion and about earning a free Southwest companion pass here.

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You can now book travel for all domestic Airtran flights on Southwest.com as a Southwest codeshare. This is good for travel beginning 04/14.

Why should you book on Southwest.com?
-If you book on Southwest.com you’ll get 2 free bags, a savings of up to $120 round-trip per person!
-Southwest.com doesn’t charge for flight changes or cancellations. Airtran.com charges $75.
-If you book on Southwest.com and have a companion pass you can use that on Airtran flights.
-Southwest.com also has a great low fare calendar that lets you glance at fares for the entire month.
-If you book a “business select” fare on Southwest.com and have an Airtran flight you will be seated in business class.
-You can redeem Southwest Rapid Rewards 2.0 points for Airtran flights without the blackouts and capacity controls that Airtran credit and Rapid Rewards 1.0 credits have.

Caveats to bear in mind:
-Prices can be different on both sites, so check both sites and compare the fees before purchasing a ticket.
-Airtran.com bookings allow for free standby travel. Southwest.com bookings (even for Airtran flights) do not.
-If you book on Southwest.com you will earn Rapid Rewards 2.0 points while if you book on Airtran.com you will earn Airtran credits or Rapid Rewards 1.0 credits.
-If you book on Southwest.com you won’t be able to book an assigned seat for Airtran flights until you checkin for your flight.
-Remember to always checkin with the airline that is actually operating the first flight, regardless of which site you buy your ticket on.

International flights:
Additionally you can book international mixed Southwest/Airtran flights on Airtran.com. When you book a mixed ticket on Airtran.com you also get 2 free checked bags.

This is all a temporary solution until 2014, when the Airtran brand and website will no longer exist.

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Final Day To Redeem Airtran Points For Flights On Other Airlines

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Airtran has long run an excellent program that allowed you to redeem points for travel on other airlines.

Today is the last day to redeem for a voucher for that option.  If you do redeem for that voucher you will have 1 year to use the voucher to book a ticket on another airline. You can redeem for a voucher by logging into your Airtran account under My Rewards>Redeem Other Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 credits gets you a roundtrip domestic US48 ticket, 50 credits gets you a roundtrip ticket to Alaska/Hawaii/Mexico ticket, and 100 credits gets you a roundtrip ticket worldwide.

You can also transfer increments of 1,200 Southwest points into 1 Airtran credit, so 38,400 Southwest points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points gets you 32 Airtran credits.

Airtran actually buys the ticket, so you do earn miles on the ticket.  The rules are fairly simple, you need to book 7 days in advance, a Saturday night stay at your destination is required, you can stay up to 30 days, and no stopovers are allowed.  They’ll generally book you on the least expensive option, but you can request for the most direct option.

It’s a shame to see this go away as I’ve used this many times over the years for pricey tickets.  Mergers are rarely ever good news for consumers.

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Southwest.com Now Selling Airtran Flights In 39 Markets

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Effective today, Southwest is expanding their Airtran integration and you can now book travel for Airtran flights on Southwest.com as a Southwest codeshare between 39 cities.
This is good for travel beginning 03/10.

Why should you? Because if you book on Southwest.com you’ll get 2 free bags, a savings of up to $120 round-trip per person!  Plus Southwest doesn’t charge for flight changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The current cities are: Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Buffalo, Cancun, Charlotte, Dayton, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Grand Rapids, Hartford/Springfield, Islip, Jacksonville, Louisville, Manchester, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York/LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oakland, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose Del Cabo, San Jose, CA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tampa Bay, Washington/Reagan National, and West Palm Beach.

By April you’ll be able to book all Airtran flights on Southwest.com.  And in 2014 Airtran will cease to exist.

HT: aj26, via DDF

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Chase Launches New Southwest Visa For The New Rapid Rewards Program!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Southwest Visa Linky

Southwest’s new Rapid Rewards program launched today.  With the new program you earn points based on how much you spend on your airfare and the type of fare purchased.  Not so good for folks who buy cheap tickets, but what does this mean for their credit card?  I did some investigation into it and it’s actually pretty good!

If you still have credits in the old program you can transfer increments of 1,200 new points into 1 credit under the old rules.

The new points won’t ever expire as long as you have activity every 24 months.

With the new 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 LGA-BWI flight on 04/05 is $79.70 with tax.
It can also be bought for 4,140 points plus $2.50 tax.
So 4,140 points gets you a value of $77.20 ($79.70 airfare less the $2.50 tax required on the points ticket)
So each point is worth 1.865 cents (77.20/4,140), valid for redemption on all flights.

The new Southwest card comes with a 20,000 point signup bonus, which at 1.865 cents per point is worth $373 towards Southwest flights just for opening the card!
There is a $69 annual fee but they give 3,000 points every anniversary that you have the card, which is worth $55.95 towards Southwest flights and negates most of the annual fee!

You get 1 point per dollar on regular purchases, which is equal to a rebate of 1.865%.
You get 2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals via Southwest, which is equal to a rebate of 3.73%

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 07/01/11 the pass will be good until 12/31/12. 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!

Southwest flies to LaGaurdia and starts flying to Newark this month as well!

And as always, Southwest:
-Gives 2 free checked bags per passenger
-Does not charge change fees to switch your flight
-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)
-Refunds the fare difference if the price of your flight goes down after you buy it, just call to get the credit at any time!

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Starwood’s 30th Airline Transfer Partner: Southwest Airlines.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Update 2: The deadline for transferring Starpoints to Southwest credits will be 3pm EST on 02/28! After 3pm you will no longer be able to transfer Starpoints to Southwest!
Remember you can only transfer a maximum of 60,000 Starpoints (technically 79,999, but then you would lose out on transfer ratio) to an airline within a 24 hour period!
Act now if you want to earn that 2 year companion pass (with a mimimum of 12 free tickets) for 120,000 Starpoints as described in the update below!

Update, 01/08/11: Southwest has announced that on March 1st they will be gutting their program (Of course the PR folks don’t spin it that way ;)) They will switch from a credit system where 16 credits can get you a free last minute Round Trip flight worth many hundreds of dollars to a points system where each point is worth just a penny each.  You can read more about the new program here.

However in the meantime there’s a unique opportunity. If you rack up 100 credits from any source by the end of February you not only will get the 6 free round-trips under the old rules, but you will also get a free companion pass (good on paid and free tickets) valid until 12/31/12 instead of the normal 1 year expiration! Plus Southwest will continue to allow you to renew the expiration of the free round-trips for up to a year as long as they’re renewed within a year after they expired. So free tickets earned in January 2011 could still be used in January 2014.

You can earn the 100 credits with transfers from Starwood (It would take 120,000 Starpoints to get 100 credit if you have none) or from the Southwest credit card if you apply soon.

Originally posted on 09/16/10:

Related links:
Starwood Consumer AMEX Linky 
Starwood Business AMEX Linky 
Southwest Visa Linky (Earn 16 credits with your first purchase.)

Starwood quietly added Southwest Airlines as an airline partner for Starpoint transfers.

For most of the airlines you can transfer 20,000 Starpoints into 25,000 miles.  For Southwest it’s a little more complicated.  20,000 points becomes 16.5 Southwest credits. 60,000 points becomes 50 credits.

If you earn 100 Southwest credits in a year you get a free companion pass for free. So if you transfer 120,000 Starpoints to Southwest you will get 100 credits, which are enough for 6 free round-trip tickets, as well as a 12-month companion pass.

As long as there is a seat available on the flight your companion can travel for free, there are no capacity controls on it.

The free companion ticket is even available when you are traveling on a free award ticket! In other words you will get 12 free round-trip tickets for 120,000 Starpoints.  Plus of course checked bags are free on Southwest.

After selecting your companion, you are able to change the name of your companion up to 3 times.

Curious about the other 29 Starwood transfer options and ratios? Here they are!  With so may different airlines to transfer to it’s just a matter of figuring out which one has the lowest rates to where you want to go.  I’ve separated them by alliance so you can know which airlines are partners and will therefore let you book award travel on partner airlines.  Of course airlines also have lots non-alliance partners, but by definition they are partners with all airlines in the same alliance.

OneWorld Alliance:
AA: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
British Airways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
JAL/Japan Airways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
LAN: 20,000 Starpoints=50,000 kms
Mexicana: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

Skyteam Alliance:
Air France/KLM Flying Blue: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Alitalia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Delta: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

Star Alliance:
Air Canada: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Air China: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Air New Zealand: 20,000 Starpoints=385 points
ANA/All Nippon: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Asiana: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Continental: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
Lufthansa Miles & More: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Singapore: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
Thai: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
United: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
USAirways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

Unaligned:
Air Berlin (Joining Oneworld in 2012): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Alaska : 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Emirates: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Hawaiian: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Kingfisher (Joining Oneworld in 2011): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Qatar: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Saudi Arabian: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Varig: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
Virgin Atlantic: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

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3 Day Southwest Systemwide $30, $60, $90, $120 Sale!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Related: Save 15% on Southwest with a World Market Purchase.

Southwest Sale Linky

Watch today for other airlines to match this fare!

-Book by 10/28.

-Travel between 12/01/10-12/15/10 and 01/04/11-02/16/11.

-Travel not valid on Sundays.

Flights 0-450 miles=$30 each way plus tax.

Sample routes: LaGaurdia-Baltimore, Los Angeles-S. Francisco, Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Cleveland-Chicago.

Flights 451-1,000 miles=$60 each way plus tax.

Sample routes: LaGaurdia-Chicago, Los Angeles-Seattle, LaGuardia-Orlando

Flights 1,001-1,500 miles=$90 each way plus tax.

Sample routes:LaGuardia-Houston

Flights 1,500+ miles=$120 each way plus tax.

Sample routes: LaGaurdia-Los Angeles

HT: S. Zuckerman

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HOT!!! World Market: Get $10 Off $30 Plus Get 15% Off Your Next Southwest Flight With A $20+ Purchase!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

World Market $10 Off $30 Coupon Linky (Registration required to view coupon, Exp: 10/31)

After making a purchase of at least $20 at World Market click on the link below to enter in your purchase details and to receive a 15% off coupon for yor next Southwest flight!

Southwest World Market Coupon Linky

Southwest coupon terms:
-15% discount valid for one-time use at southwest.com or swabiz.com off the total amount of any roundtrip Wanna Get Away purchase before taxes and fees.
-Purchase must be made between October 23, 2010 and December 1, 2010 for travel October 30, 2010 through January 25, 2011.
-Blackout dates apply November 19, 2010 through November 29, 2010 and December 18, 2010 through January 3, 2011. If any portion of travel falls on a blackout date the discount will not apply.
-The discount is only valid with the provided Promotion Code and is not combinable with other Promotion Codes or fares available exclusively through the web tool DING!.
-This promotion includes only Wanna Get Away Fares. (i.e. not valid on refundable anytime fares)
-7-day advance purchase may be required.
-Changes made to the itinerary after purchase will eliminate qualifications for this promotion.
-Promotion code is not combinable with other promotion codes.

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More Terrible Airline Consolidation News…

Monday, September 27th, 2010

On the heals of the United/Continental merger which will take effect in just 5 days, another merger has been announced.

Southwest Airlines plans to buy Airtran for $1.4 billion.

Of course with each merger there is less competition which means we’re stuck paying higher fares.

But what I’m really bummed about is losing my 2 favorite airlines the same year!

Continental is a great airline with great policies.  I outlined some of them in the post on the current amazing credit card offer. There is some hope though that at least some of Continental’s policies will stay in place at the new United as the Continental CEO will be running the new airline.

Airtran however, is toast! They are my favorite low-cost carrier by leaps and bounds and Southwest is my least favorite.

Why?

Airtran offers many of the amenities of the major carriers while still offering low prices. Southwest does not.
For example,
-Assigned seats: Airtran offers them. Southwest makes you line up in some cockamamie order to run and get one of the 2 good seats on their planes.  Southwest has already announced that the combined airline will not have assigned seats. See exhibit A:

-Elite status: Airtran has one of the easiest elite statuses to attain in the industry and it’s even easier to maintain with just 6 flights needed or you can buy it back for just $399. And it has great benefits like free exit rows, free business class upgrades at the gate, guaranteed seat availability, free checked luggage, longer lasting A+ credits…

-Business class: Airtran has it, Southwest doesn’t. I flew last year with 3 family members on Airtran from LaGaurdia to Akron. All 4 of us got upgraded to business class for free because of my elite status. Free snacks (including kosher ones!), free drinks, large roomy leather seats, I was hooked! Southwest has already announced that the combined airline will not have a business class section.

-W-Fi: Airtran has it fleet-wide. Southwest doesn’t.

-Boeing 717: I love the 717. It’s a very quiet plane (especially in the front) and it has just 2 seats on the left side of coach. It makes up the bulk of the Airtran fleet. Southwest has been committed to only Boeing 737s for years. What will happen to the 717s?

-Airtran U: I used this so many times when I was younger… If you are between 18-22 you can hop on any flight on a standby basis for dirt cheap. Need to go from Akron to LaGuardia last minute? It’s just $49 with Airtran U!

-Airtran’s A+ mileage program is awesome. Just 2 flights are enough for a free upgrade, 4 flights are enough for a a free one-way flight. Plus you get bonus points for business class flights. But what is really cool are their other airline awards. 32 credits and they’ll buy you a ticket in the US on any other airline. 50 credits and they’ll buy you a ticket to Hawaii on any other airline. 100 credits and they’ll buy you a ticket to anywhere in the world on any other airline!

-Airtran’s corporate program allows me to give passengers free premium seat assignments and free checked bags as well as possible upgrades. I’ve been doing this for readers for the past couple months and people have loved it!

Yes there are good parts to Southwest, but I hope to never have to fly them. And have you ever seen their check-in lines? Why are they always so uncontrollably long? And don’t get me started again on the cattle call boarding and race to the exit row seat.

This merger is a crying shame for passengers…
And mark my words, this isn’t the end of the madness. AA-USAir? Virgin-Jetblue? I wonder what the next move will be?

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Ending June 30th: American Express Membership Rewards Transfers To Southwest.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Membership Rewards Point Transfers

June 30th is the last day to transfer AMEX points to Southwest.

24,000 AMEX points gets you 16 Southwest credit, which is enough for a free round-trip.

If you earn 100 Southwest credits in a year you get a free companion pass. So if you transfer 150,000 AMEX points to Southwest you will get 100 credits, which are enough for 6 free round-trip tickets, as well as a 12-month companion pass.

As long as there is a seat available on the flight your companion can travel for free, there are no capacity controls on it.

The free companion ticket is even available when you are traveling on a free award ticket!

After selecting your companion, you are able to change the name of your companion up to 3 times.

Personally I’d rather redeem those AMEX points for a couple of business class tickets to Europe or South America, but if domestic travel is your thing, the cattle call of Southwest doesn’t bother you, and you travel with a companion then this can be a great option to take advantage of before it goes away tomorrow!

HT: Sruli, via dansdeals.com/forums

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HOT!!! Southwest $39/$79/$119 3 Day Systemwide Birthday Sale!!!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Update 2: Today is the last day for this promo. Expect fares to rise by tonight!

Originally posted on 06/22:

Update: The major carriers have made price matches on tons of routes! I just picked up a ticket from Cleveland-Kansas on Continental that had been $300 yesterday for just $170!

Expect fare matches from other carriers to come in throughout the day!

Southwest Birthday Sale Linky

-Book by 06/24.

-Travel between 09/08-11/17.

-Travel not valid on Fridays or Sundays.

Flights 0-450 miles=$39 each way plus tax.

Sample routes: LaGaurdia-Baltimore, Los Angeles-S. Francisco, Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Cleveland-Chicago.

Flights 451-1,000 miles=$79 each way plus tax.

Sample routes: LaGaurdia-Chicago, Los Angeles-Seattle, LaGuardia-Orlando

Flights 1,001+ miles=$119 each way plus tax.

Sample routes: LaGaurdia-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-Fort Lauderdale, LaGuardia-Houston

-You can get a credit on Southwest for price drops on previously booked travel!

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Free Subscription To Information Week!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Update 2: Alive Again!

Originally posted on 03/25/09:

Update: DEAD!

Free Subscription To Information Week Linky

Information Week was actually required reading and used instead of a textbook for one of my more interesting MBA courses (“Deploying Information Technology For A Competitive Advantage.” The prof said that the registrar almost had a heart attack over the length of the course title!)

It actually makes for quite a good read, there’s a lot of neat stuff tech stuff in there.

Hint: They are looking for people involved in IT (such as CIO’s etc.) to qualify for the free subscription…

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SMOKING HOT!!! Southwest $39 Sale!!!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Update: Many of the major carriers have matched these fares with the same date restrictions as posted below!

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Southwest $39 Sale Linky

Southwest still allows 2 free checked bags.

Other airlines will probably be matching soon if you are looking for non-stop flights or to earn miles or get upgrades…

There are $39 one-way fares from all Southwest cities!
-Purchase by 02/11.
-Travel between 03/15-05/25.
-Not valid for travel on Friday or Sunday.

Sample $39 fares:
NYC (LGA) to/from:
-Baltimore
-Cleveland
-Columbus
-Pittsburgh

Los Angeles to/from:
-Las Vegas
-Oakland
-Phoenix
-Reno/Tahoe
-Sacramento
-San Francisco
-San Jose
-Tucson

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15% Off Southwest Flights!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

15% Off Southwest Flights Linky

You need to request a coupon code.

-Book by 12/01/09

-Travel by 01/31/10

-Blackout dates apply.

HT: David, via dansdeals.com/forums

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HOT! Massive Southwest Fare Sale + Other Airlines Are Matching!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Southwest Sale Linky

All sale fares sorted by city

Flights that are 0-374 miles are $25 each way

Flights that are 375-549 miles are $50 each way

Flights that are 550-999 miles are $75 each way

Flights that are 1,000+ miles are $100 each way

Other airlines are matching these fares as well.  A quick search showed Continental with $25+ one way fares from Cleveland to Baltimore or Chicago and from Newark to Baltimore.

-Purchase by 10/29.

Valid travel dates:

-12/02/09-12/16/09

-01/05/10-02/10/10

Find a great fare on Southwest or another airline? Post a comment with your find!

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Southwest Airlines Vacations: Friends Fly, Stay, And Play Free In Las Vagas And Orlando!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Offer Linky

Book by 09/28/09.
Travel by 02/10/10.

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Double Southwest Flight Credits!

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Related: Get 8 Credits for enrolling in Rapid Rewards.

Double Southwest Flight Credits Registration Linky

Valid for flights booked and completed between 09/17-10/31.

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HOT!!! Get 8 Southwest Rapid Rewards Credits For Enrolling!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Related: Double Southwest Credits For Flights To/From NYC!

Enrollment Offer Linky

Be sure to provide your email address and opt-in for all 3 email subscriptions to get the full 8 credits.
6 credits will post immediately upon enrollment. The last 2 credits (for the email subscriptions) will post within 7-10 business days.

16 credits are required to get a free systemwide RT ricket on Southwest.

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HOT! Free Cargo Shipment Up To 200 Pounds And 2 Free Southwest Credits!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Offer Linky (Sign up by 09/30)

HT: FT

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Double Southwest Credits For Flights To/From NYC!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Offer Registration Linky

Register by 08/31.

Book and complete travel between 07/16-10/31.

With the promo a Round-trip flight will earn 4 credits, 16 credits earns a free ticket.

For you New Yorkers who have yet to fly Southwest:

The good: 2 free bags and no change/cancellation fees.

The bad: No assigned seats, no true elite status/airport lounge system, no first class, and they don’t fly internationally so forget about using your miles for a “once-in-a-lifetime” first class international trip.

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