Signup offer and anniversary bonus:
For a limited time only, The Chase Southwest Plus and the Chase Southwest Premier card are both offering 60,000 points for spending $2,000 within 3 months. The Chase Southwest Premier Business card is offering 60,000 points for spending $3,000 within 3 months and is offered as an option at the bottom of the consumer Plus and Premier card applications.
You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can then click on “Credit Cards From All Banks“ to find card offers via the logo of the bank you’re looking for.
-The Plus card has a $69 annual fee and gives 3,000 points every card anniversary.
-The Premier cards have a $99 annual fee and give 6,000 points every card anniversary.
The value of Southwest points are variable based on the fare.
-A one-way Long Beach, CA-Las Vegas nonstop flight on 9/17 is $38.98 with tax. It can also be bought for 1,660 points plus $5.60 tax. So 1,660 points gets you a value of $33.38 ($38.98 airfare less the $5.60 tax on the points ticket), imputing a value of 2.01 cents (33.38/1,660) per point.
-A one-way LaGuardia-Chicago nonstop flight on 10/3 is $41.98 with tax. It can also be bought for 1,861 points plus $5.60 tax. So 1,861 points gets you a value of $36.38 ($41.98 airfare less the $5.60 tax on the points ticket), imputing a value of 1.95 cents (36.38/1,861) per point.
-A one-way Newark-Ft. Lauderdale nonstop flight on 10/3 is $49.98 with tax. It can also be bought for 2,397 points plus $5.60 tax. So 2,397 points gets you a value of $44.38 ($49.98 airfare less the $5.60 tax on the points ticket), imputing a value of 1.85 cents (44.38/2,397) per point.
-A one-way LaGuardia-Dallas nonstop flight on 9/26 is $55.98 with tax. It can also be bought for 2,799 points plus $5.60 tax. So 2,799 points gets you a value of $50.38 ($55.98 airfare less the $5.60 tax on the points ticket), imputing a value of 1.8 cents (50.38/2,799) per point.
-A one-way Cleveland-Las Vegas nonstop flight on 11/13 is $69.98 with tax. It can also be bought for 4,048 points plus $5.60 tax. So 4,048 points gets you a value of $64.38 ($69.98 airfare less the $5.60 tax on the points ticket), imputing a value of 1.59 cents (64.38/4,048) per point.
Free changes and cancellations. Lock in low fares with no penalty:
While other mileage currencies charge up to $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 carry-ons and 2 free checked bags per person, that’s a lot of added value. A family of 4 needing to cancel award tickets on another airline would set you back $400-$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.
You can also use 60,000 points to get $600 worth of gift cards to places like Alamo, Amazon, Avis, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Budget, Carnival Cruises, Express, Fairmont, Gap, Hertz, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s, National, Nike, Saks, Sea World, Shutterfly, Staples, Starbucks, Target, The Children’s Place, Toys R Us, TJMaxx, Walmart, Zappos and more.
Southwest allows you to redeem points for any seat on any flight. There are no blackout dates or capacity controls.
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.
You can get a free companion pass if you earn 110,000 points in a year from select sources, including earnings from credit card signups and credit card spending! If you earn 110,000 Southwest points in 2017 the pass will be good until 12/31/18. 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.
If you open 2 Southwest cards and meet the spending bonus you will qualify for the companion pass.
Note that if you are gunning for Companion pass you may want to wait to apply for these cards until later this year, in order to earn the 60K bonus during 2018.
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!