Last week, we posted a Quick Deal noting that the signup bonuses on both the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus and the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier credit cards had increased to 50,000 points after $2,000 spend — which is terrific news for those looking to earn an easy Southwest Airlines Companion Pass early in the year so as to get maximum value from that pass (See our Complete Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass for more information). Unfortunately, the 50K Premier link died shortly thereafter (the 50K Plus link as continued working). The good news is that there is a new working link that has been uncovered on reddit for the 50K Premier signup bonus. See the “More Key information” section below if you’re interested in applying.
- A new working link to the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card with a 50,000 point signup bonus after $2,000 spend has been added to our Best Offers page.
Key Card Details
- $99 annual fee is not waived
- 6,000 points after your cardmember anniversary
- Earn 2X Southwest
- Earn 1X on all other purchases
More Key Information
This new link was posted on reddit a few days ago. We didn’t initially post it because a couple of commenters at reddit noted that, despite the landing page showing a picture of the Premier card and the $99 annual fee, there was an oddity: After clicking “submit” on their application, the page confirming their application showed a picture of the Raipid Rewards Plus card (as did the application status — neither was immediately approved) rather than the Premier card for which they had applied. However, both users later updated to confirm that they were approved for the Premier card using this link. Moral of the story: Don’t panic if you aren’t instantly approved and you see the Plus card image, but I highly suggest keeping screen shots whenever you apply for a card and then confirming your signup bonus information via Secure Message after approved.
Good time for the Companion Pass
After meeting minimum spend, you would have 104,000 Rapid Rewards points if you signed up for both the Plus and Premier cards (or 115,000 points if you signed up for one of these cards and the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business credit card, which currently has a 60K-point signup bonus). Since the Southwest Companion Pass requires 110,000 points earned in a calendar year, these signup bonuses are definitely the path of least resistance (unless Southwest brings back the amazing promo they ran for Californians last fall, though I find that unlikely). Earning the pass early in the year is the way to go as it will then be valid for the rest of the calendar year in which you earn the 110,000 points and all of the following year — meaning that a Companion Pass earned through these signup bonuses will be valid through December 2019. Despite the fact that my wife and I already have a Companion Pass that is valid through December 31, 2018, she recently applied for two Southwest cards so that we could have a pass valid through 2019 in the hopes that Southwest follows through with the plan to begin flying to Hawaii. It would have been ideal to wait until January 2019 for a new companion pass, but since these cards are all known to be subject to the Chase 5/24 rule, we decided to strike while the iron was hot. Looks like we’ll be able to bring an extra couple with us on trips this year, which works out well since we can probably convince family members to fly for free in exchange for a little babysitting time at our destinations.
If you are interested in the 50K offers, it’s surely good news to see working links back for both of them. See our previous post or the individual card pages linked in the first paragraph for more information on each card.