[Expired] Fast-track to A-list [Targeted?]

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I received an interesting email today from Southwest Airlines with what I assume is a targeted offer for double points and fast-tracked A-List status. If you’re looking for A-List status, keep an eye on your email — this offer is pretty good!

The Deal

  • 2X points on flights you book and complete between June 19th, 2017 and September 30, 2017

You can also earn A-List status through 2017 or 2018 based on first registering and then booking and completing the following number of flights between June 19th, 2017 and September 30, 2017:

  • 3 round trips (or 6 one-ways) = A-List through December 31, 2017
  • 5 round trips (or 10 one-ways) = A-List through December 31, 2018

Key Terms

  • You must both book and complete your flights between June 19th, 2017 and September 30, 2017. As I read the terms, prior bookings do not count
  • Double points do not count towards Companion Pass status according to the terms
  • Southwest Vacation packages do not count
  • Flights booked with points do not count

Quick Thoughts

While there are some restrictions regarding the travel that qualifies, this seems like a great promotion for A-List status. That status normally requires 25 one-way flights or 35,000 tier-qualifying points in a year. A-List status comes with the following benefits:

  • Priority Boarding (Terms state that Southwest automatically assigns your boarding position 36 hours before the fight similar to Early-bird check in…alternatively, you can board after A-group no matter which position is on your boarding pass)
  • 25% point bonus
  • Priority check-in and security (see the list of airport information on this page to see if your airport has “Fly-by” security)
  • Priority Phone Line
  • Free same-day standby

Priority Boarding is a nice benefit as you normally need to pay $15 for early-bird check-in (and even then we’ve gotten boarding passes in the B-group at times). Free same-day standby could be nice to get on an earlier flight — and then, since your boarding position would be so far back due to the same-day change, you might be able to board after A-group on the new flight.

Note that I noticed this promotion in my email, but also found it under the “promotions” tab in “My Account” on Southwest.com.

Personally, I have one booking already arranged on Southwest and one booking yet to make that I could put on Southwest during the promotional period. As you need to first register before booking or flying, I would need to register and then re-book the flight I already have. I’ll check prices and see. That would put me one flight away from A-list status for 2017. I’m not sure how useful that would be for me as I don’t have a lot of domestic travel planned the rest of this year, but if I can sneak in a couple of extra round trips, I might go for A-list through 2018. While A-List isn’t the most rewarding elite status around, it would save me at least $15 per flight next year…and boarding after A-group could come in handy sometimes. If you fly Southwest, check your email for the subject line “Exclusive offer: Earn double points AND go for A-List through 2018“.

Did you get the email? Are you going for it? Let us know in the comments.

Last updated on October 1st, 2017

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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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I got the email too, and it was well timed. I have a $1000 booking to make today for a last minute work trip. I’m probably 5 round trips from A-List already but this is super. I’ll take it.


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