Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card

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Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
Companion Pass + 30K points
Earn a Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 + 30K points after $4K spend in the first 3 months
(Offer Expires 2/11/19)

Click Here to Apply

$69 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 3000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Overview

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card is a great choice for a nice signup bonus.

The card is not great for spend since it only earns 1 point per dollar. Southwest points are worth about 1.5 cents each towards Wanna Getaway fares, so most would do better with a no fee 2% cash back card. The one reason I can think of to put spend on the card is as a way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. Each calendar year that you earn 110,000 Southwest points, you'll get a companion pass that is good for an unlimited number of flights for the rest of that year and all of the next (See: Complete Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass.)

Points transferred from hotel and car rental programs no longer qualify for the Companion Pass, so points earned from the Southwest credit card are a key option for earning qualifying points.

Application Tips


Chase Application Tips


  • Shut-Down Caution: Signing up for new Chase cards can lead to Chase reviewing your accounts. This may lead to Chase shutting down all of your accounts if you appear to be a credit risk. See this post for details and recommendations: Why Chase shutdowns have increased and how to avoid them.

  • 5/24 Rule: With most Chase cards, you won't get approved if your credit report shows 5 or more cards opened in the past 24 months. Details here.

  • 24/48 Month Rule: With most Chase cards, you can get the same card and bonus again 24 months after having received the bonus as long as you no longer have the card open. With Sapphire cards, you must wait 48 months. No wait is required for Chase Ink cards.

  • 30 Day Rule: It is tough to get approved for more than 2 Chase cards within 30 days

  • Get Same Card Again: You can get the same exact card and again if you first cancel the older card and follow the 24/48 month rule. Ink cards are OK to get again without cancelling previous card if you apply with a new business.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day (not always true when mixing business and personal)


Call (888) 338-2586 to check your application status
If denied, call reconsideration here:1-888-270-2127 for both personal and business cards;
or 800-527-7415 for the Ritz card

Related Cards (Southwest Rapid Rewards)

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
Companion Pass + 30K points
Earn a Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 + 30K points after $4K spend in the first 3 months
(Offer Expires 2/11/19)

$69 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card
Companion Pass + 30K points
Earn a Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 + 30K points after $4K spend in the first 3 months
(Offer Expires 2/11/19)

$149 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: Up to 65K: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months; additional 15K after spending $15K total in first year (Expired 8/23/18)

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Card
60K miles
60K after $3K spend in 3 months

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the highest public offer we've seen.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
Companion Pass + 30K points
Earn a Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 + 30K points after $4K spend in the first 3 months
(Offer Expires 2/11/19)

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

Last updated on May 30th, 2018

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[…] Southwest Plus, Southwest Premier, or Southwest Business: With Southwest, when you earn 110,000 points in a calendar year (including points earned from credit card spend) you get a companion pass good for an unlimited number of flights for the rest of that year and all of the next calendar year. […]

Stephen
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Stephen

Is the annual fee waived the first year on any of these

Nick Reyes
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No.

MEDC
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MEDC

Just signed up for the Plus with the inflight 50k/$2k-2mos deal in November (to work towards CP with a Business card this month) and now this comes out! Have PM’d Chase to see if they’ll match, but IIRC, they’re not known for matching offers after approval. Guess we’ll see.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Chase is pretty good about matching if the new offer is public and for more points. With this being a Companion Pass rather than points, that doesn’t seem easily match-able. I expect they’ll say no, but please do comment here and let us know either way. Lots of people are curious.

MEDC
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MEDC

Update: Chase are matching the offer! I just need to reply to their message once I’ve hit the $4,000 minimum spend. This is fantastic news and saves a business application to get to 110k!

MEDC
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MEDC

Update to update – they did themselves a u-turn and decided that I actually wasn’t eligible for the offer and they won’t match it.

Jeff
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Jeff

I wonder if their system is overwhelmed. I went to apply and it is not “taking”. The form is completely filled out, I scrolled through all the terms and conditions, etc.