(EXPIRED) WOW! Companion pass & 30K points with 1 card

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There is a new offer out all three personal versions of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards, and it’s a pleasant surprise for some: Earn a Companion Pass valid until 12/31/19 and 30K points after making $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. That’s an awesome deal that re-opens the Companion Pass to those who do not qualify for the business card.

The Offers

  • All three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards are offering a Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 and 30,000 Rapid Rewards points when you make $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months (click on the offers below to go to our dedicated card pages and find application links)
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
65K points
65K points after $2K spend in the first 3 months
(Offer Expires 9/21/2020)

$69 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: Up to 75K points: 40K points after $1K spend in the first 3 months plus 35K after $5K spend in 6 months [Expired 2/10/20]

Key Card Details

Here are the key details on each card:

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card

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


Annual Fee: $69

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 125,000 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.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card

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


Annual Fee: $99

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 125,000 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: 6000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card

FM Mini Review: Great for frequent Southwest flyers.


Annual Fee: $149

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 125,000 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 ⚬ Earn 1,500 TQPs for each $10K in purchases up to $100K

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 7,500 anniversary points each year ⚬ $75 Southwest annual travel credit ⚬ Four A1-15 boardings every year ⚬ 20% back on in-flight drinks, Wi-Fi, messaging, and movies

Quick Thoughts

I strongly believe that the Southwest Companion Pass is the hands-down best deal in domestic travel. See our Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Complete Guide for more information about how the pass works.

We have only once before seen an offer like this and it was targeted to residents of California. As far as I can see, this offer is open to anyone — provided of course that you qualify for a Southwest airlines welcome bonus. Remember that all three cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.

To determine your 5/24 status, see: 3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Furthermore, the welcome bonus is not available if you have earned a welcome bonus on any of the three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards in the past 24 months. That clock runs from when you earned the welcome bonus (it doesn’t matter when you opened or closed the card but rather the date you were awarded the points). It is also not available to those who currently have a Southwest personal card. In other words, if you currently have a Southwest credit card open, you would need to cancel that before applying (I’d suggest waiting at least a week or two after canceling). This new offer is scheduled to end 2/11/19.

Keep in mind that if you were to apply today, your first statement would likely cut in February. If you hit the spending requirement in the first month, you’ll have the Companion Pass for about 10.5 months. That’s clearly not as slick as getting it for 2 years — typically the easiest path to the Companion Pass has been to open 2 Southwest credit cards and meet the spending requirement early in the year to earn the pass for the rest of that year and the entire next year. If you’re eligible to open a business card and a personal card when the bonuses are at / near enough for the 110,000 points for the pass, you’ll both have the pass longer and have more points to use. However, that path is harder today than it was in the past due to 5/24 and the 24-month restriction. If you’re under 5/24, this path requires less spend (update: remember that Chase business cards do not add to your 5/24 count). Furthermore, you’ll get enough points to likely book at least one free trip for you and your companion. I think that’s not a terrible trade.

Out of the three cards, I’d probably lean towards the Priority card as I think its benefits are the best bang for the buck, but the bonus is identical on all three. Whichever card you choose, this is a great deal if you’re interested in the Companion Pass.

H/T: Reddit via IADisGr8

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