Southwest Airlines 50,000 point card offers are BACK!! (Companion Pass too!)
The good news is that two of the three Southwest Airlines 50,000 mile credit card offers are are back! Before today only the premier personal Southwest card offered 50k, but now the 50k premier business card is also offered. To earn the bonus you are required to spend $2k in the first 3 months. Each 50k offer is good for 2-3 roundtrip flights anywhere in the United States, Mexico, or Caribbean. Both cards require the annual fee upfront, which is the only drawback to the cards. The best part of the new offers is how easy it is to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which I’ll cover in detail!
Whenever I’m not working and traveling domestically, I almost always fly Southwest. They have a great online booking system which allows you to cancel and rebook all point redemption flights for free, which is unheard of in the industry. In addition, Southwest has some of the best customer service of any airline. Fly Southwest and you’ll see why. Most of the employees are actually happy with their jobs and they have a very easy going corporate culture, which encourages their employees to be lighthearted and actually have fun on flights. Whether it’s a hilarious safety presentation or an impressive rap session, it definitely makes for a much improved flight experience.
- Two personal cards available (Plus/Premier)
- 50k miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months
- Up front annual fee of $99
- No foreign transaction fees
- No change fees when you cancel and rebook a flight
- Companion Pass (Allows companion to fly for free when redeeming or paying with points. Huge value!)
- 50k offer after $2,000 spend in 3 months
- Up front annual fee of $99
- 6k bonus after your cardmember anniversary
- No foreign transactions fees
- Companion Pass (Huge value!)
I put an extremely high value on Southwest points for one reason; the Southwest Companion Pass! The companion pass allows you to bring along your spouse, your best friend, or maybe your mother. Whomever you choose, your companion can fly with you FOR FREE when you have Companion Pass status. It does not matter if you are redeeming points or paying for the flight, your companion is always FREE! I can confidently state that it’s best deal in the points game.
Thrifty Tip #1: Southwest allows you to cancel point redemption flights at no cost. The points are deposited back into your account to book in the future.
Thrifty Tip #2: Leverage the value of Southwest points by earning the Companion Pass. It is the best deal out there if you fly domestically with another a person!
So how do you earn the companion pass? The easiest way to obtain the companion pass is by earning 110k qualifying miles in a calendar year. This is easy now because you can get two of the Southwest cards and earn 100k points after spending $4k (total for two cards). With the 100k points and the 4k points you get from the spending you are at 104k qualifying points. All you need to do is to spend $6k more on either of the cards to earn to 110k points! It’s that easy. When you have earned 110k miles in one calendar year you will have earned the companion pass! The pass should show up in your account within 30 days. At that point you can add a companion to any existing reservation at no cost, except taxes and fees (typically $11).
There is huge value in the companion pass because you not only earn it in the current year but you also earn it for the next year as well. If you earn the companion pass early in the year it is almost good for 24 months!
Thrifty Tip #3: Apply for two Southwest cards in the same day. If it is a personal and business card it will only result in one credit inquiry!
Thrifty Tip #4: Earn the companion pass early in the year. It is good for the remainder of the current year and the next!
Thrifty TIp #5: Try booking hotel rooms using Rocketmiles.com. You can earn Southwest miles for booking almost any hotel room, and those miles will go towards your annual 110k requirement for the pass.
Have any questions about the 50k offer or the Companion Pass? Leave them in the comments below!