Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card

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Card Details and Application Link
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
40K points + 3x dining for 1 year
40K points after $1K in purchases in the first 3 months + 3x dining including eligible takeout and delivery for first year.
Click here to learn how to apply

$69 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card can be great for its new cardmember bonus, but it has limited ongoing value.


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.

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 125,000 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

Related Cards (Southwest Rapid Rewards)

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

$99 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

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

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
40K points + 3x dining for 1 year
40K points after $1K in purchases in the first 3 months + 3x dining including eligible takeout and delivery for first year.

$69 Annual Fee

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card
40K points + 3x dining for 1 year
40K points after $1K in purchases in the first 3 months + 3x dining including eligible takeout and delivery for first year.

$149 Annual Fee

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
40K points + 3x dining for 1 year
40K points after $1K in purchases in the first 3 months + 3x dining including eligible takeout and delivery for first year.

$99 Annual Fee

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