(EXPIRED) New Southwest 50K offers on both Plus & Premier

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Update: Unfortunately, it seems that the 50K offer on the Premier has died. The Plus link for 50K points continues to work, but the best offer available on the Premier is once again 40K after $1K spend. See our Best Offers page for links.

Update #2 (1/8/18): There is a new working link for the 50K Premier card. See more information about this link under the Premier card below.

Last fall, there were big offers on the Southwest Airlines Credit Cards. However, those offers expired in October and the signup bonus on the personal cards (both Plus and Premier) were dropped to just 40K points after $1K spend (though the business version has maintained a 60K signup bonus). As of the first of the year, the signup bonuses on both the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier (update: see note above) cards are back up to 50,000 Rapid Rewards points after $2,000 spend. More information on these offers and how to find them below.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus

The Offer

Key Card Details

  • $69 annual fee is not waived
  • 3,000 bonus points after your cardmember anniversary
  • Earn 2X Southwest
  • Earn 1X on all other purchases

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier

The Offer

  • Earn 50,000 Rapid Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
  • Note that this offer is from a referral link. When you click the offer link (from our Best Offers page or the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card page, it shows a pop-up saying the offer is expired and you will be redirected to the current offer. After it redirects, you should see this 50K offer) Update: See our note at the top of this post. This offer has expired.
  • Update #2 (1/8/18): A new working link for 50,000 Rapid Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months has been added to our Best Offers page. Note that the landing page clearly shows the signup bonus, the Premier card image, and the $99 annual fee. Some users on reddit reported seeing an image of the Plus card after hitting “submit” on the final step of the application, but those users later reported approval for the Premier card as expected. It’s always a good idea to take a screen shot of the offer under which you apply.

Key Card Details

  • $99 annual fee is not waived
  • 6,000 points after your cardmember anniversary
  • Earn 2X Southwest
  • Earn 1X on all other purchases

Quick Thoughts

Both cards are known to be subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. This means that if you have opened 5 or more personal credit cards from any issuer in the past 24 months (including Authorized User cards), you are unlikely to be approved. Note that some people have reported successfully convincing a recon agent not to count authorized user cards if you have no responsibility in repaying the debt on them, but the computer system will count them and decline your application initially.

January 2017 Month in Review

For those under 5/24, these offers make the most sense if you are seeking a Southwest Companion Pass. For those unfamiliar, you can earn a Southwest Companion Pass when you earn 110,000 or more Southwest Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year. The Companion Pass benefit allows the holder to bring a companion for free (paying only the taxes) an unlimited number of times throughout the validity of the pass. The Companion Pass is valid for the rest of the year in which it is earned and the entire following year. This means that if you signed up for one of these cards and the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business card, which is currently offering 60K points for $3K spend, and met the minimum spending requirements, you would earn a companion pass good until December 31st, 2019. See our Complete Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass for more details on how the pass works. Alternatively, you could sign up for both personal cards and after minimum spend you would only need to earn an additional 6,000 Rapid Rewards points (either through spend, the shopping portal, referrals, etc) in order to reach 110K.

This year is a particularly good time to earn the Southwest Companion Pass as Southwest has announced their intention to begin selling tickets to Hawaii this year (See: Southwest to Hawaii: get your Companion Passes ready). Earning the Companion Pass now means that you should probably have a valid pass when they begin operations to Hawaii.

If you have signed up for one of these personal cards in the past 90 days under a lesser offer, you may be able to get Chase to match the offer. Many have reported success in the past by sending a secure message. YMMV.

As always, links to these offers have been added to our Best Credit Card Offers page.

H/T: Reddit for the Plus offer link

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