(EXPIRED) Southwest makes re-qualifying for A-list easy as pie [Targeted?]

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Southwest Airlines has sent an email today to A-list members with an incredibly easy path to re-qualify for elite status: fly just two round trips (or four one-ways) between August 19 – November 19, 2021 and keep A-list status through December 31, 2022. Better yet, both award travel and previously-booked travel count, so it should be very easy for most A-list members to re-qualify if they plan to fly just a couple times over the next 3 months. Terms indicate that this offer may be targeted, but we’ve received a few reports via email and our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group from folks who have status and have received the email.

The Deal

  • Southwest is sending an email to at least some A-list and A-list Preferred members with an easy offer to re-qualify for status: take two round trip flights (or four one-ways) between 8/19/21 and 11/19/21 and maintain status through December 31, 2021

Key Terms

  • Only the Rapid Rewards® Member ([Name], Rapid Rewards #XXXXX) who received this email/offer from Southwest Airlines® is eligible for this promotion.
  • No registration is required.
  • Offer is valid for domestic and international travel.
  • To extend Member existing A-List or A-List Preferred tier benefits status through December 31, 2022, Member must fly two qualifying round trips (or four one-way) revenue or award flights between August 19, 2021 and November 19, 2021.
  • This offer applies to all flights taken during the Promotional Period, regardless of when they were booked.
  • A qualifying round trip flight for this promotion is a round trip revenue or award flight on Southwest® from an origin city to a destination city and back to the originating airport or carrier-recognized co-terminal.
  • A qualifying one-way flight for this promotion is a one-way revenue or award flight on Southwest from an origin city to a destination city, including any intermediate stops and/or connections on Southwest.
  • Companion Pass®, charter flights, reward and group travel, and Southwest Vacations® packages do not qualify as one-way or round trip revenue or award flights for this promotion.
  • Changes made to any itinerary after purchase of a one-way or round trip revenue or award flight may eliminate qualification for this promotion.
  • A-List or A-List Preferred tier benefits status confirmation typically takes place within 4 weeks. Log in to your account at Southwest.com to verify your tier status after requirements are met.
  • Your Rapid Rewards number must be included in your revenue and award flight reservation for your travel to count.
  • Award travel will only be earned by the person whose name appears in the Rapid Rewards account and who actually travels, regardless of who purchased or paid for the ticket.
  • This promotion is not combinable with other promotion codes or special offers.
  • See your email for full terms

Quick Thoughts

This is awesome for those members who had A-list status already and would make for a nice stack with the ability to pick up 25,000 points for referring your company. The terms do say that you can’t combine with any other offer, but I’d bet that would probably work.

It is really nice to see that previously booked travel still counts. Often Southwest promotions require new bookings, whereas this promotion includes previously-booked travel and also award travel. With decreasing prices (I just rebooked another flight for less yet again a few minutes ago), it should be pretty easy to find a cheap way to requalify for those who are comfortable traveling during the promotional period. On that note, it is great that this promo doesn’t require registration and Southwest flights are easily cancelable / changeable if the situation changes before you travel.

If you have A-list or A-list preferred status, keep your eye on your email. While the fine print indicates that it is targeted, I would be surprised if this doesn’t go out to all A-list/A-list preferred members (except maybe those whose status comes from a recent status match).

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Ryan

I keep feeling like there is some catch here. I am so paranoid that I booked four new flights on my credit card (rather than reschedule a flight, or use travel funds). Southwest also rebooked one of my flights so I booked another one in case they don’t count that one.

I think I am overthinking the definition of one-way qualifying flight… Does this mean if I fly BUR->SJC one-way and then later the same day in the evening fly SJC->BUR that counts as two one-way qualifying flights?

Patrick

2 Round Trips or 4 one-ways. Could it be 1 round trip and 2 one ways?

Patrick

I called SWA about the promo since I’m A-List but never received the email. (at least that I saw. Maybe deleted it)
According to the Rep, ALL A-List and A-List Preferred are automatically enrolled, (hence no registration required) So whether you got the email or not, you just need to do your qualifying flights and you are in.

Robert

That’s good, I earned A-list and haven’t seen an email about the promo. Next up is deciding whether or not to grab the biz card and earn companion pass again (southwest is really annoying me lately)

patrick

Just my .02 but if you do go the CP route (which I need to do as well) I’d wait until near the end of the year so you complete the required spend in 2022. That way your pass will be valid for all of 2022 and 2023. But you probably already knew that.

dan

does chase still offer the biz performance card for a 100k bonus pts within 6 mo period?

Ashley

If a flight was booked with points, does it qualify? I can’t find a definition for “award flight” anywhere.
It says revenue or award flights count, but never clarifies if flights booked on points are the award flights.
Please help! I have 3 trips during the period but all are booked on points!

Justmeha

Award flights are flights booked with points/miles

dan

must still be an existing a-list member; my status expired in july, so didn’t receive any email
any folks happen to know of a match offer at this time?

Last edited 9 months ago by dan
Rob

I was “targeted” for this offer. After an upcoming work trip and anticipated 1,500 tier qualifying points from credit card spend, I will be about 200 points away from requalifying anyway, so not really a huge incentive for me, though I guess if I have one more leisure round trip this year, no point in paying for one of the legs now.