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We recently had shopping portal bonuses for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United; it’s now Southwest’s turn to get in on the action.
- The Southwest shopping portal is offering the following bonuses:
- Spend $100 & earn 500 bonus points, or
- Spend $300 & earn 1,000 bonus points
- Direct link to offer.
- During the “Mystery Bonus” offer, which runs from February 1, 2021 through February 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Bonus Period”), Rapid Rewards Shopping member will earn a one-time bonus of up to 1,000 Rapid Rewards bonus points on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard points earned from shopping online through Rapid Rewards Shopping.
- “Qualifying purchases” do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card, or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus points. Please see the Rapid Rewards Shopping site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions.
- This one-time bonus award will be determined using one of the following tiers, based on member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: Tier 1 bonus: earn 500 bonus points for qualifying purchases of $100 – $299.99; or Tier 2 bonus: earn 1,000 bonus points for qualifying purchases of $300 or more.
- Please allow up to 10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus points to post to your Rapid Rewards account. The Tier 2 bonus provides the maximum number of points that will be awarded to an eligible Rapid Rewards account. Void where prohibited by law.
- All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. Bonus points will not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification. Southwest reserves the right to amend, suspend, or change the Rapid Rewards program and/or Rapid Rewards program rules at any time without notice. Rapid Rewards Members do not acquire property rights in accrued points. The number of points needed for a particular Southwest flight is set by Southwest and will vary depending on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare type, point redemption rate, and other factors, and is subject to change at any time until the booking is confirmed.
This has the potential to be a good offer, especially with retailers that normally only offer 1%/1x on portals. If you spend exactly $100, you’d be earning 5x bonus points per dollar, or 3.33x bonus points per dollar if spending exactly $300.
As always, be sure to check Cashback Monitor in order to compare rates across portals. Anecdotally, I’ve found that the Southwest portal tends to have worse rates than other portals, so even with the bonus Rapid Rewards points you’d be earning it might be better to use a different portal.
All the airline portals have offered bonus points/miles recently with the exception of Delta, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the Delta shopping portal launches its own bonus offer in the next week or two.