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The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card’s 2 free flights giveaway will end on Monday at midnight, so if you’ve been contemplating the card, now’s the time to grab it. The current offer is 50,000 Southwest Airlines miles upon signup, worth 2 domestic rountrip flights and change. It gives 2 SWA miles per $1 spent on Southwest, and 1 mile per $1 spent elsewhere. It also gives out 6,000 miles every year as an anniversary bonus, worth $100 in Wanna Get Away fare and in itself canceling out the $99 annual fee.

Hop on it while it’s still available, because when the clock strikes midnight (Central, if you must know) it’ll be gone.

Recap of the Southwest Airlines credit card

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card has an about-average rewards rate for an airline credit card. The default is 1 mile per $1 and double when you spend on the carrier itself. Where it shines is, as we mentioned, is the signup bonus, which is twice the industry standard. It’s also one of the few to give an anniversary bonus. Southwest miles don’t expire and aren’t subject to blackout dates.

However, it doesn’t give the perks of some other high-end cards like lounge access, elite status or automatic priority boarding (which would be killer on Southwest, which has open seating). It does give 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points per $10,000 spent, up to 15k points a year. You need 35,000 points (or 25 one-way flights) to qualify for the A-list. Southwest’s elite status gives priority boarding and check-in, a 25% points bump, and privileged standby status.

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card vs. other travel cards

We think that the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card is just about the best airline card there is, based on the signup bonus. Compared to other, more generic travel cards, though, there’s some competition. Another Chase offering, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® gives a sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. What’s more, it has an Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95.

The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, to name another travel heavyweight, pays out 2% rewards on all purchases and allows you to redeem for a statement credit rather than restricting you to one airline. It, too, waives the F/X fee and has an annual fee of $0 intro for first year; $59 after that.

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