Southwest Cards Rev Up Bonuses and Ongoing Rewards

Erin HurdOct 20, 2021

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Just in time for holiday shopping season, the Chase-issued suite of Southwest credit cards is getting more rewarding for consumers.

Through Dec. 7, 2021, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card will offer new cardholders the opportunity to earn the cards' highest bonus offers ever. The cards will also offer more ongoing rewards on some everyday purchases. Better still, the annual fees on all the cards will remain the same.

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
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Previous rewards-earnings

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

New rewards-earnings

  • 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on local transit, rideshares, internet, cable, phone services and select streaming services.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on local transit, rideshares, internet, cable, phone services and select streaming services.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on local transit, rideshares, internet, cable, phone services and select streaming purchases.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

Sign-up bonus

Earn up to 100,000 bonus points. Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open, plus 50,000 more bonus points after spending $12,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months.

Earn up to 100,000 bonus points. Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open, plus 50,000 more bonus points after spending $12,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months.

Earn up to 100,000 bonus points. Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open, plus 50,000 more bonus points after spending $12,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months.

Annual fee

$149

$99

$69

Additional added perks

In addition to more bonus rewards categories, the cards adding extra benefits for Southwest fliers:

  • 2 EarlyBird check-ins per year: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card members can apply EarlyBird to two one-way flights for one passenger per year to get automatic check-in and a better boarding position. EarlyBird access starts at $15 per flight, giving this perk at least a $30 value per year.

  • Unlimited tier qualifying points (TQPs): The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card now offers the ability to earn unlimited TQPs by spending with the card (previously capped at 15,000 TQPs). The card gives 1,500 TQPs per $10,000 spent, and you’ll need 35,000 TQPs to reach Southwest A-List status.

» COMPLETE GUIDE: Southwest Rapid Rewards

Is it worth it?

If you’re a Southwest loyalist and can put enough spending on the new card to earn the full bonus, this could be a good time to take advantage of this offer. With 2X-earning categories, the cards are now more rewarding to keep in your wallet.

Also, all points earned from Southwest credit cards count towards the highly coveted Companion Pass. The pass allows one person to fly with you for free (you'll just pay taxes and fees, starting at $5.60) when you purchase your own ticket. You get the pass by earning 125,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year or purchasing 100 qualifying one-way flights. It's good for the remainder of the year in which you earn it, plus the next full calendar year.

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