Southwest Credit Card Bonuses Get a Boost

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Southwest Airlines is giving flyers an early holiday gift this year.

The airline's suite of credit cards, issued by Chase, have long been popular with frequent Southwest flyers. Starting Nov. 3, 2022, Chase is boosting the bonus for all new cardholders of Southwest consumer credit cards:

Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

The increased bonus is available on all personal Southwest credit cards, including:

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Annual fee

$149.

$99.

$69.

Rewards on Southwest purchases

3 points per $1 spent.

3 points per $1 spent.

2 points per $1 spent.

Rewards on other spending

  • 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.

Sign-up bonus

Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Anniversary bonus

Earn 7,500 points automatically after your cardholder anniversary each year.

Earn 6,000 points automatically after your cardholder anniversary each year.

Earn 3,000 points automatically after your cardholder anniversary each year.

Earns tier qualifying points?

Yes (unlimited).

Yes (capped at 15,000 TQPs per year).

No.

Foreign transaction fees

None.

None.

3%.

Boarding perks

4 upgraded boardings per year when available.

2 EarlyBird check-ins per year.

2 EarlyBird check-ins per year.

Southwest travel credit

$75 per year.

None.

None.

Do the bonus points counts towards the Companion Pass?

Yes! As always, points earned from any of the Southwest credit cards (including the signup bonus) count toward the coveted Southwest Companion Pass.

A Companion Pass holder can select one person to fly with them for free (excluding taxes and fees) for the remainder of the current calendar year and the entire following year, even on flights booked with points.

Southwest recently raised the requirements to earn the Companion Pass from 125,000 points in a calendar year to 135,000. But the good news for Southwest credit cardholders is that they'll get a 10,000-point boost automatically each year they hold the card.

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