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The travel rewards offer that’s had the internet abuzz — a limited-time offer that includes a promotional Southwest Companion Pass — is about to disappear. But it’s not too late to grab this perk by signing up for any of three credit cards by Feb. 11, 2019.
That sign-up deadline isn’t the only ticking clock. The pass is good for travel only through Dec. 31, 2019. The welcome bonus in full is: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
But that travel, barring taxes and small fees, is free and unlimited for a designated companion who flies with you before the end of the year.
Of the three cards with this welcome offer, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card has the lowest monthly fee: $69. This card has a 3% foreign transaction fee, which can add up fast on international travel. The card pays 2 Southwest points per $1 on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases. It pays 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.
» Learn more: FAQs about the Southwest Companion Pass offer
The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card has a $99 annual fee. There are no foreign transaction fees and every year on your cardmember anniversary you’ll get 6,000 bonus points. The earnings are the same as on the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card: 2 points per $1 spent with Southwest and 1 point per $1 on other purchases.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card has the highest annual fee, $149, which is offset by some nice perks: no foreign transaction fees, a $75 Southwest travel credit every year and 7,500 bonus points on your cardmember anniversary. You’ll also get 20% back on in-flight purchases made with the card and four upgraded boardings per year, when available.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2019, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards Visa® credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
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