Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary.
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.
Earn unlimited points that don't expire as long as your card account is open.
No foreign transaction fees.
No blackout dates or seat restrictions.
Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, gift cards, access to events, and more.
Rates, fees & offers
1 point per dollar
Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
APR: 18.24% - 25.24% Variable APR
Cash Advance APR: 27.24%, Variable
Balance transfer fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Foreign transaction fee
Recommended credit score
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Editor's overall rating
Pros and cons
No foreign transaction fees
No blackout dates or seat restrictions
No luxury perks
Can't stack points from other frequent flyer programs
Has annual fee, not waived for the first year
Unlike many budget airline credit cards, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card gives flyers a reason to stay loyal. The $99-annual-fee card gets you an anniversary bonus of 6,000 points every new cardmember year, regardless of how much you spend. You can also earn tier-qualifying points after hitting certain spending thresholds each calendar year. You'll get 2 points per dollar spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases, and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
The card also comes with a solid sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. It's not a good choice for folks who don't fly with Southwest often. But for those who are loyal to the airline, it's an excellent pick.
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