Southwest Airlines Credit Cards – 50,000 Points!

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I had not flown on Southwest Airlines in about 10 years. It wasn’t that my last flying experiences with them were bad – on the contrary, I found Southwest to have wonderful in-flight service, great food packs (which are not the same as they were then), and comfortable seats. The open seat policy (you pick your seat, there are no pre-assigned seats – it is based on what zone you are in, based on when you check-in or paying for early bird check-in) is really unique and kind of fun. Imagine musical chairs – but in an airplane!

Southwest Airlines Credit Cards

The reason I had stopped flying them was that they did not fly out of my home airport (closest was over an hour away) and the fares were never really low enough to convince me to drive that far and spend that much extra on gas. That started to change with the Southwest Airlines / Airtran merger. Airtran does fly out of here and starting April 14, the new Southwest will be flying out of here as well!

However, we are actually flying out of the other airport on Southwest soon to see my wife’s family. We got a great deal on the airfare and used points to get the tickets – 48,000 points for four tickets was pretty good! That opened my eyes again to the possibilities with Southwest Airlines for domestic travel and just in time – four separate Chase Southwest cards have again upped their sign-up bonus to 50,000 each!

Southwest Companion Pass

Here is one more thing that makes it essential to sign-up for at least two cards while the bonus is high – the Southwest Companion Pass. This allows you to take one person with you for free on any flight you fly on, whether it is a paid ticket or an award. The Companion Pass runs through the current year and the next. So, if you were to earn the Pass soon, you would have it for all of this year and 2014! The requirement for the Companion Pass is 110,000 points. If you get 2 cards @ 50,000 points each (credit card bonus points currently count towards that number), all you need to do is $10,000 in spend to secure the pass. I will have more on this later. If you would like to read more details on this in the meantime, here is a writeup done by Daraius of Million Mile Secrets. Should you read that and find it useful, I encourage you to use the links for the Southwest cards on his site.



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About the author  ⁄ Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points. Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


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    July 11, 2014

    The offer for 50000 RR points has been reduced to 25k. I have an offer sent to me from Southwest for 50k. Can be shared with friends and family. It is for the Southwest Airlines Plus Credit Card. You will get the 50000 bonus points. The annual fee is $69. There is no blackout dates and you can use the points to book someone else flight if you like. This offer is good till Sept 30, 2014. Please email me at

    and I will email you the offer.

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    July 14, 2014

    And I have the 50,000 point offer for the Premier card after $2000 spend. Annual fee $99. Email me your name and I’ll send it.

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