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New Southwest Card Offer – Less Spending & Fewer Points

There is a new Southwest card offer out there. It has less spending as a requirement but also fewer points. Is it a good deal?

The Southwest Premier card has to be one of the most confusing airline credit cards out there. There are literally too many offers to keep track of. For instance, you have these offers available right now on the same exact card:

This does not include the interesting offer on the Plus card that is only available for Southwest employees.

New Southwest Offer – Less Spending & Fewer Points


Southwest Premier 40,000 Point Offer Application Link

The last offer on the list above is the new one that popped up today. It is an interesting for a couple of reasons (in all fairness, it could have been around before today as well but I had not noticed it):

  • It is being promoted on the Southwest home page (where the limited time offer for the 50,000 point offer is listed and the “normal” offer of 25,000 is listed at other times)
  • It requires only $1,000 spending instead of $2,000 like the 50,000 point offer

Now, since it is listed on the Southwest homepage, it could mean one of two things – this is the new “limited-time offer” that they will be using instead of the 50,000 point offer going forward or it is the new “normal” offer, replacing the 25,000 point offer.

Either way (or maybe a third way), if you take this offer, you will be losing out on the additional 10,000 points available with the higher offer on the same card.

At the same time, if spending is a problem and you do not think that you are able to swing the $2,000 in 3 months, then the 40,000 point offer would be better. Just know that there are a lot of ways that you can spend that extra $1,000 including buying prepaid Visa/Mastercard gift cards at a variety of locations to use as cash at other places later on down the road. But, you do what you feel comfortable with and this offer makes that option available.

Card Details

  • 6,000 Bonus Points after your Cardmember Anniversary
  • Earn unlimited points that don’t expire
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made abroad
  • $99 Annual Fee not waived


So, who is this card best for? As I mentioned above, most everyone will be better off getting the 50,000 point offer that is around just about all of the time. But, if you have your spending on other places or you would rather not have to do the $2,000 spending, this offer may be better for you. Still, always nice to have options even if they are not options that we ourselves would choose.


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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.


  • Well I guess it’s good to have options at least. By the way kudos for properly using “less” and “fewer” in the same post! (Yeah yeah I’m a grammar nut but it drives me crazy how often the two are misused!)

    • With a mom that was an English teacher, there are many times that I look over something carefully in case she reads it. 🙂 Of course, there are still many things I get wrong (possibly even in this comment!) Thanks very much!