A few weeks ago, Southwest Airlines opened the flight schedule once again, this time through May 8, 2017. If you’re flush with Southwest Rapid Rewards and ready to book spring travel, you’re now able to.
Thanks to Southwest’s constant sales, the fact that it offers unlimited award availability on every flight, and the program’s mostly fare-based redemption policy, it’s easy to score cheap flights on America’s favorite low-cost airline.
How to Earn Southwest Rapid Rewards Points
If you haven’t started earning Southwest Rapid Rewards already, now is the perfect time to get started. Not only do several rewards credit cards make it easy to rack up Rapid Rewards, but there are other ways to boost your point haul, too.
Let’s start with the cards, shall we? The obvious way to earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points is to sign up for the Southwest Premier credit card.
Currently, you’ll earn 40,000 – 50,000 points after you spend just $1,000 – $2,000 on your card within three months of account opening (it depends which offer you sign up for). This card does charge an annual fee of $99 and it is not waived the first year.
Another smart option is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. With this card, you’ll get 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 within the first three months of account opening. Since Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio, this card offers an excellent opportunity to rack up Southwest miles quickly. Best of all, the annual fee on this card is waived the first year.
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$95 annual fee
|Earn 50,000 bonus points
when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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Other opportunities to earn Southwest miles are plentiful. With the Rapid Rewards shopping mall, for example, you can save money and earn extra Rapid Rewards points for each purchase you make. As of this writing, the mall is offering an addition 3x points at JCPenney, 2x points at Kohls.com, 4x additional points at PetSmart.com, and so on.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining Plan makes it easy to earn even more points if you dine out often. After you sign up, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points just for spending $25 at a participating restaurant within the first 30 days. You also earn 3 points per dollar spent at participating restaurants and 10 bonus points for each restaurant review you submit.
So Many Reasons to Love Southwest
Beyond free flights, there are myriad reasons any family should love Southwest Airlines. First, you get two free checked bags for each family member on your flight – and that’s true whether you pay in cash or points. Second, Southwest Airlines is one of the only airlines that allows last minute or early flight changes without penalty. You can even cancel your flight altogether to receive your points back in your account and a credit of your airline taxes and fees to use later.
Lastly, Southwest Airlines offers unlimited award availability on each of its flights, making it the perfect loyalty program for families with multiple members.
With so many ways to earn and use miles in this program, what are you waiting for?
Have you booked any trips on Southwest for 2017 yet? What is your favorite way to earn miles?
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