Southwest is one of my favorite airlines (no snickering, please) and their fare-based Rapid Rewards program can offer tremendous value on cheap flights. If you live in an area serviced by Southwest, having some spare Rapid Rewards points on hand can definitely be useful from time to time. Here are seven ways to earn more Southwest Rapid Rewards points:
Southwest Credit Cards. The easier way to give your Southwest Rapid Rewards account a boost is by picking up a Southwest credit card. There are three co-branded Southwest credit cards, all issued by Chase:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card – 40,000 points after $1,000 spent in 3 months
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card – 40,000 points after $1,000 spent in 3 months
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Credit Card – 50,000 points after $2,000 spent in 3 months
Be sure to keep the Chase 5/24 rule in mind when deciding to apply for one of these credit cards. Also, there may be targeted offers for higher bonuses than the 40,000 offered for the personal cards. Simply
Other Credit Cards. If you find yourself in need of more Southwest points down the line, you’ll be pleased to know Chase Ultimate Rewards is a 1:1 transfer partner of Southwest Rapid Rewards. So not only can you get a nice credit card sign-up bonus, but since these credit cards offer generous category bonuses, you can earn lots of points on everyday purchases:
- Chase Business Preferred Credit Card(80,000 points after $5,000 spent within 3 months)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve(100,000 points after $4,000 spent within 3 months)
- Chase Sapphire Preferred (50,000 points after $4,000 spent within 3 months)
- Chase Freedom Unlimited($100/10,000 points after $500 spent within 3 months)
Earn Miles via Flying. Here’s a novel concept: Rather than redeeming miles for a flight, it might actually make more sense to pay for a flight. I sometimes find myself in situations where Southwest flights are too expensive on points, so it makes more sense to pay for the flight and redeem Arrival miles from the Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. This works out well because I not only save Rapid Rewards points, but I get good value out of my Arrival miles and earn points on my flight. Be sure to consider this option the next time you’re booking a Southwest flight.
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Rapid Rewards Dining. We all dine out at some points and Rapid Rewards Dining makes it easy to get rewarded for this. New members can earn 1,000 bonus points by spending $25 in the first 30 days. Additionally, members earn 3 points per $1 spent at participating restaurants along with 10 points per review. All you have to do is register a credit card (preferably one that earns a dining bonus) and you’ll automatically earn rewards every time you use the card to pay your restaurant bill. Rapid Rewards dining is, incidentally, the most rewarding dining rewards program out there, so it works out especially well for folks who want to stock up on Southwest points.
Rapid Rewards Shopping. This time of year, perhaps more than any other time, people are doing a large chunk of their shopping online. If you’re looking to earn more Rapid Rewards points, then be sure to shop through the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal. Members can earn up to 10 points per $1 spent at popular merchants. Plus, some members have been getting targeted offers offering additional bonus points for select merchant purchases. So be sure to join and sign up for email alerts to ensure you’re earning the most points possible.
Rental Cars. Rental car companies partner with lots of airlines to offer members points on car rentals. Southwest Rapid Rewards is no exception, partnering with every major rental company including Avis, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Dollar Rental, and National. These partnerships not only result in lucrative bonus point promotions, but steep discounts as well. So be sure to check out the Southwest Rapid Rewards Car Rental partnerships to earn the most points possible.
Surveys for Miles. Southwest Rapid Rewards partners with e-miles to allow members to earn points by, you guessed it, completing surveys. E-miles is actually one of the easier survey sites to earn miles with, since sometimes all you have to do is watch a brief commercial and answer ~5 questions. Other qualifying activities include signing up for newsletters. You’re not going to earn a massive amount of miles this way, but if you’re sitting around at work, looking for something to pass the time, this is a nice way to do it. At the very least, you’ll earn enough points to keep your Southwest account active every year.
What are some of your favorite ways to earn more Southwest Rapid Rewards points?
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