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Southwest’s 50,000 Point Credit Card Bonus
I’m not a frequent traveler on Southwest but, if you are, you should probably have the credit card. The sign-up bonus comes in two varieties, the 25,000 points promotion and the occasional 50,000 pointer. Guess which one I prefer? Southwest points are worth about 1.5 cents each, so today’s bonus gets you about $750 worth of travel. There’s something to be said for that.
But Southwest offers one other bonus: Earn 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a year and you’ll receive a Companion Pass (CP), and the sign-up bonus, as well as any other points you earn from spend on the card, count toward that number. There are only a few months left in the year, so be sure that the points from the card will be enough to put you over the top.
The pass might be the single most valuable perk in the airline industry. Simply put, whenever you fly, you get to bring a companion for free. Well, almost free, since it will cost you a few dollars for the security fee. But you can confirm your companion’s free trip at the time of booking.
Truthfully, I don’t know how much longer the CP will last in its current form. Way back when, Southwest used to run load factors well under 70%. A free companion was no problem, since they likely wouldn’t have sold that seat, anyway. Now, however, planes are running full. Every seat that they give away for free is one that they could have sold. But until that time comes, take advantage of the perk.
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