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This is a reminder that Southwest has been running a limited time offer on all 3 Southwest personal cards for a few weeks. The offer ends on September 14th so time is of the essence if you’re interested in obtaining one of the cards below.
SOUTHWEST PERSONAL CARDS
Chase offers three co-branded personal cards for Southwest Airlines and right now they have increased welcome offers. Let’s look at the details…
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card is a perfect card if you’re just getting started with credit cards and desire an inexpensive co-brand card. It offers 3,000 Rapid Rewards (worth ~$40) on your account anniversary, which decreases your actual out-of-pocket costs on the annual fee.
Again, this is a basic card so it has limited benefits, but delivers great value for 65,000 points.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card is a bit more expensive with a $99 annual fee but offer an anniversary bonus of 6,000 Rapid Rewards points (~$80). Again, this is a solid card if you need some additional benefits beyond the Plus card.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card is the most expensive but easily pays for itself if you are able to fly with Southwest at least twice per year. With this card, you get 7,500 Rapid Rewards points (~$100) each year you keep the card in addition to a $75 Southwest travel credit. If you’re doing the math, that’s more than the $149 annual fee. If you factor in the additional benefits, this card is a no-brainer if you’re a southwest fan.
That’s right… all three cards are currently offering 65,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months after opening your account.
This is a great deal given the Southwest cards generally offer a 30,000 – 40,000 point welcome bonus for most of the year.
I’m a big fan of Southwest Airlines and I recommend obtaining the Southwest cards particularly for families. Southwest points allowed my family to travel to Hawaii last year and I only paid for one person.😉
Clearly, the Southwest Rapid Rewards program shouldn’t be your focus if you’re seeking aspirational, lie-flat, international business class. But if you’re content with flying domestically (read: Hawaii), the Caribbean Islands (read: Aruba), Mexico (read: Cabo) and Central America (read: Costa Rica), it’s hard to beat Southwest.
Recognizing that flying with Southwest comes with two free checked bags, unlimited (and free) changes to award tickets, and points that never expire, sounds like a great start to a stress-free vacation.
However, applying for the Southwest cards is about strategy especially if you’re interested in going for the companion pass.
I recognize a lot of people are traveling so having points is always a plus.
Are you planning to apply for one (or more) Southwest personal cards?