Chase Raises Southwest Card Bonuses to 50,000 Rapid Rewards Points – Great Timing for Companion Pass

For months the public signup bonus offers for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier and Plus cards sat at 40,000 points.

The situation just changed for the better – Chase improved the signup bonus offers for both cards to 50,000 Rapid Rewards points!

With the bonus points you earn from a Southwest Plus or Premier card you can get free flights to islands such as Aruba, shown here. Photo ©The Honeymoon Guy

You can get the elevated offer via these links (I may get a small number of points for referral):

Secure link to the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card application

Secure link to the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card application

I’ve covered the Southwest cards, the airline’s destinations and the Companion Pass extensively.  That’s because the cards and the airline offer great value to savvy travelers.  And the Companion Pass is probably the best airline perk around.

The timing of this offer is what really grabbed my attention, as it aligns excellently with pursuit of a Companion Pass.

You get the pass for the remainder of the year in which you earn it and the entire following year.  So if you were to get one or both of these cards now you would have a good shot at earning the Companion Pass early this year, meaning you could have it for the remainder of this year and all of 2019!

More specifically, if you get both cards and meet the bonus requirements, you’ll rack up at least 104,000 points towards the Companion Pass.  That’s the 50,000 point bonuses plus a minimum of 2,000 points on each card for the initial spending.  You’ll only need 6,000 more points to secure the pass.  You could nab those points through additional spending on a Southwest card, flying on the airline or through use of their online shopping mall, etc.

Here are my posts covering just about everything you’d ever want to know about the Southwest Companion Pass…

I’ve also recently published my Highlighting Southwest’s International Destinations series.  Here are links to those posts…

Note also that Southwest is slated to soon begin flights to Hawaii, as I covered in a recent post: Southwest Airlines Is Saying Aloha to Hawaii!

The Summary

Chase has revised their offers for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier and Plus cards.  You can now get each of them with a signup bonus of 50,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months after account opening.  The timing of this offer update is great for those that want a Southwest Companion Pass.  If you nab a Companion Pass early in a calendar year you’ll essentially have it for nearly two full years.  The best way to do just that is to get one, or both, of these cards and collect the large signup bonus.


Are you applying for a Southwest card?  Where are you going to go with the points you collect?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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