JAN 2017 UPDATE
Though the publicly available offer is at 40,000 points at the moment, you can get the 50,000 point offer online here for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus. There’s no need to call in via phone as long as this link is live.
A 50,000 point offer is also available for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card from Chase.
I’ve also published a new post: Answers to All Your Southwest Plus & Premier Card Questions, Including Which You Should Get!
I posted in September about a publicly available, but sort-of-hidden, link to get 50,000 Rapid Rewards points as a signup bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Personal Plus card.
That was worth a post of its own because the although the Premier card is available with a 50k point signup bonus (offer good until 23 February 2016), the Plus card is often only available publicly with a 25k point signup bonus.
The bad news: In October, Chase removed that link to the 50k point offer for the Plus card.
The good news: I’ve learned of another way that readers can get a 50k point signup bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card.
There is a Referral-by-Phone Program for the Chase Southwest Personal Plus Card
Whereas many credit card referral programs are via web link, there is a phone referral program for the Chase Southwest Personal Plus card. Certain current cardholders are invited to refer non-cardholders to the card. The new applicant receives a 50,000 point signup bonus (after spending $2,000 within 3 months of account opening). The referrer receives 5,000 Rapid Rewards.
I have not received an invitation to refer others so I won’t be receiving any points for people signing up for the Southwest Plus card.
There Are Two Ways to Take Advantage of this Offer
The first is to find a referrer prior to calling the toll-free number. The phone agent will ask for the referrer’s name, Rapid Rewards number and zip code to ensure that the referrer gets credited the 5,000 Rapid Rewards points. Scroll down to the comments section to find referrers.
I encourage eligible Plus card referrers to post their information or email address in the comments below if they’d like to refer readers of THG for this offer. There is also a FlyerTalk thread devoted to this idea. You can create an account there and post a request to that thread for a referral.
The second way to take advantage of this offer is a bit of a twist. You can apparently call the referral program phone number and simply sign up for the offer without having been referred. Multiple people have indicated that has worked for them. If you’ve used this approach, please share a note about your experience in the comments below.
Here’s the Phone Number
To get this 50k point signup bonus, call 1-888-691-2301. That’s a Chase phone number dedicated to this offer. The agent will request the usual information required for a credit card signup and he/she will confirm the details of the offer.
If you’re a little cautious about calling a phone number and providing info, I understand. I’ve confirmed through multiple sources though that this is a legitimate phone number and offer. You can do a Google search on the number yourself to allay any concerns about legitimacy.
It’s the Best Time of Year to Get the Companion Pass
One of the best travel perks around is the Southwest Companion Pass, which allows a companion to fly free with the holder of the pass, any time the holder flies! Well the best time of the year to get the Companion Pass is early in a calendar year as it is valid for the remainder of the year you earn it and the entire next calendar year.
The fastest way to get the Companion Pass is to get two 50k point signup bonuses in short order, requiring the accumulation of only a few more thousand points to reach the 110k point threshold.
Check out my previous posts to learn more:
- Reader Request: Help Me Understand Southwest Companion Pass Before My Head Explodes
- Southwest Companion Pass – One of the Best Airline Perks Around
- Reader Request: Help us Get Southwest Companion Pass
50,000 Rapid Rewards Points Are Worth About $750
Even if you don’t go after the Southwest Companion Pass, the 50k Rapid Rewards bonus is lucrative on its own. I value Rapid Rewards at 1.5 cents each (that’s the average value I get when redeeming them for Southwest flights) so the 50,000 points equates to $750 of value. Note that Southwest’s redemption program is dynamic so there are situations where you’ll receive more or less value per point.
With Southwest now flying to destinations like Cancun, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and more you’re no longer stuck redeeming points for a continental US trip. That has really elevated Southwest’s status in my mind.
Just this year alone, Patty and I have used Rapid Rewards points and our Companion Pass to fly outside the US to Jamaica and Cancun, Mexico on Southwest. We also used Rapid Rewards points and our Companion Pass to fly in 2015 to Florida and Missouri.
Note: If you have the Plus card already and are interested in the Premier card, you can get a 50,000 Rapid Rewards points offer for that card here.
If you’re eligible to refer others to the Southwest Personal Plus card for a 50k point signup bonus offer, you’re welcome to leave your email address in the comments below so that readers can get in touch with you. Links are culled from comments so leave your email address so that you can be contacted directly. This is only for referrals for the Southwest Rapid Rewards PLUS card.