Towards the end of last week, Southwest announced that it would be following a similar policy that we saw the airline adopting at the start of the pandemic by making it easier to earn elite status and the airline's valuable companion pass. As of this morning, the credits promised by that announcement are posting to Southwest Rapid Rewards accounts.
A little surprisingly, Chase has launched its first airline transfer bonus for some time. Through 31 October 2020, Chase customers transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Southwest Rapid Rewards will receive a 20% bonus.
Southwest Airlines is blocking middle seats through the end of October and has been selling some nicely discounted fares for at least a couple of weeks, and now the airline is targeting Rapid Rewards members for savings with an offer of 20% off award bookings made by 17 September (Tomorrow).
Southwest has followed in the footsteps of Delta, United, and American Airlines by announcing status extensions for its frequent flyers as well as announcing companion pass extensions and new measures to help Rapid Rewards members improve their status this year.
To earn a Companion Pass for 2020 a Rapid Rewards member has to fly 100 one-way qualifying flights or earn 110,000 Companion Qualifying Points by the end of the calendar year, but the qualification requirements for the qualification year starting on 1 January 2020 have just been increased.
Southwest has come out with a promotion whereby Rapid Rewards members can purchase Rapid Rewards points with a bonus of up to 50% through 10 November 2017 (what bonus you get is dependent on what Southwest has targeted you for).
I don't often write about credit card sign-up bonuses because, to be frank, I don't find most of them to be all that fantastic or exceptional (with a few occasional exceptions). But now we have a credit card sign-up bonus from Southwest & Chase that, as long as you're a California resident, is one you shouldn't be passing up.
I'm a little bit late with this post as the information turned up while I was away from home and without Internet access and I've only just seen the email! Anyway, Southwest has got a promotion running whereby you can purchase Rapid Rewards points with a bonus of up to 60% (bonus is dependent on how many points you buy) up until 13 July - there was a flash sale where, for a few hours, you could get a bonus of up to 70% but that's long gone...sorry!
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