As you can see I am new to the board and probably getting ready to ask a silly question..
I am interested in opening a SW credit card with the 40000 points. We are travelling to CA next year and I would love to earn point towards that. I would like the card joint with my husband.
Would the primary cardholder only receive the rapid rewards points - for signing up, balance transfers and all purchase made on the card?
Also, when I do go to book these flights, will I be able to book for all 5 of us and use the points I have accummulated to pay for all of our tickets? I know we each have our own RR points we accumulate.
Thanks so much for your time!
All the points go to the primary card holder. Yes, you can purchase all the tickets with your points!
One thing to consider, and please correct me if I am wrong, but what happens to your credit score if you keep on opening up new cards all the time?
I signed up for the SW credit card after reading the points guy article that said people in California will earn the compannion pass provided they have not opend a SW credit card previously and reside in California. My frined sent me the article, I read it but then wanted to reaserch the card more to understand the beneifts of the card. I applied for the card only to find out that I applied via the worng link and did not qualify for the companion pass offer. The articles and web site made it very clear that if you live in california and havent had a SW card previously you will get the credit card. I however wanted to do some more reserach and do not believe the webpage made it clear that you must apply solely through that link.
I understand if for example I sign up for a card that has a 30k offer while a secret webpage exists that has a 60k offer - that i understand becasue at the very least I can explicitly read and understand that the card i am signing up for has a 30k intro offer. But in this case the rules said everyone in claifornia....will get a SW companion pass after making one purchase. I am just hoping SW will help me out and honor the compannion pass.
Can you book your flight with points then cancel the card before you actually take the flight?
Here's my advise. Get the PREMIER CARD since for every 10K spending you'll get 1500 Tier Qualifying Points. This is not the case with the Business Card, and not readily obvious. I learned the hard way. Use this refereal link - https://applynow.chase.com/FlexAppWeb/renderApp.do?SPID=FNTD&CELL=63HB&MSC=1487539108 if you'd like to be sure you get the right card, (I'll get a bonus too). Doing this early in the year is best, since you'll be nearly half the way to a free Companion Pass, which will be good for the balance of the qualifying year, plus the entire following year. This is worth a fortune in itself. Then you can use all those RR points to pay for travel for the kids! Don't use the points for travel for the main card-holder though, since they wont earn points or get credit toward A-List. Beware of Southwest A-List promos though, I just paid a fortune to book Business Select as advised by a SWA agent to get those TQMs, yet they denied the A-List due to an interpretation issue I won't get into here. Good luck!
Correct, points used for flights won't count towards A status. If you aren't trying to hit the tier or fly a lot, there is nothing wrong with booking the primary person with points.
So true! Each spouse gets their own card. First get one, the Plus ($69) and have all bills and expenses go to that card for 3 months. Then get another Plus card in other spouse name, again charge all bills/expenses to that card. Within 6 months you'll have 80,000 points to fly with. 80,000 point for $138, CHEAP! As soon as you get the points added to your respected accounts, BOOK flights. Do book with first card, then second when point are added. Lock in rate. Why? Because during the waiting time, the flight will change up/down, so check daily. Cost nothing but your time to change. Initial $5 fee will be your only out of pocket expense and is a one-time fee no matter how many times you rebook lower fare! Book individual persons one at a time, the site will not display a lower cost seat if you choose 2 or more in search.
When the card comes up for renewal, wait for the anniversary points to be added, then cancel the card! As long as you do this within 3 months of anniversary date, you'll get back the $69 fee for the second year!! Then apply for the Premire Card and repeat process. From time to time the premire card will have a sign-up bonus of 50,000. Or opt for the Business card and for the same fee get 60,000 points! Then for $198, you'll have 120,000 points.......Google for special sign up offers, do not always sign up from Chase or SWA web sites!!
Boston to California and back to Boston for $79.00!
Chase Southwest cards don't actually have "joint" accounts, there is always a primary cardholder, plus any authorised user(s).
Since only the primary cardholder gets the points, consider getting each person their own card, along with their own signup bonus points.
One drawback: don't expect to sign up for the card and book flights immediately. You do not get the card number, it does not automatically get assigned to your account. You have to wait until the card arrives in the mail. Many complaints about this have been posted.
I want to use my rapid reward points for gift cards, but I do not have a Chase credit card. If I get a Chase card can I redeem the points I have now for gift cards or do I have to start over with the new card?
You just need to have a card in order to access More Rewards, so once you have the card you can reddem points already earned towards gift cards.
Thank you. I appreciate the information.
June 20 is National American Eagle Day!
This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments, and take part in educational outreach.
Have you ever heard of the American Eagle Foundation (AEF)? AEF is an organization whose mission is to care for and protect the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey through the four pillars of education, re-population, conservation, and rehabilitation.
Challenger the Bald Eagle is AEF’s most well-known eagle. Challenger is also a frequent flier and celebrity here at Southwest Airlines! He is the first eagle in U.S. history trained to free-fly through stadiums during the National Anthem. He's flown at nearly 400 events mostly professional and collegiate sporting events.
Due to this special partnership with AEF, we allow Challenger to fly with us to help him get to all of his fun events. So far in 2017, Challenger has visited Austin (AUS), Nashville (BNA), Baltimore (BWI), Dallas (Dallas), Washington D.C. (DCA), Las Vegas (LAS), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Chicago Midway (MDW), Tampa (TPA), and Phoenix (PHX). He has flown 15 one-way flights in 2017, and would need only 10 more to be an A-List Customer!
As a matter of fact, this year alone, Challenger has flown close to 12,700 nautical miles onboard a Southwest Luvjet as a Customer. That’s the approximate equivalent of flying from Baltimore (BWI) to Oakland (OAK) six times, Las Vegas (LAS) to Seattle (SEA) 14 times, and Dallas (DAL) to Houston Hobby (HOU) 50 times!
All birds share the same aerodynamic principles airplanes do. Bird wings are designed to achieve lift through differences in pressure as air moves over and under the wing. Birds, including eagles, also have hollow (yet very strong) bones to decrease total body weight and help in flight. Unlike many other birds, eagles are fairly heavy and bulky birds and are not designed for quick flight and maneuvers. Because of this, they need a lot of room and energy to take off, not unlike an airplane. Airplanes and eagles use their large wings once airborne to take advantage of air currents and natural thermals, to float almost effortlessly at great heights and over long distances.
The next time you soar on a Southwest flight, it may be with Challenger!
After months and months of waiting, we got the call. The call telling us to travel immediately to Phoenix because the birthmother of out soon-to-be-daughter was in labor. We knew we needed to get on the next plane and didn't even hesitate on which airline to call.
Southwest Customer Relations helped us quickly reserve the last flight from Florida. When we arrived at the airport the Ticket and Gate Agents were so excited for us and expedited everything to ensure we made the flight. The Flight Attendants made a special announcement and cheered for us as they shared in our excitement! Upon arrival we were greeted by baggage claim with champagne and they said they would deliver our luggage to the hospital since we had made an earlier connecting flight.
We rushed to the hospital as suddenly time stood still when we saw our daughter for the very first time. It was an amazing experience meeting her and we owe a huge thank you to the entire Southwest Airlines Team! You all went above and beyond the call of duty and our little family is so very thankful.
Meet Elinor Otto, "America’s Longest Working Rosie the Riveter." Elinor began building aircraft in 1942 during WWII and continued working as a riveter until she retired from Boeing’s Long Beach factory at the age of 95. WWII was transformational in terms of opening the doors to greater advancement for women in the workplace and symbolized by the iconic image of "Rosie the Riveter" with her famous arm salute and the message, "We Can Do It!"ligning with Spirit of 45 Day that honors America’s WWII generation, Southwest recently welcomed the 97-year-old quintessential "Rosie" onboard for a special trip. Elinor flew from Los Angeles to New York City where she announced a national initiative honoring the women who worked alongside her during WWII.
Elinor’s presence at the airport and onboard did not go unnoticed, and she was welcomed with open arms in each Station she visited. Employees waved colorful posters, dressed in "Rosie the Riveter" ensembles, and introduced Elinor’s accomplishments inflight and in the decorated terminals. Customers got into the spirit by writing her notes of gratitude and by cheering her on as she traveled. Upon landing home at LAX, Southwest Employees showed Elinor around the Ramp, the Hangar, and other Southwest facilities where she felt very much at home.
We are honored to share this experience with Elinor, and we thank her for blazing trails in the aviation field for women and more!
I see that if I apply for a Southwest Chase credit card before the end of the month, once I use it, I can get a Companion Pass. From what I've been able to gather from looking, is that this allows you to basically get tickets for two people for the price of one (and taxes for the second) until the end of 2018. My question is, is this for one trip or for every trip you make for the year? My question is because we plan on making multiple trips from Northern California to Southern California throughout the year. It would save us a quite a bit of money to go 2-for-1 each time, but not as big of a deal if it can only be used once.
Also, how does booking change with Companion Pass... does it automatically become an option online when you have it?
Another thing I see is after spending $1,000 during the first three months, you can get 40,000 points... it appears that it is often around 2600-3000 points for a single flight to/from Northern and Southern California, so that is over 10 flight legs, if Companion Pass comes into play for each flight, that would be many round trips for the two of us. It seems like it can be read like that, but I have been misled before by taking what is said literally. For example, I got a Sam's Club credit card that advertised a complimentary membership. I understood that to be I wouldn't have to pay for my membership to Sam's Club. There wasn't any clarification anywhere as to what it meant but I was informed by customer service at Sam's Club that what they meant by that was I could get a complimentary second card for my spouse.
The way the normal Companion Pass works is, Every flight you take you can add a Companion Pass. You would book your flight first then you can add your Companion at anytime, you do not have to add at time of purchase. You would simply log into you Rapid Rewards account and view upcoming flights. You will see in blue text "Add Companion". When you do add a Companion and need to make changes to your ticket you will have to call on the phone to make any changes. You can do it online, you would need to cancel the Companion flight first wait a few minuts then make changes to your flight, then you can add the Companion again.
I would check the fine print on your offer.
2,600 to 3,000 points per leg seems low, but depending on sales in effect at the time and taking flights in off-peak hours the average could be reasonable.
Last minute bookings for popular routes might be a bit more.
I don't have the details on the California Companion Pass, but assuming these are all shorter flights within the state the cost in $ or points would tend to be less.
Regular companion pass would apply to any flight the passholder books, assuming California also applies in a similar way to flights within California.
I applied and received the card the last week of November. Made some purchases. When can I expect to receive the information on the companion pass?
I also got the card near the end of November and made purchases. As of 1/12/18 still no companion pass.
It can take up to a month for your account to reflect all activity. Welcome to the program!
Just sent the referral e-mail to my sister and see that "You will receive 10,000 bonus points for each friend you refer through this Refer-A-Friend offer".
I don't see where it says if these 10k points will count towards Companion Pass or not. Anyone know?
The 10,000 Rapid Rewards Points that you earn through the referral offer will not count toward a Companion Pass, they will only count toward your total available balance.
Rapid Rewards Points earned through the Refer-A-Friend promotion will count toward a Companion Pass. See updated response below.
After consulting with one of our Chase Visa Rapid Rewards Liaisons, I have a clarification on the Refer-A-Friend promotion:
"Chase’s Refer a Friend promotion offers 5,000 points to the Referrer for each Friend who is approved, up to a maximum of 10 Friends per year (50,000 points). And all Chase Rapid Rewards Points are also Companion Pass Qualifying Points. So the 5,000 Refer a Friend points will count towards Companion Pass. Now , this is a Chase promotion, so if there are further questions, you'd want to contact Chase to get the full Terms and Conditions."
I just found out. The next billing cycle after having a referred friend sign up, as well as reaching the monetary threshold to trigger the sign up bonus, showed my points. #phew
I cannot find the referral program, how do I get to it?
How long after referring a friend and they are accepted does it take to receive credit for the points on my account?
Thanks for the correction.
The general rule is this:
Partner bonus points do not count towards Companion Pass, except for Chase Southwest Visa Card bonus points, which do count (unless otherwise stated in the offer).
Thanks Lindsey for the clarification. Was hoping they would count, but would also just take the 10k points! I can get somewhere on that amount! :-)
Looks like they may have recently updated their promotion: "You will receive 10,000 bonus points for each friend you refer through this Refer-A-Friend offer (up to 5), who is approved for the card. Maximum bonus points accumulation for this offer is 50,000 bonus points".
Lindsey -- Can you double check that?I believe it's incorrect.
It's true that, in general, partner bonus points do not count towards Companion Pass. But the exception is Chase Southwest Visa Card bonus points. These are specifically mentioned in the terms and conditions as being Compaion Pass qualifying. For example, the Chase Southwest Visa sign up and anniversary bonus points do count towards Companion Pass earning.
From the terms and conditions (emphasis mine):
A Member who earns 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points or who flies 100 qualifying one-way flights booked through Southwest Airlines per calendar year will qualify for Companion Pass. Companion Pass qualifying points are earned from revenue flights booked through Southwest Airlines, points earned on Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and base points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Purchased points, transferred points transferred between members, points converted from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club, points earned from program enrollment, tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass qualifying points. Points earned during a billing cycle on a Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card from Chase are not available for redemption or qualification for Companion Pass status until they are posted on your billing statement and posted to your Rapid Rewards Account. Only points posted on your billing statements and posted to your Rapid Rewards Account during the same calendar year are available for qualification for Companion Pass status. No points or Companion Pass qualifying points will be awarded for flights taken by the Companion using the Companion Pass.
Also, the offer does not specifically state that the bonus points do not count towards Companion Pass earning.
If you google 'Chase refer a friend' it will take you to the correct spot on the Chase website... It will ask you for your last name, last four digits of the card account you wish to refer from and zip code.
Do Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer in and count towards the Companion Pass? Any suggestions on ways to get alot of points transferred in to get the Companion Pass?
Chase Ultimate Rewards Points is a Chase program, and points are earned using Chase Sapphire and Ink credit cards. The Ultimate Rewards program allows those Cardmembers to exchange their points for flights, items, gift cards, etc. Cardmembers can also redeem for airline loyalty currencies – including Rapid Rewards points. Those converted points do not contribute to Companion Pass qualification.
No. Unfortuantely, Southwest just recently stopped allowing any points transfers from partners (credit card, hotels, etc.) to count for Companion Pass qualification.
The only points that are Companion Pass Tier Qualifying are base points from Southwest or partners (not any bonus points), plus all points earned from the Rapid Rewards Visa card from Chase.
Your best bet for earning CP without travel is to get the Rapid Rewards Visa card(s) from Chase, with a sign up bonus (40,000-60,000 depending on offer).
On Thursday, December 8, Southwest Airlines welcomed six-year-old Logan Thaxton and his family aboard Flight #3024 in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a very special Make-A-Wish trip to Walt Disney World© in Orlando, Florida. It started off pretty routine, however, when the flight touched down in Houston passengers were a little lighter in their wallets, but much fuller in their hearts, and you're about to learn why.
Immediately upon boarding, an excited and eager Logan was taken under the wing of the Southwest Flight Crew. Logan and his brother, Elijah, were introduced to the Captain and First Officer, and given an opportunity to take a few pictures in the Flight Deck before departure.
While Customers found seats and stowed bags during general boarding, Flight Attendant Michele Ashley made a special announcement to celebrate Logan, his family, and the beginning of their journey to fulfill Logan’s wish of meeting Mickey Mouse.
Later, as Flight Attendants made preparations for the inflight hospitality service, Ashley once again grabbed the intercom and announced Logan would be assisting the Flight Crew by passing out peanuts.
“I watched him walk down that aisle,” said Ashley, “and, I’m telling you, not a single Customer said ‘no’ to Logan.”
Logan’s mom, Nickia Barbee, moved to the back of the plane to take pictures and videos of Logan handing out snacks, and that’s when something pretty special started to happen. “The people on that plane, they were all about Logan,” said Barbee. “And a couple of people started giving Logan tips.”
Before long, the idea caught on, and Customers started pressing their Flight Attendant call buttons to signal that they, too, wanted to give Logan a “tip.”
“Once people figured out what was happening, the cabin lit up like a Christmas tree,” Ashley said. As people continued to flag Logan down, Ashley grabbed some bags and helped him collect the money. Just before landing, while Customers looked on, Logan’s tips were counted up at the front of the plane – a total of more than $1,400.00. The cabin erupted in applause. In less than two hours, a spontaneous act of generosity more than doubled the spending money Logan's family had been given for their trip.
As the passengers deplaned in Houston, Logan stood near the front galley and said goodbye to each person with fist bumps, hi-fives, and hugs.
“I was crying, and I’m pretty sure I saw grown men crying,” said Barbee. “It was amazing.”