Travel Check if you’re targeted to earn a 30% spend bonus on your Southwest credit card
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Southwest credit cards are popular with Southwest flyers. But, one area where these cards fall somewhat short — along with most other cobranded— is earning rates. However, some Southwest cardholders will soon have the opportunity to boost their returns with a targeted spend bonus.
recently reported that some holders are targeted for a 30% bonus. Even better, these points count toward the points you’ll need to earn within a calendar year to qualify for the . So, let’s take a look at what you need to know about this promotion.
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How to find out if you’re eligible
This promotion does not appear to be open to everyone. To find out if you’re eligible,of your Southwest account. If you’re targeted for this offer, you’ll see a promotion titled “Earn 30% bonus points.”
Note that you will need to register for the promotion between July 1, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2020. Once you do so, you’ll see green text appear below the promotion stating that you are registered.
To qualify, you’ll first have to register for the promotion and then earn at least 6,000on your Southwest credit card between Aug. 1, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2020. These points will need to post to your Rapid Rewards account under the category of “credit card” during August, September or October to count.
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To make this promotion clear, let’s consider an example. If you have 2,000 points from your Rapid Rewards credit card post to your account each month during the promotion, you’ll earn a 30% bonus on these 6,000 points. This means you’ll get 1,800 bonus points from Southwest, which are worth $27 based on.
Through this promotion, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus points. Based on, 25,000 Southwest points are worth $375.
Perhaps best of all, the promotion page notes that bonus points earned through this promotion will count toward. However, the bonus points will not count toward qualification.
And, the promotion notes that points earned from a credit card sign-up bonus and points transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards will not be eligible for the 30% bonus. Bonus points will post directly to youraccount, although bonus points may not post to your account until up to eight weeks after the promotion ends.
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest credit card information. When it comes to bonus categories, TPG readers love getting extra points for dining (travel, unsurprisingly, is another top pick). While dining indoors at restaurants might not be an option right now in many states, outdoor dining is slowly but surely coming …When it comes to bonus categories, TPG readers love getting extra points for dining (travel, unsurprisingly, is another top pick). While dining indoors at restaurants might not be an option right now in many states, outdoor dining is slowly but surely coming back. Not to mention that taking out and ordering in is still possible, and encouraged.
Earning on Southwest credit cards
Normally, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card earn 2 points per dollar (a 3% return based on) on Southwest purchases and purchases made with Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partners. And, these cards earn 1 point per dollar (1.5% return) everywhere else. So, with the promotion, you could earn 2.6 points per dollar (3.9% return) on bonus spend and 1.3 points per dollar (1.95% return) on everything else.
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At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing to publish …Southwest Airlines is a favorite amongst many domestic U.S. flyers. The airline offers free checked bags, operates a ton of obscure routes and makes the travel process easier for families with complimentary priority boarding. Of course, the airline has its own points program too: Rapid Rewards.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card offers a slightly higher earning rate. Specifically, with this card you normally earn 3 points per dollar (4.5% return) on Southwest purchases made with Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partners. You also earn 2 points per dollar (3% return) on social media and search engine advertising, internet, cable and phone services. And, you earn 1 point (1.5% return) per dollar spent on all other purchases. After this promotion is taken into account, you could earn 3.9 points per dollar (5.85% return) on flights, 2.6 points per dollar (3.9% return) on the mid-tier bonus categories and 1.3 points per dollar (1.95% return) on everything else.
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We usually don’t recommend putting a lot of spend on a cobranded. But, it can make sense for some people to do so with this promotion. Even with the bonus, you might not be getting the best returns for or . However, the maximum of 25,000 points can go a long way for those chasing the coveted .
Additional reporting by Katherine Fan, Jennifer Yellin and Julian Mark Kheel. Featured image by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.
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