Southwest 50,000 point offer is back for a limited time!

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Update: This offer for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

Link: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

I’ve been traveling the past day, so my apologies in advance if this is old news to some of you. 😉

Chase has officially brought back a limited time 50,000 point sign-up bonus on their co-branded Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card after spending $2,000 within three months, provided you haven’t earned a bonus on the card in the past 24 months. The same offer is also available for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Card. The card has a $99 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.

While this is not an offer I will personally be taking advantage of (given that I prefer to earn and redeem miles for international premium cabins), I do think this is a great option for domestic travel, given that you earn two free roundtrips with the sign-up bonus, and the 6,000 points you receive each anniversary more than justify the annual fee.

Also keep in mind that if you rack up 110,000 points in a year you’ll earn Companion Pass with Southwest, which allows someone else to travel with you for the entire year. For domestic travel that’s a value that’s tough to beat.

I predict over the coming years elite status will become less and less valuable as revenue requirements are added and benefits are slowly cut due to lack of competition (we’re going from six legacies a few years ago to three once the American/US Airways merger is complete). So with that in mind, Southwest is about as “humane” as it gets if you’re traveling domestically in coach.

Link: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

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  1. Woah Ben, this is a new low for you. There are 4 Chase Southwest Cards all offering 50K points and yet you only post and talk about the one link thats giving you a commission?

    Try not to be so greedy sometimes..

  2. @ Ganta — As far as I know all the offers appear on the page I linked. Sorry, I’ll update the post to clarify.

  3. As a top tier elite in Frontier’s program, their announcement yesterday that they are removing the free in-flight tv for Summit members has me thinking of moving domestic travel to Southwest. I may jump on this.
    Frontier is getting absolutely hammered by their elites on Facebook and Twitter, and deservedly so. Between this and some other recent changes ($2.00 for can of soda, etc.) I don’t see this working out long term.

  4. Any idea if this current “Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier” card is considered a different product than the older “Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards” card? The non-Premier card from a year or two or three ago also offered 50k points.

  5. How often does Southwest have the 50,000 sign-up bonus? Will it be coming around again later this year or early 2014?

  6. @ Nikki — We seem to see it about twice a year, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it again later this year or early next year. I’ll certainly post if I see the offer!

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