With Alaska having taken over Virgin America, they’re calling themselves the “west coast’s premier carrier.” Southwest isn’t all too thrilled with that, so they’re doing everything they can to lure west coast flyers.
At the moment, Southwest Rapid Rewards has a special status match promotion California residents (or perhaps more accurately, those with Rapid Rewards accounts registered in California).
If you have elite status with a competing domestic airline, Southwest Rapid Rewards will mach you to A-List through the end of 2017, and you can requalify by taking six qualifying one-way flights (or three roundtrips) by December 15, 2017. Only revenue tickets qualify towards that, and not Rapid Rewards redemption tickets. If you complete that requirement, your status will be valid through December 31, 2018.
Here’s how you can take advantage of this promotion:
- Sign up for Rapid Rewards
- If you’re not already a Member, join Rapid Rewards – the loyalty program with the best reward seat availability
- Email your information
- Click below and provide the information requested in the email to find out if you qualify for this promotion.
- Extend your promotional A-List Status
- Provided you qualify for this promotion, promotional A-List status can be extended through December 31, 2018 by simply flying three round trip qualifying flights or six one-way qualifying flights booked and flown between your enrollment date for this promotion and December 15, 2017.
Southwest A-List ordinarily requires 25 one-way flights or 35,000 tier qualifying points in a calendar year. Members earn 6-12x points per dollar spent, meaning that ordinarily this requires ~$2,900-5,800 of spend. Benefits of Southwest Rapid Rewards A-List include:
- Priority boarding
- 25% bonus points
- Free same-day standby
- Priority check-in and security lane access
- Dedicated A-List member phone line
Keep in mind that Southwest A-List is different than Southwest Companion Pass. The Southwest Companion Pass lets you take a companion with you whenever you fly, and they just have to pay taxes and fees. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on an award ticket or revenue ticket, you can always have someone fly with you just for the cost of taxes. It’s an incredible, one-of-a-kind deal.
You can use it an unlimited number of times, though can only change your designated companion at most a couple of times per year (so you can’t have a different companion on every trip).
There are two ways to earn Companion Pass, and that’s either by taking 100 flights on Southwest in a calendar year, or by earning 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year.
While 110,000 points in a calendar year may seem daunting to non-road warriors, there are several cards that can help you get there. Any points earned via spend on Chase’s co-branded Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card qualify towards Companion Pass.
If you’re a California resident and fly Southwest once in a while, the current A-List status match promotion is something to consider taking advantage of. I’ll be curious to see if Alaska comes up with any promotion, given how the two airlines seem to be competing in California.
Do any California residents plan on taking advantage of the Southwest A-List status match promotion?