Daily Points: New Southwest 75K Bonuses & Routes; $800 Bank Bonus

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Here’s your miles, points, travel, and deals news for October 27, 2023:

New Southwest Card Bonuses

The three Southwest personal cards have new heightened bonuses until December 11, 2023, for  75,000 Rapid Rewards after spending $3,000 within the first three months. These cards are the:

You are eligible for a new bonus if you currently don’t have a Southwest personal card and haven’t received a new bonus within the last 24 months.

This bonus also pairs well with the Southwest Business cards to get the super valuable Companion Pass.

Meeting the minimum spend requirement on the personal cards above plus the card_name (review) would give you enough points for the Companion Pass, which, if you time it right by hitting the spend requirement in 2024, would give you almost two years of free unlimited flying for a companion.

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Other Southwest Airlines News

In addition to the new credit card welcome bonuses, there are a lot of Southwest Airlines updates today:

  • Southwest extended their flight schedule through August 4, 2024, which means its a great time to book summer travel.
  • Southwest now allows you to track your checked bag in-flight via their mobile app or the website.
  • Southwest and Boeing announced an order of an additional 108 Boeing 737 Max 7s.

Southwest also added several new routes:

  • From Orlando (MCO): Cancun, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Bahamas, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • From Burbank (BUR): Boise, Idaho, Kansas City, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, San Antonio, Texas, and St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Dallas (DAL): Buffalo/ Niagara, New York, Fresno, California, Providence, Rhode Island, and Spokane, Washington. (Saturday-only seasonal service)
  • Baltimore (BWI) to Colorado Springs (COS).
  • Nashville (BNA) to Bozeman, Montana (seasonal Saturday only) and Grand Rapids, Michigan (seasonal Sunday only).

Deals and Points News

  • $800 Bank Bonus for Huntington Bank in OH, MI, IN, PA, KY, WV, IL, CO, MN, SD, WI. To get the full $800 bonus, you need to make deposits of at least $25,000 within 90 days and keep the account open for 90 days [HT: DoC]
  • 4x Kroger Fuel Points on gift cards from 10/27 to 10/29, which I am planning on taking advantage of this weekend.
  • Rakuten has up to 15% back (or 15x points) for Dell on Accessories, Servers, and Monitors. 10% back on Laptops and Desktops.
  • Double Avios promotion on British Airways flights when you (1) register, (2) book by November 21, 2023, and (3) travel by January 14, 2024.
  • Several new Amex Offers:
    • Adidas.com for an extra 6x points up to 5,000 points until 12/31/2023.
    • Air Canada for $150 back on $1,000+ until 12/31/2023.
    • Best Western for $20 back on $100+ until 12/31/2023.
    • Charles Tyrwhitt for $25 back on $125+ until 11/15/2023
    • CNBC’s Investing Club for $16 back on $49+ up to 3x times until 2/5/2024.
    • Duluth Trading Co. for $30 back on $100+ until 12/18/2023.
    • Google Photos for $10 back on $35+ up to 3 times until 12/26/2023.
    • Kroger online pickup or delivery for $15 back on $50+ until 11/26/2023.
    • H&M for an extra 5x points up to 2,000 point until 11/18/2023.

Travel News

  • Lufthansa is returning the A380 to the Los Angeles (LAX) to Munich (MUC) route.
  • Virgin Atlantic is discontinuing its Austin (AUS) to London-Heathrow (LHR) route as of January 7, 2024 after launching the route in 2022.
  • Delta is launching a New York (LGA) to Halifax, Canada flight starting June 7, 2024 to compete with American Airlines’ own new service to Halifax from New York (LGA). 
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