Best Ways to Earn Southwest Rapid Rewards Points


Transfer Partners

You can transfer points at a 1 to 1 ratio from Chase Ultimate Rewards and a 3 to 1 ratio from Marriott. 

Flight and Nights– You could also do Marriott’s Flights and Nights package. For 330,000 Marriott points, you receive seven free nights at a category 1-5 Marriott hotel plus 120,000 Southwest points. 

Other Ratios: Hyatt (5,000 Hyatt to 2,400 Southwest; 6,000 point bonus when you transfer 50,000) and Club Carlson (1o to 1)


Flying on Southwest

You earn Southwest points at the following rate multiplied by the fare price: 6x for Wanna Get Away, 10x for Anytime, and 12x for Business Select. For elite status members, A-List members receive a 25% points bonus and A-List Preferred receives a 100% points bonus.


Credit Cards

Bonus Eligibility: “You are a current Southwest consumer credit cardholder; or You have earned a new cardmember bonus on a Southwest consumer credit card in the last 24 months”

Southwest Rule– Chase will limit you to one personal Southwest card (Priority, Premier, or Plus). You can bypass this by either (1) opening the business Premier and one of the personal cards, or (2) opening two of the personal cards on the same day. For the second option, make sure you (1) haven’t submitted a Chase application in the past 30 days, (2) use a different browser for each application, (3) start early in the day on a non-holiday weekday, (4) get approved for the first card on that day either instantly or by calling the 1-888-270-2127, (5) apply for the other card on the same exact calendar day. The second card will likely go to pending status and hopefully will be approved in a day or two.

Chase Southwest Plus

Application Link 

  • Current Bonus: 30,000 points plus the Companion Pass until the end of 2019. This deal is better than the recommended 60,000 points bonus if you don’t qualify for a business credit card, which combined with a personal card in the same year, would be enough for a Companion Pass for the rest of this year plus the following year.
  • Target Bonus: 60,000 points.
  • Subject to the 5/24 rule

Annual Fee: $69

Earning Rapid Rewards Points

  • 2 points per dollar on Southwest Airlines
  • 1 point per dollar everywhere else.

Southwest Plus Benefits

  • 3,000 bonus points every cardmember anniversary
  • 120-day purchase protection
  • Baggage delay insurance
  • Lost luggage reimbursement.


Chase Southwest Premier

Personal Application Link 

  • Current Bonus: 30,000 points plus the Companion Pass until the end of 2019. This deal is better than the recommended 60,000 points bonus if you don’t qualify for a business credit card, which combined with a personal card in the same year, would be enough for a Companion Pass for the rest of this year plus the following year.
  • Target Bonus: 60,000 points, which you can still get without the Companion Pass with this link.
  • Subject to the 5/24 rule

Business Application Link

  • Current Bonus: 60,000 points
  • Target Bonus: 60,000 points
  • Subject to the 5/24 rule.

Annual Fee: $99

Earning Rapid Rewards Points

  • 2 points per dollar on Southwest Airlines
  • 1 point per dollar everywhere else.

Premier Card Benefits

  • 6,000 bonus points every cardmember anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 120-day purchase protection
  • Baggage day insurance
  • Lost luggage reimbursement


Chase Southwest Priority

Application Link

  • Current Bonus: 30,000 points plus the Companion Pass until the end of 2019. This deal is better than the recommended 60,000 points bonus if you don’t qualify for a business credit card, which combined with a personal card in the same year, would be enough for a Companion Pass for the rest of this year plus the following year.
  • Target Bonus: 60,000 points.
  • Subject to the 5/24 rule

Annual Fee: $149

Earning: 2x on Southwest, Hotels, and Car Rentals; 1x everywhere else. 

Benefits: 7,500 point anniversary bonus (worth about $115-120), $75 annual travel credit on Southwest, four upgraded boardings (A1-A15), 20% back on in-flight purchases on Southwest, no foreign transaction fees, and you earn 1,500 tier qualifying points (elite status) for every $10,000 you spend up $100,000.


Other Ways

Current Promotions: List of Current Promotions

Travel Partners:  Hotels, Rental Car, Ground Transportation, and RocketMiles (you forgo hotel points and elite benefits for airline points).

Others: Online Shopping Portal, DiningOther Shopping Partners, and Electric and Natural Gas.