Southwest Airlines A-List Elite Status Guide

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Southwest has two elite levels: A-List and A-List Preferred.

Southwest’s elite status does not offer any fancy perks like first-class upgrades because Southwest planes are all economy class.

However, elite members get early boarding, so you could grab one of the coveted exit row window seats or a bulkhead seat.

Southwest Boeing 737 taking off
Photo: Southwest Airlines

Earning Southwest Elite Status

A-List requires 25 one-way flights OR 35,000 tier qualifying points. 

To qualify on tier-qualifying points, you would require to spend: $5,833 in Wanna Get Away Fares or $3,500 in Anytime Fares or $2,916 in Business Select fares.

A-List

A-List Preferred requires 50 one-way flights OR 70,000 qualifying points. 

To qualify on tier-qualifying points, you would need to spend: $11,666 in Wanna Get Away Fares or $7,000 in Anytime Fares or $5,832 in Business Select fares.

A-List Preferred-1

You can also earn 1,500 tier-qualifying points for every $10,000 I purchases each year (up to 15,000 tier qualifying points) on three Southwest credit cards: Priority, Business Performance, and the Premier

A-List Elite Benefits

A-List has a few benefits. The most beneficial ones will be the early boarding and 25% earning bonus.

  • 25% earning bonus.
  • Automatic “A” group boarding.
  • Priority check-in and security access.
  • Dedicated phone line (1-888-737-1005).
  • Free same-day standby.

The boarding order on Southwest is below. A-List members board after Business Select and A-List Preferred passengers.

  • Pre-boarding
  • Business Select
  • A-list Preferred
  • A-list
  • EarlyBird
  • Boarding Group A
  • Boarding Group B
  • Boarding Group C
  • Standbys

A-List Preferred Elite Benefits

A-List Preferred members earn 2x points than non-elite members when you fly. If you combine this with “Business Select” tickets, A-List Preferred members can earn 24 points per dollar spent.
 
  • 100% earning bonus.
  • Free in-flight Wi-Fi, which is normally $8 per day.
  • Automatic “A” group boarding.
  • Priority check-in and security access.
  • Dedicated phone line (1-888-737-1006).
  • Free same-day standby.

Frequently Asked Questions

A-List Preferred requires 50 one-way flights OR 70,000 qualifying points. 

To qualify on tier-qualifying points, you would need to spend: $11,666 in Wanna Get Away Fares or $7,000 in Anytime Fares or $5,832 in Business Select fares.

A-List requires 25 one-way flights OR 35,000 tier qualifying points. 

To qualify on tier-qualifying points, you would require to spend: $5,833 in Wanna Get Away Fares or $3,500 in Anytime Fares or $2,916 in Business Select fares.

The benefits of A-List Preferred are:

  • 100% earning bonus.
  • Free in-flight Wi-Fi, which is normally $8 per day.
  • Automatic “A” group boarding.
  • Priority check-in and security access.
  • Dedicated phone line (1-888-737-1006).
  • Free same-day standby.

The benefits of A-List are:

  • 100% earning bonus.
  • Free in-flight Wi-Fi, which is normally $8 per day.
  • Automatic “A” group boarding.
  • Priority check-in and security access.
  • Dedicated phone line (1-888-737-1006).
  • Free same-day standby.

Yes. You can earn 1,500 tier-qualifying points for every $10,000 I purchases each year (up to 15,000 tier qualifying points) on three Southwest credit cards: Priority, Business Performance, and the Premier